What To Expect During A Car Tune-Up
It is not uncommon for these appointments to take a little more time than an oil change would. We take the time to check fluid levels, filters, valves, battery, and electrical system… If your cars got it, we want to see it. There are a few services you can expect to take place during this visit, and we will address a few of the most common fixes resolved by tune-ups.
- Auto Battery & Charging Systems – Batteries don’t always give a signal that they are wearing out or need to be replaced. We inspect battery connections, the condition of the battery case, alternator belts, voltage and current, hardware, and more. Typically, any battery older than 3 years should be considered for replacement. Having a battery that doesn’t hold a charge very well can cause a lot of extra wear on other engine components.
- Spark Plugs – These little parts have a big role to play in making a vehicle operational. Spark plugs are responsible for creating a spark which ignites the fuel and air combination in your engine which starts the vehicle. As the engine starts, there are little pistons that begin to move around, which allows your vehicle to power up, but also evenly combusts the compressed air-fuel mixture.
- Odd Car Sounds – There are quite a few areas within your car that can begin to make unusual sounds when they’re needing replacement. A few common concerns are issues with the transmission, power steering, brakes, or other engine issues. Oftentimes a sound indicates the early stages of an issue but should be addressed right away before anything else can be affected, or worse.
- Exhaust & Muffler Repair – Your emission and exhaust systems are mounted on the undercarriage of your car and can become damaged by potholes, cold weather and ice, debris, and can be hazardous to your health if these systems are damaged and not fixed. During this inspection, we will ensure the muffler, exhaust pipes, oxygen sensor, and all other critical components are up to par and working properly.
- Timing Belt or Timing Chain – While this belt (or in some cases, chain) doesn’t require a lot of attention over the course of a vehicle’s life, when the time comes for it to be replaced, you’ve got a small window of time to address it. A timing belt is an industrial strength piece of rubber that is responsible for connecting and synchronizing your engine’s functions. If this belt breaks, the damage is almost always costly and timely. The average recommendation for replacing this belt is every 60,000-100,000 miles.