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When to Take Your Car for a Tune-Up

When to Take Your Car for a Tune-Up

You've been driving that car for awhile now, and you might be wondering whether it's time to take it in for a tune-up. While tune-ups were considered a part of regular auto maintenance not that long ago, manufacturers are now designing cars to go farther and farther before tune-ups are needed. How do you know when it's time to take the car in to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing? This guide should help you know when it's time. What happens during a tune-up? Tuning up a vehicle usually involves replacing the spark plugs, along with checking and replacing the following as needed: Spark plug wires Fuel filter Air filter Rotor and distributor cap Belts In older vehicles, a tune-up also includes adjusting the ignition timing. Note the age, mileage and manufacturer recommendations For vehicles built before 1981 (that is, cars with a non-electric ignition), you should tune up the car every 10,000-20,000 mi ... read more

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