Tune-ups are one of those things we always hear we need to do to our cars, but many of us do not actually know what they are for or what they involve. The reason used to be that a tune-up was performed by a professional auto mechanic to “fine-tune” an engine for optimal performance. However, most cars these days come with computers to handle engine performance.
Sometimes there is confusion about what tune-ups involve partly because many shops offer their own variety of services as a part of their tune-up. These days, a tune-up may typically include checking and replacing spark plugs, fuel and air filters, and other ignition and fuel components that go through wear and tear.
Back 15-20 years ago, when fewer cars had electronic engine management systems, tune-ups were much more involved and had to be performed more frequently; however, today’s vehicles all come equipped with electronics that automatically control many of the vehicle’s systems. Tune-ups are now usually performed with the auto manufacturer’s recommended scheduled maintenance service at 30,000/60,000/90,000 miles.
If your car is experiencing performance issues and your “check engine” light on your dashboard isn’t on, consider taking it to an auto repair shop to diagnose the problem. Most likely, it’s not a problem that a tune-up will take care of if you’ve been following your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule found in your owner’s manual.
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