Depending on how old your BMW is, a service inspection for safety and function of your car is recommended. BMW models manufactured in 2005 or earlier has a warning signals every 30,000 miles to let you know it’s time for a service inspection. These inspections are similar to the yearly physicals people should go through to make sure everything is up to par. The inspections are also a way that BMW can maintain their status of having excellent safety and performance.
As mentioned earlier, early BMW models with show a strength meter of when you are getting close to being over your scheduled inspection. The meter starts at green and counts down to the red warning light, which means you are passed due for an inspection.
Later BMW models have been updated with more precise signals on the dashboard warning you of specific services or repairs needed, such as, an oil change or coolant issues.
So what happens during a BMW inspection?
It depends on which inspection you need. There are two types of Inspections, 1 and 2. Both Inspections contain a large list of BMW parts that need to be inspected by a mechanic. The list may vary a little bit from auto shop to auto shop. However, Inspection 1 provides basic services on your BMW while Inspection 2 offers a fully detailed list on services.
has a detailed list of parts on the car that need to be inspected by a mechanic. The parts are broken down into 3 different categories; undercarriage, engine compartment, and body/electrical components.
During the undercarriage inspection, a mechanic will do a proper oil change along with a visual inspection to check the status of the brakes, tire pressure, exhaust, and for any possible leaks.
The engine compartment inspection includes checking fluid levels to make sure you have enough coolant, oil, washer fluid, and brake fluid. At the end of the engine compartment inspection, the car is hooked up to a diagnostic tool to make sure your computer system is working properly and no errors are found.
Lastly, a mechanic will check to make sure all lights are working on the car as well as electrical components like, door locks, SRS air bags, battery power, and dashboard lights. A quick look over to make sure safety belts, rear view mirrors, door hinges are working properly and the car is ready to go.
As mentioned before, Inspection 2 is the larger of the two inspection services and basically includes all of the items performed on the Inspection I service along with some extras like differential oil change, fuel filter/air filter replacements, as well as replacement of spark plugs.
For more information on BMW inspections, your can visit our BMW Repair page for a list of service details as well as prices.
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