Little known facts about "tune-ups"...
Believe it or not, the term “tune-up” is outdated. But that doesn’t mean that servicing your engine is. While the actual mechanics of a tune-up have changed, the goal remains the same…perfecting engine performance. Think of a tune-up as a routine check-up for your vehicle. You wouldn’t go years without seeing your doctor, so why would you treat your car–something that keeps you and your family safe–any differently! The actual tune-up process varies by service provider, but most technicians would agree it involves fine-tuning anything that helps restore the engine to like-new performance.
Times have changed
The advancements in technology require less in regard to tune-up adjustments. Things like engine timing, idle speed and mixture adjustments are no longer necessary. Spark plugs only need to be replaced around every 100,000 miles. And chassis no longer need to be lubed up, due to sealed for life ball joints and tie rod ends.
So what can you expect when you bring in your vehicle for engine service?
According to experts, the modern tune-up should check for the following things:
- Fuel injectors and intake system
- O2 sensor
- Power balance and dynamic compression
- Engine vacuum
- Scan for fault codes
- Engine timing
- Idle speed
If all of these things are good to go, you will just need to replace and/or repair the following things: spark plugs, distributor & rotor cap, fuel filter, air filter, PCV valve. Don’t ignore or wait until 100,000 miles to take care of that pesky check engine light. It could be indicating your car needs something as simple as an oil change. You will want to maintain a great record of routine maintenance, and service your engine according to the recommendations associated with the make, model and year of your vehicle.
And if you are in need of someone to service your vehicle, look no further than Collierville Auto Center. We have a full service center and can walk you through every step of the way!