What’s up with Tune-ups?
Your car should receive a tune-up (often referred to as a "major
service") every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.
During this tune-up your car will receive some new parts that will
hopefully keep it out of the shop for a while. Here's a few areas
you can expect attention:
● Replacement of the fuel filter.
● Changing of the spark plugs
(unless they're platinum, in which case you have 30,000 more miles
to go). Also examination of the spark plug wires and replace as
needed. A new set of high-quality wires is worth the cost. They may
be permanently attached to the distributor cap, so it will have to
be changed as well.
● Check the
belts. Replace if worn.
Most cars today use a
single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive all
● Check the fluids under the hood
and replenish as necessary. Change the engine oil and oil filter if
it's been 3,500 miles since the last oil change. Other fluids to
check include: Automatic Transmission Fluid,
Brake Fluid, Coolant
(Anti-freeze), and Power Steering Fluid.
Replace the air filter, which should be changed between major
services--every 15,000 miles--as well.
● Service the battery, cleaning
terminals and cable ends. Inspect Battery Cables.
● Tire Rotation and set pressure, and
while the tires are off the Brakes can be inspected.
As with all preventive maintenance performed
on an automobile, tune-ups can prevent myriad problems from
occurring on a vehicle. The filters replaced can clog with use and
prevent flow, starving the engine of fuel or air. Spark plugs have a
recommended service lifetime of either 30,000 miles or, in the case
of platinum or iridium plugs, 60,000 to 100,000 miles (96,000 to
160,000 km), and old spark plugs may cause engine misfire. Watch for
Specials on many of these services on a monthly basis.