Auto Inspection - So what do we actually do?
- Oil Change — We’ll change your oil and filter, using the proper oil and filter specified by your car’s manufacturer (we only use liqui moly oil and products.) And remember, an oil change is the single most important piece of preventive maintenance you can do to keep your engine running smoothly for years to come.
- Check rims and make sure they aren’t bent.
- Check tire condition for wear, nails, and sidewall damage.
- Check front suspension components — ball joints, tie rods, and bushings for tightness and wear. If ball joints wear too much, not only will your car be out of alignment, but ball joints or tire rods can break, leaving you stranded.
- Check steering gear, couplings, and bushings for tightness and wear.
- Check shocks. Chances are your shock absorbers and suspension has taken a beating due to bad potholes. In the short run your car won’t ride or handle properly. But it’s a bigger safety issue if your car doesn’t handle correctly during a quick emergency manoeuvre, like swerving to avoid a bicycle or pedestrian, worn shocks could make you lose control of the car.
- Check front and rear suspension control arms and bushings.
- Check exhaust for leaks, rust, proper alignment and hangers; make sure it’s vibration-free.
- Our experts will check your alignment by test driving your vehicle and inspecting your tires for uneven wear.
- Check for leaks — engine oil, power steering, coolant, differential, brake fluid, fuel, etc.
- Check brakes for wear, sticky callipers, rusty drums, brake pedal feel and stopping power, and stopping straight. Such problems can be dangerous. You might not even notice the brake wear until it’s too late.
- Check brake lines and hoses.
- Check condition and levels of fluids including: brake, oil, power steering, coolant, differential, transmission, etc.
- Check and load test battery and check connections. A harsh winter can push a battery to the end of its life cycle, leaving you stranded when you least expect it.
- Check starter motor condition and amperage draw.
- Check alternator for proper output.
- Check all belts and pulleys. During the winter, your engine’s extreme heating and cooling cycles can damage rubber belts and pulleys. A broken or slipping belt can leave you stranded at an inopportune time.
- Check all coolant hoses and clamps.
- Check all vacuum lines and clamps.
- Check all emission hoses.
- Check for smooth engine operation.
- Check that the engine is not making unusual noises.
- Check filters.
- Check your engine to see if it’s time for a tune up or factory-scheduled maintenance service.
- Check transmission and clutch operation.
- Check all lights.
- Check all directional and hazard lights.
- Check for "Check engine light" codes. A bad sensor signal can lead to an expensive repair if it isn’t addressed quickly. Never ignore a check engine light.
- Check condition and operation of wipers and windshield washer system.
- Check that car will pass state inspection, even if it’s months away.
- Road test and check drivability and handling.
- Check condition of the body paint and undercarriage for rust and leaks.
Finally make sure the customer is happy
For your convenience, STEIGER Auto Tech is open Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 17:00 pm
If you have any questions about your car or the auto services we provide, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your specific vehicle needs!