Tuning in on tune-ups

February 18th, 2015

Tune Ups VA & TNVehicle owners are always being urged to have regular tune-ups done on their vehicles. And tune-ups do extend engine life, increase power and maximize gas mileage.

But how does a tune-up do these things? Ideally, a tune-up improves vehicle performance by ensuring the engine's combustion chamber operates at peak efficiency. This is done by performing maintenance that sets the computer, ignition, fuel and emission systems working in tandem.

On older models, a tune-up means checking ignition timing, spark plugs, distributor points, belts, valves, fluid levels, fuel, air and oil filters, idle mixture and other items, then adjusting settings or replacing parts as required.

Newer cars, heavily dependent on electronics as they are, don't come with all the old equipment, like distributor caps and rotors. So a tune-up might include running a computerized engine diagnostic to determine whether items like oxygen sensors and electronic control module components need to be replaced, while still also checking spark plugs, filters, belts and so forth.

Tune-ups are recommended to be done after every 30,000 miles you put on your car, although this may vary based on age and usage of the vehicle. Also, not all equipment included in a tune-up checklist will need to be replaced at 30,000 miles, depending on vehicle age and mileage.

The simplest way to get the right tune-up for your car is to check your owner's manual for guidelines on replacement and maintenance schedules for specific parts. Then ask at your garage if what your manual suggests is part of their standard tune-up.

At Free Service Tire, all of the services listed above for older and newer model vehicles are part of our tune-up.

If it's time for your next tune-up, why not give us a call?

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