A tune-up is an important part of the maintenance of your vehicle, but it is not always immediately important. Most cars today are computer controlled and there are sensors for just about everything in a car’s engine, so there are many components that do not require adjusting, setting, or dialing in like cars from years past. Most cars will let you know when there is a problem and the failing part can be addressed immediately. However, there are many cars on the road that should have a tune-up on a regular basis. If your car has over 100,000 miles, you may be a candidate for regularly scheduled tune-ups. We all would love to make our cars last as long as possible and a tune-up can be right service to keep you on the road for the long haul.

What do we do when we tune up your car?

In addition to changing the oil and filter, there are a number of other services we perform when we tune up a vehicle. These include:

• Replace spark plugs and wires. The spark plugs are a vital part in the engine combustion process and they ignite the fuel inside your engine. When one or more spark plugs become dirty, the engine will begin to misfire and you will experience a decrease in fuel mileage. When driving, you may feel like your engine is sluggish, especially during acceleration.
• Run a scan of the onboard diagnostic (OBD) system. Our technicians use a high-tech scan tool that hooks up to your vehicle to reveal any codes or past errors in engine performance. Also, if need be, our technicians will also check and adjust the idle speed.
• Correct the engine timing. When the timing is off (which happens from regular wear and tear), spark plugs can fire and/or fuel can be released at the wrong time. If you have an older vehicle, timing becomes an even more important issue to the efficient operation of your car’s engine.
• Replacing the fuel filter, PVC valve and engine air filter. The combustion process requires the proper mixture of air and fuel for your engine to operate properly. Replacing these filters will allow for optimal performance.

When was the last time you had your vehicle tuned up? Have you had a decrease in gas mileage? Have you noticed that your engine just doesn’t perform the way it used to? It may be time for you to have a tune-up done on your car. If you feel that your automobile needs a tune-up, trust the mechanics at All Auto Inc. We are Denver’s full service automobile care specialists.