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With over 25 years of experience under our belt, we at Tune Tech are at your service when it comes to auto repairs for a wide range of vehicles, no matter their condition or model. If you’re looking for high-quality repairs or parts for almost any car you might own, we’ve got your back. Many people ask us what signs to look for that would indicate when they should go for a car tune up. So based on our vast experience and insight into the nuts and bolts of auto repair, here are some definitive warning signs to alert you to the fact that it’s time to take a trip to your auto repair shop.

Say your engine misfires, stalls, gets poor mileage, is difficult to start, has failed an emission test or hesitates, you know that something clearly needs to be done about it. And in this case, the traditional sense of the word tune-up might not be enough.  Be sure to let your mechanic know why you need their services so that they can better diagnose the problem. Like a doctor, after asking for your symptoms will proceed to do some tests, the logic holds true for your auto repair work as well. We recommend that you proactively describe the issue with as much detail as possible (such as whether your vehicle stalls when the engine is hot or any sounds that occur that are not normal)

Today’s vehicles are much more enhanced as compared to some decades ago when your car would need a tune up every 10,000 or 20,000 miles. If you have a new vehicle we suggest that you allow for a stretch of around 100,000 miles before replacing spark plugs and other maintenance items. However, this does not mean that regular maintenance or warning symptoms should be overlooked. Keep in mind that replacing your vehicle would cost a lot of money so we think the smarter more economical option would be to look after the one you already own.

Here are just a few warning signs that your vehicle needs a tune-up:

Engine misfires: ‘Misfire’ can be attributed to the partial combustion process that occurs inside the cylinder. It can happen due to a variety of reasons one of them being faulty or inferior spark plugs. Spark plugs are a critical part of the combustion engine, so if they are faulty or worn-out they can also cause low fuel economy, slow acceleration and trouble starting the vehicle. Most spark plugs on an average should stretch to over 100,000 miles.

Engine air filter that is clogged:  From our experience, a clogged filter is more likely to decrease acceleration rather than fuel economy. Filters get grimy when they collect dirt, pollen, and other debris gradually over time. You wouldn’t notice it right away but after a period of time, it has the effect of slowing down the acceleration of your vehicle considerably.  For this reason, not cleaning or replacing your filter on a regular basis, as needed, could cause your engine a lot of damage.

Harmful deposits: Majority of the modern cars that utilize low-priced, non-branded gasoline tend to cause expensive damage- either chronic or deadly, to their car’s engine. They can cause hazardous deposits to form on the combustion chambers, intake valves or fuel injectors which can seriously affect the drivability of your vehicle. In this case, Tune Tech recommends a fuel system cleaning, by either an auto repair shop or a pour-in fuel additive.

Check engine light is flashing: When something is wrong in the emissions control system the CEL signal gets illuminated. But based on the issue at hand it could also influence engine performance or the fuel economy. We would strongly argue that you don’t ignore it. A common cause of this symptom is damaged or loose gas caps but sometimes it could be indicative that the oxygen sensor which calculates the quantity of unburned oxygen in your car’s exhaust system needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, even if it doesn’t trigger the CEL, an old oxygen sensor, though it continues to function well enough, could still affect fuel economy. Internal problems like worn piston rings, valves the don’t sit well or a clogged exhaust system have a detrimental impact on the engine’s performance.

It can be confusing as different problems could have the same symptoms as well as several possible correct ways to remedy the issue. We would suggest consulting a professional auto repair mechanic rather than trying your own hand at it, with neither the proper tools nor the experience to diagnose and solve the problem at hand. So pay attention to the signs your vehicle gives you, and take the necessary steps to rectify the issues if you want considerably reduce your vehicle-related problems.