A tune up for a car is a very important thing to have done about every 30-40 thousand miles. Doing tune-ups on your car will keep you getting good gas mileage and keeps your car running smoothly. You need to do tune ups on your car to maintain and replace the parts that wear down from the usage of your car. There are many things to look at to have replaced such as the air filter, oil change, fuel filter, spark plug wires, the spark plugs, and for other cars, there are more things to look at to be replaced.
You should replace the fuel filter every 30 thousand miles to protect your cars fuel system. If your car has 2 fuel filters make sure to change them both. In addition, you can put fuel injector cleaner in as well to help keep the fuel filter clean.
By changing the sparkplugs you will get better gas mileage and your car will start better. By having bad sparkplugs your car can act up while driving, start poorly, and get bad gas mileage. At AAAuto Service Center we will inspect and change the spark plug wires if necessary.
If your car has adjustable valves, make sure to get a valve adjustment. Our trained technicians will take a look at the cap to see if there are any leaks. Leaks in the cap can result in oil around the top of your engine.
For different types of cars there are many different things to look at and get fixed during a tune-up. Make sure to have your car tuned up about every 30-40 thousand miles.
Automobile maintenance is nothing like it used to be. There has been many great improvements, Thankfully! In the past, your vehicle required regular replacement, every 12 months or 12,000 miles, of a variety of parts: spark plugs, ignition wires, PCV valves, distributor caps, ignition rotors, and more. With the exception of spark plugs, technology has replaced most of these with advanced, integrated ignition systems. Nevertheless, vehicle maintenance is still vital. So what does your vehicle really need in order to maintain it? Put another way: “What am I paying $300, $400, $900 for anyway?”
To simplify and clarify car maintenance questions, Let’s put the general requirements of today’s vehicle maintenance management into two categories:
- Regular Vehicle Maintenance.
Tune-Ups, Car Maintenance
Let’s start with tune-ups. Tune-ups are a thing of the past. As mentioned above, most of today’s vehicles are equipped with advanced technology, which has replaced many wearable parts. While there are still many vehicles on the road with the above parts, they are fading fast.
Today’s tune-ups are incorporated into general automobile maintenance.In the past, they were often considered a separate auto maintenance service.
This is helpful. If you’re wondering when you need a tune-up, just follow your manufacturer’s maintenance interval. More importantly, find a auto repair shop that will actually follow your manufacturer’s maintenance interval.
What makes up today’s tune-up? Because there are so many differ combination of tune-up and maintenance items we have found that it is best to educate our customer each time they visit us. We do this by give each of our customers a print out of Manufactures Recommended Service for the vehicle being serviced.
The following Scheduled Maintenance table is suggested to maximize the safety, efficiency, and life of your vehicle. These recommendations are based on “severe” use of your vehicle.
|Service Description||Recommended Maintenance|
|Headlights & Small Bulbs||Check Weekly|
|Lube and Oil Filter||5,000 Miles/4 Months|
|Battery||6,000 Mile Inspection|
|C-V Boots||6,000 Mile Inspection|
|Tire Rotation||5,000 Miles|
|Wheel Alignment||6,000 Mile Inspection|
|Air Filter||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Breather Filter||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Canister Filter||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Cooling System Service||24,000 Miles/24 Months|
|Emission Service||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Engine Analysis||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Exhaust Parts||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Fuel Filter (Carburetor)||12,000 Miles|
|Fuel Filter (Injection)||12,000 Miles|
|PCV Valve||12,000 Miles/24 Months|
|Shock Absorbers||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Steering Parts||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Struts & Cartridges||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Wheel Bearings Repack Seals (Non-Drive Axle)||12,000 Miles|
|Wiper Blades||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Air Conditioning Service||24,000 Miles/24 Months|
|Brakes||6,000 Mile Inspection|
|C-V Joints||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Drive Axle Bearings & Seals||12,000 Mile Inspection|
|Fan/Accessory Belts||24,000 Miles|
|Fuel Injector Cleaning||24,000 Miles|
|Power Flush Cooling System||24,000 Miles|
|Suspension Parts||24,000 Mile Inspection|
|Transmission Service||24,000 Miles/24 Months|
|Oxygen Sensor||30,000 Mile Inspection|
|Cooling System Hoses||36,000 Miles/36 Months|
|Universal Joints||36,000 Mile Inspection|
|Vacuum Modulator||36,000 Miles/36 Months|
|Timing Belts||60,000 Miles/48 Months|
*Your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation and warranty requirements may differ. Consult your owner’s manual for additional information.
If you own a North Carolina vehicle with a warranty, beware! Many dealers and manufacturers suggest that you need to get your maintenance services at a dealership in order to keep your warranty. That simply isn’t true! You can have your vehicle serviced at your trusted, local service center without affecting your warranty. A federal law, called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, prohibits a manufacturer from voiding your warranty just because you got parts or services from a non-dealer. In fact, a manufacturer can’t require you to use their brand of oil filters, lubricant, or any other part in order to maintain your warranty protection. This protection is true for aftermarket extended warranties purchased on new or used vehicles. This protection also applies to leased vehicles. There are similar laws in Canada as well.
If a manufacturer can prove that the replacement parts or service lead to a vehicle failure, they can void a portion of the warranty. Of course, Atlantic Car Care uses quality parts and fluids that meet or exceed manufacturers’ specifications. (See http://www.atlanticcarcare.com/contact-us.) A lot of people do not know that service centers subscribe to data services that tell them exactly which parts and fluids meet manufacturers’ specifications. These services are updated constantly so that your Wilmington automotive service center always knows what you need for your car. You can be assured that your vehicle will receive high quality replacement parts that’ll keep you safely on the road.
Proper maintenance is so important to safety. It can also prevent costly repairs and save you money over the long haul. Just because you don’t have to go to a dealer to get your maintenance service performed doesn’t mean that you don’t need to have it done at all. In fact, some protections from your warranty require that scheduled maintenance be performed. If you miss having important work done, you may lose some warranty coverage. Refer to your owners’ manual and vehicle warranty for more details. And keep good records of the work you’ve had done.
The protection you receive under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act can save you hundreds of dollars each year. The average hourly labor rate for service is nearly twenty percent lower at independent service centers such as Atlantic Car Care. We are conveniently located at 21 New Bern Street in Wilmington. So why go anywhere else?