How to Check a Used Car Before Buying (Checking the Engine)

23 Bal 2016
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Learn how to inspect the engine of a used car so you don't get stuck with a bad car. I show you how to check for head gasket leaks, check the fluids, see if the car was in a front end collision, and much more!
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Episode 1: The "Side of the Road Inspection":
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Episode 4: Interior & Exterior Inspection:
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  • I find Chris's videos way more entertaining than any car shows on TV. I think he would do way better than the two British dudes.

    Mik TaraMik TaraPrieš dieną
  • looking at a '73 beetle, can't find the OBDII port?

    ThomasThomasPrieš 2 dienas
    • Those cars will not have any kind of computer ports, so you'll have to do the inspection manually unless it's been converted somehow!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 dienas
  • The point of buying used car u can’t afford new one most used cars have hidden problems best tip to not pay to much get reliable used cars like toyoda Hondas etc.

    Paul WalkerPaul WalkerPrieš 5 dienų
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 5 dienų
  • 'Clean but not too clean' - so haven't followed your 'super clean engine bay' video ! Your videos are amazing dude...

    DrGavinJonesDrGavinJonesPrieš 6 dienų
  • What of online buying because you pay first and receive your documents and the vehicle

    Lukyamuzi NasserLukyamuzi NasserPrieš 8 dienų
  • Wow. Finland text, thank you.

    Rasmus laaksonenRasmus laaksonenPrieš 8 dienų
  • Isnt this the car he gave his dad and it had loads of problems later on

    Taha RoufTaha RoufPrieš 9 dienų
  • Is there a point in doing all these checks when you can send a qualified mechanic to give you a 10 page report on the car for $300 (for cars worth over $25k)?

    LegendaryZiggs ZiggsLegendaryZiggs ZiggsPrieš 10 dienų
    • You can do it yourself and save the $300, and almost every time I've seen people have a mechanic check it out (even when I did that when I bought the Maserati), all they do is plug in a scan tool (which you can rent for free at an auto parts store) and do a walkaround to make sure there are no obvious issues. I'm sure there are shops/people that will do a full inspection and check every little detail but from what I have observed that almost never happens. If you still want to send a mechanic make sure it's someone you trust because you don't want to have issues with a purchase that large!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 9 dienų
  • Thanks for the video and getting straight to the point. I hate alot of talking before getting to the point. Excellent.

    George MasonGeorge MasonPrieš 12 dienų
  • Never view a car in a car park top tip.

    Sandy SandersonSandy SandersonPrieš 14 dienų
    • Thanks for the tip!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 13 dienų
  • I want a corsaport.

    DR.JONES.DR.JONES.Prieš 14 dienų
  • Honestly bro, for a car with 130k this is a pretty damn nice car for its condition and year, my first car was an 08 Impreza and that car had 120k on it and it had issues with the engine and transmission, along with other expensive repairs I would have had to do, glad I got rid of it..

    ExplorerExplorerPrieš 15 dienų
  • Same goes for testing a car during winter?

    IDont CareIDont CarePrieš 16 dienų
  • No used car is going to pass this test just by new if you want it like new

    Phil HPhil HPrieš 16 dienų
  • 12:17 car says runs great, needs nothing. Run 🏃‍♀️

    Phil HPhil HPrieš 16 dienų
  • Don't buy a Jaguar. they are nothing but junk,

    Rudolph GutierrezRudolph GutierrezPrieš 17 dienų
  • 2K who didn't like this video, please explain why. Seriously, I need to know.

    V ?V ?Prieš 18 dienų
  • Hey chris. can you make a similar video spcific for a very old cars? I am talking 1990 and older.

    עדיאל סקייסטעדיאל סקייסטPrieš 18 dienų
  • Jag? RUN....

    Biden Isaiah 32:7Biden Isaiah 32:7Prieš 19 dienų
  • I just notice that i need to run 🏃‍♂️ away from my own car

    عبد الله الحوسنيعبد الله الحوسنيPrieš 21 dieną
  • Main complaints: Head Gasket leak Oil leak underneath Engine mounts worn out Loose belts Brake pads

    MattMattPrieš 23 dienas
  • Oil leak inspection from underneath

    MattMattPrieš 23 dienas
  • Should’ve watched this before buying a car today. 😂🤦🏽‍♀️

    Gone.CoastalGone.CoastalPrieš 24 dienas
  • hyy so tell me my car is out of gasket so i can drive for short time?

    Waleed AhmedWaleed AhmedPrieš 24 dienas
  • 4:16 - That's not a frame cross member, that is the bumper absorption beam. It is meant to bend like that upon impact and should not affect the frame unless the impact is severe (at which point you'll have more than just that beam pushed inward). They can be replaced with relative ease.

