What is a vehicle Tune-Up?
A car tune-up is a type of preventive maintenance performed on a vehicle to ensure it continues to perform well. A tune-up is typically regularly scheduled — once a year is a very soft rule of thumb — and offers the chance for you to get all of the preventive maintenance your car needs at that time. Getting a car tune-up regularly will help you maintain your car’s performance and extend its life.
When you have a tune-up performed, it will typically include the replacement of several important wear-and-tear parts. Failure to replace these parts can result in decreased performance and other problems. For example, the air filter will typically need to be replaced at least once per year. If a dirty air filter is not replaced, the engine may receive less air than it needs to run properly. If this problem is not addressed, the air-fuel mixture will continue running richer, which means there is not enough air and too much fuel in the mixture. This can ultimately result in the failure of other parts and a waste of fuel. The tune-up should also include cleaning or replacing the spark plugs and, on older cars, the distributor cap and rotor. Tune-ups may also include replacement of the fuel filter, oxygen sensor, PCV valve, and spark plug wires.
If you’re in the habit of skipping these tune-ups, your car will eventually start showing signs of that.
With routine car tune-ups, you will be able to detect small problems and fix them right away. Often car owners neglect small issues in their vehicle until they turn into serious, big ones. Even if you go with a standard tune-up service, your spark plugs will be assessed and replaced, wires and filters will also be inspected, and so will other key systems. It is wise to have small repairs and tune-up done on your vehicle than to wait for bigger problems to surface in your car.
We may not regard tires as essential parts of our vehicle as we regard others. But the truth is it is the treads of the tires that actually grip the road and keep us safe on our road or mountain trips. Worn off treads can make the car unsafe to drive. This is why tune-up service is important as it properly inspects tires for tread depth, proper inflation, and wear patterns.
Cars break down all the time on roads. They mostly break down because their owners do not have their key systems and parts assessed by a qualified technician at fixed intervals. If you do that, parts such as pumps, air filter, battery, hoses, belts, transmission fluid level, etc. will be thoroughly checked and if any issue is noticed, needed repair will be recommended straight away.
For a great number of people, a car is a massive investment. If you belong to this group of people, then you can save yourself from big financial troubles that could arise because of expensive replacements in your vehicle through routine tune-ups. Tune-ups also improve the fuel economy of your vehicle, which helps you in saving money.
Don’t wait until your dashboard instrument cluster iluminate like a Christmas tree with all those warning lights.