Visual inspection report

AutoWorks’ Visual Inspection Report

Any time you bring your vehicle in for a repair or maintenance service, AutoWorks’ expert and qualified technicians will examine your vehicle for other issues at no charge to you.

Our technicians will apply a comprehensive 32-point visual inspection of your vehicle’s major components and systems that will identify any major issues with your vehicle and help you plan your future auto maintenance and auto repair needs.

Our technicians will look outside, inside, and under your vehicle. They will determine what needs immediate attention and what can wait.

After our examination, we will offer you a written report, evaluating the state of your vehicle.

If your vehicle experiences any of the issues listed below, AutoWorks can help you in servicing your automobile.

Our technicians will inspect major systems and components outside, inside, and under your vehicle; they will check under the hood, fluids, brakes, and tires.

They will determine what needs immediate attention and what can wait.

After our examination, we will offer you a written report, evaluating the state of your vehicle.

If your vehicle experiences any of the issues listed below, AutoWorks can help you in servicing your automobile.

AutoWorks technicians will visually inspect these major systems and components outside and inside your vehicle:

  • CaptureExterior condition
  • Check Engine light and other dash lights
  • Windshield
  • Wipers
  • Cabin air filter
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • Head lights
  • Brake and reverse lights
  • Turn lights
  • Hazard lights

AutoWorks technicians will visually inspect these components under the hood:

  • CaptureHood supports
  • Battery and cables
  • Engine air filter
  • Leaks (oil and coolant)
  • Hoses
  • Belts (except timing belt)
  • Coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid

CaptureAutoWorks technicians will visually inspect the tires:

  • Tread depth
  • Wear pattern
  • Air pressure

AutoWorks technicians will visually inspect these components under the vehicle:

  • CaptureSteering system
  • Shocks and struts
  • Brake lines and hoses
  • Fuel lines and hoses
  • Exhaust system
  • Engine leaks and mounts
  • Driveline (axle and CV shaft)

Your vehicle’s air-conditioning system takes the heat and moisture out of the air that is inside your vehicle. Refrigerant resides in the AC system. The AC compressor causes the refrigerant to liquefy and to travel through high-pressure lines to the condenser. The condenser puts the liquid in contact with fresh air outside the vehicle, which absorbs the heat from the liquid. The liquid flows into the expansion valve and becomes gaseous and then flows into the receiver dryer where unwanted moisture and impurities are collected. The gaseous refrigerant travels through the tubing into the evaporator. In its gaseous state, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the air passing through the evaporator, leaving cooler air behind. Fans blow this cool and dry air into the car’s cabin.

The refrigerant also carries dispersed oil that lubricates the compressor. It is critical to the compressor’s operation for the refrigerant to stay charged. All vehicles produced after 1994 are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to be equipped with R-134 refrigerant, which is better for the environment. All vehicles produced before 1994 used R-12 refrigerant.

If the refrigerant level gets low, the AC system will lose its cooling effect and can cause damage to the compressor. If the refrigerant level is low, it is due to a leak in the AC system.

If your AC is not working properly, come in and see your trusted technicians at AutoWorks. They will check the operation of the compressor, the clutch and belt of the compressor, the high and low pressures of the system while it is operating, the restrictions in the system, the proper air flow through the condenser and the evaporator, and for leaks.

The power that gets your vehicle started is produced by the battery. If the battery is failing, you may notice that the vehicle’s engine cranks more slowly than usual. If the engine does not crank at all, the vehicle will make a rapid clicking sound, signaling that there is low power.

The battery also operates all electronic components, such as power windows, power seats, radio, and lights. If these electronic components are not functioning properly, it may be because the battery terminals are dirty.

The battery case may also be swollen as a result of the vehicle’s exposure to excessive heat or cold. If the battery resides in a vehicle that is not driven for a long time, the battery will discharge and the battery will die.

An average battery lasts about 5 years. Once your vehicle’s battery reaches the 4-year mark, get the battery tested at AutoWorks.

