When and Why Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-up

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Tune-ups are an important and frequently neglected aspect of automotive care. Most drivers don’t really consider the mechanical condition of their car, so long as nothing is wrong with it. However, if a vehicle is tuned-up and maintained correctly, many mechanical failures (and expenses) will be avoided altogether. So whne is the right time to get a tune-up?

When to get a Tune-Up

There’s never really a bad time to take your car in for a tune-up, especially if it’s been a while. It’s hard to put a timetable on tune-ups, as it depends upon vehicle type, mileage, condition, age, and a variety of other factors. As a general rule, if you haven’t taken your car in for a checkup in the past year, you’re definitely overdue. Other, more concrete situations will arise, however, that indicate your car needs a tune-up. The most obvious of these symptoms is a check engine light. Check engine lights can be triggered by a variety of malfunctions. Most commonly they appear as a result of dirty or failing sensors, and misfires. Misfires on their own are also an indicator that it’s time to take your vehicle in for servicing. If your car idles roughly, hesitates while driving, or shakes upon acceleration, you likely have a misfire that requires attention. Misfires are caused by failing spark plugs, plug wires, and coils, all of which are part of a vehicle tune-up and inspection. Otherwise, if you think your car is lacking performance or exhibiting any odd behaviors, a tune-up will frequently remedy your problem.

Benefits of a Tune-Up

There are a number of benefits to getting a tune-up. Most importantly, tune-ups are an important part of preventative maintenance. Keeping your car serviced will prevent problems before they start, sparing you a great deal of expense and headache. Secondly, tune-ups are essential to maintaining performance, gas mileage, and controlling emissions. Your car will run stronger and more efficiently when properly tuned. Tune-ups also significantly increase the lifespan of a vehicle, and proper documentation from the auto repair shop increases a vehicle’s resale value by a large margin.

Your car needs tune-ups, and it needs them on a regular basis. Keep your vehicle on the road longer and stronger by contacting or visiting Gateway Auto Clinic today. Let one of our mechanics walk you through our services, provide you with details on special offers, and provide you with peace of mind knowing your vehicle is road ready and dependable. We look forward to seeing you!



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