Owning a vehicle comes with lots of responsibilities with the main one being routine maintenance. Once your vehicle reaches a mileage and age milestone, its performance level will reduce drastically. This is basically why an engine tune-up is required, plus it can potentially increase the vehicle’s longevity, by at least 5 years, if done on a routine basis. Below, you will discover a basic guide to vehicle tune-ups <!–more–>and what this routine maintenance task entails.
When performing routine maintenance on a vehicle or machinery, you will be at risk of common injuries. In order to decrease these risks, you should follow the tips listed below:
• Always wear a comfortable long sleeved shirt or light jacket
• Jewelry should be removed, before beginning the task
• Keep hair tied back with a rubber band
• Wear goggles and ear plugs
• Protect hands by wearing mechanic or latex gloves
• Keep a hand cleaner on hand at all times
• Set up an eye wash station for emergencies
What Does A Tune-Up Entail?
• Ignition Coils should be replaced around 100,000 miles I recommend Aceon Bright Auto Parts Ignition Coils as an aftermarket part. I personally know them and will definitely vouch for them.
• Spark plug (replace wires, if they are worn) and rotor replacements
• Fuel and air filter replacement
• Check battery voltage level and exhaust emissions
• Check all belts and hoses (replace, if worn or leaking)
• Windshield wipers and running lights should also be check (replace, if needed)
• Check air pressure in all tires
• Check and replace distributer cap, if necessary
• Change oil and radiator fluid
• Replace manifold gasket (if necessary to gain access to the spark plugs)
Tools and Equipment Required
You will need various tools and equipment to complete these tune-up tasks. Be sure to gather these, before getting started, so that you have everything needed within your reach.
• Replacement parts (sparkplugs, fuel/air filter, rotors)
• Socket set with sparkplug socket
• Phillip’s and flat head screwdrivers
• Oil wrench
• Set of open-ended wrenches
• Drain pan
• Clean rags
• Air pressure gauge
• Air compressor with tire inflator
• New windshield wipers and light bulbs (if needed)
• Manifold gasket (if needed)
• Spark plug gap tool
First Step – Easy Tasks
You should always begin your routine maintenance, by tackling the easy tasks. This will include air filter, tire air pressure check and inflation, windshield wiper check and replacement, check battery voltage, and running lights. Once these tasks are completed, you will be ready to begin the second step.
Now, it is time to focus on the fuel filter, distributer cap, and sparkplug replacement. Start by removing the intake manifold cover, if necessary, but this is not necessary with some of the newer vehicle models. Gently remove each plug carefully, because if they are in poor condition, they will break very easily. Once you have all of the sparkplug removed, it will be time to start replacing them, but make sure that the plug’s gap setting are correct first. Once all of the plugs have been replaced, you should start checking the sparkplug wires and replace them, if necessary.
Replace the manifold gasket, before replacing, so that no leaks will develop later on down the road.
Change the oil and radiator fluid according the owner’s manual. Carefully check all of your running belts for any worn areas and replace them, as needed.
Once you complete the tune-up maintenance, you should notice an improvement in your vehicle’s performance. If you need further assistance with these tasks, be sure to consult with a professional mechanic.