If you are in need of a car or truck tune up in Colorado Springs, you have come to the right place. What is involved in a “tune up” service has changed significantly over the past 15-20 years.  A “tune up” used to involve replacing spark plugs, points, condenser, rotor, adjusting the air/fuel mixtures on the carburetor, and setting the dwell (gap) and timing on the distributor.  Since our newer vehicles do not have most of those parts (except spark plugs), what is now involved in a “tune up” is much different.

So, what does a car tune up in Colorado Springs consist of these days?  How do you know if your vehicle needs one?  Today’s technologically advanced vehicles rely on more sophisticated electronic components that either work or don’t work and are not designed to be “adjusted”, but rather replaced when they fail.  Except in older cars, about the only remaining engine components that are adjustable is the valve train and the spark plugs.  The spark plugs are “gapped” by the technician at time of install and adjustable valve trains are adjusted at manufacturer’s recommended intervals, also by a qualified and experienced technician.

Most everything else that affects how your vehicle runs are replacement components, i.e. oxygen sensors, MAP sensors, cam/crankshaft position sensors, electronic control modules (ECM’s), ignitor coils, coil pacs, fuel injectors, and the list goes on.  Typically, when one of these components fails (or begins to fail), either your “check engine” light will go on or, your auto will go into a “limp mode” (drives, but has very little power) or, unfortunately, will quit running altogether and require a tow.

If your car just doesn’t seem to run as well or is getting worse fuel mileage, but the “check engine” light is not on, the possible remedies are as follows:

  • Check your spark plugs and spark plug wires.  Are the electrodes worn down or do the plugs show signs of arcing?  Are you losing voltage to the plug because of voltage “leakage” through your spark plug harness?  If either or both are indicated, replacement is the only solution.
  • If your car has over 100K miles or is eight years old or older, your engine could probably benefit from an induction clean to remove gum, varnish, carbon and oil residue build-up from your combustion chambers, intake runners, valve seats, throttle bodies and injectors.  This involves significantly more than adding some fuel additive to your fuel tank, and the results are usually far more dramatic.
  • Valve adjustments at recommended intervals compensates for valve train wear at the cam lobe/lifter interface and valve seats/valve head interface.  These adjustments allow your valves to open and close at the heights (lift)  and timing (duration) that your engine was designed to perform optimally.
  • Then there are the simple things…change your car’s air filter when its dirty.  Imagine how you would feel if you couldn’t take a deep breath.

And lastly, pay attention to what your car is telling you… is it time for a tune up? Use all your senses.  Your car will tell you when it needs some attention.  Here’s some “car talk” you need to look, feel and listen for:

  • Decreased gas mileage
  • Noticeable loss of power
  • Engine running rough, hesitating or stalling
  • Engine noise upon acceleration
  • Hard starting at any time
  • Any engine noise that goes up or down with engine speed
  • Indicator warning lights
  • Drips or puddles of fluid under your car
  • Adding oil between oil changes (leakage or usage)

If you are not sure what your car is trying to tell you but you’ve got this uneasy “gut” feeling something is amiss, it may be time for a car tune up in Colorado Springs. Call or stop by your Honest Accurate Auto Service center and put your mind at ease.

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