    BreakingPintMediaBreakingPintMediaPrieš 25 dienų
  • In my opinion, buy a used car and fix it for about half of the money you paid. sometimes we need to pay double if we buy an attractive truck. that is a therapeutic shop.

    Rac HidRac HidPrieš 26 dienų
  • The most expensive parts of the car are the engine, clutch, and gearbox. But the air conditioning could be expensive too if you replace a newer one. For me, a car is more expensive to get married.

    Rac HidRac HidPrieš 26 dienų
  • here in Philippines. we always check if its submerged in flood

    Albert Ian JavierAlbert Ian JavierPrieš 27 dienų
  • Great video!

    Hernán Ibars MombelliHernán Ibars MombelliPrieš 28 dienų
    • Thanks!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 27 dienų
  • Always check the wooder pump.

    T̲e̲x̲t̲ ̲T̲R̲A̲M̲P̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲8̲8̲0̲2̲2̲T̲e̲x̲t̲ ̲T̲R̲A̲M̲P̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲8̲8̲0̲2̲2̲Prieš 28 dienų
  • Wish I had watched this. I fucked up sooo bad

    Kjartan SigurðssonKjartan SigurðssonPrieš 29 dienų
  • super knowledgable guy chris..great channel! except for your annoying new york accent

    jimjimPrieš 29 dienų
  • That was a nice serviced Jag!

    thanosgp1thanosgp1Prieš 29 dienų
  • Maybe a dumb question. I have an OBD2 scanner, why does his have half the pins missing when my cheap one has all of the pins?

    BioRokusBioRokusPrieš mėn
  • Hay Chris, why are you useing samasong phone, in stade of useing apple phone??!!!!!!!!.

    Hayder AlmoktarHayder AlmoktarPrieš mėn
  • Those engine covers hide the leaks pretty well. Good reason why alot of Toyota's and Honda's don't have big engine covers.

    thezone193thezone193Prieš mėn
  • the owner is lucky to see his face edit: you can't cheat with this guy when inspecting mode on...

    Quinn Matthew C. ZaballaQuinn Matthew C. ZaballaPrieš mėn
  • That was me in the mini van blowing smoke at 879,567 miles on odometer.

    Clint DavisClint DavisPrieš mėn
  • The omniscient wedge approximately snore because sound relatedly jam save a right man. cooing, puzzling loss

    Lil KrauseLil KrausePrieš mėn
  • Getting a car inspected from Chrisfix is like having your food tested by Gordan Ramsay

    Aidan KreltszheimAidan KreltszheimPrieš mėn
  • Chris I would like to thank you for all the wisdom! I learn a lot!

    P MP MPrieš mėn
  • In my Caravan I use the oil dipstick to check my transmission fluid level.

    El YojEl YojPrieš mėn
    • To find out the proper transmission fluid level i took it and had it's filters and fluid changed. Dove it till it was hot and then ✔ levels and made a mark on oil dipstick, the waited till it was cold and ✔ levels then made a mark. I don't know how accurate it is but it's something.

      El YojEl YojPrieš mėn
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Imagine selling your car trynna rip other people off then you see Chrisfix approaching 😂

    MrButtHurtMrButtHurtPrieš mėn
  • 9:51 I also do the same with the coolant reservoir. A blown head gasket will leak pressure into the cooling system and the hoses get rock solid when hitting the throttle.

    Sander169Sander169Prieš mėn
  • Well, did u buy it or what

    Josh MoraJosh MoraPrieš mėn
  • White smoke can mean somthing different as well. I filled my oil up and put way to much in and white smoke was just coming out constantly lmao got it fixed though.

    hey heyhey heyPrieš mėn
  • Those were brake lines you pointed to not power steering lines

    Hubert -WilliamsHubert -WilliamsPrieš mėn
  • Me sitting here looking at the 300000 mile bmw that just has a full puddle of just red flued and oil and trans flued it's fine

    Wil BaurWil BaurPrieš mėn
    • @ChrisFix haha

      Wil BaurWil BaurPrieš mėn
    • :o

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • I love how you explain things. I don't care about cars but enjoy learning from these videos.

    Eunice NEunice NPrieš mėn
    • I'm glad you still enjoy learning from the videos! Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Another Great video, again buddy 👍 very informative & easily understandable information.. 💯👌

    Dirk DigglerDirk DigglerPrieš mėn
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • I did notice some drops of water coming out the tailpipe each time the car was started. Is that indicative of any possible problem?

  • Wish I seen this back when I brought my Cadillac, would’ve saved me lots of time and money

    KrispTHEthirstKrispTHEthirstPrieš mėn
  • I had a question: I noticed in one of your videos you mentioned if you can not take the car on a test drive it is not worth the time. Not all cars are going to be able to drive. I have been doing some research and have come across a couple of cars that I am interested in buying but both of them are not drivable. One of the cars, the rear cross member was broken and on the other car the catalytic converter was stolen. Wondering what I should do? Is it worth looking at? I am trying to buy, fix, and sell cars. I am going to look at the car with the catalytic converter stolen tomorrow. Hope to hear from you soon ChrisFix or others! Thanks!