Most vehicles have a dashboard warning light for the battery, which may be illuminated and signal a problem. This may also indicate that there is something wrong with the alternator or another part of the electrical system.

Your vehicle’s battery may vent gas that smells like rotten eggs. This could happen if your vehicle’s battery has been frozen, overcharged, or is shorted internally. Have the battery inspected as soon as possible by the expert technicians at AutoWorks.

The technicians at AutoWorks will check your vehicle’s battery and tell you if the battery’s standard rating is not right.  They will also tell you if the battery cables are corroded.

Most modern vehicles use one belt to operate the air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump, alternator, and water pump. If this belt becomes frayed, cracked, or broken, it should be replaced. This belt is usually a serpentine belt. This belt needs to be replaced when it shows wear, such as stretching, fraying, or cracking.

Some engines also have a timing belt that connects the crankshaft on the bottom of the engine to the cylinder on the top. This belt controls when valves open and close.

Many engines have a timing chain instead of a belt. The difference between timing belt and timing chain is that the timing chain is considered a lifetime part that does not need to be replaced.

Broken belts can cause overheating, electrical, and steering system failure. If this happens, your vehicle will break down.

The technicians at AutoWorks will determine if your vehicle’s belt is missing, cracked, or frayed.

Do not wait too long to replace your vehicle’s belt. Bring your vehicle to AutoWorks and our expert technicians will advise you on the condition of your belt and replace it if necessary.

The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear. These brakes are connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. The parking brakes, power brake booster, and the anti-lock system are also connected to the brake system.

When you step on the brake pedal, you are actually pushing against a plunger in the master cylinder, which forces brake fluid through tubes and hoses on the braking unit at each wheel.

On a disk brake, the fluid from the master cylinder is forced into a caliper where it presses against a piston. The piston squeezes two brake pads against the rotor, which is attached to the wheel, forcing it to slow down or stop.

With drum brakes, fluid is forced into the wheel cylinder, which pushes the brake shoes out so that the friction linings are pressed against the drum, which is attached to the wheel, causing the wheel to stop.

The friction surfaces of the pads on a disk brake system or the shoes on a drum brake system convert the forward motion of the vehicle in to heat. Heat is what causes the linings of the pads and shoes to wear out and require replacement.

Among the most important brake parts in t­urning pedal action into stopping power are a vehicle’s brake lines and brake hoses. Most vehicles and light trucks have hydraulic braking systems. That means they use fluid to transfer the braking power from your foot to the brakes.

In a typical disc brake system, the fluid is stored in the master cylinder. When the brake pedal is applied, it moves fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers, forcing them to clamp down on the brake rotors to slow the vehicle. That fluid is carried through the brake lines, making them a critical brake part. If your vehicle’s brake lines do not work, your brakes will not work, and you and your vehicle can get into a lot of trouble.

Road conditions and undercarriage corrosion can cause cracks or wear in the steel lines and rubber hoses that carry brake fluid underneath your vehicle. A leaking brake line may cause loss of brake pressure to the entire braking system.

After visually checking your vehicle’s brake lines and hoses, the expert technicians at AutoWorks will inform you whether the lines or hoses are leaking, rusted, damaged, or cracked.

If your vehicle’s brake/reverse lights are not functioning properly, this could be a safety hazard. If your vehicle has bulbs that are burnt out, this could indicate an electrical problem.

The technicians at AutoWorks will test your vehicle’s lights. They will check the left and right headlights; the brake and reverse lights; all the turn lights, and the hazard lights. If your vehicle’s lights are failing, the technicians at AutoWorks will tell you.

Brake fluid is a special oil that has specific properties. Brake fluid is designed to withstand cold temperatures without thickening and hot temperatures without boiling. The current standard brake fluid is DOT-3, which has a boiling point of 460 F.

The brake fluid reservoir is on top of the master cylinder. Most vehicles have a transparent reservoir so that the level can be seen without opening the cover. The brake fluid level will drop slightly as the brake pads wear. This is normal. If the level drops noticeably over a short period of time, have your brakes checked by the expert technicians of AutoWorks as soon as possible.

