If your vehicle is not performing the way it should, then you might be wondering, “What is included in a tune-up, and does my vehicle need one?” Regular vehicle maintenance is one of the best ways to protect your investment and keep yourself and others safe on the road. Here’s what services you can typically expect when you request a basic tune-up.
What is a tune-up?
“Tune-up” is a term used in the days of old when car and truck ignition systems used points and condensers (along with spark plugs) to provide the spark necessary to make the engine fire. Because of their design, these parts needed frequent replacement and/or adjustment, thus the phrase, “tuning up the engine.” Points and condensers have been replaced with electronic components and computers to control them, eliminating the need for the classic tune-up.
When customers call us asking, “What is included in a ”Tune-Up?”, they are asking what services we will provide as necessary maintenance. Today, a tune-up usually refers to the periodic service of engine components. Where a mechanic going through a road trip car checklist might inspect the full vehicle, one providing a tune-up will likely focus more on engine power and performance.
Meanwhile, your vehicle’s owner’s manual will show you when things that CAN be replaced, SHOULD be replaced. For example you’ll find car parts such as spark plugs, air filters, the fuel filter, and the PCV valve listed as replaceable items on the maintenance list. Other than that, small adjustments are typically no longer necessary; a computer handles that.
What is included in a tune-up?
For a basic engine tune-up, our shop will use a computer diagnostics system to identify any error codes your vehicle may be showing. We’ll also take into account your manufacturer’s recommended service schedule to make sure everything is up to date.
Our tune-up checklist includes the inspection and replacement of major engine components like:
1. Air filters
Most modern cars have two main air filters. One is located near the cabin and the other is located in the engine compartment. These filters keep harmful particles from entering your vehicle’s system. During the tune-up, we’ll inspect your filters and replace them if necessary.
2. Spark plugs
Spark plugs are used to ignite the fuel and air mixture in gas engines. Spark plugs should be replaced over time to ensure a consistent spark. We’ll inspect your spark plugs and spark plug wires to ensure they’re operating at maximum efficiency.
3. Timing belt
The timing belt, while not part of the typical tune-up process, is extremely important. The belt keeps your crankshaft and camshafts in synchronization and thus allows the engine to run at top performance. A broken timing belt can cause expensive damage, so we will recommend replacement based on the mileage.
Other engine components
The engine is comprised of multiple moving parts from crankshafts and pistons to gears and pulleys. We inspect each engine component in an attempt to catch errors before they happen and help your vehicle run as efficiently as possible.
What are the signs that your car needs a tune-up?
As you drive your vehicle, you should be aware of what’s happening under the hood and notice warning lights on the dashboard as soon as they appear.
Signs you need a tune-up include:
- Check engine light is on
- Decreased performance and fuel efficiency
- Running rough while idling or stalling
- Squeaking from the engine compartment
- It’s been over 30,000 miles since your last tune-up
Wondering how much is a tune-up? While car repair costs will vary depending on your vehicle’s age and condition, all of the elements included in a tune-up will be in your owner’s manual and should be checked and serviced based on the recommended mileage.
Get your tune-up at Colony One Auto Center
Knowing what is included in a tune-up should play a critical role in where you chose to take your car. A tune-up from Colony One Auto Center includes a full engine performance diagnosis and identifies ways to protect your investment and keep you safe on the road. All repairs are covered by our nationwide two-year/24,000-mile warranty.
Colony One Auto is a modern-day, state-of-the-art automotive repair and maintenance center that retains the level of commitment and friendly service as car shops of yesteryear.
To get a quick tune-up that will prevent hassle down the road, set up a service appointment today!
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