How Often Does My Car Need a Tune Up?
There are a number of advantages to tuning up your car. Certified mechanics can spot problem areas like cracking belts and leaky gaskets before they become serious, saving you money and plenty of headaches in the long run. There are also many parts on the vehicle that need regular replacement, and qualified service technicians are trained to install these parts correctly. Performing regular maintenance is important to maintaining the health and value of your vehicle, so find out how often you should bring it in.
Check Your Manual
The amount of time you go between tune-ups can vary, so we recommend checking your owner’s manual first. It will almost always have a recommended service schedule, and if you follow that, you should be in the clear. In addition, keeping a close eye (and ear) on your vehicle is very important. If it’s taking longer to start up, making an unusual sound, or suffers a sudden drop in fuel economy, we recommend taking it in for a tune up.
Let’s take a look at the lifespan of a number of parts to see how long they can last before needing replacement:
- Spark Plugs – Your car can’t function properly if your spark plugs are worn out, so plan on getting them replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to plan on getting a major tune up every time you have the spark plugs replaced.
- Air Filter – This critical part keeps grit and dust from getting into the engine. We recommend replacing it every 15,000 to 30,000 miles.
- Drive Belt – Every 40,000 to 60,000 miles, you’ll need to replace the drive belt. An experienced technician can let you know when it’s time.
Choose a Qualified Service Center
If your vehicle is experiencing a problem, bring it to the qualified service experts at Chevrolet of Homewood. Our certified technicians can diagnose any problem, and we can also recommend a service schedule for your vehicle. In addition, we use certified Chevrolet parts, which offer better performance and an assured fit. To find out more about your tune up options, give us a call at (708) 816-0076. Our service center is open at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday to make the process convenient. Find out why Calumet City drivers bring their cars to Chevrolet of Homewood today!