Father and Son Auto Repair
1608 N Cliff Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 339-0040

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Many experts rank an auto tune up just below an oil change in terms of important maintenance jobs for engines.

Fortunately, you can safely go much longer between tune ups than oil changes. While there isn’t a standard mileage figure – because there are too many variables, such as your type of car and driving habits – you can often go 30,000 miles or so before it’s time for your next auto tune up.

An auto tune up can pay off in greater fuel economy, improved engine performance, cleaner air and fewer expensive repair bills. Plus, regular tune ups can extend the life of your vehicle. So, tune ups can save you a considerable amount of money over time – and give you a car that simply runs better.

A tune up on a newer vehicle could include:

  • Cleaning or replacing spark plugs
  • Cleaning or replacing air filters
  • Inspecting or replacing spark plug wires
  • Inspecting or replacing distributor caps and rotors
  • Inspecting or replacing hoses and belts
  • Inspecting or replacing the oxygen sensor

Some signs you may need a tune up include:

  • The car stalls a lot. The spark plugs may be fouled or worn, the gap between the spark plug electrodes may need adjusting, or an electronic sensing device may need to be adjusted.

    If you’re having trouble pinpointing why your vehicle is stalling, you can help your automotive technician diagnose the problem by paying attention to whether the engine stalls when it’s hot or cold or when the air conditioner is on.

  • The engine is running roughly when idling or when you accelerate. Chances are the vehicle needs a tune-up.
  • The car gets harder to start. The problem can be in the starting system (for example, a weak battery), in the fuel system (for example, a weak fuel pump), or in the ignition system, or can be due to a faulty electronic component, such as the electronic control unit (ECU).