Car Engine Service & Tune-Up
ASE-certified BRAKEmax technicians perform a variety of car engine services from tune-ups to spark plug replacements to more complicated engine repairs. Contact us today if your check engine light is on or you are experiencing engine troubles.
What Is a Car Tune-Up?
Previous versions of automotive mechanical systems required a ‘tune-up’ that consisted of replacing spark plugs and/or spark wires, the distributor cap, and the rotor. Depending on the year of your vehicle, it may still be equipped with these components. But in many cases, electronic timing has eliminated the rotor and distributor.
Other services that might accompany a car tune-up are an air filter replacement, a fuel filter replacement (where equipped), and a fuel system service are common maintenance procedures performed at tune-up mileage intervals.
Mind the Gap!
Over time, the ‘gap’ between the center electrode and the side electrodes wear out. Improperly gapped and worn spark plugs cause your engine to run inefficiently and can cost you more at the gas pump.
These Aren’t Your Daddy’s Spark Plugs.
Developments in technology have also led to different spark plugs than the plain old copper plugs that vehicles used to have. Iridium, double-platinum and other plug types may cost more, but will also last significantly longer than the old copper-style plugs. In some cases, they can last up to 100,000 miles – over 3 times the lifespan of the old technology!
When Should My Spark Plugs Be Replaced?
Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual. The manufacturer has guidelines as to when the spark plug and related components should be replaced.
If you have any questions about our car engine services, a BRAKEmax automotive expert will be happy to answer them – just give us a call!