Replacing the brake fluid helps maintain correct pedal pressure and prevents corrosion deposits from forming on brake parts.

AutoWorks’ technicians can tell you whether your vehicle needs brake fluid.

Most late-model vehicles are equipped with a cabin air filter. This filter cleans the air inside your vehicle that comes from the ventilation, air-conditioning, and heating system. The filter traps dust, pollen, and other airborne material. When this filter should be replaced depends on the type of vehicle you drive and the recommendations made by the manufacturer. But as a general rule, the filter should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.

If your vehicle is experiencing these symptoms, your vehicle may need a new filter: Reduced air flow through the air-conditioning system; noise when you turn up the fan too high; unpleasant odors.

Even if your vehicle does not experience these symptoms, you should have the air filter checked at least once a year.

AutoWorks technicians routinely check the cabin air filter every time you bring your vehicle to our auto repair center.

The Check Engine Light alert is part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system.  Computers control and monitor vehicle performance, regulating variables such as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing, and may even tell the automatic transmission when to shift.

There are many reasons that the Check Engine Light warning comes on.

Here are the most common causes:

  • Catalytic Converter: The catalytic converter of your vehicle needs to be replaced. The catalytic converter protects the environment by converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide.
  • If the catalytic converter is not replaced, your vehicle will not be able to convert carbon monoxide into emissions and its fuel efficiency will decrease.
  • Gas Cap: The gas cap that seals the fuel system and helps maintain pressure in the fuel tank is missing, broken, or loose.
  • If left unattended, fuel vapors will leak out of your vehicle, causing a reduction in fuel efficiency and an increase in emissions.
  • Manifold or Hoses: Your vehicle’s hoses or manifold may be loose or cracked. Vacuum leaks can occur from deteriorated hoses or a leaky manifold can occur over a vehicle’s lifetime.
  • If left unrepaired, your vehicle will experience poor fuel efficiency and loss of power, which will damage the engine.
  • Mass Airflow Sensor: The mass airflow sensor of your vehicle needs to be replaced. The sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine to determine how much fuel is needed for the engine to run efficiently.
  • If the mass airflow sensor is not replaced, there will be a decrease in gas mileage and eventually, your vehicle will stall.
  • Oxygen Sensor: The oxygen sensor in your vehicle needs to be replaced. This sensor measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust system.
  • If left unattended, a dirty oxygen sensor will lead to a decrease in fuel efficiency, an increase in emissions, and a failed catalytic converter.
  • Spark Plugs: Your vehicle’s spark plugs and plug wires need to be replaced. These spark plugs ignite the air and fuel mixture in the combustion chamber of your vehicle. The spark plug wires deliver the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs.

If you do not replace your vehicle’s spark plugs, you vehicle will jolt when accelerating and you will experience a decrease in fuel efficiency.

The expert technicians at AutoWorks are familiar with Check Engine Light codes and can diagnose what the Check Engine Light means.

Coolant consists of a mixture of water and antifreeze that is stored in the vehicle’s radiator. Coolant, also referred to as antifreeze, is vital to the life of your vehicle’s engine.

Replacing engine coolant protects the radiator, the water pump, and the coolant system gaskets from corrosion. Coolant also protects against freezing and boil-over.

Without radiator coolant, an auto engine would overheat extremely fast, leading to mechanical breakdown and engine failure. Coolant mixes with water in a vehicle’s radiator. It prevents the water from freezing and boiling given the extreme temperatures to which it is exposed. Considering the amount of heat energy generated by burning gasoline within an internal combustion engine is between 19 and 20,000 BTUs per gallon, the engine’s cooling system is greatly relied upon to ensure the vehicle functions properly.

AutoWorks’ technicians can tell you whether your vehicle needs coolant.

The driveline includes parts of the drivetrain, excluding the engine and transmission. Two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are different types of drivelines.

The drivetrain includes everything in the chain from the engine to the drive wheels, but the driveline consists of everything after the transmission — all driveshafts, axles, joints, differentials and wheels.

