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Getting your vehicle’s engine tuned up

by | Sep 3, 2013 | Auto Repair, Brake Repair, General Car Maintenance, Oil Change, Wheel Alignment

If you notice some issues with your vehicle’s engine, it might be time for an engine tune-up. The engine will begin to wear out over time. By bringing it in and having us check it, we can determine what or if there are any issues with the engine. When driving, heat and friction will cause wear and tear on your vehicle’s components and systems. By replacing worn or faulty parts, regularly scheduled tune-ups can help you maintain your vehicle’s safety and performance. The tune-ups can also help you achieve the best gas mileage possible, as well as overall improved efficiency.

What is an engine tune-up?

During an engine tune-up, a variety of things can be done in order to help your engine run more efficiently and with decreased issues. The fuel filter and PCV valve will be inspected and if it is damaged, they will be replaced. There will also be a replacement of all spark plugs and wires. Other various ignition components such as the distributor cap and rotor may be replaced if they are worn enough. The serpentine belts will also be inspected and will be replaced if necessary. The battery will be inspected and may include cleaning of it if there is any corrosion on the terminals or anywhere on it. The air filter will also be replaced when a tune-up is done on your vehicle. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, the clutch may be adjusted depending what condition it is in. After we inspect it, other parts may be replaced after we see what the condition they are in.

Signs you need your engine tuned-up

Besides going in annually to have tune-ups done, you should also take notice signs of when you might need a tune-up. You may notice you have to fill your tank more often. You might also notice that your gas mileage has been on a decline and you are not getting anywhere close to what you have in the past. Your vehicle may also run or ideal roughly. In other cases, the vehicle may even stall out when you stop. You will be able to notice an overall loss of power with your vehicle. You may also noises that your car may start to make. If your engine knocks when you are accelerating, or even after you turn the engine off, you may need to bring your vehicle in so we can look at it. The vehicle’s response, torque, or power may begin to deteriorate and you may notice the lack of it each time you drive. A major sign that you need at the very least, bring your vehicle in, is if your check engine light comes on. This usually comes on when there is an issue with or related to the engine. It could alert you that your engine may need a tune-up, but it could also be one of several reasons why the light turned on.

Benefits of an engine tune-up

The major benefit of having your engine tuned-up is that you can keep your vehicle running as long as possible. It can also help keep it in good condition. By bringing your vehicle in on a regular schedule, we can inspect it over and check the engine and all the related parts. By having your engine in good condition, and can keep other parts of your vehicle in good working order as well, and possibly prevent an unexpected breakdown.