You No Longer Need Tune-Ups for a Car

A “tune-up” was a lengthy process where the car components that were susceptible to wearing out were replaced and adjustments were made. Vehicle operators often did this on a regular basis many, many years ago. The involved systems were generally the fuel and ignition ones. Today tune-ups are obsolete.

Here is the scoop:

Some car owners still take their car in periodically to have it “tuned up.” Instead of the regular tune-up from many decades ago, service techs will perhaps test the fuel, ignition and emissions systems to find possible close to dysfunctional oxygen sensors, vacuum hoses and other components that can make for bad performance. The U.S government, for example, says that a bad oxygen sensor may give engine computers false readings and cut down fuel economy and possibly by forty percent. If you have a manual transmission, then your clutch is properly adjusted for ideal operation of the car.

Tune-Ups for a Car
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Having your vehicle inspected and serviced periodically is a great way to extend its life and keep it working great. However, heading into a repair facility and asking for a tuneup isn’t a great idea because it indicates you are still living in the previous century and have extra money you would like to spend. Cars put out within the last ten to fifteen years do not require these tune-ups. In essence, we advise against taking one’s vehicle in for tune-ups but we do value car upgrades like windows tinting, leather interior, remote car starter etc.. If it isn’t broken, then you don’t need to fix it.

Instead, Here’s What To Make Sure to Do to Keep Your Vehicle Running at Its Best:

About the only points remaining from the traditional tune-up are new spark plugs, usually done every 100,000 miles, and periodically replacing the air filter. This is the case according to the folks at Also, The Environmental Protection Agency says that replacing a clogged air filter will not better the gas mileage but may improve acceleration by six to eleven perfect. The agencies do not say what benefit may be derived from fresh spark plugs, but computers that control modern-day engines adjust the air-fuel mixture and spark timing to compensate for wear, like when the spark plug electrodes are wearing out.

Look in your car owner’s manual (or at a separate maintenance schedule) to find what the car maker recommends, and see if you can locate the words “tuneup.” We hope that this article has been helpful in helping you decide what type of vehicle maintenance is really necessary, and that you enjoyed it!

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