An axle is a central shaft for a rotating wheel or gear. On wheeled vehicles, the axle may be fixed to the wheels, rotating with them, or fixed to the vehicle, with the wheels rotating around the axle. Bearings or bushings are provided at the mounting points where the axle is supported.

Axle shafts are commonly referred to as “CV axles” or “half-shafts.” An axle shaft is a narrow, pole-like part that connects a wheel to the gears in the transmission. Axles are part of the system that enables the wheels to rotate. One end of the axle shaft is connected to the transmission and the other end is connected to the wheel. The transmission rotates the axle shafts, which rotates the wheels. Without the axles, the tires will not rotate and the vehicle will not move.

Axle shafts comprise four components: shaft, CV joints, grease, and the boots. The most common reason for the axle to fail is because of the torn boots, which results to grease leaking out. Without the grease, the CV joints will not get lubricated, dirt will enter the joint, and the whole axle will eventually wear out.

Unlubricated, noisy CV joints or U-joints are likely to fail soon.­ A torn CV boot indicates probable CV joint damage. ­Cracked boots or missing clamps may be repairable. ­A broken driveline component will allow the engine to run, but the vehicle may not move.

The expert technicians at AutoWorks will visually check for to determine if there are any torn boots or worn joints.

If your vehicle is missing an engine air filter or the air filter is damaged, this will allow dirt to enter the engine and cause engine wear. Dirty air filters also can lead to poor engine performance and low fuel mileage.

The technicians at AutoWorks will determine whether your vehicle’s air filter is missing or restricted.

The expert technicians at AutoWorks will visually check for engine leaks and determine if any mounts are broken.

An engine mount is the part that holds the engine to the body or to the engine cradle of the car. In a typical car, the engine and transmission are bolted together and held in place by three or four mounts. The mount that holds the transmission is called the transmission mount, others are referred to as engine mounts.

The main function of engine or motor oil is to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. Motor oil also prevents corrosion and cools the engine by carrying heat away from the moving parts. Without oil, the engine seizes up and dies. Regularly changing the oil of your vehicle can help combat these engine seizures and help prolong the life of your vehicle.

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Oil lubricates your vehicle’s engine and helps to fight against the two biggest elements facing any engine: heat and friction. Without oil, your vehicle would produce excessive heat, heat causes friction, and friction produces wear. Wear is the biggest threat to your vehicle’s engine.

Regular oil changes are the best protection against internal engine damage. Clean, high-quality oil also helps reduce emissions and improve fuel mileage.

There are three types of engine oil: conventional, synthetic, and high mileage.

Conventional oil (also known as standard and premium oil) is formulated with additives to ensure that it has the proper heat tolerance, breakdown resistance, and viscosity that engines require. For many vehicles, conventional/premium oil is fine.

Conventional/premium motor oil provides adequate protection but is prone to breakdown and sludge. Our expert technicians at AutoWorks recommend changing your premium motor oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

Newer vehicles may have longer original equipment manufacturer, also known as OEM, drainage intervals.

Synthetic oil is engineered specifically to provide the highest level of lubrication in high and low temperatures, which results in better overall engine protection. Synthetic oil has superior cleansing properties that help to keep the engine cleaner.

Synthetic motor oil is superior to providing better protection, longer oil change intervals, providing greater resistance to breakdown, improved cold weather starts, and improve overall fuel mileage. Synthetic motor oil can go as much as 10,000 to 15,000 mile between changes.

Synthetic oil is the most expensive motor oil, but is considered by many to be the best type of oil that you can put in your vehicle. But, not every vehicle requires synthetic oil.

If driving conditions are not ideal, synthetic oil may be the best option. In cases of stop and go traffic, short trips, very hot or very cold temperatures, synthetic oil may be the best option.

Most new vehicles require synthetic oil, but older vehicles should run fine using conventional/premium oil, unless the vehicle has more than 75,000 miles on it, in which case, a high-mileage oil is recommended.

