An auto tune-up is a set of specific repairs that are performed on a regular basis throughout the life of your vehicle. They are designed to prevent a number of major failures from occurring and are necessary to keep your car, SUV or truck on the road. The manufacturer provides a recommended maintenance checklist that should be completed each year. L&D Auto Specialists can help you determine the cost to perform the service.
Performing a tune-up has numerous benefits, and consistent maintenance of your vehicle will help it last longer and keep overall maintenance costs down. Failure to perform basic maintenance can lead to costly repairs that could have been avoided. Vehicle maintenance can also improve performance and fuel economy.
There is a long list of items that need to be inspected and worked on to protect your investment. To help diagnose your car's problems, L&D Auto Specialists uses a computer diagnostic system that can read information from your vehicle's computer. We will also check the manufacturer's recommended service schedule to make sure everything is in order. Without this reference, you may not be aware of impending faults, which can result in significant repair costs and hazardous situations.
When you come to L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS for a tune-up, the air filter will most likely be one of the components that will be checked. In general, an air filter should be replaced at least once a year, although it may need to be replaced more frequently depending on where you drive your vehicle (for example, if you drive on a lot of dirt roads).
If an air filter is not replaced when necessary, the engine will not receive the amount of air needed to operate efficiently. As a result, the air-fuel mixture inside your engine will run rich, indicating that there is too much fuel in the fuel-to-air ratio. This not only wastes fuel, but can also cause other parts of your vehicle to fail sooner than necessary.
A tune-up should also include inspection and cleaning of the spark plugs. If you have an older vehicle with a manual ignition, a tune-up may include inspection of the rotor and distributor cap. During a tune-up, fuel filters, spark plugs, wires, PCV valve and oxygen sensor may need to be replaced.
Again, the nature of the tune-up depends on your vehicle. If you have a car that uses platinum spark plugs, which is common in most modern vehicles, they most likely will not need to be replaced as often as the general type of spark plug found in older vehicles. You will not need to replace the rotor or distributor cap if you have an electronic ignition system because these components do not exist on electronic ignition vehicles.
Depending on your circumstances, a tune-up may also reveal larger problems with your vehicle that need to be addressed. At L&D Auto Specialists, we inspect all of your vehicle's overall systems, including the brakes, clutch and air conditioning. Every car needs a different level of maintenance, so consult your owner's manual to check specific systems during the tune-up.
You can also perform an oil change at the same time as the tune-up, but keep in mind that the oil change should be done several times a year, while the tune-up should only be done once.
The cost of a car tune-up is determined by several factors. A basic tune-up will cost between $40 and $150, depending on where you live. This type of tune-up focuses only on spark plugs and spark plug replacement. However, if you want a complete tune-up that includes an oil change, air filter check, distributor cap check, rotor check, PCV valve check, fuel filter check and a cursory examination of all systems, this type of tune-up can cost between $200 and $800.
The total cost of the tune-up will be determined by the hourly rate of mechanics in your area, as well as the cost of replacement parts. A tune-up at a regular shop is usually less expensive than one at a dealership.
If you have an older or classic vehicle, you will have to pay more for a tune-up. If your car has more than 120,000 miles on it, you could be looking at a cost of $500 to $1,200 or more, depending on what needs to be replaced.
Before taking your car in for a tune-up, it's a good idea to shop around. When you call the mechanic for an estimate, be sure to ask exactly what the tune-up includes. You should also ask about discounts: some stores, especially for new customers, offer coupons on a regular basis.
Many people perform basic tune-ups at home to save money. Keep in mind that if your vehicle has a computer system, it's unlikely you'll be able to do a computer tune-up without specialized tools, but basic maintenance, such as spark plugs and air filters, can be done at home for a fraction of the cost.
To deliver a spark, send fuel and push airflow into the engine, your engine relies on a network of interconnected components. If the control components wear out and fail to supply those three essential elements, your engine will not complete the combustion cycle properly. The expert automotive technicians at L&D Auto Specialists can perform a tune-up service on your vehicle at regularly scheduled intervals to ensure your engine receives the proper proportions of air, fuel and spark.
Your technician will first consult the schedule provided by your vehicle's manufacturer to determine the best interval for regularly scheduled maintenance. After your tune-up, the technician can determine the best time for your next service appointment and provide a mileage number or a date when you should return. Following the maintenance schedule for your vehicle model and engine type will help protect your vehicle from engine misfires and other problems that could develop over time if left unattended.
The technician removes and inspects a variety of parts during the tune-up process, including the cap, rotor, spark plugs, wires, and PCV valve, as well as air, oil, and fuel filters. These will be inspected for signs of wear and a decision will be made as to what needs to be replaced.
Each vehicle is unique in terms of age, mileage and maintenance history, all of which influence the tune-up process. Some vehicles may require a more thorough examination of engine components, while others may only need a few parts replaced. An experienced technician from L&D Auto Specialists will give you an overview of the inspection, an outline of the work required, and an estimate of the cost.
A car tune-up not only improves gas mileage, but also extends the life of your vehicle. Regular tune-ups keep your engine in top shape, improving performance and reducing the risk of breakdown. On top of that, a well-maintained engine can help you reduce your carbon footprint by emitting fewer toxic gases.
Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:
Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).
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