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Car Engine Tune-Ups

Is your car or truck making funny noises? Is the mileage of your vehicle decreasing with every mile you drive? Then, it is probably time to give your car a tune-up. These days, automobiles have to endure a lot of wear and tear due to traffic and excessive smoke in the air.

It is quite ironic to know that a huge number of automobiles on roads are not only proving to be a great menace for humans, but are also proving to be harmful for each other. Vehicles remain stuck in traffic jams for hours and have to endure the quick brakes and gear shifts, and their oil filters and exhaust fans get clogged with huge amounts of smoke from other vehicles - this all affects the performance of a car to a great extent.

A tune-up is also known as "major service" and is a very important part of truck and car maintenance. A tune-up should be performed after every thirty to thirty-five thousand miles your vehicle runs. Even if you don't drive it much, it is a good idea to get your car tuned up every two years to ensure that it remains as good as new in future. Tuning up a car not only improves its performance but also increases its life. A good maintenance tune-up is a great way to restore a vehicle's original power.

As you know that each part in the vehicle mechanism is essential to its performance. Vehicles like trucks and cars face a lot of wear and tear every day and gather a lot of unwanted dust on internal parts. The residues of different types of coolants and oils mixed with external pollutants also gather around the internal parts of engine. It is essential to keep each and every part of the car clean and in best shape, as dirty and corroded auto parts put extra pressure on the engine of the car.

This pressure not only decreases the fuel efficiency of the car but may also result in sudden breakdowns. It may also result in overheating of the internal combustion engine of the vehicle. During a tune-up service, the worn-out parts of your car are changed with new ones and other parts are also given a thorough cleaning. Loose parts are also fitted back into their place. These actions help to increase the efficiency of the car.

A good tune-up service will keep your car out of the repair shop and give you peace of mind. That's because a tuned up car's ignition system, computer system, fuel system and emission system work efficiently and effectively together which results in efficiency of combustion chamber and you also save money on fuel. By properly tuning-up your car, you can also make sure your car emits the least amount of smoke and pollutants.

Now you must be thinking that how can you determine that your car needs a tune-up? Well for this, you can check the owner's manual that came with your car. Every car has a different period in which it should be tuned up. Many car owners think that a tune-up will solve every problem in a car, but this is not always the case - a tune-up cannot fix a drivability problem and you must make sure that the tune-up will benefit your cars efficiency before getting one. If the car has a problem that's unrelated to the tuning-up, then you will need to take it to the automotive repair shop and get the engine of the car checked.

A good tune-up service must include six essential elements:

  • tune-up verification
  • spark plug replacement
  • brake repair
  • checking of emission levels in the car
  • speed adjustment
  • thorough maintenance inspection

Almost all car engines have throttle bore and some kind of ignition system. The ignition system of a car is responsible for igniting the mixture of fuel and air in combustion chamber. If the ignition system doesn't work properly, the car can suffer with many problems including engine shutdown, stalling and under par performance by the engine, therefore it is important to keep the fuel system and engine of the car in best possible condition.

Depending on the conditions in which a car is driven, you must tune it up after every thirty thousand to thirty five thousand miles. But some heavy-duty cars or trucks like Jeeps, Hummers, and Sports Utility Vehicle from Isuzu, Land Rover or Renault etc. don't show the need for a tune-up until sixty thousand to sixty-five thousand miles.

The air intake system of cars also becomes clogged at times due to the pollutants in the air. Even though this system has a filter, there are still some pollutants that cannot be filtered out. These pollutants enter the engine and internal parts of the car and cause a condition called "choking". Even though the pollutants don't cause any immediate harm to the car or its mechanism part, with time the pollutants start to gather on the parts and may hurt their efficiency. This condition can cause the car to stall abruptly and decrease its mileage also. A dirty filter adds to the amount of pollutants in the engine, so the air intake filter will be cleaned during a tune-up. The tune-up servicemen will also clean all the internal parts with special solutions to free them of the pollutants.

Normal car tune-up services will tune-up all the parts of the car including distributor cap, ignition rotor, spark plugs, and fuel filter in addition to the systems described above. The tune-up also includes an oil change, which is essential to increase the efficiency of the vehicle. Most people ignore this very important step and think of it as an added expense, but you should get an oil change with every tune-up - even though it may cost you some extra money, a timely oil change will save a lot of money on vehicle maintenance and fuel bills in the future.