    Rahim WillemsRahim WillemsPrieš mėn
  • In this video you talked about the head gasket and the springs.. but in other video you changed it for 60 dollars. I mean spend a few days max to change the gasket and springs might not be the end of the world?

    FredrikFredrikPrieš mėn
  • Love your videos

    Lance LeeLance LeePrieš mėn
    • Thanks a lot Lance!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Super useful. Thank you

    manju manimanju maniPrieš mėn
  • kinda wish that i had seen this before buying my car

    KrizziKrizziPrieš mėn
  • He’s buying a car with his logo on the front plate?

    jay gladishjay gladishPrieš mėn
    • I put it on to protect the seller's identity!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • The oil cap doesnt show clearly a head gasket problem... could be condensation depending on temperature factors as well as if the car is used for short journeys.

    SpoonAGoonSpoonAGoonPrieš mėn
  • Huge tip if you live in a climate that rusts cars u should always buy a car thats been uncoated early in its life at least once

    80s Honda dirtbike 180s Honda dirtbike 1Prieš mėn
  • Hi Chris. Is it worth buying a car when the gearbox is humming?

    Ritchie Ares DoñaRitchie Ares DoñaPrieš mėn
  • 7:05 When you miss re-entry

    LucidTripLucidTripPrieš mėn
  • Hi Chris, I have limited knowledge about cars however your you tube educates me alot to learn about cars. I have a question, " I have a 2011 Jeep Liberty with a broken water pump. How can I know that the head gasket is also affected. It has done 170k and according to my mechanic it would be viable to change the whole engine plus transmission for more than $5k. Please I need your help. Thanks!

    Savenaca YadronuSavenaca YadronuPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • What was that fluid dripping from the exhaust pipe?

    TheDexa88TheDexa88Prieš 2 mėnesius
    • Normal condensation escaping!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey I have oil in my coolant tank. No coolant/milkshake on oil cap though. I am also leaking oil but have yet to find the leak. Can this still be a blown head gasket? 2017 Audi A6 2.0 Quattro premium. 103,000 miles.

    Syron BeatsSyron BeatsPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • @ChrisFix will Do. thanks for the reply.

      Syron BeatsSyron BeatsPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Could potentially be one, I would drain your coolant (and clean the tank) and fill it up, and while filling it see if you have continuous bubbles in the funnel, if so you might have a head gasket leak and will need to get that fixed. I have a video on how to fix one here, check it out:

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • @chrisfix

      Syron BeatsSyron BeatsPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I'm 10 and I'm going to try this to my dad's car

    Jose ChavezJose ChavezPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Now i know how to buy a danw used car dude thank you so much ...

    oxian cabrera benitezoxian cabrera benitezPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • No mention of Timing belt replacement especially interference engine. Or maybe that particular engine has timing chain.

    Neill JNeill JPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • This one has a timing chain, but you are right! It is a good idea to look for a belt replacement sticker or ask the owner when the timing system was last serviced!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • only good thing about quaranteen is watching these 4yo vids that are still very helpfull ;) thanks ChrisFix!

    Wawa KalaShWawa KalaShPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • thanks Chris! trying to buy myself a second car and I don't wanna make a rookie mistake like I did the first time around appreciate the video keep it up brother!

    Tommy ChuTommy ChuPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hello Chris... Is there any trick to catch the cheating done by seller on speedometer mileage. I understand some sellers do take help of service centers & reduce the speedometer mileage .

    A HA HPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I'm going to check out an 04 Jaguar X-type tomorrow with 95,000 miles. Wish me luck. (If everything checks out it's going to be my first car) :)

    Andres SalazarAndres SalazarPrieš 2 mėnesius

    Aleksander ŻurkowskiAleksander ŻurkowskiPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Good check Mr. Chrisfix and thank you indeed for your training online..We look forward to for the next tutorial video..Thank you very much..

    Madol MaborMadol MaborPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • you see oil leak under the car and all its ok, are you sure about that ?????????????????????????????????????????????????? edit : ????????????????????????????????????????

    Antonis AntonisAntonis AntonisPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • 10:41 little ticks

    ascascPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • That's it!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Also, run a cotton swab inside the tailpipe. If the engine is burning oil the cotton swab will pick the any greasy oil residue that remains in the tailpipe as the exhaust fumes exit. As a rule of thumb research the car and make sure the car uses a timing chain and not a timing belt. Timing chains are made to last the life of the car whereas timing chains are made to last around 120,000 km.

    Bob MoreBob MorePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Mr Anderson my auto teacher said punch the gas on park for a minute, if engine doesn't blow up youre good.

