Michigan Auto Tune-Ups
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Having a reliable vehicle means taking good care of it. Like all machines, it is prone to damage and failure if you neglect it. Getting regular tune-ups for your car is an important part of this care routine if you want it to last. Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions about tune-ups that many people are unaware of.
Why are Tune-Ups Needed?
It’s common for people to forgo regular tune-ups in an effort to save time and money. Others may believe that it’s just not that important until something goes wrong with the vehicle. What many car owners don’t realize is that regular tune-ups are essential. Preventative checks now may uncover developing issues before they can cause major problems and costly repairs. A tune-up will also ensure that the battery is checked, brakes are working properly and that your fluids are topped off. Furthermore, a tune up is a perfect opportunity to have your spark plugs and filters changed and tires rotated or replaced. Having those things done improves your car’s gas mileage, therefore saving you money in the long term.
Does the “Service Engine” Light Tell Me When My Vehicle Needs a Tune-Up?
If the “service engine” light in your dashboard is on, it’s easy to take it at face value. Some people think that this means they’re in need of a tune-up, but that’s not the case. Despite the various technological advancements being applied to vehicles, manufacturers have yet to add a feature that reminds the driver to get a tune-up. What a “service engine” light actually means is that there’s a problem with something under your hood, possibly within the engine itself. This light could also signal that you have a bad sensor. In some cases, this light may only come on under certain circumstances, which can help narrow down the possible causes. It may be when you’re shifting gears, accelerating, braking or driving over or under certain speeds. If you’re lucky, there’s just a malfunction with the light itself and nothing serious is going on.
This light is part of your car’s on-board diagnostics system and generally only comes on when there’s a genuine problem. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell precisely what the problem is without running diagnostic tests. When you see the “service engine” light, it’s strongly recommended to take your vehicle to an auto garage right away. The mechanic will use a special device to pull error codes from your car’s on-board computer. These codes will help the mechanic identify the problem and determine how best to repair it.
How Often Should I get a Tune-Up?
How often you require a tune-up can vary depending on your car’s make and model, its age, how much you drive it, and the quality of parts and fluids being used. Most experts recommend that you change the oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles and have the tires rotated every 6,000. Every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, your spark plugs, rotor cap and spark plug cables should be replaced. When in doubt, it’s best to consult the manual that came with your vehicle to determine its ideal maintenance intervals.
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