The BMW Inspection I Service is the smaller of the two inspection services recommended by BMW. It includes basic wear items such as engine oil and filter, engine air filter, cabin air filter or filters and a full inspection and lube of the vehicle. Other makes and models can also utilize this maintenance program to ensure a pleasant drive and ownership, but make sure your mechanic says it is OK first.
The inspection I service costs in the range of $300+ to $400+ depending on the vehicle and optional equipment. Repair costs are not included in the inspection cost, so be prepared to spend more if repairs are needed. The inspection services are great do-it-yourself projects, but a trained eye is recommended for the actual inspection portion of the service. The items that are checked are listed below.
If you are performing the inspection service yourself, we carry all of the parts you need to complete the inspection service.
- Change engine oil and filter, while engine at is at normal operation temperature.
- Check transmission for leaks.
- Check differential and axles for leaks.
- Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.
- Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
- Check power steering system for leaks.
- Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
- Examine brake disc surfaces.
- Check steering for absence of play, including steering rack, inner and outer joints, and steering shaft.
- Check all suspension components for wear or damage.
- Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
- Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
- Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
- Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern.
- Read out diagnostic system with BMW scanners.
- Replace engine air filter or clean if equipped with re-usable filter.
- Check engine cooling system / heater hose connections for leaks.
- Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
- Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
- Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
- Check air conditioner for operation and inspect for leaks.
- Reset service indicator
- Check battery condition and connections. Clean is necessary.
- Perform battery load test and test charging system.
- Replace cabin air filter/s and clean housing/s.
- Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
- Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination and function.
- Check all warning/indicator lights and check control function.
- Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
- Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
- Check condition and function of safety belts.
- Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
- Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
- Lubricate window and sunroof tracks.
- Check central locking/double lock.
- Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
- Check rear view mirrors.
- Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.
- Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.