Visiting an authorized BMW service center for an Inspection I service is highly recommended. There are many things that go into an Inspection I service, including looking at the undercarriage, engine compartment, body and electrical equipment, and then taking it for a test drive.
This inspection was developed to ensure that your BMW is running at optimal condition at all times. The average cost of an Inspection I service can vary depending on the service center. Any repairs that are needed (that are determined when the technician does the inspection) are going to be extra.
In order to fully understand what an Inspection I service entails, here are is a basic summary.
For the undercarriage:
- Changing the engine oil and oil filter.
- Checking for transmission leaks.
- Checking the rear axle for any leaks.
- Checking the exhaust system, inspecting for leaks, and determining its condition, position, and mounting.
- Visually checking the fuel tank and all fuel lines.
- Inspecting the power steering system for leaks.
- Inspecting the brakes, including brake pads.
- Checking contact points on the brake calipers.
- Greasing any wheel center hubs, as needed.
- Inspecting the steering for play.
- Checking the suspension, inspecting the parking brake cable and adjusting as needed.
- Checking tire pressure, adjusting as needed.
- Inspecting the condition of the tires. This may include recommending a wheel alignment.
For the engine compartment:
- Reading a diagnostic system print out using a BMW scanner.
- Checking the engine coolant system and inspecting hoses for leaks.
- Checking the coolant level or antifreeze level and adding as needed.
- Checking the brake fluid reservoir and adding fluid as needed.
- Checking the windshield washer fluid level and adding as needed.
- Inspecting the air conditioning system for proper operation.
- Resetting the service indicator light.
With regard to body and electrical equipment:
- Checking the battery for proper charge and functionality.
- Performing a battery load test.
- Inspecting the lighting system, including the headlights, fog lights, parking lights, and more.
- Inspecting the instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
- Checking turn signals, brake lights, horns, and more.
- Checking all warning and indicator lights.
- Inspecting the wiper and washer system.
- Inspecting the safety and functionality of safety belts and harnesses.
- Inspecting the hood, trunk and tailgate, and door hinges for smooth operation.
- Greasing the hood, trunk and tailgate, and door hinges and latches as needed.
- Inspecting the central locking system.
- Replacing the microfilter or ACC cabin filter.
- Inspecting the heater and air conditioner blower as well as the rear window defogger.
- Checking rear view mirrors.
- Visually examining the SRS airbag units for any obvious damage.
The final road test is done to check the brakes, suspension, clutch for a manual transmission, automatic transmission, and steering.