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Evolving Tune-Up: What the Service Is Like Today

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The concept of a "tune-up" has evolved over the years, transforming from a traditional maintenance ritual to a modern approach that keeps your vehicle running at its best. If you're wondering what a tune-up means and how its definition has changed in the world of automotive care, keep reading.

Classic Tune-Up

In the past, a tune-up referred to a set of maintenance tasks designed to optimize engine performance. This typically involved adjusting the carburetor, points, and ignition timing, along with replacing spark plugs, spark plug wires, and the distributor cap. The goal was to address issues like rough idling, poor fuel efficiency, and misfiring.

Modern Tune-Up

Advancements in automotive technology have shifted the focus of tune-ups. Modern vehicles are equipped with sophisticated electronic systems that control various aspects of engine performance. As a result, the classic components like points and carburetors have been replaced with fuel injection systems, electronic ignition, and complex engine control modules (ECMs).

Today's tune-up involves a comprehensive inspection and maintenance of various vehicle systems, including:

  • Engine Diagnostics: Scanning the vehicle's computer systems for error codes and diagnosing any issues affecting performance.
  • Fuel System Cleaning: Cleaning the fuel injectors, throttle body, and intake manifold to ensure proper fuel delivery and combustion efficiency.
  • Ignition System Check: Testing and, if necessary, replacing spark plugs, ignition coils, and wires for optimal spark generation.
  • Emission System Inspection: Ensuring that emission control components are functioning properly, reducing harmful emissions.
  • Air and Cabin Air Filter Replacement: Maintaining clean airflow for the engine and cabin comfort.
  • Fluid Checks and Replacement: Ensuring proper levels and condition of engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and other vital fluids.
  • Throttle Body Cleaning: Removing carbon deposits from the throttle body to maintain smooth engine performance.

While the classic "tune-up" has evolved, its essence remains the same – keeping your vehicle in peak condition for reliable and efficient performance. Regular tune-ups are essential for prolonging the life of your car, preventing major issues, and maximizing fuel efficiency. We welcome you to Crompton's Auto Care in Aldergrove, BC, for quality tune-ups

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