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Pre-Inspection Items
– Technician/Inspector should have long sleeves, pants, latex or heavy gloves, safety glasses and protective mask.
– Walk around the vehicle and a look under the seats, under dash, trunk, and hood to see if a high-water mark can be identified. If the water mark is above the bottom of the door, then the insurance company and/or customer should be contacted.
Water Damage Inspection Pass/
Caution Fail Not Done
Starting Checks
If the vehicle under inspection can be validated as not having water above the lowest body point of the vehicle then the next items on the list should be:
– Check all fluids before starting vehicle
– To prevent possible damage to the engine and starter, turn the engine by hand to verify the cylinders are not hydro locked before attempting to start it. If the engine turns properly, start the engine and listen for odd noises.
– Check all exterior lamps while the engine is warming up
– Carpet inspection: if the carpet is pulled up and moisture is found, carpet and padding replacement along with any electronics and associated connectors/wiring harness will likely require replacement. (Air bag modules, seat belt pre-tensioners, etc.)
– Inspect dash fuse box connectors. If moisture is found, the fuse boxes and in dash harnesses will need to be replaced
– Road test – check brakes, engine performance/smooth acceleration, and cruise control operation
Noise/Vibration Checks
Check steering for operation and abnormal noise
Check braking system for operation and abnormal noise
Check suspension for operation
Transmission System Checks
Check automatic transmission
Check manual transmission and fluid
Check clutch and clutch fluid (if applicable) for normal operation
Check front differential and fluid for abnormal noise
Check transfer case and fluid for normal operation
Check rear differential and fluid for abnormal noise
Suspension Checks (test drive)
Inspect front shocks and struts; check operation
Inspect rear shocks and struts; check operation
Exterior Light Checks
Inspect fog lights and headlight low and bright beam operation
Inspect taillight, turn signal, side marker, and license plate lights
Inspect brake light operation
Check hazard light operation
Check back-up light operation
Body/Exterior Checks
Inspect door latches and mechanisms
Inspect body for flood damage
Inspect sunroof
Inspect convertible top
Check windshield and fixed glass
Inspect wiper blade system and wiper washer system for
Inspect mirrors for damage and functionality
Scan vehicle computer for fault codes
Inspect parking brake adjustment and operation
Headliner, sun visors, dash pad, upholstery, console, cup holders, and
trim panel are in place, in good condition and operate properly
Carpet / Floor Mats / Seat Covers
MIL Light/Dash Light Checks
Inspect malfunction indicator lamp warning light
Inspect dash and interior lights
HVAC Checks
Inspect heat and air conditioning operation
Check blower motor operation (all speeds)
Check air flow switching control (floor, dash vent, and defroster
Inspect cabin air/HEPA micro filter (if equipped)
Inspect rear window defroster operation
Power Accessory Checks
Check power antenna operation
Check power locking system operation
Check power window operation
Check power seat operation
Check horn operation
Restraint System Checks
Check seatbelts for normal operation/condition
Under Hood
Fluid Checks (under hood)
Check engine oil condition
Check engine coolant condition
Check automatic transmission fluid condition
Check brake fluid condition
Check clutch hydraulic fluid level and condition
Check power steering fluid condition
Drive Belt/Timing Belt Checks
Inspect accessory drive belts including timing belt
Check engine timing chain and gear assembly
Engine Performance Checks
Inspect vacuum hoses and connections
Inspect ignition wires and spark plugs
Inspect fuel injection system
Inspect fuel hoses, lines, and connections
Inspect air cleaner element
Engine Electrical Checks
Inspect wiring harness and connections
Inspect battery terminals and cables
Perform battery performance test
Check alternator/charging system
Under Car
Powertrain Mount Checks
Inspect automatic transmission mounts for damage
Inspect manual transmission mounts for damage
Inspect engine mounts
Inspect torque mounts
Driveline and Axle Checks
Inspect CV joints and boots
Inspect U-joints and driveline slip-joints
Wheel Bearing Checks
Check rear wheel bearings for noise or water damage
Check front wheel bearings for noise or water damage
Suspension/Steering Checks
Check ball joints
Check tie-rod ends
Check idler arm
Check pitman arm
Check control arm bushings
Check front sway-bar links and bushings
Check front strut/shock mounts
Check rear strut/shock mounts
Check steering gear assembly
Check rear suspension bushings
Check rear sway-bar links and bushings
Brake System Checks (under car)
Inspect front brake pads and rotors
Inspect rear brake drums and shoes or pads and rotors
Inspect brake calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware
Inspect brake hoses and lines
Tire/Wheel Checks
Inspect rims for damage
Inspect lug nuts and wheel studs
General Under Car Checks
Inspect frame and chassis
Exhaust System Checks
Inspect catalytic converter
Inspect exhaust system damage
Inspect exhaust system heat shields