As a car enthusiast I notice a lot of things, that most drivers simply over look. Furthermore, my keen eye for the automobile allows me to help my friends, family,and even neighbors. It’s not something I can control, it’s something I was born with, developed, and now is ingrained into my subconscious. These are the things I cannot ignore and always look for, even before getting in the vehicle.
Low Tire Pressure
Yes, the first thing I look at when walking up to any vehicle, whether I’m driving or not, is the tire pressure level. I’m not talking about having a flat, I mean I can look at most vehicles and tell if you are 10-15 lbs of pressure low. Yes, it’s important, having the proper tire pressure means more than just better gas mileage, it also translates into safety. Furthermore, ride quality suffers if the tires are not properly inflated, which leads me to my next inspection point.
Consistency Of Drive Quality
Obviously I’m familiar with how my vehicle drives and am in tune to any out of place noise, vibration, or quirk. But my super human abilities reach even further, I can sense issues with other peoples cars simply by riding along. I may not be able to point out the exact problem, but I am capable of knowing if something is out of place. This uncanny ability is both a gift and a punishment.
Another curse that I am forced to live with, the inability to ignore blemishes in automotive body work. It tears at my brain and eyes, that smudge in the paint, that dent in the fender, I can pull my eyes off of it. The good news is that I’ll gladly suggest to you the best way to repair and buff out these problems, but rest assured, that just because you think it’s not noticable, potential car buyers and enthusiasts know that it’s there.
My wife can’t tell, some of my friends can’t tell, but no matter what vehicle it is, I can feel a throttle hesitation. This is typically caused by dirty injectors, bad gas, or just a floppy pedal. All of these are easy to remedy and can be taken care of by proper maintenace and the addition of a throttle body cleaner to your fuel system. Being the buff that I am, I prefer running some Sea Foam through my vacum hoses and added to my fuel on occasions.
Just because you don’t notice these imperfections, hicups, or annoyances doesn’t mean others around you don’t. This point becomes increasingly important if you are looking to sell your vehicle anytime soon. Ask a friend with super human abilities like myself, to make sure it passes the automotive enthusiast test.