Your vehicle works hard to keep you on the road. Oil is flowing through the engine, heat starts to wear away at hoses, and your spark plugs are firing to ensure a smooth ride. Driving to work, across town or even to the grocery store will put strain on your vehicle’s engine.
A tune-up is a form of regular maintenance to your engine to ensure it’s operating reliably and efficiently.
Many owners believe that a tune-up is a form of repair, but this is not the case. A tune-up can be looked at as a form of regular maintenance. Yes, some parts may be replaced and repairs may be made, but this is a result of a physical inspection during a tune-up that warns of potentially worn parts giving you problems in the near future.
Tune-ups are recommended every 30,000 miles for most vehicles.
What Does a Tune-up Include
There are several parts to a tune-up. The goal is to keep your vehicle performing like new all year long. Tune-ups not only add to engine performance, but can also help a vehicle’s fuel economy. Performance and fuel economy boosts are more prevalent with vehicles that are badly out of tune.
First, all of the following components will be checked:
- Belts and hoses
A standard tune-up will consist of the following:
- Ignition: Spark plugs will be changed and inspected. Plug wires and coils will be examined and replaced as needed.
- Filters: Several filter changes will take place. An oil change is common (you should change your oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles), but your fuel, air and cabin filters will also be changed. These filters keep containments out of your engine.
- Belts and Hoses: Several belts and hoses will be inspected and changed as appropriate. This includes your alternator and water pump hoses, power steering pump and all hoses present.
- Fluids: A thorough inspection of all fluids and any flushing necessary will be performed. Fluid levels that are low will be topped off.
A tune-up allows your engine to run at maximum performance at all times. With a little care, your vehicle’s performance will be boosted while also extending your engine’s lifespan and efficiency.