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The following automotive and home checklist information was compiled by the National Safety Campaign, in cooperation with the expert home and automotive repair facilities, 1-800-REPAIRS, the Consumer Information Center, the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
This checklist will assist you in locating potentially dangerous areas on your automobile and around your home. The correct answer is in bold print. If your answer does not match the correct answer, it may indicate a need for immediate service or attention from a qualified and appropriate repair service provider in your area.
IMPORTANT: Before allowing a company to perform any work on your automotive or home, ask for the following from the company:
BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES
|1. Are you a member of a "Motor
Club" or have an emergency road side provider?
"A motor club plan may be useful in locating a 'qualified' emergency road service provider quickly in case of a breakdown."
|2. Have you experienced a
"breakdown" within the past 12 months?
"Recent breakdowns may indicate a need for necessary mechanical services."
|3. Do you have the following in your vehicle:|
|A. First aid kit||YES||No||
"These items should always be kept in your vehicle. In case of a breakdown always position your vehicle as far as possible from the flow of traffic. Periodically check your spare tire air pressure and keep fresh batteries in the flashlight."
|B. Tool kit||YES||No|
|C. Spare Tire||YES||No|
|D. Flash Light||YES||No|
|E. Blanket and dry towel||YES||No|
|F. Jumper Cables||YES||No|
|G. Spare gallon of water||YES||No|
|H. Umbrella and rain suit||YES||No|
|I. Fire extinguisher||YES||No|
|J. Flares and a plastic triangular-shaped emergency reflector||YES||No|
|1. Do you detect any cuts, holes or defects in the sides or any part of the rubber?||Yes||NO|
|2. Is there any "cracking" or splits on the sides of between the treads or at the valve stem?||Yes||NO|
|3. Is there any sign of uneven wear or "balding" on the treads?||Yes||NO|
|4. Is there correct air pressure in all tires?
"The correct pressure is usually indicated on the placard inside the glove compartment or actually by the vehicle manufacturer specifications. Low air pressure can also decrease gas mileage."
|"Your tires should be checked regularly. Tires in poor condition can cause "blow outs" and possible dangerous crashes."|
|5. Do you have a special key to unlock the hubcaps?
"Many newer model automobiles have hubcaps that require a special tool to remove the hubcap. If your vehicle has this, keep the tool with your tire changing equipment at all times."
|6. Are the hubcaps on securely?||YES||No|
|7. Do you detect any shaking or "wobbling" while driving?||Yes||NO|
|8. While driving, does your steering pull in any
"The above two items may be a result of improper alignment or poor tire balance."
|1. Does your automobile have an anti-lock brake system
and do you understand how it operates?
"Most never car models offer ABS as either standard or optional equipment. Read your owners manual to find out whether your car has an anti-lock brake system." (NHTSA)
"With anti-lock brakes, your brake pedal may pulsate when you attempt a sudden, abrupt stop. This condition is normal." (ASE) "If you normally pump the brakes, you shouldn't do so with ABS. Just hold foot firmly on the brake pedal and ignore the unusual sounds coming from the brake system or pedal pulsing you may experience. And remember you can still steer!" (NHTSA)
|2. Do you detect any "squeaking, squealing or
grinding" sounds with regular brakes?
"Squeaking" usually indicates a need for brake service. Grinding sounds may be caused by completely worn brake pads and should be inspected.
|3. Does your brake pedal feel "spongy" or loose when applying?||Yes||NO|
|4. Do your brake lights work property?||YES||No|
|5. Is your brake fluid to the full mark on the
"Low brake fluid may cause your brakes to operate improperly. Check brake fluid and lights monthly."
OIL, FLUIDS & FILTERS
|1. Do you detect any burning smells or smoke (from
around the engine)?
"Smoke or burning smells may be caused by oil leaks near hot surfaces. If this is occurring, the vehicle should be checked or serviced immediately.
|2. Have you checked your motor oil recently?"||YES||No|
|3. Have you checked your automatic transmission level recently?||YES||No|
|4. Have you checked your radiator coolant (anti-freeze) recently?||YES||No|
|5. Do you have a separate radiator cooling tank
(usually plastic) and if so, are fluids at the appropriate level?
"Anti-freeze coolant is recommended because it helps prevent freezing and overheating."
|6. Is your wiper washer container full of windshield washer solvent?||YES||No|
|7. Do you detect any oil, fluid or water leaks on the ground, after vehicle is parked?||YES||No|
|8. Have you had an oil, oil filter and air filter
"Regular oil filter changes are important and may help your vehicle avoid mechanical failures. Follow manufacturers recommended service intervals."
MECHANICAL AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE
|1. Have you checked the automatic transmission fluid?||YES||No|
|2. If you have an automatic transmission, does it shift smoothly?||YES||No|
|3. Do you detect excessive engine surges between gear shifting?||Yes||NO|
|4. Does the engine idle smoothly, while in "park"?||YES||No|
|5. Does the engine "ping" or run on after the engine is turned off?||Yes||NO|
|6. Has you automobile had a tune-up recently?
