Regular vehicle inspections are very essential to keeping your car running smoothly on the road for a long time. Regular vehicle inspections can also help you determine the condition your car is in, as well as detecting serious issues early, which will save you money in the long run. Sometimes, it can be confusing knowing where to start when it comes to vehicle inspections. In order to help out, we’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding vehicle inspections. Also note that these aren’t the only questions related to vehicle inspections, but we’ve selected these ones to pertain to your car’s most important components.
When should I get my car checked?
Complete auto inspections typically reveal whether your vehicle has any hidden electrical and transmission issues. Don’t wait until you get several warning signs before going to see an automotive technician, do it often. At Precision Kaster Auto, we have state of the art diagnostics tools to efficiently perform electrical diagnosis, drivability diagnosis, and check for transmission issues on your car or truck. We also have a customized preventative maintenance program to make sure that your vehicle performs well. You can contact us to schedule a complimentary inspection!
How often should inspection occur?
How often you schedule inspections will depend on how often you drive, and the type of vehicle you drive. The best way to determine how often you should take your vehicle for inspections is to read the owner’s manual of your vehicle. This will typically have the manufacturer’s recommended mileage for checkups, in addition, you can always ask your automotive technician questions about the ideal time to wait between inspections as this will give you a good grasp of the ideal frequency of inspections your vehicle needs each year.
What should I look out for?
When you’re ready to schedule an appointment to get your car inspected, you should make sure your automotive technician is checking the engine, transmission, brakes, tires, steering and suspension of your vehicle. These are some of the most important components in any car and when working properly, they ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly. Let’s take a closer look at why each of these components are so important to inspect and why you should never neglect them during your auto inspections.
Engine: The engine is arguably the most critical component of a car. The mechanical condition of your engine will determine how smoothly your car performs. When looking under the hood, your automotive technician should check for buildup, dirt, leakage and damaged parts that may need to be tightened or fixed. You should also make sure that your engine is checked for any signs of bad engine oil.
Transmission: Just like a car’s engine, the transmission is also a vital part of your car’s performance, leaving this part unchecked could cost you a fortune later down the road. Have your technician be on the lookout for leaks, transmission fluid level and transmission fluid color to ensure that your car is performing at an optimal level.
Brakes: Simply put, brakes are one of the most important safety components on a car. Getting your brakes inspected at least twice annually will ensure that your vehicle is passed road safe and you or your passengers aren’t in any form of danger. In addition, make sure the discs, pads and brake lining on the left front, left rear, right front and right rear are thoroughly inspected for any form of wear. With brakes, don’t ignore any warning signs like grinding sounds and vibrations on your steering wheel when the brakes are applied. Basically never make assumptions when it comes to brakes.
Tires: Tires keep your car moving and when they don’t perform properly, they can cause your vehicle to become unsafe to drive. Be on the lookout for tread wear, cracks, punctures, and holes as these are signs of worn out tires. Although tire maintenance is more than just checking the pressure, still make sure that the pressure is good on all tires to make sure they’re road ready. You should also check out our previous post on all-season vs. seasonal tires to get a sense of which one’s right for you!
Steering and Suspension: The suspension system (shocks, strut and springs) is another important part that shouldn’t be skipped because it affects the steering stability and handling of your vehicle. Good suspension also keeps cars connected to the road and enhances ride comfort for the driver. Make sure your automotive technician is checking for leakages and is lubricating suspension components. Again, good practice is to check your owner’s manual as it typically gives you an estimate of strut life on a mileage basis.
Now that we’ve given you a quick summary of each of these important components, it’s time to rethink your vehicle inspection practices if you haven’t already. Regular inspections do not only keep your car in top shape, it also keeps your car on the road longer, increases savings and lets your car keep some of its value. Although the thought of regular repairs may cause you to become worried about cost, you should have honest conversations with your automotive technician or service provider about your inspection needs, expectations and budget. Having a healthy vehicle is no good if it costs you a big chunk of wallet.
Once you get into the habit of regular auto inspections, you’ll find that some of the parts of your vehicle that you thought were straightforward actually handle complicated processes and a big difference to how your vehicle moves on the road. Finally, it’s that time of year again here in Canada when the weather gets colder and we edge closer to the winter season. If you’re looking to prepare your car for the winter season, or you simply want to catch early issues before they become big problems, you can check out our seasonal service package which includes winter tire installations and off season tire storage, engine oil and filter replacement, and much more!