Most experts tell you that to keep your car in top running shape, you should do a tune-up every so often. However, just a generic tuneup isn’t necessarily all you need to satisfy your car’s service needs.
A good tune up really follows the owners recommended service intervals and follows other items which come due. You can consider the regular maintenance items to be part of your car’s “tune-up”.
Don’t wait until the check engine light comes on… Some peoples idea of auto maintenance is to drive until a light comes on or something happens. This usually results in higher than necessary maintenance costs, due to waiting until the problem becomes severe.
There are some items which are a regular part of engine maintenance, and these often include the following (on right).
- Check battery condition and voltage
- Cylinder compression differences between cylinders
- Engine vacuum to check for any leaks
- Scanning fault codes in the ECU
- Verify idle speed setting
- Check o2 sensors and timing
Possible diagnostics or engine part replacements:
◾Depending on what the above checks reveal, these items are sometimes serviced/replaced:
◾Spark plugs (depending on type of plugs interval)
◾Check and adjust timing and idle speed (if appropriate for given vehicle)
Some of the issues which can be solved with a good tune-up include – hard starting, stalling, hesitation, misfiring, bad fuel economy and lack of power.
If you think that your vehicle is due for a tune-up, schedule an appointment with us.