Do I Need A Vehicle Tune-Up?
July 23rd, 2015
Updated February 17th, 2017
Purcellville, Virginia - Your car undergoes a large amount of wear and tear over time, especially if you drive your vehicle frequently. This is why a vehicle tune-up is a critical part of maintaining your automobile. A vehicle tune-up is much like a regular doctor’s appointment for your vehicle. When your vehicle is functioning properly, it’s easy to take for granted that all of the automobile parts will continue to work indefinitely without a hitch. However, failing to get your car checked out by an ASE Certified Mechanic on a regular basis may result in mechanical issues that are costlier to fix than to prevent.
Get Parts and Fluids Replaced
It's advisable that you get a vehicle tune-up every couple of years, or every 30,000 miles. A vehicle tune-up typically involves much more than just replacing your vehicle’s spark plugs. For instance, you can have your air filters and fuel filters, fluids, belts and ignition replaced. Simply changing your transmission fluid or other types of fluids can have an immeasurably good impact on the life of your vehicle. An ASE Certified Mechanic can also replace your distributor cap and plug wires as needed. Getting these parts replaced can prevent roadside breakdowns, rough idling, stalling and difficulty with getting your engine to start.
Air Filter and Battery
Other areas that should be checked as part of an vehicle tune-up include the air filter and the battery. Your air filters can become dirty and clogged over time. As a result, dirty air may end up in different parts of the car, including the engine, which needs a combination of fuel and air to provide adequate power. When the air that goes to the engine is dirty, your car may not run efficiently, thus causing you to lose gas mileage. During a vehicle-tune up, an ASE Certified Mechanic can also clean off the car batter terminals, or depending on the “charge” of the battery, you may simply need your battery replaced if the Battery Test indicates to do so. Your car’s battery is critical for starting the vehicle and ensuring that the most essential functions of the car continue to work.
Additional Vehicle Tune-Up Information
The Virginia Auto Repair Shop performing your vehicle’s tune-up can also check the condition of your brakes to make sure they are functioning correctly. A vehicle auto-tune up offers multiple long-term benefits. For example, it can identify other vehicle issues which may be lurking and could potentially cause a more serious problem. Also, when you replace your spark plugs along with other car parts that are worn or dirty, this increases your gas mileage, thus saving you money over the long haul.
In addition, if you plan to sell your vehicle, getting your car regularly maintained and including the maintenance paperwork can add value to your vehicle.
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of vehicle repair.
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