If you're a mechanic, you are likely always looking for tools that can make your job easier. You may be aware of fiberscopes, which are rods composed of fiberoptic cables with attached cameras at the end which allow you to peek into the engine, cylinders and others areas where you can't manually reach. The camera transmits images to a screen that you can look at, allowing you to diagnose problems and fix them. If you haven't bought one before, though, you can be unsure of what you should be looking for while you shop. Here are three helpful tips.

Choose One That Is Smaller Than You Think You Need 

When looking at the diameter of different fiberscopes, you might be interested in ones that have a larger diameter because more cables are packed into the tool, making the resulting image on the viewing screen more detailed. However, if you want the ability to see more of a space, the tip that you attach to the fiberscope will need room to be turned around in the tight spaces you're looking at. The tip tends to jut out father than the tool itself and you need to keep that in mind. If you select a fiberscope that is too large, moving the tip might not be possible. Therefore, always go with a smaller-sized fiberscope than you imagine you will need; that way, more can be visible to you because you'll be able to move the tip around in different directions.

Consider a Fiberscope with Recording Capabilities

While you have the expertise to back up your work and to explain to your customer why you made the repairs you made, having a fiberscope with recording capabilities can be an extra source of protection for you. Usually, the images you see from a fiberscope are displayed in real-time. Choosing a model that will record what you see and store it on a disk or usb stick can help you defend yourself against any claims made by a driver in the future. 

Remember Lighting Accessories

You will need to purchase a lighting source for your fiberscope so that the image is properly illuminated. Whether you plan to buy a LED light source or a metal-halide one, it's vital to keep this additional purchase in mind when choosing your fiberscope so that you don't go over your overall budget.

When you're searching for a suitable fiberscope for your mechanic business, the ideas above can be helpful. Chat with peers in the industry to see what they are using and whether they can offer you any advice, and spend some time talking with retailers of these tools to get more guidance.