How the oil for your vehicle is chosen is important. Here are all the things that the expert technicians at AutoWorks put into practice when they do the oil change for your vehicle:

  1. AutoWorks’ technicians determine whether your vehicle needs conventional, synthetic, or high-mileage oil.
  2. AutoWorks’ technicians choose the right weight oil, which is the premium, Chevron 5W-30.
  3. AutoWorks will keep a record of when you last changed your vehicle’s oil; our technicians will post a sticker inside the driver’s side windshield, which will indicate when the next oil change service should take place.
  4. AutoWorks’ technicians will choose a high-quality filter. It makes sense when you change your vehicle’s oil to install a new oil filter that will help keep your oil clean longer.

The technicians at AutoWorks will determine look to see where the level of your vehicle’s engine oil is and what condition the oil is in.

The technicians at AutoWorks will walk around your vehicle and make sure that the sides, front, and rear are in good condition. They will also check to make sure that no hubcaps are missing.

Steel lines and rubber hoses carry fuel underneath your vehicle. Road conditions and undercarriage corrosion can cause cracks or wear in these hoses. Leaking fuel lines are a potential a safety hazard.

After visually checking your vehicle’s fuel lines and hoses, the expert technicians at AutoWorks will inform you whether the lines or hoses are leaking, restricted, or cracked.

The hazard lights in your vehicle are indicator lights, which when flashing simultaneously indicate that the vehicle is stationary and temporarily obstructing traffic.

The technicians at AutoWorks will test your vehicle’s lights. They will check the left and right headlights; the brake and reverse lights; all the turn lights, and the hazard lights. If your vehicle’s lights are failing, the technicians at AutoWorks will tell you.

If your vehicle’s head lights are not functioning properly, this could be a safety hazard. If your vehicle has many bulbs that are burnt out, this could indicate and electrical problem.

The technicians at AutoWorks will test your vehicle’s lights. They will check the left and right headlights; the brake and reverse lights; all the turn lights, and the hazard lights. If your vehicle’s lights are failing, the technicians at AutoWorks will tell you.

The technicians at AutoWorks will open your vehicle’s hood and they will tell you is the hood supports are missing, inoperable, or damaged.

Coolant hoses, also referred to as radiator system hoses, are an important part of your vehicle’s cooling system, which keeps the engine from overheating. The hoses carry coolant through the radiator and back through the engine to keep it operating at an optimal temperature. In any system, there are multiple hoses: upper hoses connect the top of the radiator to the engine and lower hoses connect the bottom of the radiator to the water pump of the engine.

Here is what will happen is your hoses are damaged: AC is not working properly; coolant is leaking; steam is coming out of the engine compartment; bulges or cracks in hoses.

It is important to replace worn or leaking hoses to prevent your vehicle’s engine from overheating.

AutoWorks’ technicians are trained to look for hoses that are cracked, leaking, or spongy and they can determine if the hoses have been misrouted, restricted, or damaged.

Sometimes, your vehicle may leak, leaving spots in your driveway. And sometimes, the fluid leak is harmless and sometimes the fluid leak can be a symptom of a serious problem that needs to be repairs as soon as possible.

The color, the consistency, and the location of the leak can indicate what type of fluid your vehicle is leaking. Here is how you can identify the leaks:

  • Light brown to black: engine oil – this is the most common substance to drip from a vehicle and easy to see. The color ranges from light brown to black and slippery to the touch. Although a small drip is not serious, it is a good idea to have AutoWorks’ technicians inspect your vehicle because a tiny leak may turn into a big leak. The engine oil travels through many gaskets and seals and a drop can seep out and the spot could be anywhere under the vehicle.
  • Reddish and thin or brown and thick: transmission fluid – transmission fluid is thicker than engine oil and usually found near the center of the vehicle. These leaks may indicate a failing transmission seal or gasket.
  • Reddish or light brown and thin: power steering fluid – similar to transmission fluid, but the leaks will be a different location. The power steering fluid leak is usually located near the front of the vehicle.
  • Clear to brown and slick: brake fluid – this is a critical fluid. New brake fluid is mostly clear, but over time can turn brown in the engine. This is slick to the touch and slippery. Brake fluid is one of the most dangerous leaks. Do not drive your car, but have your car towed to AutoWorks as soon as possible.
  • Yellow, green, or pink and slimy: coolant – If your vehicle is old, a coolant leak can be harmless and only indicates that you need to add some more. Newer cars recycle blow-off coolant, this could be a sign of trouble under the hood.
  • Clear, thin: water – if it looks like water, it usually is water. Condensation builds on the vehicle’s air-conditioning system when the AC is on and this usually causes the watery puddles.

