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BMW Inspection I

This applies to all E46

  • Change oil and oil filter while engine is at operating temperature.
    We recommend BMW High Performance 5W-30 Synthetic oil, p/n 07 51 0 017 866
  • Check transmission for leaks.
  • Check rear axle for leaks.
  • Half shafts: Check for leaks at flexible boots.
  • Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks.
  • Check condition, positioning, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
  • Check power steering system for leaks. Check p/s fluid level; add fluid if necessary.
  • Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads using special tool. Record results. If replacement is necessary*:
    Examine brake disc surfaces. Clean brake pad contact points in calipers. Grease wheel centering hubs. Check thickness of parking brake linings only when replacing rear pads. Record results.
  • Check brake and clutch system connections and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
  • Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc.
  • Check parking brake actuation. Adjust if necessary.
  • Check all tire pressures (including spare - except M3, M5, Z8 and Alpina). 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.*
  • Inspect entire body according to terms of rust perforation limited warranty (must be performed at least every two years).
Engine Compartment
  • Read out diagnostic system.
  • Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks. Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
    Note: Coolant must be replaced every 4 years (time interval begins from vehicle's production date).
  • Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir. Add fluid if required.
  • Replace brake fluid every 2 years (timing interval begins from vehicle's production date).*
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
  • Check air conditioner operation.
  • Replace microfilter.
    Note: reduce replacement interval in dusty operating conditions.
  • Reset Service Indicator.
Body/Electrical Equipment
  • Check battery state-of-charge, and charge if required.*
  • Check lighting system, i.e., headlights, foglights, parking, back-up, license-plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated make-up 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 wipers and washer system(s);wiper blades, washer jet positions.
  • Check condition and function of safety belts.
  • Recharge or replace batteries for remote controls in all vehicle master keys.
  • Check central locking/double lock.
  • Check operation of all latches.
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower fan, rear window defogger.
  • Check rear view mirrors.
  • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn covers, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories.
  • Activate automatic roll-over protection system (if equipped) via diagnostic link.
    Note:First remove hardtop/lower top.
Final Inspection
  • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission (except M3, M5, and Z8).

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If your trying to make this easy for people to find when searching. You might want to add the mileage intervals, i'm sure peopel search for that just as often.
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