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So yesterday i notice the vehicle check alert on the idrive screen. I have 900mi left before its due. I did a quick search and found out that this is just an inspection check, nothing too serious, the tech will check and inspect your car to see if there's anything that will need to be replace. Most people said this is not needed and you dont have to take your car in for this. My question is, if this is true, how do i reset the vehicle check alert in the idrive?
 

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I'm pretty sure I had to look this up on youtube.. it's like holding the reset odometer button for 10 seconds and then cycling until you see the picture of the car on the lift. If you do it wrong you get into a bmw secret type of menu (which I was always doing)...
 

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I'm pretty sure I had to look this up on youtube.. it's like holding the reset odometer button for 10 seconds and then cycling until you see the picture of the car on the lift. If you do it wrong you get into a bmw secret type of menu (which I was always doing)...
what happens if you get into the bmw secret menu? will it mess anything up?
 

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This is the list of the service inspection.

If you ask me it's important to go through these items.

Standard scope of service
  • Check Check Control messages
  • Check telltale and warning lamps
  • Check Engine oil,
  • spark plugs
  • Check Brakes,
  • rotors,
  • handbrake,
  • brake fluid

Service - vehicle check

  • Diagnostic brief test
  • Check horn, headlight flashers and hazard warning system
  • Check instrument and indication field lighting and heater blower
  • Check lighting system
  • Seat belts: check condition of belt strap, function of inertia reel mechanism, locking reel and belt buckle
  • Check windscreen wash/wipe system
  • Body: Check for corrosion (except cavities)
  • Tyres: Check tread depth, pattern, external condition and inflation pressure and correct if necessary (compact wheel as well)
  • Initialize Run Flat Indicator
  • Check battery (magic eye), if necessary recharge battery (issuing a separate invoice for this work)

    - Check display (magic eye)

    - If necessary: Charge battery
  • Steering fluid reservoir: Check fluid level.
  • Check coolant level and concentration, top up if necessary
  • Windscreen washer system: Check fluid level, top up if necessary
  • Brake lines and connections: Check for leaks, damage and correct position
  • Underbody incl. all visible components: check for damage, leaks, corrosion
  • Steering components: check for zero clearance, leaks, damage and wear
  • Check roadworthiness (test drive):

    - Brakes

    - Steering

    - Shock absorbers

    - Transmission
  • Reset CBS display according to factory specification
 

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This is the list of the service inspection.

If you ask me it's important to go through these items.

Standard scope of service
  • Check Check Control messages
  • Check telltale and warning lamps
  • Check Engine oil,
  • spark plugs
  • Check Brakes,
  • rotors,
  • handbrake,
  • brake fluid

Service - vehicle check

  • Diagnostic brief test
  • Check horn, headlight flashers and hazard warning system
  • Check instrument and indication field lighting and heater blower
  • Check lighting system
  • Seat belts: check condition of belt strap, function of inertia reel mechanism, locking reel and belt buckle
  • Check windscreen wash/wipe system
  • Body: Check for corrosion (except cavities)
  • Tyres: Check tread depth, pattern, external condition and inflation pressure and correct if necessary (compact wheel as well)
  • Initialize Run Flat Indicator
  • Check battery (magic eye), if necessary recharge battery (issuing a separate invoice for this work)

    - Check display (magic eye)

    - If necessary: Charge battery
  • Steering fluid reservoir: Check fluid level.
  • Check coolant level and concentration, top up if necessary
  • Windscreen washer system: Check fluid level, top up if necessary
  • Brake lines and connections: Check for leaks, damage and correct position
  • Underbody incl. all visible components: check for damage, leaks, corrosion
  • Steering components: check for zero clearance, leaks, damage and wear
  • Check roadworthiness (test drive):

    - Brakes

    - Steering

    - Shock absorbers

    - Transmission
  • Reset CBS display according to factory specification
the only problem is, the shop wants $200 for this inspection. i dont want to pay $200 only for them to tell me everything is good. not sure why an inspection would cost this much.
 

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This is definitely something I do myself on a regular basis... since I maintain my own cars. My experience is that a lot of people cut corners anyways.. and I agree $200 seems like a lot unless something needs to be checked. The "full circle" inspection on my wife's mazda costs $450 but they "said" it includes a coolant flush and transmission fluid flush, which can certainly jack up the price. Although Mazda says no need to change the transmission fluid until 100K (and my wife's car is only at 42K)
 

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Well now is a good time to start learning. If you don't know your own mechanics... then please don't ignore the service indicator to check these things. If you don't do it now, you'll have to do it eventually, and it could be a much bigger more expensive problem.
 

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You have the best teacher right in front of you, the Internet. You would be surprised at how much you can learn about each thing on that list by simply typing it into google with the phrase "how to check" before it. I didn't go to mechanic school nor did I have a teacher. All you need is time and practice.
 
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