Father and Son Car Maintenance

What is involved in a Car Tune Up?

A car’s need for routine maintenance will never vanish, but the items checked during an auto repair Springdale AR tune up have changed over the years. A tune up used to mean that the engine was going to be adjusted to make it run more efficiently. Now a tune up encompasses a wide variety of adjustments and replacements.

A modern auto repair Rogers AR tune up begins with list of performance checks to determine the baseline condition of the engine. These tests include: battery voltage, power balance, dynamic compression, engine vacuum, idle speed, ignition timing, emissions testing, and clearing out fault codes.

Belts and fluids are also visually inspected during a tune up to make sure they do not need to be replaced.

If there are no major issues with the car, preventative maintenance requires that the following items be replaced to enhance your car’s efficiency:

  • Spark plugs
  • Rotor and distributor caps, if necessary
  • Filters and other parts as necessary. Other parts include spark plug wires, belts, hoses, fluids, etc.
  • Adjustment of ignition timing, idle speed and mixture, and oxygen sensors.

Improved fuel additive and better designed injectors mean that cleaning the fuel injectors and the fuel intake system is not as necessary. This system should still be checked on a regular basis.

There is a myth that cars do not need their first tune up until they reach 100,000 miles. Cars must be looked at before then! The 100,000 mile mark really indicates the time spark plugs should be changed. Waiting to have your car looked at for 100,000 miles will result in unnecessary wear and tear on the car, costing you more in the long run. Even if you don’t consider anything else, you certainly can’t drive your car 97,000 miles past its first scheduled oil change Fayetteville AR and expect nothing bad to happen to it!