Do Modern Cars Need a Tune Up?

We are frequently asked whether modern cars require a tune up. Supposedly, tune ups are only required for older models that lack the technology and computers found in today’s vehicles. It is true that certain maintenance work is not required for new automobiles, but they still require tune ups, just a different kind.

Modern Car Tune Up

So, what exactly does a mechanic inspect when tuning a modern car? Tune ups usually include inspection of the following components:

  • Spark plugs and other starter issues—newer models may contain platinum-tipped spark plugs, designed to last for 100,000 miles.
  • Coil and plug ignition system—this is used in place of high voltage wires found in older cars.
  • Electronic ignition system—this replaces the distributor and points.
  • Fuel injection system—replaces the carburetor and measures fuel added to the intake.

Most modern cars also require regular tune ups in order to uphold any warranties.

Older Car Tune Up

What if you still drive that 1991 Honda Civic or 1988 Chevy pickup you owned since college? These require a traditional tune up, which usually includes the following services:

  • Spark plugs—may need to be replaced or have the gap reset
  • Replace or reset the points—the points time the spark plug to ignite the fuel and air mixture
  • Replace high voltage wires—the wires connect the spark plugs to the distributor
  • Carburetor—this part needs to be recalibrated. It mixes the fuel and air and pulls the mixture into the cylinders.

We Tune all Cars, Old or New

Your car requires a tune up whether you bought it in 1977 or 2017. Bring the car on over to Chuck’s Auto Repair for a routine inspection. Tune ups for modern cars entail a different kind of inspection, but it’s just as important for maintaining top-notch operation.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Tune Ups for Old to Modern Vehicles

Serving motorists of the greater Seattle area

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