What Is a Tune-Up?

Traditionally a tune-up was a routine maintenance service that involved replacing parts such as spark plugs, distributor caps, distributor rotors, fuel filters, and PCV valves, at specific service intervals. It often included services such as adjusting carburetors and adjusting ignition timing.

With the advent of computer-controlled cars, much of that work is no longer needed. For example, most modern cars use fuel injection to get fuel into the engine and no longer use carburetors. These engines have a wide variety of sensors that feed data to the computer to allow it to adjust engine timing and fuel mixture depending on the need.

Each manufacturer establishes time frames for various tune-up related services with time intervals of anywhere from 25,000 miles to 125,000 miles. Older vehicles should have annual tune-ups, however. 

Our Mechanic Performing a Tune-Up on a Customer's Vehicle
Our Mechanic Performing a Tune-Up on a Customer’s Vehicle

The most common tune-up related services are spark plug replacement, throttle body service, fuel injection service, and air filter replacement, which can take place at various intervals and all contribute to your car’s performance. 

Modern tune-ups also include checking the computer system to see if there are any trouble codes that have been set by any of the sensors, as this can alert your technician of any issues that have arisen.

Kneble’s Auto Service Center can perform the following tune-up related services as needed:

  • Computer System Scan (for trouble codes)
  • Spark Plug Replacement
  • Air Filter Replacement
  • Throttle Body Service
  • Ignition Wire / Spark Plug Wire Replacement
  • Ignition Coil Replacement
  • Fuel Injector Cleaning
  • Fuel Filter Replacement
  • Oxygen Sensor Replacement
  • Crankcase Ventilation Service
  • Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement (Older Vehicles)

Ready to Make An Appointment For Your Tune-Up?

At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment for your tune-up.  

We are able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their tune-up as we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi! 

In some cases, we may determine that the car needs to stay overnight either due to the time required for service or the unavailability of parts. 

If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.

Please note that we offer a FREE shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Egg Harbor City, Mizpah, Estell Manor, Dorothy, and surrounding areas).

Frequently Asked Questions About Tune-Ups:

Is An Oil Change Included In A Tune-Up?

An oil change is not a part of a standard tune-up, however, it is a service that is very often performed in conjunction with a tune-up.

How Often Does My Car Need a Tune-Up?

For modern, computer-controlled fuel injected cars, we recommend checking with your owners manual as it varies by manufacturer. Older cars (non-fuel injected) need to be tuned up more frequently and for those, we recommend scheduling a tune-up every 12 months or 12,000 miles. In any case, you can call us to discuss your specific vehicle and we can let you know what is recommended.

My Check Engine / Service Engine Light Is On. Does That Mean I Need a Tune-Up?

Not necessarily. This could mean that you are due for service, but it could also be a warning from one of the various engine sensors to let the computer know that there is a problem. Either way, we have the ability to check your computer to see if it has set a trouble code, which would lead us to the problem area. Please make an appointment with us, so that we can provide further diagnosis and assistance.

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