10 Things You Should Know About General Inspection

10 Things You Should Know About General Inspection

10 Things You Should Know About General Inspection

As a suburban car owner, you probably rely on your vehicle for everything from the daily commute to weekend getaways with the family. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your car in top shape. Regular maintenance is key to preventing breakdowns and ensuring your safety on the road. Today, we’re diving into the top 10 things you should know about general inspections. By the end of this article, you'll feel more confident about what goes into a comprehensive general inspection and why it matters.

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1. Understanding the Basics of General Inspection

What Is a General Inspection?

A general inspection is like a health check-up for your car. It involves a thorough examination of various components to ensure everything is working properly. Think of it as giving your vehicle a clean bill of health, or catching issues early before they become expensive problems.

Why It’s Important

Skipping regular general inspections is like ignoring your annual physical. Just as you wouldn't neglect your health, you shouldn't overlook your car’s maintenance needs. Regular inspections can save you money in the long run by preventing costly repairs and ensuring your vehicle runs efficiently.

2. Engine Inspection: The Heart of Your Vehicle


Components Checked

During an engine inspection, mechanics will check the oil level and quality, inspect belts for wear and tear, and ensure there are no leaks or unusual noises. They might also perform a diagnostic test to catch any hidden issues.

Common Issues

I remember the time my friend Sarah noticed a strange ticking sound coming from her engine. She ignored it for weeks, thinking it was just the heat shield. When she finally took it in, it turned out to be a worn timing belt that could have caused major engine damage. Catching it early saved her a lot of money and hassle.

Maintenance Tips

Keep an eye on your dashboard lights, check the oil regularly, and listen for any unusual sounds. These simple steps can help you spot potential problems before they become serious.

3. Brake System Check: Ensuring Your Safety

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Components Checked

A brake system check involves inspecting the brake pads, rotors, and fluid levels. Mechanics will look for wear and tear and ensure everything is functioning correctly.

Warning Signs

If you notice squeaking, grinding, or a soft brake pedal, it’s time to get your brakes checked. These are clear signs that something might be wrong.

Safety Tips

Regularly check your brake fluid and have your brakes inspected at least once a year. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to stopping your car.

4. Suspension and Steering: Smooth and Safe Driving

Components Checked

Your suspension system includes shocks, struts, and various steering components. During an inspection, these parts are checked for wear and tear, leaks, and proper alignment.

Common Issues

I’ll never forget the time my steering started feeling loose. It turned out my tie rod ends were worn out. Had I ignored it, I could have lost steering control. Regular inspections can catch these issues early.

Driving Tips

Pay attention to how your car handles. If it feels bouncy, or if the steering is stiff or loose, it’s time for an inspection.

5. Tire Condition Check: Grip and Stability

Components Checked

Inspecting tires involves checking tread depth, pressure, and wear patterns. Properly maintained tires are essential for traction and fuel efficiency.


Worn tires can be dangerous, especially in wet or icy conditions. They can also negatively impact your fuel economy.

Maintenance Tips

Check your tire pressure monthly and look for uneven wear patterns. Rotate your tires regularly to ensure even wear.

6. Fluid Levels: The Lifeblood of Your Vehicle

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Components Checked

During a general inspection, mechanics will check the levels of various fluids, including engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.

Maintenance Tips

Keep an eye on these fluid levels yourself. Top them off as needed and follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule for fluid changes.

7. Electrical System Check: Keeping Everything Running

Components Checked

The electrical system includes the battery, alternator, and various electrical connections. A check-up ensures these components are functioning correctly.

Common Issues

A dead battery can leave you stranded. Regular inspections can catch battery issues before they become a problem.

Maintenance Tips

Have your battery tested regularly, especially before winter. Look for signs of corrosion on the battery terminals and clean them as needed.

8. Cooling System: Preventing Overheating

Components Checked

The cooling system includes the radiator, hoses, and coolant levels. This system is crucial for preventing your engine from overheating.

Common Issues

Leaking hoses and low coolant levels can lead to overheating, which can cause severe engine damage.

Maintenance Tips

Regularly check your coolant levels and inspect hoses for leaks. Have your cooling system flushed according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

9. Exhaust System: Reducing Emissions and Noise

Components Checked

The exhaust system includes the muffler, catalytic converter, and exhaust pipes. An inspection ensures these parts are working properly to reduce emissions and noise.

Common Issues

A loud exhaust noise could indicate a problem. Ignoring it can lead to more serious issues down the road.

Environmental Impact

Maintaining a healthy exhaust system is not only good for your car but also for the environment. It helps reduce harmful emissions and ensures your vehicle runs efficiently.

10. Light System Check: Visibility and Safety

General Inspection

Components Checked

Mechanics will check all your vehicle’s lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, to ensure they are functioning properly.


Properly working lights are essential for your safety and the safety of others on the road. They help you see and be seen, especially at night or in bad weather.

Maintenance Tips

Regularly check all your lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs immediately. Clean your headlights to ensure maximum visibility.


Regular general inspections are vital for maintaining your vehicle’s health and ensuring your safety on the road. By staying on top of these check-ups, you can catch potential issues early, save money on costly repairs, and enjoy a smoother, more reliable driving experience.

So, don’t wait until there’s a problem. Schedule your next general inspection with us at Rendez-Vous Nissan today. We’re here to help keep your car running smoothly, so you can focus on the road ahead.

Contact Information

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If you have any questions or need to schedule an inspection, feel free to contact us. Our friendly team is always here to help you with all your vehicle maintenance needs.

By staying proactive about your vehicle's maintenance, you’re not only ensuring your safety but also protecting your investment. Happy driving!

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