Could my car use a tune up?


Could my car use a tune up?You have likely heard the term tune up, but what exactly does this mean? Well, it's a saying that has evolved right along with the automobile. In the old days it referred to actually tuning the carburetor, the mechanical piece that fed fuel to the engine. Today's vehicles are fuel injected, so there is no carburetor. So why do we still hear tune up so often? Well it now refers to other maintenances.

What's a tune up?

These days a tune up generally refers to completing small maintenances when a car isn't running quite right in order to restore its driveability. This can include replacing spark plugs, changing the air filter or fuel filter, battery services, a fuel injection cleaning or numerous other services.

Signs your vehicle needs a tune up

Your car has a maintenance calendar that should keep it running in good shape, but sometimes you may find that in between these services something just doesn't seem right with the way your vehicle is performing. At this point it may be time for a tune up. These are a few of the most common clues.

  • Stalling - Of course if your vehicle actually shuts off while idling, or while driving, a trip to the mechanic is necessary.
  • Poor MPGs - Have you noticed a decrease in your fuel efficiency? This can often be resolved with small maintenance.
  • Decreased power - Is your car having issues getting up to speed? Can it travel safely at a steady speed? If not you'll want to reach out to your local mechanic to schedule a tune up.
  • Rough idle - If your car sounds as if it is going to die while waiting at a stop light or stop sign you'll want to get to the shop for a tune up.
Stalling - Of course if your vehicle actually shuts off while idling, or while driving, a trip to the mechanic is necessary. Poor MPGs - Have you noticed a decrease in your fuel efficiency? This can often be resolved with small maintenance. Decreased power - Is your car having issues getting up to speed? Can it travel safely at a steady speed? If not you'll want to reach out to your local mechanic to schedule a tune up. Rough idle - If your car sounds as if it is going to die while waiting at a stop light or stop sign you'll want to get to the shop for a tune up.

If you believe your car could benefit from a tune up in Columbia, SC, head to Team 1 Automotive. We offer complete auto maintenance for all makes and models. Give us a call at (803) 828-0217 to request more information or to make an appointment for professional auto maintenance in Columbia.


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