Years ago, most car owners wouldn’t think twice about having a tune-up done on their car. Now that car engines are a lot more sophisticated with computer controls and they seem to be more trouble-free, many don’t place a priority on having a tune-up done. The key word in the last sentence is “seem.” In actuality, having a tune-up done is important vehicle maintenance and something that shouldn’t be ignored.
Every owner’s manual identifies specific service intervals from oil/filter changes and tire rotations to more extensive services like tune-ups. Referred to as a “major service,” tune-ups include replacing the spark plugs along with the spark plug wires. If you don’t know when you should have certain maintenance done, take a look at the owner’s manual. You can also ask us the next time you bring your vehicle in for maintenance.
When you neglect having a tune-up done, you will begin to notice more and more engine problems. You may experience stalling, difficulty starting the engine, less engine power, reduced gas mileage and more. The Check Engine light may come on because the engine is causing issues with the emissions system. Not having a tune-up done will lessen the life of your vehicle and cause you to pay more in car repairs due to engine breakdowns.
What happens during a vehicle tune-up?
Typical tune-ups include the following:
- Spark Plug and Wire Replacement: Your vehicle needs a spark to be delivered to the combustion chamber at just the right time for the engine to perform properly. When one or more of the spark plugs become fouled, you’ll notice engine misfiring along with a decrease in fuel economy. You may even notice some hesitation or sluggishness when you accelerate.
- Adjustment/Correction of Timing: The proper timing of the spark plugs is critical to engine performance. Regular vehicle operation will eventually cause the timing to go off causing the spark plugs to fire at the wrong time.
- A Scan of the Onboard Diagnostic (OBD) system: This step is needed to see if the computer (OBD system) is noting any engine performance issues. During the scan, if needed, our technicians will check and adjust the idle speed.
- Fuel Filter, PVC Value and Engine Air Filter Replacement: Because the engine requires the right mixture of fuel and air, these filters are replaced.
When did you last have a tune-up done? Are you noticing any of the signs of poor engine performance, like stalling or hesitating? It may be time for a tune-up. Click here to make an appointment to have your vehicle tuned up at our auto repair shop in Byram, New Jersey.