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When Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

Tuning your vehicle is a procedure in which a mechanic makes sure that all systems that are involved in your engine's combustion process work as intended. Regularly scheduled tune-ups are required to avoid breakdowns and keep everything running smoothly. Now days however we call a Tune Up, Factory Scheduled Maintenance. Depending on your car, different intervals and types can be applied. If you have questions about this topic, you are in the right place. 

Differences Between Newer and Older Vehicles

Depending on when your car was produced, it has one of two injection systems. Older ones have non-electric ignition systems which prones them to having more issues. Every part has to be checked, and normally it is advised that you go for a tune-up every 10,000-12,000 miles. But if you drive a newer model, everything happens with the use of fuel injection systems, electronic ignitions, and onboard computers. They all work in unison by sending signals back and forth. Typically, they are serviced every 25,000 to 100,000.

Signs Your Car Needs a Tune-up

Using your owner’s manual is another way you can determine your next tune-up appointment. You can also look out for these warning signs and what they mean.

Refusing to start is the most obvious of them all. If you find yourself in a situation where you turn your key or press the start button, and nothing happens, your ignition could be failing and needs repairing.
Dashboard warning lights are the second most obvious indicator that something is wrong. Depending on the light that is on, it can be a variety of problems. Most of the time your vehicle's manual has all of them explained. 
Decreased fuel mileage can occur when one or more components of the injection system are damaged. Too much fuel, a bad spark, or not enough air can cause such issues.

Keep in mind that there are a lot more, but these are one of the most common and noticeable symptoms of a needed tune-up. If you have any doubts or questions, make sure to call us or stop by Pickering's Auto Service today. Our team of professionals will be glad to help and get you back on the road.

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