"Improper tuning or low grade gasoline may cause poor engine performance."
|7. Do you detect any cracks or defects in any of the
belts (fan belts, etc.)?
"Good condition fan and other engine belts are important for engine cooling, battery charging and other critical operational parts."
|8. Does the air conditioning and heating system work properly?||YES||No|
|9. Do you have spare electrical fuse?
"Always keep a complete supply of the proper size fuses in your vehicle."
|10 Do your emergency flashers work properly?||YES||No|
|"Properly working emergency flashers may help to prevent crashes in case of a breakdown."|
|11. Do your turn signal lights (blinkers) work properly?||YES||No|
|12. Do your headlights work properly? (High beam and Low beam)||YES||No|
|13. Do your wiper blades clean all sections of windshield properly?||YES||No|
|14. Does your radio work properly?
"In case of severe weather or traffic hazards, radio announcements can be of assistance."
BODY AND GLASS
|1. Do you have any cracks in the windshield or any other glass?||Yes||NO|
|2. Do all windows, doors, hood and trunk operate and lock properly?||YES||No|
|3. Are there any holes or corroded or rusty areas in
the body of vehicle?
"Check for holes underneath wherever exhaust gases can enter the passenger compartment. Corroded and rusty areas can also cause water leaks and wear on important moving parts."
|4. Are there any loose items on the body?||Yes||NO|
|"An average of 115 persons died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 1996, one every 13 minutes, and an injury every 9 seconds and one crash every 5 seconds. (NHTSA)"|
HOME INSPECTION GUIDE
VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING
|1. Does your equipment make any loud or grinding sound while operating?||Yes||NO|
|2. Does your equipment cool adequately?||YES||No|
|3. Does your equipment heat adequately?||YES||No|
|4. Have you ever detected natural gas odors from your
"Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and may lead to an explosion or fire. If you detect gas smells, contact a plumber or your gas company immediately."
|5. Are there any rusted or corroded areas on any pipes leading to or from your heating equipment? (If yes, are there any corrosion/rust areas by the fittings?)||Yes||NO|
|6. Do you detect any strange odor or burning smell from
your system while it is operating?
"Burning smells may be caused by electrical malfunctions."
|7. Do you have a carbon monoxide detector?||YES||No|
|8. Have you had your air conditioning/heating equipment serviced recently?||YES||No|
|9. Have you replaced your air conditioning filter
"A clean filter is important for making your equipment operate properly and safely."
|10. Does your thermostat work properly?||YES||No|
|11. Do you see any exposed electrical wires leading to exterior equipment?||Yes||NO|
|12. Have you ever noticed water spots on any ceiling or wall?||Yes||NO|
|13. Have you ever noticed algae (green slime) coming from an exterior drain?||Yes||NO|
|14. Is there any trash, debris or plants growing around your exterior air conditioning equipment (compressor)?||Yes||NO|
|15. Are space heaters in good working condition and placed away from combustible materials such as curtains and furniture?||YES||No|
"There are over 200 electrocution deaths each year in the U.S. caused by touching defective electrical products or live wires." (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
|1. Do you have extension cords operating any appliances inside your home?||Yes||NO|
|2. Do you have a working smoke detector or detectors?
"Smoke detectors should be placed on each floor and outside each sleeping area."
|3. Have you checked the power supply or batteries in
your smoke detector?
"There are about 450,000 residential structure fires and about 3,500 residential structural fire deaths annually. About 30 percent of the deaths are to children under the age of 15." (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
|4. If your bathroom has an electrical receptacle near
the sink (within 3 feet), is it a "ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)"
"Ground fault outlets usually have a small reset button on the face of the outlet."
|5. Do you have exterior flood lights?
"Properly working exterior lighting will add to your home security."
|6. Do you have exterior electrical receptacle outlets
with waterproof covers?
"About 5,100 injuries from electrical outlets and receptacles are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms annually; nearly half are to children under age 5." (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
|7. Are your electrical panel's fuses/breakers clearly marked as to the correct room or service area of service?||YES||No|
|8. Is there a ground wire connected to the panel? (copper wire clamped to water pipe or copper ground rod)||YES||No|
|9. Are there any exposed wires coming out of the fuse
box or any exposed electrical wires on the exterior of house?
"All wires should be in a pipe or concealed under the house, in walls or attic."
|10. Do you frequently need to replace/reset fuses/breakers?||Yes||NO|
|11. Do your lights dim while operating appliances,
"If lights dim or flicker, it probably indicates an "overload" on a circuit. Consult an electrician."
|12. Are all light fixtures working properly and fastened securely to the wall or ceiling?||YES||No|
|13. Are all interior electrical receptacles working and do they have "child proof" plugs?||YES||No|
|14. Have you detected any burning smells around any
"Check all light bulbs for the correct wattage for each fixture. Oversized bulbs can lead to fires."
|15. Do you have branch circuit wiring made from
aluminum that was manufactured before 1972?
