If you own a car, especially an older model, you know how expensive repairs can be. Car upkeep drains all wallets but affects some more than others. For many, cars are more than transportation. People who live in rural communities need cars because walking five miles to the nearest post office isn't practical.
Like all machines, cars can't run forever. Without regular maintenance, cars break down, usually at the worst possible time. Unfortunately, many people drive their cars until they stop running, then get new old cars to replace worn-out ones. There's a better way! With regular manufacturer-supported maintenance, cars can last ten years or longer. Regular car tune-ups are the best way to keep your vehicle out of the shop.
What Is a Tune-Up?
Musicians tune up guitars and pianos, but cars? The principle is the same. A skilled mechanic can sometimes identify what's wrong by listening to a car's engine. A mechanic knows if an engine doesn't use fuel efficiently because the engine timing is probably "off" and needs an adjustment.
A mechanic knows how to adjust the firing rate of sparks to the cylinders. When multiple cylinders work together, they need a specific firing pattern. Four, six, and eight cylinders are the most common, and a mechanic knows how to adjust the pattern. Older cars have alternators that do these patterns. With new cars, a computer takes care of the adjustments.
Not Just Timing Adjustments
With today's cars, tune-ups are critical to efficient fuel use. But a tune includes more than timing adjustments. It's a chance to examine your vehicle and change essential fluids like transmission fluid. Oil changes are a standard part of today's tune-ups and are crucial to an efficiently running engine.
Need an engine tune-up? We got you covered. Call South Park Tire & Auto Center in Littleton, CO, today for a quote.