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What Is a Tuneup & When Do I Need One? December 5, 2017

Meriden, New Haven County
What Is a Tuneup & When Do I Need One?, Meriden, Connecticut

The word “tuneup” used to describe the process of fine-tuning a vehicle’s engine to make it run more efficiently. With the latest advancements in vehicle technology, the term now refers to a service that has evolved into more sophisticated monitoring and tuning of vehicle performance. The expert mechanics at SAFE Auto Service in Meriden, CT, discuss what exactly is a tuneup and how it pertains to your vehicle.

What Has Changed?

The original tuneup service involved changing spark plugs, inspecting valves, and fine-tuning the ignition and fuel system. Today’s cars are equipped with computers that control everything from ignition timing to fuel mixture. As such, mechanics no longer need to perform these services as a part of what was once considered a “tuneup.” 

What Do I Need?

TuneupMost mechanics now focus on a series of performance tests to determine the overall health of the vehicle. These tests include checking the battery voltage to ensure that there is enough power to operate the vehicle as well as the onboard computer. They will also check for leaky exhaust valves that may trigger an error code in the vehicle’s computer.

In addition, they will also perform a scan of the car’s computer to see if any issues require attention. The mechanic will inspect fluid levels for the oil, transmission, power steering, and brakes. Lastly, they perform a visual check on all hoses and belts to identify any glaring issues.

When Should I Have My Car Serviced?

Your owner’s manual will help you to determine the maintenance schedule for your vehicle. There are usually a series of recommended repair/replace items at regular intervals. For example, some manufacturers recommend oil and filter changes every 3,000 to 10,000 miles and a spark plug replacement every 10,000 to 50,000 miles. Following the maintenance schedule for your vehicle is usually enough to ward off many of the common repair issues.

Preventive measures and scheduled maintenance are what you need to keep your car running smoothly. If you are looking for a trusted mechanic, turn to the reliable team at SAFE Auto Service. Well-known for quality work that is backed by a one-year, 12,000-mile warranty, this company has the know-how to keep your car healthy. Call them at (203) 237-4311 or visit their website for more information.

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