Is it Time for a Vehicle Tune Up?

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Is it Time for a Vehicle Tune Up?

Routine tune ups should be done according to the intervals stated in the owner’s manual for your vehicle. For optimal auto care, and to extend your car’s “life expectancy” you should follow what the manufacturer recommends in the owner’s manual.

Now, you might be wondering how long your car is expected to last you.  In the 1960s and 1970s vehicles weren’t considered safe to drive after they reached 100,000 miles.  The good news is that, if you take your car in for regular maintenance and repair service, your car might last upwards of 150,000 to 200,000 miles.

Generally newer cars, with less mileage will need fewer repairs.  However, even if you have recently had maintenance done and it seems like everything is fine, you might be missing these signs that some maintenance needs to be done on your motor vehicle. Keep an eye out for these signs. If you notice any of these things, make sure you come in to Optimum Auto to get a tune up done before a major problem occurs that will cost you a lot of money.

1) Starting Your Vehicle is Becoming More Difficult

If your vehicle isn’t turning over easily every time you go to start your car, it could be a sign of a variety of problems that will need attention soon.  To try to understand the problem, you can start by asking: what happens when you try to start the engine? Depending on how your car responds, it could be several problems involving anything from your ignition switch to your engine mechanics.

2) Your Gas Mileage Decreases Quickly

Are you suddenly having to fill your gas tank more often? Your reduced fuel economy could be the result of a bad fuel injector, a dirty air filter or dirty oil filter. You may have to try replacing the spark plug wires.

3) Spongy Brakes

If your brakes are starting to feel soft or you are having to push down harder on them, you may have low brake fluid or you might need new brake pads.

4) Knocking Noises

Knocking or pinging noises can be caused by bad fuel injectors or a variety of other issues.

5) Vehicle Jerks When Shifting

If your vehicle jerks when shifting, you probably need a new transmission filter and some transmission fluid or you might need a whole new transmission.

6) Steering Wheel Squeals When Turned

Squealing from the steering wheel could be a sign of low fluid levels or of a leak.

7) Your Vehicle Randomly Stalls

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Random stalling can be caused by so many different things. Make sure to note what you are doing and what is running when your vehicle stalls. The more information you can give your mechanic, the better.

If your car was manufactured in the 1990s or later, chances are you have a built-in computer to monitor your engine and to detect issues.  While your engine light coming on can be a good indication that your car needs a tune-up, there are additional signs you should watch for in case your electrical system has malfunctioned and is missing a core indicator that your car needs to be repaired.

If you are experiencing one of the seven major problems above, do not hesitate to bring your car in.  getting your car repaired sooner rather than later can help ensure that the issue isn’t becoming worse over time.  And remember, while spotting warning signs is important, the best way to stay safe on the road is to bring your car in for regular maintenance.

If you want to do one thing to get the best value and longest life out of your car, make sure to read your owner’s manual and bring your car in according to the maintenance schedule.  Following this schedule will help prevent issues from arising and will ultimately save you money because your car will breakdown less frequently.

Your Trustworthy Edmonton Mechanics

Are you experiencing one of the 7 major car problems?  Call Optimum Auto at (780) 477-2883 to schedule your vehicle tune up. We offer a wide range of car repair and maintenance services to keep your car running smoothly, including our vehicle tune up procedure.  We can handle everything from your basic engine tune up to a more major tune up.