Auto Tune Up
As vehicles have evolved over the years so has the notion of what a tune up entails. Modern vehicles now have an array of sensors which send data back to the onboard computer which then interprets and makes changes to the mechanical components to maximize performance. There are 5 main resources that cars typically need to run well – air, oil, coolant, electricity and gas.
There are 2 filters that help manage the quality of air coming into the vehicle. The engine air filter which ensures the engine is getting clean air free of particulates and a cabin filter which manages the air you breathe inside the car. These filters should generally be changed every 12 to 18 months depending on the environmental conditions.
Oil is the lifeblood of the car. It keeps the engine and other mechanical parts lubricated and reduces friction so the engine can work harder without overheating. Since oil touches many of the important components of the car it is a great mechanism for introducing additives to help with engine wear and seal renewal. We offer products from BG & Lucas which can help with things like engine noise, burning excessive oil, revitalizing seals and reducing oil leaks.
Coolant circulates through the vehicle removing heat from the engine so that it does not overheat in the process of generating power to make your car go. All that heating and cooling causes the coolant to break down over time. When that happens the vehicle will run hotter putting extra stress on hoses and other mechanical components which can lead to additional repair expenses. Depending on the car, a coolant flush runs $60 – $150 which is much cheaper than having a mechanical failure leaving you stranded on the side of the road with a tow and repair bill.
Spark plugs provide a small spark of electricity that creates the ignition needed to start the car. By putting the pistons in motion, you car powers up and allows for the engine to burn the proper air-fuel ratio. Without that little spark, your car won’t start. Spark plug health is directly related to engine performance, bad or weak spark plugs can cause a drop in fuel economy and or an engine misfire. Using good quality plugs can easily pay for themselves in improved performance over their lifespan. Spark plugs generally need to be replaced every 60 – 90,000 miles depending on the vehicle.
The energy generated by the combustion of gas is what drives your vehicle. Over time the burning of fuel can leave deposits in the engine and impact performance. Engine deposits can reduce gas mileage and reduce horsepower because the engine cannot work as efficiently as it should. We periodically recommend a Fuel Injection Service which is a 3-stage cleaning process designed to clean out deposits and get the vehicle running like new.
Call or email us with any questions you may have about these tune up services and how they apply to your specific vehicle.