Anyone who's purchased a car has gone through the grueling process of finding a vehicle they deem reliable. No matter which make and model you choose, you're always running the risk of getting a lemon. So what can you do to make sure your vehicle has a long life? The answer is simple — consistent maintenance. By getting a tune-up every once in a while, you can improve your chances of catching a problem before it causes any more damage.
What's Involved in a Tune-up?
Even if you're doing some maintenance at home, chances are you're missing out on checking and maintaining many parts of your car. When you go in for a tune-up, your mechanic will check to make sure your oil and coolant levels are acceptable, your spark plugs are working well, and your engine and cabin air filters are both clean. Additionally, your fuel component will be inspected to ensure nothing is dirty or damaged. They will also check your PCV valve, your ignition timing, and your car's condenser and points.
Why Are Tune-ups Important?
The reason why tune-ups are so important is because it involves inspection and maintenance of areas in the car that otherwise may not be checked.
It's similar to the way your body works. If you see the doctor every few months for routine check-ups, chances are you're going to catch any problem before it progresses. That's the goal with your vehicle — keep an eye out and keep things running well before there's a problem.
As far as frequency goes, your owner's manual should have some guidelines for how often you should get a tune-up.
Regardless of how often you have to do it — do it. Tune-ups can improve your vehicle's longevity and they are a great way to spot a developing problem in an area you otherwise might not have looked at — both well worth the cost of taking your car in.