Vehicle maintenance can be a tricky problem for drivers as they try to keep up with routine maintenance without incurring unnecessary expenses.
As most people know, routine maintenance such as oil changes is a good way to avoid unnecessary expenses and maximize your vehicle’s longevity; but what about tune-ups?
With technology constantly changing, people sometimes ask whether tune-ups are still necessary.
What is a Tune-Up?
Popular Science describes a tune-up as “the process of checking and replacing engine components that are critical to ignition and engine operation.”
Depending on your vehicle and your vehicle’s needs, a tune-up could include changing spark plugs, replacing a fuel filter, cleaning the fuel system, adjusting the engine timing, or other procedures to maximize your engine’s performance.
When Should I Get a Tune-Up?
The easiest way to tell when it’s time for your vehicle to get a tune-up is to consult your owner’s manual.
Typically, your manual will state the mileage number that indicates it’s time for a tune-up. However, your vehicle may show signs that a tune-up is needed sooner than stated in your manual.
Potential Warning Signs
Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan and you will need to bring your vehicle in for a tune-up before it is scheduled.
You could find your vehicle needing a tune-up after particularly harsh weather such as Mainers are used to.
Here are a few warning signs to take note of that could indicate your vehicle needs a tune-up:
- Your vehicle stalls frequently
- Your vehicle is getting difficult to start
- Your vehicle has poor gas mileage
- Your vehicle’s dashboard lights show there is a problem
Can I Tune Up My Vehicle By Myself?
The days when someone could tune up a vehicle in their garage may seem like a thing of the past. After all, motor vehicles have much more advanced technology than in the past.
However, depending on your level of expertise, you may be able to perform a tune-up yourself. If you are unsure of your ability, it’s best to leave the tune-up work to a professional.
Does a Tune-Up Fulfill All My Maintenance Needs?
A tune-up is an important part of maintaining your vehicle but remember that while “It’s true that an auto-tune-up can improve your car’s performance…it should not replace routine maintenance and service.”
It is essential to read your owner’s manual to be aware of your vehicle’s complete maintenance needs.
The Importance of Tune-Ups
Tune-ups are still an important part of maintaining your vehicle, regardless of whether you’re driving a classic car, an older model, or a newer model.
How you go about getting one is up to your confidence in your DIY skills, your schedule, and your preference for letting someone else handle a job you may not have time for.
If you find yourself in the Lewiston, Maine area, bring your vehicle to Berube’s Complete Auto Care for a tune-up. We can answer all your questions about what type of tune-up you need and provide it through our highly-trained team of technicians.