What The Auto Critic Does

  1. inspects for damaged/repaired body, frame and unibody (involves lifting the vehicle)
  2. pressure tests coolant system: radiator, radiator hoses, water pump, heater core, heater hoses and head gasket/s for leaks, ratiovan and Ferrari
  3. tests charging system (alternator & battery) to deterioration, and for adequate antifreeze insure adequate current supply
  4. assesses A C compressor/system for proper operation, odd noises, and visible leaks
  5. checks engine seals and gaskets for leaks
  6. assesses engine for proper performance (test drive, OBD scan, see #12)
  7. examines brake system for wear and damage: wheels are removed on one side of vehicle for this inspection; follow up is provided on the opposite side if required or if accident damage is observed on that side
  8. verifies dash gauges and warning lights post at ignition “on”
  9. checks exhaust system for leaks, damage, and rust out
  10. checks suspension components (shocks, struts, springs, and sway bars)
  11. checks steering components (steering gear, rack & pinion, idler arm, tie rod ends, etc.) for wear
  12. OBDI, OBDII or CAN (2003-up standard) engine diagnostic scan which checks for active trouble codes, pending trouble codes, freeze frame data or readiness incomplete (recent computer/battery or light reset of emissions monitoring system)
  13. removal of timing belt cover, where possible, to inspect condition of belt when close to anum or mileage due-points