If you refer to your owner’s manual, a car tune-up is what they refer to as ‘maintenance service.’ This is the periodic checkup meant to keep your car running at the optimum level of efficiency and safety. It is considered prudent to take your car to the car repair shop for a tune-up, whether or not it experiences some mechanical problems.
The interval of each maintenance service or what most drivers refer to as a tune up will depend on the type of vehicle. Most new cars that come fitted with electronic ignition and fuel injection system would need a tune up after every 25,000 miles to 100,000 miles. While the older cars without the electronic ignitions would need a tune up after every 10,000 miles to 12,000 miles or after every one year, whichever comes first.
You should rely on your owner’s manual to know after what interval should you take your car for a tune up. However, there are some special circumstances that would necessitate you take your vehicle for a tune up more frequently than the manufacturer’s recommendations. Take, for instance, if you are the type of drive that does a lot of stop-and-go driving, drive short trips often, have your car pull heavy loads often. You may need a tune up for your ignition system more often.
A prudent car owner should check for the symptoms of their vehicle with a keen eye and investigate any unusual change in performance and component’s characteristics. SuperSuds Rockford car repair shop, recommends that you be on the lookout for the following symptoms. They are early indications that your car needs a tune up:
Your engine runs roughly The feel and sound coming from your engine when you have stopped at a stop sign or when you want to accelerate fast. If you notice the engine is running unusually rough, it could be an early symptom that your car is due for a tune up.
It becomes harder to start your car This problem could be caused by a number of things including a weak battery, faulty electronic components in the electronic control unit, ignitions system failing, weak fuel pump among others. If it is becoming harder and harder to start the engine, it’s probably time for a tune up.
Your car seems not to have passing power Ever found yourself driving behind a slower vehicle then you decided to overtake that vehicle, but your car feels slow and unsafe to overtake that slower vehicle? This is another sign your car is not running at optimum performance level.
The car often stalls Frequent stalling could be caused by spark plug worn out; the gap between the electrodes in the spark plug could need some adjusting. It could also mean that the electronic sensing device needs some recalibrations.
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