Automotive Tune Up (1167 views)
Automotive Tune Up
A tune-up can extend the life of a vehicle, improve engine performance and increase gas mileage. A tune-up is a general adjustment done to your vehicle to insure that it runs at its' peak efficiency. Before electronics, a tune-up meant replacing spark plugs, distributor points, inspecting or replacing the cap and rotor and posssibly replacing fuel and air filters. On today's cars the distributors are gone and even spark plug wires are missing from many applications. The onboard computer handles fuel mixture, timing and idle speed control.
Due to the newer technologies in vehicles, the recommended mileage between tune-ups has gone from 12,000-20,000 miles up to 30,000 or even 60,000 miles.
Every repair shop has their own version of what a tune-up consists of. You should always ask what is being done for you tune-up when comparing prices. Some repair shops only change the spark plugs and still charge you the same amount as a full tune-up.
A tune-up isn't a cure-all and it won't fix your car if it is already running poorly, but when done regularly, it can preven a host of expensive problems in your future.