Does your car need a tune up? Chances are it has been a while, and if it has, then it is time to take your vehicle in to see its doctor at your local service center. The good thing about a full tune up is that it doesn’t have to happen all the time. Instead, every 50-60,000 miles, you should have it looked at. Think of it as your vehicles physical, you want to keep it in good shape, or you will be stuck walking!
So, what does a full tune up consist of? Well, depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, and how long it has been you might not need a full tune up, but rather just a “plugs and wires” fix. A “plugs and wires” tune up is exactly what it sounds like; you get new spark plugs and new spark plug wires.
Now, in the event that you are truly in need of a full tune up, and again, depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, you can expect the following to be performed:
- Spark Plugs
- Spark Plug Wires
- Distributor Cap and Rotor
- Ignition Coils
- Fuel Filter
- Air Filter
- Throttle Body
- Fuel Injector Service
- O2 sensor(s)
- Timing Belt
- Serpentine Belt
In addition, you are likely going to have your fluids checked and filled, and your wipers inspected and replaced if necessary. A full tune up isn’t scary, but what happens if you don’t do one can be. Staying up to date n the maintenance of your vehicle will ensure that your vehicle is reliable for years to come.
Some things to look out for, and telltale signs that you need a tune up, include:
- The engine doesn’t start as easily as before
- Running rough, especially when started
- Occasional misfiring, especially in humid weather
- Rough unstable idle, stalling
- Lack of power
- Poor gas mileage
So, does it sound like you need to schedule that tune up? If so, make sure to call your local service center, and get that doctors appointment scheduled for your car!