Time for a Tune Up?

Posted on Sep 12, 2017

Do I need a tune-up?

A tune up consists of replacing several different parts under your hood at once.  The basics of a tune up can include changing your spark plugs, wires, air filter, rotating the tires and replacing the fuel filter in older vehicles.  If you have ever owned a vehicle for longer than 6 months, chances are you have had to identify a fair share of strange noises and behaviors coming from your vehicle.  With all the steps that a tune up entails, there is a good chance that you can solve most of your cars problems.

Engine is shaking / Misfiring:

Spark plugs have to fire in a proper order and at a precise time in order for your engine to run smoothly.  If you have ever felt a slight shudder while your car is idling or shifting, there is a chance that your spark plugs need to be replaced.  In order to reach the spark plugs, you will have to remove the wiring that attaches to them, so it would be a good time to replace these as well if they are due.

MPG is dropping off:

This can be a direct result from the spark plug issue mentioned above, or could be caused by buildup in the engine.  Over time, dirt and grime can build inside of the fuel system that can cause it to perform below the expected level.  The usual effect will be losing fuel efficiency.  

Lack of power while accelerating

Again, a lack of power can be caused by one of the two subjects that were already covered.  However, a dirty air filter could be the simplest fix for regaining your acceleration.  A dirty air filter can inhibit the flow of oxygen to your engine, causing it to feel sluggish when you need to burn rubber. 

Everything involved in a tune up is designed to keep your car running efficiently.  It is important to take a look in your vehicles owner manual and see how many miles the manufacturer recommends you have a tune up done.  

Not all components of a tune up need to be done as often as the others.  Keep track of what maintenance you have had done on your car and how many miles ago the maintenance took place.  This way you can let your mechanic know what needs to be replaced and what doesn’t.

If you think your car is in need of a tune up, schedule an appointment with us today!  We would be happy to take care of you.

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