Often people will mix up an automobile tune-up for a basic oil and filter change. Where the oil and filter is changed out during a routine tune-up, they are not the same. An auto tune-up does much more than a simple oil change or putting in a new air filter. To better understand what an auto tune-up is and how often you should have your vehicle tuned-up, Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanics would like to share the importance of an auto tune-up.
What Does is an Auto Tune-Up?
Before we get started, it is important to know that each mechanic will vary on the services they provide for a basic auto tune-up. Throughout this article we can only speak for what we do during an auto tune-up. Additionally, each vehicle will vary on their tune-up needs. Older vehicles do not have the same system as modern vehicles do, and it is very different when it comes to electric vehicles. With that said, here are details of a general auto tune-up and what you can expect.
What Does an Auto Tune Up Consist Of?
During an auto tune-up the entire engine is inspected. When inspecting the engine, the mechanic is looking for any worn down parts that may need to be replaced. This can involve replacing hoses, spark plugs, wiring coil boots and more. Some of the basic components are also cleaned. One of the primary focuses of a tune-up is replacing all of the vehicle’s fluids with fresh ones and making sure there are no leaks. When changing out the vehicle’s fluids, the oil is also changed out as well, and a new air filter will be put in place. It is recommended that you time your tune-up with your vehicle’s next oil change to reduce any waste. The vehicle’s electrical or computer system is often run through a diagnostic test and reset in some cases. Modern computers often need there computer system run through diagnostics to ensure there are no errors occurring.
Does My Car Really Need a Tune Up?
An engine begins to wear down as soon as it is assembled and run for the first time. All of the moving components will begin to break down each time you drive your vehicle. Even though in most cases a vehicle can last decades, they still require maintenance to reduce the effects of wear and tear. A tune-up is essential in extending the life of the vehicle. Not only does a tune-up help keep the engine running healthy, but more efficient. A tune-up can improve your vehicle fuel economy by 4% to 12%. A tune-up can also address minor issues and have smaller problems repaired before you experience major engine problems and even failure. Each vehicle will vary on how often they should be tuned-up. In general, a non-electric ignition vehicle should be tuned-up every 10,000 to 12,000 miles. A fuel injection or an electric ignition vehicle should be tuned-up about every 25,000 to 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle performance isn’t what is used to be or you are developing some engine problems, it may be time for a tune-up.