How To Tell If Your Car Needs A Tune Up

Engine Noises 

When your car makes an odd sound while you’re driving, you should get it checked out. These sounds may be a sign of an underlying problem, like a leaking gasket or loose part. Getting a tune up can keep your vehicle running properly and ensure that you don’t end up at the side of the road. This service includes changing spark plugs, rotors and brake pads as well as inspecting other important parts such as air filters, fuel filters, hoses, wires and belts. 

Check Engine Light 

A check engine light is your vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system’s way of telling you something is wrong. It can mean anything from a simple problem like a loose gas cap to a serious issue that could result in extensive damage and expensive repairs. If you see a blinking check engine light, you should stop driving immediately and have it checked by a mechanic. If it’s steady, though, the problem isn’t urgent and you can likely continue driving short distances, but only for a hot minute. 

Poor Gas Mileage 

If you’re noticing that your car is getting less gas mileage than it used to, it may be time to have your vehicle checked out. There are many different things that can affect your fuel efficiency, so it’s important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. But in scenarios where your car is running a little rough, or not accelerating like it should, it could be a sign that it’s time to get a tune up. 

Engine Vibrations 

Engine vibrations can be caused by a variety of things, but the most common are loose or disconnected hoses that carry air-fuel mixture, radiator coolant, vacuum, and other essential requirements for your vehicle’s engine. Replacing any loose or damaged hoses will usually solve this problem, but it’s always best to get it checked out before it gets worse.