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2TORIAL
Learn2 Check Out a Used Car (continued)
Step 3: Check under the hood

Look under the hood, but make sure the engine has cooled off before you touch anything.

  • Any mismatched bolts or offset paint may mean a front end accident.

     

  • A sprayed black film on the underside of the hood usually means oil leaks or oil pressure.

     

  • Examine the engine belts for wear. These are thin, black ovals of rubber that are attached to certain parts of the engine. After long use they start to show white, frayed strands on their edges.


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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Note your first impression
Step 2: Check the underside and tires
Step 3: Check under the hood
Step 4: Perform gauge and listening tests
Step 5: Check the oil and brake fluid
Step 6: Check the shock absorbers and lights
Step 7: Check for play
Step 8: Take it for a drive

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