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Tune-ups: The Essential Element in Car Maintenance

Most cars require regularly scheduled tune-ups around every 20,000 kms, and major maintenance at 45,000 kms. Some newer vehicles may not even require a tune-up until 100,000 kms! Check with your manufacturer or a Richmond Auto Clinic technician for what is correct for your vehicle.

A thorough tune-up will include:

  • Replacing the air filter.
  • Replacing the fuel filter(s).
  • Installing new spark plugs and replacing any worn spark plug wires.
  • Inspecting and installing a new distributor cap if one is needed.
  • Inspecting and installing a new rotor if the old one has cracks, burning and carbon.
  • Inspecting the valve-cover gasket and adjusting the valves (if your car has adjustable valves).
  • All fluids checked and topped off.
  • A battery check and terminal cleaning, if necessary.
  • A positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve replaced, if clogged.

In addition, cars built prior to 1979 have additional requirements. Cars without an electronic ignition require changing the points and condenser. Cars with electronic ignition should have the timing checked.

Fuel-injected cars need to have the throttle plate cleaned and/or adjust the air-fuel mixture. Cars with carburetors may need additional adjustments.

Maintaining a regular tune-up schedule will ensure your car's longer life, better gas mileage and performance!