Is your check engine light on? Has your fuel economy gone down? Is your vehicle hard to start, or running or idling rough? ? These are common signs that your vehicle needs a tune-up. From spark plugs and wires to coils, and sensors you can count on the ASE-Certified techs at Autotexs to get your vehicle tuned up.
Vehicle tune-ups are vital to maintaining the health and longevity of your car. Car tune-ups are to vehicles what medical check-ups are to us. Following your manufactures service and maintenance schedule is the best way to keep your vehicle at peak performance. When you need a fast affordable auto tune-up, you can count on the pros at Autotexs.
Here are the signs telling you that your car needs tune-up services:
New or Weird Noises - These noises may include loud banging, grinding, or squealing sounds.
A Decreased Fuel Mileage - If you’re visiting the gas station more frequently than usual, you may need a tune-up soon.
The Engine Refuses to Start - It can mean your spark plugs need replacing.
The Car Leans During Steering - Try loosening your grip on your wheel when you’re driving down a long straight stretch of highway. If your car leans to one side, you may have bad wheel alignment.
Stalling - The sudden dying out of an engine can mean you have ignition issues, a faulty fuel pump, a dead battery, or improper clutch release. Visit Autotexs to pinpoint the exact cause and find the best fix for it.
Check Engine Light Is On - Your car will tell you it needs a tune-up by turning on the check engine light.
A Decreased Braking Capacity - Vehicle brakes wear down with use and time, which poses risks if you don’t have the brakes serviced at the right time.
This is not an all-inclusive list. If you think your car is in need of a tune-up contact Autotexs to schedule a tune-up.
A vehicle tune-up will involve replacing and sometimes repairing car parts. Vehicle tune-ups differ for each auto repair shop, depending on the location and climate.
Continue reading if you want to know what parts get replaced when you leave your car in our garage for a tune-up.
Wires, Plugs, and Ignition Parts Replacement
Your ignition system uses spark plugs, wires, coils, and other parts to ignite the air-fuel mix in the combustion chamber. Older vehicles have more parts, while newer vehicle models have fewer components.
Your mechanic will replace your spark plugs when you visit the auto repair shop for a tune-up. After all, they wear down with use. Not replacing your spark plugs can wear them down that they misfire. A misfiring spark plug can cause your car to shake or hesitate when it runs. You’ll also see the check engine light pop on when it does.
You’ll also have your ignition wires replaced. They also help start your engine. Worn wire causes rough idle, misfire, performance loss, and a dead cylinder.
Replacing your ignition coils is another task your mechanic does during a tune-up. Your ignition coils transform low battery voltage into thousands of volts. It wears down after time, causing weakened acceleration, reduced gas mileage, engine misfires, and rough idle.
The next components that get replaced are the distributor cap, rotor, and breaker points. A tune-up usually involves the replacement of both the cap and rotor. Older vehicles also have breaker points, which need regular adjustments and replacements.
Oil, Fuel, Air, and Cabin Air Filter Replacement
Vehicles have various filters that keep them running and safe for use. With time, these filters will clog up and fill, which can cause problems. Dirty filters can also affect your health and safety.
The first filter that gets replaced is the engine air filter. It prevents harmful contaminants from entering your engine and clogging it.
Next is the cabin air filter, which keeps the air inside the car clean. A dirty cabin air filter fails to keep dust, pollen, exhaust fumes, and other contaminants from entering your cabin. It can cause both minor issues and health problems.
Next is the oil filter, which keeps your engine oil free of contamination. If it clogs, you’ll get high oil pressure. The fuel filter comes next. This filter ensures fuel runs smoothly into the engine and contains no dirt or grit.
Finally, your mechanic will also replace the PCV valve. The Positive Crankcase Ventilation or PCV valve can clog up with carbon buildup. When it does, it can increase oil consumption, cause misfires, or blow out gaskets.
Belts and Hoses Also Get Replaced
Your auxiliary systems also need servicing, which involves replacing their belts and hoses with new ones. Like other machines, your vehicle uses belts and pulleys to transfer force. Meanwhile, the hoses transfer fluids throughout the engine. Over time, these belts and hoses wear down.
The components in your auxiliary systems that get replaced in a tune-up include the following:
Serpentine Belt - It rides in a series of pulleys on the front of your engine.
Belt Tensioner - It ensures the belt maintains the correct tension to prevent premature belt wear.
Timing Belt or Chain - It controls the internal mechanical timing of the engines.
Hoses - These include radiator hoses, heater hoses, and hose clamps. They often consist of rubber, which can break down with use.
Last but not least is fluid replacement. Various fluids are necessary to keep your vehicle running correctly. These include the following:
● Motor oil
● Brake fluid
● Automatic transmission fluid or ATF
● Power steering fluid
You’ll need a fluid refill whenever your car has a fluid leak. These fluids can also age or get contaminated, which affects your car’s performance.
This will depend on several factors like the year, make, and model of your vehicle And what all needs to be done to bring your vehicle back to optimal performance. Tune-ups can range from $150 to $400, depending on the tune-up services needed. Luxury or exotic vehicles can cost more, mainly because of the cost of acquiring parts.
The average time for a car tune-up is two to four hours. The time depends on the vehicle, the services needed, and the car, year make, and model. Older cars with mechanical components will take more tune-up time while newer, computerized cars can take less time.
At Autotexs, all our mechanics have ASE certifications, skills, and first-rate training. We also provide affordable rates and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
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