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May 25, 2022

he Role of the Tune-up in Auto Repair

Why Tune-ups Matter for Your Vehicle

You’ve likely heard the term “tune-up” a lot if you’ve been driving awhile, but perhaps you’re wondering exactly what that is if you aren’t a backyard mechanic. A tune-up is a maintenance and minor repair package in which a technician goes over each system related to the internal combustion process in your engine and makes adjustments to optimize performance. This involves service points such as changing the spark plugs, checking and/or replacing belts and hoses, and inspecting wiring (such as that in the distributor cap). When you’re ready to get the next tune-up for your vehicle, trust the experienced technicians at Auto Integrity in Riverside, California. We’ve been providing honest, reliable car care with a focus on exceptional customer service since 2015.

Signs that Your Car is Due for a Tune-up

Your manufacturer provides suggested maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual, and your technician can help you with determining when your car is due for service, as well. In general, you won’t need to make this visit as often as you do some others (like a routine oil change). Older cars (prior to 1980) probably need a tune-up about every 10,000 miles. Newer models typically need one at a point somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Some manufacturers even suggest a mark closer to 100,000 miles, but it is likely you’ll want this service before that. However, there are also some signs that you can observe that likely point to the need for a tune-up. Is your automobile difficult to start? That could be a sign of aging wires or failing spark plugs (if the battery has been ruled out). Are you noticing a rough idle? That, too, could indicate bad spark plugs. Are you buying gas more often? If your car is burning a lot more fuel than it used to, it could signal the need for a tune-up. Other indicators might be strange new noises. For instance, you could hear the squealing of a belt that needs replacing before it breaks, a correction made during a tune-up. Additionally, if you notice a small drip or steaming from a hose, you could have a tiny hole that allows fluid to escape. Aged hoses need replacing, which is also done during a tune-up.

Benefits of a Tune-up

When you have your vehicle tuned up, you’ll notice many benefits. Your automobile will operate more efficiently, so you may hear a better, more regular sound from under the hood. You’ll also get some relief in the wallet when filling up with gas because your car will get better mileage. Even better, you’re less likely to experience a breakdown, and your transportation will last longer. Therefore, let Auto Integrity help you and your car with a tune-up.