The radiator is the most important part of your vehicle’s cooling system. If your vehicle’s radiator is clogged, leaking, or corroded there is a good chance that your vehicle will break down. The most common source of leak in the cooling system are radiator hoses. Hoses link the radiator to the engine and allow coolant to flow between the two. Hoses should be replaced periodically whether they are working well or not because they are prone to failure over time.

Although the thermostat is not part of the radiator, it controls how much coolant can flow into and out of the radiator, allowing the engine to operate at optimum temperature. If the thermostat fails, the vehicle overheats quickly.

Also, air can become trapped in the cooling system, which restricts the flow of the coolant. If the vehicle is running hot, the technicians at AutoWorks can bleed the cooling system to remove air bubbles.

The radiator itself can be leaking; the technicians at AutoWorks can tell you for sure.

Engine scale can block the cooling passages in the engine or radiator, preventing the coolant from moving. AutoWorks’ technicians can locate the obstructions and get rid of them.

If your vehicle is fine on the highway, but overheats at idle in traffic, it may have a radiator fan that is failing. AutoWorks’ technicians can replace the fan.

The technicians at AutoWorks will determine whether your vehicle’s radiator is leaking, corroded, or damaged.

Power-steering fluid is the fluid that transmits power in power steering, which allows a vehicle to steer easier. It’s a hydraulic fluid – meaning power is transferred. When your AutoWorks’ technicians tell you the power-steering fluid needs to be serviced, they are recommending the old fluid be drained and flushed out and replaced with new fluid.

If this is recommended for your vehicle, it is important to have this service done right away. Changing the power-steering fluid is inexpensive and will prolong the life of the expensive power-steering components. Over time, components will wear out and begin to contaminate the power-steering fluid, forcing the pump to work harder, eventually rendering the pump useless. Replacing the pump is an expensive procedure.

AutoWorks’ technicians can tell you whether your vehicle needs power-steering fluid.

AutoWorks’ technicians can drain your vehicle’s old power-steering fluid and add fresh power steering fluid.

Shock absorbers and struts are parts of the vehicle suspension that absorb shocks from the bumps and potholes and keep your vehicle riding smooth and stable. A strut is the shock absorber built into one unit with the coil spring.

All vehicles have four struts and shock absorbers; one at each wheel. Most vehicles have struts in the front suspension and shock absorbers or struts in the back.

The most common problem with shocks and struts is leaks. Struts and shock absorbers are filled with oil. During their visual inspection, your AutoWorks technicians can determine whether a strut or shock absorber is leaking. If they are leaking, they must be replaced, because eventually they will stop working. Sometimes a shock absorber may stop functioning even without visible leaks.

Worn or badly leaking shocks and struts can cause braking problems and premature suspension wear. A cracked or broken mount will cause noise over bumps.

After a visual check, the technicians of AutoWorks will give you a report on the condition of your vehicles’ shocks and struts and will tell you whether they are leaking, bent, seized, or worn.

The concept of steering is simple: you turn the steering wheel, the front wheels turn, and the vehicle changes direction. How this happens, however, is not so simple.

Most vehicle steering systems comprise the same three or four components. The steering wheel, which connects to the steering system, which connects to the track rod, which connects to the tie rods, which connects to the steering arms.

