You’ve probably heard that your car needs regular “tune ups,” but what does that even mean? According to Cars.com,
A car tuneup is an outdated service consisting of replacing parts to bring the ignition and fuel systems up to spec for maximum engine performance and efficiency. A traditional tuneup hasn’t been available or necessary for years.
However, while the phrase “tune up” may be outdated or unnecessary these days, it’s still very important to follow an engine maintenance schedule. Failure to keep up with regular engine maintenance can have serious repercussions for your vehicle, from the relatively minor, like decreased gas mileage, to the seriously major, like serious engine damage! Keep reading to learn more about this important part of any DIY auto mechanic’s routine.
Engine Maintenance Basics
Start with your owner’s manual.
The best place to go for information about what your vehicle needs is the owner’s manual. If your used car didn’t come with the manual, or it’s been otherwise lost or damaged, don’t worry! You can hunt down digital files of most owner’s manuals online, or even buy a hard copy off of eBay.
Typically, the owner’s manual will include a maintenance schedule telling you when to perform each engine maintenance task. For instance, spark plugs usually need to be changed every 100,000 miles, while the engine air filter needs to be replaced every 30,000 miles. You should always defer to the owner’s manual for your own vehicle if in doubt, but here’s a general breakdown of the tasks you need to keep track of:
Every 3-5k Miles
- Check engine oil level
- Change the oil filter
- Check transmission fluid level
- Check your fan belt for tears or holes
- Check your hoses for damage, cracks, etc.
- Check drive belts for wear and tear.
Every 12-15k Miles
- Change engine air filter
- Flush coolant
- Check your timing belt
- Replace drive belts if needed
Every 90,000k Miles
- Flush or replace fluids
- Replace spark plugs
- Replace timing belt
By staying up on these engine maintenance tasks, you can keep your car in great shape for years to come! And remember, if you’re looking for affordable used auto parts, we’ve got you covered here at U Wrench It. Explore our online parts catalog, sign up for our mobile VIP club to hear about our promotions, or come visit us at 4600 Buford Highway in Norcross!
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