Does My Car Need a Tune-up?

If your car hasn't been running as well, as usual, it might be time for a tune-up. Common signs that something's amiss with your vehicle include leaks, unsightly smells, noises, check engine lights, and less-effective brakes. Below we'll discuss commons signs that your car is due for routine maintenance, as well as common repairs many vehicles require over their lifetime.

Squeaking, less sensitive brakes are a common sign that it's time to get your vehicle's brake pads replaced. You should have brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on your local climate and the way you drive. More cautious drivers are less harsh on their brakes, and get more mileage from their brakes and rotors.

Depending on the type of oil your vehicle uses, an oil change is a service that is necessary every 3,000 miles. However, if you have a modern engine (i.e. a new car), you should plan to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles. Getting your oil changed regularly prevents a lot of issues that require costly, urgent repair.

If you are noticing that your fuel mileage is poor, or that your vehicle is leaking fluid, these are definite signs that your vehicle needs some attention. Large oil leaks can cause your engine to burn out and die if they aren't repaired, so make sure to keep an eye on your car's oil levels if you notice it leaking. Be sure to have it serviced as soon as possible to find the source of the leak. You may also notice a smell when there's a leak coming from your vehicle, as the fluids burn when you drive. This is another sign of a leak that needs repair.

Additionally, if you are noticing that your car is stalling or vibrating in an unusual way, you want to have it checked out by a professional sooner than later. Your vehicle stalling out in the hot sun on a highway could cause a life-threatening accident or at the very least a very hot, uncomfortable day.

If you need a tune-up performed, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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