Visual inspections of engines and other hard to visualize places are an important part of ongoing automotive maintenance. Rigid and flexible borescopes are a great way to visually inspect engines without having to dismantle the engine block, as they allow you to remotely visualize dark, small, and hard to reach places. Routine inspection with a borescope will allow you identify problem areas and to replace or repair parts before they are causing problem. Flexible borescopes can also be used to track through parts of a fluid or air system to find leaks or blockages in hoses. The places you can remotely inspect in an automobile are only limited by your imagination. Valves can be inspected for corrosion, integrality of the seals, and regular wear and tear. Pistons and piston rings can be inspected for wear and leakage. Welds, castings and any other seals can also be remotely inspected, all this without having to dismantle the entire engine. The insides of rocker panels and bodywork can also be inspected for rust and damage remotely. Fuel lines and tank, as well as exhaust lines can be remotely accessed with a flexible borescope also. These are just some example of the automotive components and spaces you can visualize using a flexible borescope.
Borescopes with a cameras built in are called videoscopes. Videoscopes allow you to see the inspection in real time on a built in monitor, computer or TV screen, and can record still images and video of your inspection to show customers or for your own records. Visual records you can share with your customers will better allow them to have a clear understanding of the repairs or corrective action needed in maintaining their vehicle.