• Ashley Bradish

Tune In For Tune-Ups

Is your vehicle in tip-top condition? Do you have new spark plugs, topped-off fluids, and clean filters? If not, it's time you brought your car or truck in for a tune-up.


Why should I get a tune-up?


Tune-ups check on the fundamental parts of your vehicle and make sure it's running at its best. These parts are vital to your vehicle's function.


Take filters, for example. Old filters make it harder for your vehicle to get the air, fuel, and oil it needs. A lack of these components can choke your engine.


Tune-ups also extend your car's lifespan, improve fuel efficiency, and lower the chances of you breaking down on the side of the road.



What gets done during a tune-up?


When a technician performs a tune-up on your vehicle, they will be looking at:


Ignition Parts

The ignition system consists of electrical parts that work air and fuel into the combustion chamber.


1. Spark plugs

2. Ignition wires

3. Ignition coils


Filters

Filters keep contaminating particles from reaching vital components in your engine and systems. Having a clean filter improves engine performance and efficiency.



1. Engine filter

2. Cabin air filter

3. Oil filter

4. Fuel filter

5. PCV valve


Fluids

Expired fluids lead to excessive wear on internal components. You should check these fluids during your tune-ups rather than wait until there is damage.


1. Motor oil

2. Coolant

3. Brake fluid

4. Transmission fluid

5. Power steering fluid


Belts and Hoses

Hoses transfer the fluids throughout the engine. But belts and hoses do wear down. They can get worn out through exposure to heat, cold, and the normal wear and tear of everyday driving.


1. The serpentine belt

2. Belt tensioner

3. The timing belt

4. Hoses (radiator, heating, etc.)



Depending on their condition, a technician will repair or replace damaged parts. See the repairs and services Quality offers on our Products and Services page.




How often should I get a tune-up?


Newer vehicles with electronic ignitions can go 25,000 to 100,000 miles without a tune-up. But older vehicles without electronic ignitions should get a tune-up every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.


However, if you do a lot of stop-and-go driving or pull heavy loads, you will need to tune up your engine more often.


It is good to check that your vehicle is running at its best rather than waiting until something is wrong.



If you need help finding out when you're due for your next tune-up, refer to your owner's manual, or contact us. We'll be more than happy to help!




How do I know if my car needs a tune-up?


Some common signs that it's time for a tune-up are:

  • The check engine light comes on

  • The engine stalls when idle or accelerating

  • You notice decreased fuel efficiency

  • Reduced braking abilities

  • There are shifting problems

  • Strange noises

  • You feel excessive vibration or shaking in the steering wheel or seat

  • The car is harder to start

If you have any of these issues, call 908-362-9555 or request an appointment here.




Don't wait for something to be wrong. Be proactive and prepared with routine visits for affordable tune-up services. You'll save more money in the long run. To get your vehicle tuned up, make an appointment with Quality Automotive. Call 908-362-9555 or go to our website at qualityautocarenj.com/reservations.



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Sources


AutoZone. (n.d.). What Does A Tune-Up Include? Check Out Our Tune-Up Checklist. AutoZone Advice & How-To's. Retrieved November 16, 2021, from https://www.autozone.com/diy/maintenance/tune-up-guide.