An Ounce of Preparation is Worth a Pound of Care – Car Tune Ups

2019 Michigan Car Tune UpsOne thing that has never changed throughout the entire history of automobiles is the need for proper maintenance. Maybe some far-off day in the future we’ll be able to build cars that are so technologically advanced and so foolproof that you’ll never have to take them in to the shop, but we aren’t counting on it anytime soon. These are massively complex machines that have thousands of moving parts—all of which are prone to wear and tear. Even today’s super smart vehicles still need to deal with friction, heat, and corrosion.

One thing that has changed, however, is the concept of the tune-up. In previous decades it meant procedures to make the car run better—replacing spark plugs, adjusting ignition timings, and so on and so forth. Nowadays, this idea has changed as modern vehicles are much more efficient and are controlled by the engine computer, so there isn’t too much that needs to be adjusted. When we say you should bring your car in for a tune-up, it’s often because the car has some kind of drivability problem. Maybe the car might not be starting on the first try, or your engine could be making any sort of knocking or rattling. Whatever the case may be, when you experience these kinds of issues it’s time to head over to the repair shop and get it fixed before it becomes a major problem that will cost more to solve.

Your car will have its own maintenance schedule, and that’s really the best way for you to extend its lifespan and keep it operating efficiently. However, if you do need to get anything fixed, don’t wait—go immediately and explain what you’re experiencing. A tune-up nowadays is basically a top-to-bottom check of your car, plus replacement and maintenance on any parts that need to be serviced. Let’s take a look at what that entails.

What to check

Whenever you get a tune-up done on your car it should have some basic tests done to verify that the engine is in good condition.

  • Battery voltage and charging voltage
  • Power balance or dynamic compression
  • Idly speed and idle mixture
  • Ignition timing
  • Engine vacuum

Aside from these, all the hoses and belts should be checked. Oil, coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid should all be at the proper levels, and the condition of the fluids should also be acceptable.

There are some small maintenance tasks that may be done depending on what the diagnostic tests find, but generally it’ll be on a case to case basis. The most common things we see that need to be fixed immediately in almost all cases are:

  • Changing oil and oil filter
  • Replacing air filters
  • Performing wheel alignments
  • Replacing spark plugs
  • Fuel filter replacement
  • PCV valve replacement
  • Transmission fluid flush
  • Power steering flush

These are all things that should be done regularly (meaning once a year or so) but a surprising number of people neglect to do it. These are all relatively cheap services, and can massively improve your driving experience.

King Brothers are more than ready to help you out and get your vehicle in tip top condition. If you’re hearing any strange sounds or knocking, lack of acceleration, and so on and so forth, give us a cal. Our highly-skilled auto mechanics will be more than happy to give your car a full run-through. Give us a call at 313-534-8090 (Redford) or 734-744-8557 (Livonia), or feel free to request for a quote here.

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