BMW Inspection 1 Service

Written by: Autoscope
Automotive Blogger & Director of Marketing, Autoscope European Car Repair

What is performed during a BMW Inspection 1 service?

In short, the BMW Inspection 1 Service is a checklist developed by the manufacturer of basic items to inspect and/or service on your BMW at a regular mileage interval. This helps to keep your BMW well-maintained and running well.

The BMW Inspection I checklist is, as you might expect, not quite as comprehensive as the Inspection II. BMW recommends that the Inspection 1 Service be completed approximately every 20,000 miles (actual interval based on specific model and year), OR once a year.

BMW Inspection 1


  • Diagnostic Readout Box –
    Read out diagnostic system.


  • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.


  • Air Bag Systems –
    Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn covers, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories.
  • Battery –
    Check battery state-of-charge, and charge if required.
  • Body and Frame –
    Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty (must be performed at least every two years).
  • Brake Fluid –
    Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required. Replace brake fluid every 2 years (time interval begins from vehicles production date).
  • Brakes and Traction Control –
    Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads using special tool. If replacement is necessary: Examine brake disc surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel centering hubs.
  • Clutch Hydraulic System –
    Check clutch system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
  • Doors, Hood and Trunk  –
    Check operation of all hinges and latches. Oil all hood, door, and trunk hinges. Grease all hood, door, and trunk latches.
  • Exhaust System –
    Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
  • Fluid – A/T –
    Check transmission for leaks.
  • Fluid – Differential –
    Check rear axle for leaks.
  • Fuel Supply Line –
    Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks.
  • Fuel Tank –
    Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks.
  • Heating and Air Conditioning –
    Check heater/air conditioner blower fan, rear window defogger. Check air conditioner for operation.
  • Hydraulic System, Brakes –
    Check brake system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
  • Instrument Panel, Gauges and Warning Indicators –
    Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination. Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
  • Lighting and Horns –
    Check lighting system, i.e., headlights, fog lights, parking, back-up, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated make-up mirrors, luggage compartment lights. Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
  • Locks –
    Check central locking/double lock.
  • Mirrors –
    Check rear view mirrors.
  • Parking Brake System –
    Check parking brake actuation/free movement of parking brake cables. Adjust if necessary.
  • Power Steering –
    Check power steering system for leaks. Check P/S fluid level; add fluid necessary.
  • Seat Belt Systems –
    Check condition and function of safety belts.
  • Steering –
    Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc.
  • Tires –
    Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary. Check condition of tires (outer surfaces [left/right]), tread wear and pattern; in case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if requested. Note: If requested, rotate all four road wheels as instructed and rebalance.
  • Wiper and Washer Systems –
    Check wipers and washer system(S); wiper blades, washer jet positions. Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.


  • Alarm System Transmitter –
    Recharge or replace batteries for remote controls in all vehicle master keys.
  • Cabin Air Filter –
    Replace microfilters. Note: Reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions.
  • Engine Oil –
    Change engine oil and oil filter while engine is at operating temperature. BMW recommends BMW High Performance 5W-30 Synthetic oil P/N 07 51 0 017 866.
  • Oil Filter, Engine


  • Service Reminder Indicators –
    Reset Service Indicator. NOTE: Do not reset Service Indicator when additional oil changes (between the normal intervals) are requested by the customer.

For all your BMW repair and service needs, bring your BMW in to the European car repair experts at Autoscope!

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