Tune up Service
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IN TODAY'S CARS
Distributors are now gone and even spark plug wires are missing from many applications.
They have been replaced with coil on plug, meaning each spark plug has its own little coil that is controlled by the powertrain control module (PCM). Forget those adjustments, there are none, the onboard computer handles fuel mixture, timing and idle speed control. On many of the newer cars, just spark plugs, fuel and air filters and PCV valve remain of the items that we used to consider part of a "tune up". Someday the spark plugs may disappear also.
Because the word "tune up" can mean so many different things the manufactures don't even list tune ups in their maintenance schedules.
They list the items individually at specific miles or duration of time.
Due to the electronics and newer technologies the recommended mileage between "tune-ups" or spark plug replacement has gone up to 30,000, or 60,000 and even 100,000 miles!
This means that a $250 tune-up now, is cheaper than the 2 or 3 tune-ups in the same amount of mileage that were done for $100 or more each time twenty five years ago. Especially when you compare what $100 was worth then.
Every repair shop determines what their particular meaning of a "tune-up" consists of.
What parts are replaced and what types of tests are done. One shop may consider a "tune-up" as throwing in a set of spark plugs and parking it on the lot, while the next may replace spark plugs, fuel and air filters, PCV valve and include testing to verify the electronic engine management system (if equipped) is doing its job.
If you request a tune-up, always ask what is being done for your "tune-up" before comparing prices and don't expect a "tune-up" to cure your performance problems.
A "tune-up" is a maintenance procedure and if it makes your car run better, you waited too long for the service. Performance problems on today's cars are usually caused by something that is not normally replaced during a maintenance tune-up.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many early car's had magneto ignition systems, which were very simple.
With one ignition coil for each spark plug. Each coil needed to be adjusted to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these coils worked, they made a buzzing sound. When adjusted properly, they all buzzed in tune, thus coining the term "tune-up".