Tune In to Tune-Up Recommendations

What’s Required for Your Car’s Maintenance?

Tune-up? Isn’t tuning for musical instruments? Yes, but just as tuning makes an instrument sound better, a tune-up makes your vehicle perform better. In fact, you’ll get much better performance out of your car or truck if you are attuned to its service needs. Older vehicles–those without electronic ignitions–should be tuned up about every 10,000-12,000 miles or annually, whichever comes first. Newer vehicles are designed to run a lot longer before needing this service. Depending upon the manufacturer, recommendations range from 25,000 miles to 100,000. Your owner’s manual will give the recommendation specific to your model vehicle. When the time comes for your car’s tune-up, visit the ASE certified technicians at Jeff’s Auto Repair in Renton, Washington.

Signs that Your Car Needs a Tune-up

Even though you’re following the car manufacturer’s guidelines, you may need a tune-up sooner rather than later. There are some common warning signs that should prompt you to take your car to the auto repair shop. One signal might be an illuminated check engine light. While this can occur for various reasons, your mechanic will be able to determine the problem and if you need a tune-up. Also, you want to be able to both go and stop with no problems. If your vehicle stalls when you try to accelerate or if you experience any braking issues, take your vehicle in for service. Your safety depends on it! A sudden drop in fuel economy is another indicator. Finally, if you experience other unexpected issues such as poor shifting in an automatic transmission vehicle or excessive shakes or vibrations when driving, seek a professional opinion.

What Does a Tune-Up Involve?

A tune-up really consists of two parts. First, the technician will check for obvious problems, particularly if you’ve conveyed concerns (as described above). In addition to any pre-existing issues that need correcting, most tune-ups entail inspecting the ignition system (spark plugs, plug wires, coils, and other electrical components), checking and changing filters (fuel, oil, air, and cabin air), checking/changing hoses and belts, and checking, replacing, and/or topping all fluids (oil, brake, coolant, transmission, and power steering). Performing tune-ups as needed will save you money over time by preventing more extensive and expensive repairs as well as extending the life of your car. The service technicians at Jeff’s Auto Repair in Renton, Washington, are trained to help you with all your tune-up needs.

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