Your car should
receive a tune-up (often referred to as a "major service") every two
years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. During this tune-up
your car will receive some new parts that will hopefully keep it out
of the shop for a while. Here's what needs to be done.
Change the spark plugs (unless they're platinum, in which
case you have 30,000 more miles to go). Also examine the
spark plug wires and replace as needed. A new set of
high-quality wires is worth the cost. They may be
permanently attached to the distributor cap, so it will have
to be changed as well.
Replace the distributor cap and rotor if your car has them
(some newer models with distributorless ignition don't).
As with all preventive maintenance performed
on an automobile, tune-ups can prevent myriad problems from
occurring on a vehicle. The filters replaced can clog with use and
prevent flow, starving the engine of fuel or air. Spark plugs have a
recommended service lifetime of either 30,000 miles or, in the case
of platinum or iridium plugs, 60,000 to 100,000 miles (96,000 to
160,000 km), and old spark plugs may cause engine misfire.
Change the points and condenser if you have an older car
(roughly 1978 or older) that doesn't feature electronic
ignition. You'll actually want your points changed, or at
least adjusted, every six months or so (if they're changed,
check the ignition timing as well).
Check the ignition timing and adjust as needed (rare for a car
with electronic ignition--post-1980--and some cars don't allow
this at all).
Adjust the valves as needed (unless your car has hydraulic
valves). Be sure to replace the valve-cover gasket as well,
especially if you see oil on top of your engine.
Check the belts. Replace if worn.
Check the fluids under the hood and replenish as necessary.
Change the oil and oil filter if it's been 3,000 miles since
the last oil change.
Replace the air filter, which should be changed between major
services--every 15,000 miles--as well.
Adjust the clutch, if you have a manual transmission (although
some cars now sport self-adjusting clutches).
Service the battery,
cleaning terminals and cable ends.
Replace the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve. It can
make your car run rough or stall if it gets clogged, and it's
cheap and easy to replace.
Integrity Auto Repair is a full-service
preventive maintenance and auto repair center in the Eugene, Oregon
area, specializing in:
Air Conditioning Service,
Belts & Hoses,
trouble-shooting and repairs,
Fuel Injection Service,
Oil Change &
Shocks, Struts and Suspension Service,
General Car Care Services
535 River Rd ●
Eugene, OR 97404
Ph. (541) 343-1545
Auto Repair Service for the Eugene
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