What is a Tune-Up?
A vehicle tune-up is a set of maintenance procedures designed to keep your vehicle running at its best. It typically includes a range of services, such as inspecting and replacing spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters, and other components that are essential to the proper operation of your vehicle. The goal of a tune-up is to optimize your vehicle's performance and prevent potential issues that could lead to breakdowns or costly repairs down the road.The term “tune-up” has drastically changed since the phrase was coined during the dawn of automobiles.
Signs You Vehicles Needs a Tune-Up
The odometer reading is the most important sign you need a tune-up. All vehicle manufacturers specify when to complete engine maintenance procedures based on mileage, and it’s best to follow their guidance. Poor starting, erratic running, decreased gas mileage and lack of power can all be signs that your car really needs a tune-up badly.
What does a Tune-Up consist of?
Spark plugs’ electrodes wear down over time, eventually causing engine misfires. To keep your ignition system running smoothly, it is crucial that your spark plugs be replaced regularly.
Ignition wires will break down over time and eventually fail. Symptoms of a failed wire are rough idle, misfire, performance loss, and eventually a dead cylinder.
Coils transform low battery voltage into thousands of volts. Over time this high voltage electricity wears out the coils out. Signs your coils may be worn out include engine misfires, weakened acceleration, rough idle, and reduced gas mileage.
A dirty air filter restricts the amount of air entering the engine, potentially affecting fuel economy and performance.
Cabin Air Filter
The cabin air filter traps road dust and pollen and prevents them from entering your vehicle. Over time, these contaminants restrict air flow and may damage your ventilation system.
Replacing your fuel filter minimizes the risk of fuel starvation while maximizing the life of related fuel system components.
Dirty oil can lead to excessive wear on internal engine components.
Over time the PCV Valve can become clogged by carbon build up. Failure can cause the engine to consume oil at a much faster rate, cause poor fueling conditions, misfires.
Belts and Hoses
Belts connect the pulleys of your accessory drive system which transfer the rotating force of the crankshaft pulley to the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, and other systems. Hoses transfer vital fluids throughout the engine.
Over time, belts and hoses wear down due to the elements they are exposed to such as heat and cold as well as the constant use they see with day to day operation of the vehicle. They eventually wear down, glaze over, turn brittle, crack and even break.
Engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid are necessary for the vehicle to operate properly. Contaminated fluids can lead to excessive wear on internal components. You can save money in the long run by servicing these fluids before expensive damage occurs.
Regular change intervals exist for each type of fluid and as such, they need to be replaced at recommended service intervals, find out more by consulting your owner’s manual or by calling us.