Part three of our series on scheduled auto maintenance explores tune ups.
How Often Should I Get a Tune Up?
How often you should get a tune up depends on a lot of factors, however, even if you car is running smoothly, you want to get a tune-up every 30,000-50,000 miles. Again, however, as we covered in part one of this series, be sure to check the owner’s manual for your particular vehicle. What’s involved in an engine tune-up? On older vehicles that don’t have fuel injectors, usually a tune up means that the spark plugs, the points, and the condenser are replaced. Then the timing is adjusted as well as the carburetor.
As cars have changed so have tune-ups. Modern cars don’t have carburetors. Nowadays a tune up can mean timing belt replacement, plugs, plug wires, and some fluids such as transmission fluid. A tune up nowadays is usually bundled into a lube, oil and filter job.
Does Getting a Tune-Up Really Help?
An old fashioned tune-up, not so much. A tune-up nowadays, however is a lot more than just spark plugs. Usually a log of places that do tune-ups throw in other services such as checking the air pressure of your tires and checking your tire’s tread depth. Modern tune-ups are not just about helping your car to run better, they are also proactive steps in keeping your car running efficiently and safely.
So, remember, there are two ways to handle your car’s maintenance needs. You can ignore your car until it just stops working one day, or you can do the regularly scheduled auto maintenance to help it run efficiently. One place to start is to get a tune-up in Mesa.
This concludes part three of our series. For more information on scheduled auto maintenance, please read part one and part two as well.