You love your car and you want to keep it for as long as you can – or at least until the wheels fall off! But in order to do that you need to keep up with the maintenance which includes tune-ups at certain intervals.
So, when is it really time to give your car a tune-up?
Well, the answer is it totally depends. Most older vehicles – vehicles older than 10 years old or have at least 100,000 miles on them – should be ‘tuned up’ every year or every 12,000 miles.
When you first buy your vehicle, it doesn’t need a tune up at least until the factory warranty has expired, which could be 3/36, 4/50, or 5/60 depending on the make.
If you find that your old vehicle is stalling out a lot, or if the engine is running a bit rough when you are idle (or accelerating), or if your car is hard to start the ignition – then these all might be signs that you need to get a tune up.
For those of you who have the owner’s manual – look up what the manufacturer recommends for tune up intervals. If you don’t have your owner’s manual, then a good rule of thumb is to get your tune-ups every 12,000 miles once the factory warranty has expired.
Keep your car on the road longer by taking care of it and qualifying it for good warranty coverage!