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How to Change Your BMW Hood Ornament (aka Roundel Emblem)

shot of BMW emblem in rain on car

One of the defining features of a BMW is its roundel emblems, on its hood and trunk. These ornaments are eye-catching when the car is first purchased new. However, they will wear over time, fading and potentially cracking – in large part because of long-term exposure to the UV rays of the sun. Getting a replacement emblem is certainly affordable compared to many other car parts, showing up on eBay and other online stores for $5 to $35. Once you have a new emblem in-hand, removing the old one and replacing it with a new one can be performed in a total of 10 to 15 minutes.

Caution: While an 82mm diameter is standard, BMWs DO NOT always have the same size ornament. You can use a resource such as RealOEM to verify the part that you need. If you cannot figure out what part you need, the last-ditch possibility is to take off the current emblem and look on the back for the OEM part number. That way, whether you purchase an OEM or aftermarket part, you will know exactly what you need.

You will have to get both the emblem and two mounting grommets. Once you have the parts, you are ready to gather your tools and move forward with this BMW repair.


  • Needle nose pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Thin flat-head screwdriver
  • Plastic pry tool

Step 1 – To safeguard your BMW’s paint as you take the emblem off the car, it is a good idea to tape the area around it. You can also keep from scratching your car by placing a cloth beneath the pry tool as you work. Be careful in your choice of pry tool, since it will greatly impact how simple the replacement process is; it should be as thin as possible. If you decide to use a flat-head screwdriver, it is important to use masking tape on it as well – again, to keep the paint from scratching.

Step 2 – Once you have your tools at your side and have everything protected, begin to use the prying tool to remove the ornament that is currently on your car. Move around the emblem so that it stays relatively flat as you loosen it. After you have mostly freed it, you can finish the removal with your fingers.

Step 3 – On the back of the ornament are a couple of tabs that fit into grommets for mounting. It is a good idea to go ahead and put in new grommets when you replace the emblem. The grommets, which are made of plastic, will naturally start to wear and crack as they age, threatening the stability of the ornament – sometimes even resulting in it breaking off the vehicle while you are on the road (which is dangerous, although not as bad as a poorly secured tree flying off it).

Step 4 – Use your needle nose pliers to take the grommets off your BMW. At this point you should have both the grommets and ornament removed. It is an ideal time to clean, since it is likely that dirt or other debris has become stuck under the emblem over time.

Step 5 – With everything cleared away, you can now take your replacement grommets and simply press them into position. Line up the emblem so that you can fit its tabs to the grommets. Be sure that it is tight, without any space between the ornament and the hood.

Step 6 – Drive to a friend’s house and show off your BMW repair.

BMW News & Information

Now that you know how to replace the emblem, we can switch gears to trending news items that may interest you as a BMW owner:

  • BMW electrified car sales pass a quarter million
  • First Chinese self-driving license for global automaker goes to BMW
  • BMW to introduce wireless charging for electric vehicles

BMW electrified car sales pass a quarter million

On May 15, BMW announced that it had achieved a milestone with its electrified car sales, surpassing 250,000 vehicles.

In the press release outlining this news, Pieter Nota, a BMW boardmember, said that the sales of these cars had risen significantly during the beginning of 2018, allowing the carmaker to roll past the quarter-million mark. The sales of electrified models – including Mini Electric, BMW iPerformance, and BMW i, hit 9,831 during April, representing a 52% increase. BMW’s goal at the beginning of 2018 was to sell 140,000 electrified cars, and Nota said that projection is well within reach given this strong start.

First Chinese self-driving license for global automaker goes to BMW

The Shanghai Intelligent Connected Autonomous Driving Test License is a highly valuable prize for the self-driving car market in China. On May 14, BMW became the first carmaker to receive this license, which means that they will soon be able to test their driverless cars on China’s roads. The awarding of this license is a big step forward for BMW in its efforts to dominate the self-driving market in the key nation.

BMW will start to use the permit in Shanghai at a future point that is not yet known. However, it already has a group of five dozen self-driving specialists, so they will be ready once the automaker is free to move forward. What this testing will involve is building machine learning algorithms based on data from real-world traffic patterns.

Testing will initially be within a contained area – not out on the streets of Shanghai. The track that will be used for the autonomous research will be 3.5 miles long. Two cars, both BMW 7 Series, will be used in the closed facility. By the end of 2018, there will be a total of nine cars involved in the testing.

BMW to introduce wireless charging for electric vehicles

Smartphones are now increasingly being charged wirelessly. With an inductive charging system for electric cars, BMW is bringing this same approach to the automobile.

Many of BMW’s plug-in hybrid electric cars will eventually be able to use this wireless charging pad. The 530e iPerformance is the initial model that will be outfitted to work with the technology.

BMW car owners in Europe will be the first to get access to wireless charging when it is released in the next few months. A limited number of drivers in the United States – via a California pilot project – will also get access to this convenient feature.

The system will be made up of a main coil and charging pad that could be set up either outside or within a garage. Beneath the car is an additional coil.

The charge rate will be as high as 3.2kW via power sent through an alternating magnetic field extending from one coil to the other. Charging the car completely will take about 3 1/2 hours, making it much more convenient to own an electric car.

Honest Boulder BMW repair

BMW’s commitment to sustainability, as exhibited by its investment in and rising sales of electric car technology, shows an alignment with values we hold dear in Boulder. The carmaker also is cutting edge in its global embrace of autonomous driving. The above process will allow you to remove and replace your BMW roundel emblem; however, if you would rather have the repair performed by an honest and experienced mechanic, we can help. See our BMW repair philosophy.

