Under-Hood inspection – Honda Canada Certified Used Vehicle Program

Under-Hood inspection – Honda Canada Certified Used Vehicle Program


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Commentator: “The main objective of the under hood inspection is to seek out any items they
may cause potential mechanical concerns. The mechanic
starts with the battery after a visual inspection for corrosion and obvious signs of aging.
The mechanic performs a battery low test to determine the
batteries condition. Once satisfied with the low test results, the mechanic moves on to
the cooling system. The radiator and hoses are inspected for any
leaks or signs or road hazard damage. Some leaks may not be easy to spot, so some mechanics
will perform a second inspection with the cooling system
pressurized. The coolant level is inspected and using a hydrometer, the mechanic also
checks the coolant strength. If the coolants condition is weak, or
it is past the service interval, the mechanic notes that replacement is necessary. The mechanic
next does a visual inspection of the fuel system connections
to ensure there are no leaks, and he also inspects the ignition wires looking for cracks
or signs of weakness. The mechanic also looks at the break master
cylinder, and the ABS components for leaks. The brake fluid level and condition is also
inspected. If the fluid looks discolored, or is near service interval,
a fluid re[placement is recommended. The power steering fluid level is inspected, and the
mechanic the pump belt tension, along with tensions of the alternator belt
and air conditioning compressor belt. If there are any sign of cracking, or of the tension
is too loose, the mechanic recommends the necessary adjustments or
replacements. The timing belt is also an area of concern. If the vehicle is close to the
timing belt service interval, then replacement is required before the
vehicle can be sold as a Honda certified used vehicle. The mechanic now focuses on the air
conditioning system and visually inspects the condenser looking for signs
of corrosion, or possible road hazard concern. The engine is then started and the air conditioner
is turned on. The mechanic wants to ensure the systems cycles in
properly and that there are no visible signs of refrigerant leaking. While the vehicle
continues to run, the final under hood component is inspected. The mechanic
brings the vehicle up to optimum running coolant temperature to ensure the electric cooling
fan functions properly.” [end]

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