car INSPECTIONS & TUNE-UPS IN DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO

Regular vehicle inspections are critical to the health of your car. Think of them as routine check-ups – they help make sure all systems are working as they should, and allow us to identify any little issues before they become big headaches. Generally, we recommend two vehicle inspections per year. If you’re planning a road trip, an extra pre-holiday inspection will give you peace of mind knowing that your car is in top shape before you take to the highway.

24-Point Inspection

At General Auto Repair, each 24-point inspection is performed by one of our ASE-certified technicians who will:

  • Inspect operation of air conditioning and heating system

  • Inspect brake pads and shoes for wear

  • Inspect brake hydraulic system

  • Test emergency brake adjustment

  • Inspect C.V. boots on front wheel drive cars

  • Check shock absorbers/struts

  • Inspect condition of exhaust system

  • Visually inspect undercarriage/check for signs of damage

  • Inspect tires for proper inflation, tread depth and wear patterns

  • Visually inspect gas tank for leaks

  • Visually inspect oil pan for leaks

  • Check the battery

  • Check engine oil and filter

  • Inspect wiper inserts

  • Check air filter

  • Inspect PCV valve

  • Check transmission fluid level and condition

  • Inspect belts for cracking, fraying and wear

  • Check engine coolant level and condition

  • Inspect condition of radiator hoses and heater hoses

  • Inspect for coolant leaks, radiator, surge tank and water pump

  • Test operation of turn signals, brake lights, headlights and tail lights

  • Check brake pedal for proper travel


Tune-Ups

Depending on what our technician finds during an inspection, we may recommend a tune-up to repair or replace any items that are worn or damaged. Even if there aren’t any glaring performance issues, regular tune-ups will keep your car running like new for longer. On today’s cars, tune-ups are recommended based on mileage and can vary between manufacturers. Generally speaking, however, mileage intervals and maintenance are as follows:

Every 15,000 miles:

  • Replace Cabin air filter

  • Tire rotation

  • perform 24 point inspection

Every 3,000 miles

  • Replace oil

  • Replace oil filter

  • Inspect air filter and replace as needed

  • Check and top off all fluids

  • Check tire pressure and fill as needed

Every 50,000 miles:

  • Replace fluids for

  • Differentials

  • Brakes

  • Manual transmission

  • Transfer case

Every 30,000 miles:

  • Replace fuel filter

  • Performed transmission service

  • Flush cooling system

  • Replace PCV breather filter

Every 60,000 miles:

  • Replace PCV valve

  • Replace spark plugs

  • Replace spark plug wires

  • Replace belts, valves, and hoses

  • perform fuel injection service