How To Spot When Your Vehicle Needs a Tune Up

Is your vehicle due for a tune up?  Would you be able to spot the warning signs if it was? Helwig Auto Clinic While tune up intervals can vary between different vehicle models, there are some telltale signs that can tell you it might be time to contact your local auto repairs shop.

Recommended Tune Up Intervals

We recommend that older vehicles without electronic ignitions should be brought in every 12,000 miles or at least once a year.  More modern vehicles with an electronic ignition can usually go for 25,000 miles before they need a little TLC.  Some could go for as long as 100,000 miles.

Your vehicle owner’s guide can also give you more information about tune up intervals.  If you want to maintain the quality and value of your vehicle, it’s a good idea to listen to the manufacturer’s recommendations as they will have carried out a lot of road testing of their vehicles before putting them on the market.

Other factors that can affect tune up intervals are the trips you make and the loads you carry.  For example, if you make a lot of stop-and-go trips or pull heavy loads such as a trailer, boat or camper, you may need to arrange car maintenance at more frequent intervals.

Here are some ways to tell whether your vehicle needs to have a tune up:

  • Your vehicle is stalling often.  When spark plugs wear down it could mean they need adjusting or replacing or that you may need some adjustments to your electronic sensing device.
  • Try to pay attention to when your vehicle stalls as this will help our technicians analyze and rectify the problem.  Are you stalling when the engine is hot or cold for example, or when you have the AC turned on?
  • You experience louder noise than normal when accelerating or idling, or the sound is ‘rough’.
  • You are experiencing problems starting your vehicle.  Sometimes a weak battery, or a problem with your ignition system can cause problems starting up.  In these cases, we will fully test your battery, your entire ignition system and various other points of your engine.

A Tune Up Can Make a World Of Difference

Many of our customers at Helwig Auto tell us that a vehicle service or tune up has made a huge difference to the way their vehicle starts, handles and performs.  It can take just one adjustment to improve your driving experience and our technicians will ensure your vehicle is working perfectly and giving you the best performance possible.

Our auto repair shop is fully equipped to handle any car maintenance repairs or vehicle service requirements.  Our technicians are experienced in all aspects of auto repair and can pinpoint the cause of any problems you might be experiencing.

If you require a vehicle tune up in Madison, Dane County or Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, make sure you give our friendly team a call. Don’t ignore minor vehicle problems as they could turn into something major. We make arranging car maintenance a breeze—you can book an appointment online. You can also join our mailing list to get the lowdown on the latest news and discounts from Helwig Auto Clinic.

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One Response to How To Spot When Your Vehicle Needs a Tune Up

  1. Joe Woods says:

    hey nice tips to recognize that my vehicle needs tune up or not.. thanks.
    Now I dont need to ask any Service Advisor about this. Your post helped me a lot.