It is already a well-established fact that borescopes are an essential tool that automotive technicians need to do their job. An engine is a complicated piece of machinery with many moving parts both on the outside and well inside of it. This can lead to a multitude of issues and these issues can potentially be severe if they are not caught early on.
With the advancement of technology that is implemented in modern cars and trucks, it is crucial that automotive technicians use just as equally advanced tools to inspect their vehicles, ensure that they meet safety standards, and fix any faults before they result in the potential loss of the vehicle, or worse, the injury or loss of life to the driver and passengers.
With the use of a borescope, technicians are able to remove certain components of the engine in order to gain access and allow them to feed the tube from the borescope into the engine to inspect the inside fully. There are quite a few to choose from but, thankfully, there are many tools and different types of inspection technologies that make it relatively easy for those in the automotive industry to find the right one to do the job.
Engine Inspection with The Right Borescope
To reiterate, there are certain components within a car engine that are not easily accessible by a flashlight or some other light source. This can make it difficult to inspect as these areas are most likely inaccessible by the hand as well. This is where having a borescope comes into play. A borescope can be used in a variety of automotive work and if you are able to remove a small component, such as spark plug, then it would be relatively easy to feed the tube of a borescope inside. Some common uses of borescopes in this industry include:
- Inspect for wear and tear inside the engine without taking it apart.
- Check for leaks by working inside and around the engine.
- Check for leaks or blockage inside the radiator.
- Checking other components such as fuel nozzles, welded tubing, value seats, or engine cylinders.
Another useful trick that one can use with a borescope is to be able to retrieve tools or parts that have fallen underneath the vehicle. To eliminate frustration and wasted time retrieving them yourself, you can simply use your borescope with a magnet attachment to quickly retrieve the tool, as long as it is metal of course.
Avoiding Common Borescope Mistakes
Even the most trained technicians can make mistakes when using their borescope and it is important that you avoid these mistakes at all costs to avoid damaging your new tool and to avoid damaging what you are working on.
The first mistake many make is not reading the instruction manual. Each model of borescope has different requirements and it is vital that the technician takes a little time to read and understand the manual so they know what they can and can’t do with the device.
Another common mistake is letting go of the borescope while it is still inside of the engine. This will lead to it slipping out and hitting the floor where it can break. To avoid this, make sure to keep one hand on the device at all times.
One final mistake that technicians make is using the borescope on an engine that is still hot. Most borescopes can only withstand a certain temperature (usually 150°F) before the internal components start to break or melt. Wait until the engine cools and then use the borescope.
Borescopes can be useful in almost any industry including automotive. They can be used for inspecting components of an engine that would otherwise be inaccessible to the human eye. Borescopes act as an artificial eye to determine if there are any faults in certain parts of the engine including radiators, value seats, engine cylinders, and more.
As an automotive technician, you need to make sure that you know very well how to use your borescope properly and exercise the right precautions to avoid making common mistakes such as dropping your borescope or using it on a hot engine. These mistakes can potentially damage your borescope or damage the piece of equipment that you are working on.