Every car is different, which makes it more difficult to understand when it is time for your next tune-up. Normally, older cars with non-electric ignitions must be serviced at least every 10,000 to 12,000 miles or yearly.
Meanwhile, cars with newer fuel injection systems and electronic ignition must be serviced every 25,000 to 100,000 miles without needing a serious tune-up.
Whether your car is newer or older, it’s important to know the signs when it needs a service.
Have you heard any strange noises you are unfamiliar with coming from your car while driving? Some of those noises may be harmless, but it may be a serious sign that your car may have a new issue.
For instance, a thumping noise could indicate that a part is loose. Meanwhile, a screeching sound could indicate that you are low in fluids. There’s a variety of interconnecting moving components to continue running efficiently.
If any of those components become broken or loose, it may cause noises, which will get louder and worse if your car is not serviced.
2. Smoke from tailpipe
With one exception, you must never be able to see the emission coming from your car’s tailpipe. Smoke from it could suggest that your engine is burning oil, has an incorrect air-to-fuel ratio, or consumes coolant.
It’s time to get an inspection from a trained technician if you can see the smoke coming from the tailpipe. It will help if you also take the time understanding OBD trouble codes.
3. Reduced fuel mileage
Fuel mileage is challenging to track unless your car has an MPG monitor. However, if you have been driving your car for a while, you must notice that decline in fuel efficiency.
There are different factors to consider when identifying your car’s fuel economy, including the performance of your emission system, the engine’s operation, and how your car drives.
Remember that poor wheel alignment can substantially impact your car’s gas mileage. But it can also indicate that other issues are happening under the hood. You can prevent further damage by getting a tune-up on the schedule.
4. Vibrations or shaking
Your car should ride flawlessly down the road. Something is most likely wrong if you feel any vibrations where there once were none. Not all vibrations are the same—you might feel them in the steering wheel or throughout the seat.
Such vibrations could be caused by tire, suspension, or electrical issues, so have it checked out by an expert so you know what is going on.
5. Engine refusing to start
Is your engine struggling to start? That can indicate several problems, most avoidable if you’re proactive with your tune-up schedule.
It could also potentially be that the spark plugs in your car are misfiring and stopping the car’s engine from turning over.
Replacing some spark plugs will save you costs and time with the mechanic. Also, a regular tune-up is essential as these concerns can be caught early on.
It can be time-consuming, expensive, inconvenient, and dangerous when your car breaks down. Your vehicle communicates with you each time you use it. Drive, look, and listen for signs to prevent any problems.