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BMW 1998 to 2002

 

BMW Inspection I

Undercarriage

  • Change engine oil and filter.
  • Add injector cleaner to fuel tank. 
  • Check transmission for leaks.
  • Check rear axle 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, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.
  • Check front control arm ball joints and bushings for wear.
  • 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 for wear and damage. 

Engine Compartment

  • Perform complete diagnostic system test.
  • 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.
  • Reset Service Indicator.

Body/Electrical Equipment

  • Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
  • Perform battery load test.
  • Check headlights, foglights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
  • Check instrument panel and dashboard lights.
  • Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
  • 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.
  • Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
  • Check central locking/double lock.
  • Replace Cabin Filter.
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
  • Check rear view mirrors.  

Final Inspection

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

Inspection II

Undercarriage

    Change engine oil and filter.
  • Check transmission for leaks.
  • Check rear axle 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.
  • Clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
  • Grease wheel center hubs.
  • Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.
  • Check front control arm ball joints and bushings for wear.
  • 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 for wear and damage.
  • Check thickness of parking brake linings.
  • Half-shafts; check for leaks at flexible boots.
  • Inspect entire body according to terms of rust prevention limited warranty.

Engine Compartment

  • Perform complete diagnostic system test. 
  • 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.
  • Replace spark plugs.
  • Replace intake air cleaner element.

Body/Electrical Equipment

  • Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
  • Perform battery load test.
  • Check headlights, foglights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
  • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
  • Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
  • 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.
  • Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
  • Check central locking/double lock.
  • Replace Cabin Filter.
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
  • Check rear view mirrors.  

Final Inspection

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

Oil Change Service

  • Change engine oil and filter. 
  • Check all fluid levels, and top off as necessary.
  • Check and adjust tire pressure.
  • Fill windshield washer fluid.
  • Reset oil light.

Flush Brake System

  • Evacuate old brake fluid from reservoir
  • Refill system with fresh fluid and pressure-bleed lines and calipers
  • Recommended every other year
  • Road test vehicle 

Cooling system

  • Drain cooling system and refill system with fresh Antifreeze / Anticorrosion agent, diluted with water to proper strength
  • Recommended every three years
  • Road test vehicle

Rotate & Balance Tires

  • Perform computerized spin balance of all four wheels
  • Rotate tires upon re-installation
  • Road test vehicle

Automatic Transmission Service

  • Drain old fluid from transmission and torque converter
  • Replace transmission filter and oil pan gasket
  • Refill with transmission fluid
  • Recommended every 30,000 miles
  • Road test vehicle

Differential Service

  • Drain old lubricant and inspect for abnormal wear.
  • Refill with proper differential gear oil, inspect for leaks
  • Recommended every 60,000 miles
  • Road test vehicle

Computer Diagnostic Scan

  • Scan all vehicle systems for fault and event codes

Air Conditioning Service

  • Recover all refrigerant in system; record weight of refrigerant removed
  • Place system under vacuum to check its integrity and prepare for recharge
  • Refill system with factory-specified quantity of refrigerant
  • Test for proper operation

Pre-Purchase Inspections

If you're considering the purchase of a pre-owned BMW, a pre-purchase inspection is a wise expenditure. We can give you a clear picture of the car's overall condition and point out specific issues that will need to be addressed. The two most obvious benefits to you are:

  • We can protect you from purchasing a misrepresented vehicle with hidden problems and / or requiring expensive repairs.
  • We provide you with knowledge that will help you negotiate a sensible price with the seller. We will perform a complete diagnostic scan, road test, and visually inspect the vehicle for about one hour, and consult with you for another 30 minutes to discuss our findings.

 

Beyond the basic inspection described above, we can investigate specific items in greater detail if needed. Let's say, for example, you've found a car you like but the air conditioning doesn't work. The seller tells you, “it just needs a Freon refill.” Do you believe him? We can test the A/C system thoroughly and tell you what the problem really is.

 
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