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Times are changing…cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today’s automotive industry is the perception of a “tune-up.” Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there’ll be 10 different answers.
The classic “tune-up” was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs; today’s modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.
As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today’s modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected:
- Battery, charging and starting
- Engine mechanical
- Powertrain control
Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability,
planning a vacation, preparing for winter/summer or because they’re giving the car to a friend or family member.
To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle from every aspect.
Study the owner’s manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.