While modern vehicles with computer-controlled engines don’t require tuneups in the traditional sense, all vehicles still need a certain amount of regular maintenance that could fall into the tune-up category. Basically, a tune-up is a series of maintenance steps to return an engine to its optimal operating state. Though modern tune-ups come in a variety of flavours, they almost always include spark plug service.
Spark plugs are the heart of your car’s engine—they supply the spark that ignites the air/fuel mixture, creating the explosion which makes your car run. Think of them as tiny bolts of lightning that help power your engine.
Spark plugs are used every time you drive your car, so they start wearing down over time. Fouled or damaged spark plugs lead to a host of problems including the following:
- Reduced gas mileage
- Slow acceleration
- Engine misfires
- Rough idling
- Trouble starting the engine.
Luckily, spark plugs don't wear out very quickly. You can typically get 100,000–120,000 km on them before they need replacing. This may vary depending on the type and model of your vehicle, so be sure to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see how long of a lifespan your spark plugs are rated for.
Every vehicle engine needs tuning up from time to time. When was the last time you had your vehicle tuned up? Have you been noticing any problems with the engine's performance or suffering from poor gas mileage? Contact Right Way Auto Repair to schedule an appointment. Having your vehicle serviced and inspected periodically is a good way to extend its life and keep it operating efficiently.