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Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Have you been driving your car for several years without getting regular service and have had no significant problems with it? Maybe you top off your fluids occasionally, which makes you feel confident that you can keep driving until something major happens. As long as your car hasn't shown any signs of letting you down, there's no need to spend money on a tune-up--right? If you think your car does not need a tune-up, think again. Consider the following symptoms that indicate that your vehicle may need a tune-up.

Signs That It's Time for a Tune-up

You may notice your dashboard lights flashing on occasionally. If the lights do not remain on, you might ignore them. Maybe they come on and eventually go off, or your vehicle allows you to turn the lights off manually. However, dashboard lights exist for a reason. When these lights come on, they are sending you a message that something needs attention.

When you feel bad, you may need to see your doctor, and likewise, your vehicle tells you when it needs to see a mechanic. Signs include sluggish starts, stalling, or completely losing power. Your battery could be weak, you could have a bad fuel pump, or there could be some other reason for your vehicle's stubborn behavior. Strange noises, including squeals, knocks, or an engine louder than usual during running or idling, can mean problems. Engine misfires, low gas mileage, and a vehicle that vibrates when running on a smooth surface are clues that a tune-up could help.

A Tune-up Can Improve Your Vehicle's Performance

When you bring your vehicle in for a tune-up, the mechanic will listen to your concerns and then evaluate the vehicle to determine what adjustments or repairs are needed. A typical tune-up includes replacing ignition system components such as spark plugs, coils, and wires. Bad spark plugs cause misfires, and faulty ignition wires and coils can affect a vehicle's performance and cause a car to die.

Replacing a clogged engine air filter can improve performance. Changing the cabin air filter keeps the interior air clean and healthier to breathe. The mechanic will check the fuel filter, air filter, and the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve. Belts, hoses, and fluids also get checked during a tune-up. With your approval, the mechanic will repair or replace faulty parts and change fluids as necessary.

If your vehicle is showing signs of "sickness," it may need a tune-up. Bring it in to our auto repair shop today and get a tune-up!