All the steering system designs essentially move the track rod left-to-right across the vehicle. The tie rods connect to the ends of the track rod with ball and socket joints, and then to the ends of the steering arms, also with ball and socket joints. The purpose of the tie rods is to allow suspension movement as well as an element of adjustability in the steering geometry.

If your vehicle’s steering is loose or binding, this can mean that parts have been worn, which can cause tire wear and poor alignment.

The expert technicians at AutoWorks will test your vehicle’s steering system to determine that it is not bent seized, or loose.

The technicians at AutoWorks will visually inspect the tires for the following:

  • Tread depth
  • Wear pattern
  • Air pressure

The best defense against premature tire failure is to make sure that your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated, they are rotated regularly, and you get a frequent evaluation from the expert technicians of AutoWorks. If your vehicle’s tires are worn, damaged, or improperly inflated, this may lead to longer braking distances, decreased fuel mileage, and even alter your vehicle’s ride and handling. Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for inflation rates, rotation intervals, and proper tire size.

After visually inspecting your tires, the technicians of AutoWorks will tell inform you of their condition.

The expert technicians at AutoWorks can help you select the right size tire at the best price, properly inflate your vehicle’s tires, and rotate your vehicle’s tires.

Frequent tire evaluation at AutoWorks by our expert technicians can spot tire wear or damage caused by road debris, alignment conditions, or improper tire maintenance.

The transmission fluid resides inside the vehicle’s transmission. The transmission plays a vital role for your vehicle. The transmission is what changes the gear of an engine, thereby transferring the engine’s power to the wheels with the purpose of moving the vehicle ahead.

The transmission is one of the most important component in your vehicle. Without the transmission, the power from the engine could never reach the wheels.

There are two major types of transmissions in most vehicles: automatic and manual. Several other types of transmission have been gaining ground in recent years. The dual-clutch transmission functions on principles similar to that of the manual transmission, but with computer control, bridging the gap between manual and automatic. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) does away with individual gears altogether, ramping up its power transmission ratio according to a set of rules. And electric cars often don’t have a transmission at all, strictly speaking, having just a single fixed ratio to transmit power to the wheels.

Fluid leaks may cause your vehicle’s transmission to fail. Broken transmission mounts can damage other components, including drive shafts and exhaust systems. Clutches that are slow to engage or shift may indicate worn parts that need to be replaced or repaired.

The technicians at AutoWorks will start your vehicle and make sure your vehicle’s transmission is not in trouble — is not slipping, listen for strange noises, and note any harsh shifts.

The fluid inside the transmission enables cooling and lubrication, helping transmit force and pressure, and preventing build-up.  By changing the transmission fluid on a regular basis, the fluid stays clean and will keep the transmission running smoothly.  Old or dirty transmission fluid can lead to problems, such as loss of acceleration, difficulties in gear shifting, and total transmission failure.

AutoWorks’ technicians can tell you whether your vehicle needs transmission fluid and what condition the transmission fluid is in.

If your vehicle’s turn signals are not functioning properly, this could be a safety hazard. If your vehicle has many bulbs that are burnt out, this could indicate and electrical problem.

The technicians at AutoWorks will test your vehicle’s lights. They will check the left and right headlights; the brake and reverse lights; all the turn lights, and the hazard lights. If your vehicle’s lights are failing, the technicians at AutoWorks will tell you.

The technicians at AutoWorks will take a look at your vehicle’s windshield and determine whether it is cracked or chipped.

Most drivers constantly overlook keeping windshield wiper fluid in their vehicle’s reservoir. Keeping your vehicle’s windows clean is essential to good visibility. Your vehicle’s washer reservoir should be full at all times and ready to clean the windshield from bugs and road dirt.

In addition, if you use your vehicle’s wipers to clean the windshield and there is no fluid in the reservoir, you could scratch the windshield glass. Washer fluid keeps the windshield in good condition and maintains the condition of the windshield wipers.

Having a dirty windshield can result in dirty wipers, and dirty wipers can lead the rubber of the wipers to crack and wear off.

The technicians at AutoWorks will turn on your vehicle’s wipers and determine whether they are operable, torn, bet, or streaking.