Multipoint inspections are the automotive equivalent of a physical. What do technicians look for? Why is it one of the best things you can do for a vehicle?
Routine oil changes, regular tire rotation and topping off fluids–basic maintenance services can keep your vehicle running care free for thousands of miles.
But what about other things that may go wrong without warning? Or small squeaks and squeals that may indicate costly problems?
Enter the multipoint inspection.
“Oil changes and routine multipoint inspections are the foundation of preventative maintenance,” said Patricia Serratore, senior vice-president for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). “An inspection focuses on the key systems and can prevent a vital repair from catching you off-guard.”
Routine maintenance and getting an early warning of major repairs helps lead to a long and happy (vehicle) life. And multipoint inspections–an evaluation that can be knocked out during an oil change–are the closest thing your service center has to a crystal ball.
“Multipoint inspection” is a general term for an evaluation of your vehicle. Some of the basic areas for review include tire issues such as wear or pressure and braking fluid level.
Other areas require trained technicians who can eye potential issues with brakes, belts, hoses and electrical charging system.
Below, Serratore talks about the benefits of multi-point inspections and when to get one.
- Stay informed. A copy of the technician’s findings and suggestions is available to you. It provides a guide on what systems are fine and what repairs might be on the horizon.
- Schedule before a major road trip between seasons. An inspection can help avoid problems exacerbated by weather changes.
- Use certified technicians or factory-trained experts. They are trained to spot issues that may turn into expensive problems.
- Invest in preventative maintenance. Recommendations that show up in a multipoint inspection–replacing a belt or hose or tire–can avoid more expensive problems far away from home.