An engine tune-up entails checking and replacing various engine parts that could be the cause of the engine’s poor performance.
Even an engine that has been well-maintained will eventually start to lose its tune. As a result, the engine may become inadequate, use more fuel, and eventually fail. Therefore, it’s crucial to have regular diagnostic examinations and tune-ups.
Tune-up Services Include;
– Spark Plugs
A spark plug ignites the fuel mixture in the engine and provides the power to make the car run. It is mounted in the cylinder head of the engine and receives spark from the electronic ignition on modern vehicles or the distributor cap and rotor on older vehicles. At about 30,000 to 40,000 miles, conventional spark plugs will eventually wear out and can cause engine stalls, starting problems, and engine misfires.
– Oil Change
An oil change, one of the main parts of tuning, is like giving your engine a blood transfusion. Synthetic motor oils have a long service life and are capable of withstanding high heat and thermal degradation, allowing approximately 10,000 miles or 12 months between oil changes. The exception is if the vehicle is regularly driven in dry and dusty areas. In this case, we recommend changing the oil every 5,000 miles or 6 months.
– Filter Replacements
Filters protect the engine and vehicle from ingestion of liquids or airborne dust and other particles from inside the engine. Air filters are your first line of defense in keeping dust and dirt out of your engine. Oil filters prevent metal particles and other contaminants from entering and circulating in your engine, which can lead to premature wear. Fuel filters prevent fouled fuel lines and tanks that can lead to slow acceleration, rough idle and even fuel pump failure in extreme conditions. The positive crankcase ventilation valve, or as it is more popularly known by its PCV valve, can become clogged with carbon deposits. This can cause the engine to use more oil and fuel than normal.
– Belts and Hoses
The performance of your engine depends on belts. The vehicle’s alternator, which powers various components, will have its drive belt or serpentine belt inspected and replaced by our experts at Import Auto Center. To check the various pipes in charge of carrying essential fluids to the engine and fuel system, we will also perform hose inspection. Replacement of belts and hoses required when they squeak or chirp. Cracks, wear, or a power steering failure are other indications. Modern cars often have timing belts that power the water and oil pumps. These belts have a lifespan of about 100,000 miles. With the help of hoses, the engine and radiator can run more efficiently. Hoses that are swell, leak, or bulge should be changed right away.
Each fluid has a various lifespan, whether it’s engine coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, engine oil, or power steering fluid. Our expert mechanics will change the engine oil and oil filter, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Regular transmission maintenance and other oil changes will help prevent critical internal components from wearing out too quickly due to contaminated fluids.
For more details, refer to your owner’s manual or consult our experts at Import Auto Center for the best advice.
– Windshield Wiper Replacement
Windshield wipers exposed to heat or cold usually creak when working for long periods of time. Change the wiper blades at the same time as you change the oil as necessary. It’s a little money to spend for a lot of peace of mind.
– Checks and Balances
Remember that servicing your car is also a good time for a technician to test your battery. A brake test is also recommended. A technician can inspect your brake pads and rotors and replace them, if necessary, when they wear into the “danger zone.” A little preventative maintenance goes a long way.
– Tires Check
Have your tires gone bald prematurely? This could indicate that they are out of alignment, out of balance, need to rotate, or all together. It’s not part of regular maintenance, but there’s never been a better time to address these issues than regular maintenance.
The front tires of front-wheel-drive vehicles experience more torque and friction when turning, accelerating, and braking. As a result, they tend to wear out faster than the rear wheels. Tire rotation ensures even tire wear.
If you’re looking for a convenient and affordable way to keep your car running smoothly, consider scheduling a service at the Import Auto Center for your next tune-up or general service.