    Octavio ZuñigaOctavio ZuñigaPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Take a note 发动状态 1. 检查有无故障灯 2. Obd2插入,检查故障码。如果现实p1000,则为刚刚被清除故障码,需要格外注意。 熄火状态 1. 打开机舱,检查灰尘是否正常,有无清理痕迹。查看发动机盖、翼子板和水箱框架有无变形,检查梁头,横梁纵梁情况。 2. 打开手电筒,检查渗漏情况。*趴下查看车底是否漏油 3. 防冻液面及颜色,有油污说明缸垫损坏。 4. 刹车油液面,顺着管线看渗漏。 5. 转向助力油液面及颜色,顺管线看助力泵是否漏油。 6. 检查机油,打开机油盖,检查机油盖和发动机内部情况。拔出机油尺查看液面及颜色,是否有泡沫,纸巾擦拭看是否有铁屑 7. 检查变速箱油液面及颜色(如有),有无铁屑 8. 检查橡胶管和皮带,是否完整有弹性,各皮带是否完好,用手按压是否张紧。 发动机已凉,观察排气 1. 让车主发动,观察排气颜色,无色是正常状态。 2. 让车主踩油门,观察颜色,有一点白雾是正常的。 3. 车热后再次检查 观察发动机启动情况 1. 让车主发动,观察发动机启动是否抖动(机脚垫) 2. 发动状态下再次检查是否有渗漏。 3. 打开机油盖,有无烟雾,手堵住盖口检查压力,无压力为正常。 4. 确定怠速平稳,发动机不抖,熄火不抖 5. 可多次启动查看

    Humphrey wongHumphrey wongPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • You really do the best videos. You don't just explain but also demonstrate what you are saying. Too good.

    Derek PolandDerek PolandPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey Chris .. how to check bad automatic transmission???

    Inder JeetInder JeetPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I’m seeing this video 20hrs too late

    Daniel PaulDaniel PaulPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Chris why not use a FM transmitter. For you radio

    Your FriendYour FriendPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Chris... I don't think this video is one of your better work. I've seen your other videos, the other ones are gold. This one not too much. Really depends on the car you buy. You mentioned about getting under the car, if it's a low car, you'll need a jack to lift the car up. So to look under the car just out of nowhere, may not be accessable. I only watched half through this video and I realized this video is not for me. It might help somebody else. But it wasn't for me.

    GuessWho MartinGuessWho MartinPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I just watch these videos because I'm bored

    luis floresluis floresPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • What if there's smoke when you open the oil cap ?

    RafaRafaPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • If its an American or European made car with over 80k miles, walk away.

    t mact macPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • He sir! With all my years with LTworlds, you are the first that I am subscribing to. With aaaall of the information that you provide I will be tuning in for past, present, and future videos. You've given me the motivation to start on this journey as a auto mechanic. My past experience to the most, was doing an okay job by working in an auto parts store. The videos that have been popping up, all with your name, and content may make me pause it but I'll seem to always want to watch again all over again. Thanks for what you do!!!

    Shauntea TuckerShauntea TuckerPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Worn out engine can be repaired?

    Joshan BundhooJoshan BundhooPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • It can be! It's a lot of time and labor to do it though!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • How to inspect a used car, Step one don’t buy a car that the seller drove before you came

    SteveStevePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I need to do this to my car now thanks...

    J CJ CPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I fucked up on the purchase Chris haha.

    TragestyXTragestyXPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I once drove 70 miles to check out a car . I asked if it had any codes showing up ? He said nope . Got there and plugged in my scanner and 4 codes showed up including " Engine Misfire " which could be lots of things . Not to mention that the brake pads were grinding into the rotor so bad it sounded like a lathe , cutting metal .

    Jay HockleyJay HockleyPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • I have done the same thing. Makes you so mad at the dishonesty of people.

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Bubbles forming in the coolant tank can indicate a bad head gasket when running.

    Daniel DoucetDaniel DoucetPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Are there universal scan ports or do you need to buy ones specific to a particular make of car ?

    Big OneBig OnePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Check out the "Hoe Zizz"

    Riley's Autos - Mobile Mechanic & DPF cleaning ( Luton )Riley's Autos - Mobile Mechanic & DPF cleaning ( Luton )Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • You are awesome. I love your videos

    lijo055lijo055Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • just learned all the things I didn't do when buying my last used car... well, not all... but much... I got lucky I guess - so far so good

    Keith IscoolKeith IscoolPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • interesting im saling spares that's great

    Lita IlaganLita IlaganPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • It's easy to sell a beat down car to someone inspection or not.. just put a cheap sale price on it. Boom they'd come running. Even if it's in a bad condition they'll take it.. idk humans just love cheap stuff lol

    John LeslieJohn LesliePrieš 2 mėnesius