Routine tune-ups are crucial to maintaining your engine’s performance and longevity
Generally, a tune-up consists of checking the engine for parts that need cleaning, fixing, or replacing. Common areas under inspection include filters, spark plugs, belts and hoses, car fluids, rotors, and distributor caps. Many of these only require a visual inspection or a simple test.
The term “tune up” comes from the time when auto technicians needed to tune the car’s carburetor. While vehicles are now fuel injected, the term endures and generally represents minor maintenances that need to be completed. A tune up could consist of battery services, installing a new air filter or fuel filter, fluid services, oil changes or replacing the spark plugs. Here are a few signs it is time for a tune up!
Decreased Fuel Efficiency
If you are spending extra time at the pump and less time on the road it may be a sign that some routine maintenance is needed. By conducting a tune up you will help restore the functionality and efficiency of your car’s engine!
Poor Running Engine
As mentioned, tune up services can help ensure your motor continues to run properly. For example, replacing the spark plugs will ensure there is no misfiring, which is caused by corroded or aging spark plugs. Misfiring results in a rough idle and is a huge waste of fuel!
Hard starting can be caused by several problems, that usually can be resolved by replacing or cleaning minor parts of the car.
A fresh fuel filter could ensure fuel is getting to the motor and cleaning the battery terminals will create a secure connection to make sure there is sufficient electricity flowing to get the motor running. If that does not help, it will need further investigation to diagnose the problem
Check Engine Light On
If the check engine light comes on, its best to take your car for proper diagnostic. This light usually represents a small problem, but if not addressed on time, it can become a bigger and costly problem