What’s Included in a Tune-Up?

A common question many drivers have is “What’s included in a standard tune-up?” Unfortunately, there’s no universal definition of a “standard tune-up” because every auto shop has its own range of services are offered with this type of maintenance. In addition, manufacturers provide recommendations for tune-ups, so even at the same shop, your car’s tune-up may be very different than another vehicle’s. However, one thing remains the same across the board: tune-ups are a type of preventive maintenance that focuses on enhancing your engine’s performance.

Typical Services Included in Tune-Ups

There are various services that may be performed during a tune-up, including:

  • Engine diagnostics
  • Ignition system check
  • Replacing spark plugs, spark plug wires, or coil boots
  • Adjusting the ignition timing
  • Throttle body cleaning
  • Fuel system cleaning
  • Engine air filter replacement
  • Fuel filter replacement
  • Engine air filter replacement
  • Valve, ring, and gasket inspection
  • Battery voltage check
  • PCV valve replacement

The Benefits of Regular Tune-Ups

Engines gradually lose efficiency over time with regular usage, and certain parts require periodic replacement, like spark plugs and air filters. Tune-ups are designed to address the decline of efficiency as well as increase the longevity of your engine and prevent minor issues from progressing into more serious (and expensive) problems.

Regular tune-ups offer many other benefits, including:

  • Better gas mileage
  • Increased power and acceleration
  • Improved engine performance
  • Enhanced safety
  • Reduced risk of breakdowns
  • A higher resale value

To determine when your car needs a tune-up, it’s best to keep track of your mileage and check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, if you’re noticing any of the following signs, it’s best to schedule diagnostics first to rule out other potential causes:

  • A decline in fuel efficiency
  • The engine runs rough
  • Frequent stalling
  • Difficulty starting your engine

Whether your vehicle is due for a tune-up or you're experiencing engine performance issues, the skilled team at RPM Automotive Services is ready to assist you! Established in 1982, we’re a family-owned and operated shop that offers honest, reliable auto repairs and maintenance for domestic and foreign vehicles. We’re a member of the ASCCA and our entire staff is ASE-certified—so you can be sure your car, truck, or SUV is in expert hands. Contact us today at (707) 800-4586 or request an appointment online.

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