"A qualified electrician should check the system for possible problems at connections, such as at outlets or switches or at major appliances."
|1. If your water heater is inside your house, are there
any flammable fluids or combustible materials near it?
"Vapors from flammable fluids and combustible materials around your water heater may cause a fire."
|2. Is the water heater on a raised platform?||YES||No|
|3. Do you detect any strange or burning smell around the water heater?||Yes||NO|
|4. Is the water heater vent pipe corroded or damaged?||Yes||NO|
|5. Do you have any leaking or dripping faucets?
"Water leaks may lead to fire or electrical shock hazards.
|6. If you have a garbage disposal, does it work properly?||YES||No|
|7. Do you have any leaking or dripping faucets?||Yes||NO|
|8. Does your washing machine work properly?||YES||No|
|9. Are the hot and cold water hoses corroded?||Yes||NO|
|10. Do your toilets continue to run after flushing?||Yes||NO|
|11. Do you detect any gas smells in or around your
"Gas leaks can lead to explosions. Contact a plumber or your gas company immediately if you detect any gas leak."
|1. Are your exterior doors solid and have deadbolt locks?||YES||No|
|2. Do all windows have locks and work properly and
"Screens will not stop a child from falling out an open window. Install locks that prevent windows from opening more than 4 inches. If fire codes permit window guards, install these in the lower half of the window to keep children from falling out."
|3. Is there any visible rotten wood on the exterior?||Yes||NO|
|4. Are there gutters leaking, rusting or coming loose?||Yes||NO|
|5. Does the exterior have excessive mildew or dirt? Yes NO 85. is your roof leaking in any part of your house?||Yes||NO|
|6. Is your roof leaking in any part of your house?||Yes||NO|
|7. Is your driveway or sidewalk cracked or damaged?||Yes||NO|
|8. If you have a garage door, does it work properly and smoothly?||YES||No|
|9. Do you have an automatic garage door opener that
does not automatically reverse?
"Repair or replace with new garage door opener to prevent children from being trapped and killed under the door. Keep remote control openers out of the reach of children."
|10. Is there any broken window or door glass?||Yes||NO|
|11. If you have a pool or spa, is there a barrier
completely surrounding it?
"Each year about 300 children under the age of 5 drown in home swimming pools. Always supervise children around water." (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
|12. If you store any pool maintenance chemicals are they in a secure location, locked and out of the reach of children?||YES||No|
|1. Do all kitchen appliances work properly?||YES||No|
|2. Do you detect any strange smells from around the
stove (gas leak)?
"Each year, over 200 deaths and 4,200 injuries occur in stove or oven residential fires." (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
|3. Are your kitchen appliances covered under any type of warranty?||YES||No|
|4. Does your stove/oven have a timer?||YES||No|
|5. Do you have afire extinguisher in the kitchen?||YES||No|
|6. Do you detect any water leaks from around the sinks, dishwasher or toilets?||Yes||NO|
|7. Have you detected any signs of insects, rodents or pests?||Yes||NO|
|8. Has your house had an inspection for termites?
"Insects may present a health hazard. Contact a professional pest control company."
|9. If you have any pesticides stored in your home are they in a secure location?||YES||No|
|10. Do you have kitchen cabinet door locks?||YES||No|
|11. Do you have the correct telephone number for your poison control department?||YES||No|
|12. Are there any torn or damaged areas in your flooring?||Yes||NO|
|13. Are you storing any flammable fluids in your garage
"Combustible materials may be dangerous and should never be store inside."
|14. Do you have a First Aid Kit in your house?||YES||No|
Consumer Information Catalog
|ASE, a non-profit organization was founded
in 1972 to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary
testing and certification of automotive technicians.
More than 424,000 ASE-certified automobile, truck and collision
repair technicians, engine machinists and parts specialists work in dealerships,
independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges.
The United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
has additional automotive safety information. You can contact their web site at:
To report a safety related vehicle problem or to request information
contact the NHTSA toll-free Auto Safety Hotline,
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
protects the public from injuries and deaths from
over 15,000 different kinds of consumer products.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission do not endorse or imply endorsement of any product, service, individual or company mentioned and/or involved in this publication.
|Additional safety guides and other consumer
information is available from:
The 1-800-REPAIRS/National Safety Campaign at:
The Consumer Information Center/Pueblo Colorado 81009 at:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at:
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) at:
|The National Safety Campaign is a not-for profit organization and
is funded by 1-800-REPAIRS a national group of qualified and independently owned repair
1-800-REPAIRS is a toll-free number for information, advice, and for free referral for any type of home or automotive repairs.
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