27 Feb Does Your Car Need a Tune-Up?
Most of us are familiar with the term tune-up and know that it’s something our car is supposed to get. The problem is that most of us don’t actually know when that tune-up should take place. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your car in the shop, here are some signs that it’s time to bring it in for a tune-up.
It No Longer Starts Smoothly
If it takes a few tries to get your car started or if it runs a little rough for the first few minutes it’s on, you should book a tune-up appointment. We’ll take a look at your starter, alternator, serpentine belt, and spark plugs and make sure they’re all in good working order. We’ll replace anything that’s damaged or worn out. This prevents you from having to call your employer and tell them that you’re not coming in because your car won’t start.
Your MPGs have Declined
A less-than-perfect MPG is a sure sign that your car wants a tune-up. There are a few reasons why your car’s fuel efficiency has decreased. These reasons include the following:
- Underinflated tires
- A failing fuel injector
- Dirty spark plugs
All of these issues will be quickly resolved in a tune-up.
Your Car Stalls
Every car stalls once in a while, but it shouldn’t be a routine thing. Common issues that could cause a stall to include a clogged air intake system, damaged fuel tank/pump, bad ignition, and damaged spark plugs. The sooner you get it in for a tune-up, the sooner the stalling will disappear.
Too many people fail to bring their cars to a certified mechanic for a tune-up. What they don’t realize is that most tune-ups are inexpensive and that they are a great way to identify problems quickly before they become major issues. Not only will routine tune-ups provide you with peace of mind, but they also extend the length of time you get out of your car, improve your car’s overall efficiency, boost its resale value, and simply provide you with a reliable commuting vehicle.