Are you thinking it's about high time to get a tune up on your vehicle? If you haven't had your car, truck or SUV maintenance in some time, you should definitely get a checkup. This can prevent more expensive problems down the road and keep you in the driver's seat, rather than having to bum rides from friends or spend unneeded money on a taxi or rental.
If your ride is just not running like it should, a tune up can be an expensive investment that saves you money and frustration. While we're on the subject, you may be wondering what exactly is included in automotive tune ups.
If you are familiar with the phrase "tune up", you may be startled to find that the traditional act of replacing parts to return your vehicle to maximum performance and efficiency is different for newer cars than older vehicles. If you need an "old school" tune up on an older truck or car, we can definitely handle that for you.
If you own a newer car, however, a diagnostics checkup has to take place first. This tells us exactly where your car is experiencing issues. It may or may not involve changing your air filter and plugs, which are components of a traditional tune up, but it also points out when the sensors, hoses and other parts need to be replaced.
Whether you call it a tune up, checkup, maintenance check or some other term, you need to have your vehicle checked out regularly.
Signs You May Need a Tune Up
You may not need a tune up after all. On the other hand, your vehicle may be displaying several symptoms that a tune up is overdue. The following signs are telltale indicators that you need to bring your vehicle in for a checkup:
A misfiring engine – This can be indicated by sluggish acceleration or engine sputtering.
Poor drivability – This is sometimes caused by engine deposits that are present when you purchase low-quality or contaminated gas.
Slower acceleration than normal – This could be a sign of a simple air filter replacement.
Decreased fuel economy – If you seem to be filling up more than usual, you may need to get your oxygen sensor replaced. Sometimes an oxygen sensor will work well enough so it does not trigger your check engine light, but it is still killing your fuel economy, and needs to be replaced.
Your check engine light is on – Never ignore dashboard warning lights. When your check engine light appears, there is usually a very good reason.
There are plenty of other signs that your vehicle is not operating with maximum efficiency. You know how your car, truck or SUV operates. If something just feels a little "off", bring it by our shop and we'll be happy to take a look.
Will Performing My Own Tune up Void My Warranty?
You may have the skills to tune up your vehicle on your own. However, there is something you should know. In some cases, replacing parts on your engine could put your warranty in jeopardy.
Replacing your air filter or spark plugs probably won't void your warranty. Spark plugs can last a considerable time these days, and if you do need to replace them, your warranty has probably long since expired. On cars like some Volkswagens, the simple act of replacing a fuel filter requires you removing and replacing other parts to get to it.
This may or may not void your warranty.
To be on the safe side, leave your vehicle tune up to a pro. You will get the best bang for your buck, you will free up your own time, and you will spend less money in the long run. If you live in the Sherman, Texas area and your vehicle just is not running right, or you haven't had a checkup in a while, we'd be happy to help you out. Contact us at (903) 631-0500.