PACE Certification Embraces Sustainability in Boulder County

green earth image -- PACE Certification Boulder Colorado

Independent Motors just received PACE Certification. This certification, locally based, is similar to LEED and Energy Star. It is a way of expressing a commitment to sustainability and an alignment with Boulder’s values. This article looks at PACE, as well as LEED and Energy Star, with which it shares core principles and objectives.

What is PACE?

PACE (Partners for a Clean Environment) is a Boulder County program that promotes and advises on sustainability. Its PACE Partners are organizations in the area that have been certified by Boulder County, demonstrating their environmental responsibility and waste diversion (see below). Along with the other organizations within PACE, Independent Motors has become one of hundreds of organizations that:

  • have dedicated themselves to helping build the local economy by adopting more environmentally friendly methods in various aspects of their business.
  • are committed to the local area and community
  • are concerned about the people and businesses who purchase their products
  • are geared generally toward the implementation of methods that are helpful to the local area’s economy, environment, and public health.

Applying for and receiving PACE Certification is a way for us to let you know that we have taken an initiative in deploying many key sustainability practices. According to Boulder County, the guidelines it uses for certification are “based upon and consistent with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria as well as Energy Star Building certification.

What is waste diversion?

Waste diversion is defined within legal resource Defined Term as “the sum of your recycled, composted, and donated/reused materials.” In turn, the waste diversion rate is the proportion of all waste that gets donated, reused, composted, or recycled. For instance, if your business creates 1000 pounds of waste and 500 pounds is either donated, composted, reused, or recycled, that gives you a waste diversion rate of 50%.

The diversion rate can typically be improved by increasing the number of items that are recycled. Organizations can find new ways to recycle through a waste stream audit, a standardized process that can also sometimes reveal revenue opportunities, according to facilities management resource Buildings.

Notably, waste diversion is especially critical for the construction industry, as indicated by these statistics:

  • As the largest source within the waste stream at 30% of the total, the waste from construction and demolition (C &D) adds up to 135.5 million tons.
  • The average amount of waste per square foot of a newly constructed building is 3.9 pounds.
  • Waste per square foot for the average demolition is 155 pounds.

While construction may create more waste than other industries, every organization can improve its waste diversion, resource conservation, and other sustainability policies.

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Created and developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), it is a set of green construction guidelines that are used to certify facilities as having met accepted sustainability standards. Like EnergyStar and PACE, LEED gives companies and other entities a way to present evidence that they used environmentally sound construction supplies and methods, based on the perspective of an objective outside organization. The range of LEED is broad, covering the extent to which the facility conserves resources, allows for high indoor environmental quality, is efficient with water, limits carbon dioxide emissions, and saves on electricity usage, among other concerns. Again meeting a similar need to other certification methods such as PACE and EnergyStar, LEED gives the managers and owners of any building a way to determine and initiate pragmatic steps to improve the environmental friendliness of their properties – in terms of how it is architected and constructed, but also in how it is maintained.

The USGBC was created in 1993 by a group of people within the American Institute of Architects (a professional organization that is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has 90,000 members, promoting the value of architecture and providing architects with helpful resources). The initial USGBC members represented approximately five dozen for-profit companies and a few nonprofit organizations. The intention of this group was to advance sustainability within construction. The USGBC first introduced the LEED certification program in 2000.

What is Energy Star?

Energy Star is a certification program that was created and is maintained in collaboration between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is used to allow companies and individuals to cut their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by being able to choose electronics, appliances, office equipment, and manufacturing plants that have committed to strong efficiency standards and protocols. While that describes the initial Energy Star focus, other types of industrial buildings, as well as commercial and residential buildings, can now go through the certification and rating process as well.

Originally released in 1992, Energy Star was used in a modified version to assess all members of the European Union in 2007. New Zealand and Australia also now use a similar version of these standards to gauge their own governmental practices, as well as to provide certification for for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout their nations. Because of these high-profile adoptions and use beyond the borders of the United States, the certification program is taken very seriously.

Energy Star program to end?

Energy Star was in the political headlines recently because it would have ended with Trump’s budget as he attempted to redirect an additional $54 billion annually into military spending. However, his efforts to terminate Energy Star did not succeed.

As Grist noted, the program had helped organizations develop efficiency that had huge financial gains, amounting to a reduction of $430 billion on energy spending. Meanwhile, the program only (relative to its benefits) cost taxpayers $50 million annually.

Congress was not completely onboard with Trump’s efforts. In fact, there was substantial funding for innovations within the clean energy sector in the spending bill. According to the nonprofit National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the bill “clears the way for the Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out an effective operation while guarding against many harmful anti-environment policy ‘riders’ that have no place in a spending bill.”

When Congress passed the bill on March 23, they did so without including (as wanted by the Trump administration) the removal of the Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy (ARPA-E), the division of the EPA that oversees the government’s efforts toward clean energy innovation. It also did so without removing a large amount of money from the budget for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE); in fact, the budget expanded the EERE’s budget by 11% over 2017. Finally, the EPA’s Energy Star program was taken off the chopping block as well.

Trump may not like the Energy Star program because he reportedly once received a 1 out of 100 rating – the lowest possible score – for energy efficiency at the Mayfair Hotel in Manhattan (since converted into condos).

Supporting PACE-certified businesses

Are you interested in supporting Boulder area businesses that have committed to sustainability practices? You can look through PACE Partners here. You will see that Independent Motors is one of the Certified Partners listed. At Independent Motors, an honest mechanic committed to broad sustainability efforts, 90% of the auto repair we do is repeat business. Meet our staff.