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How Often are Tune Ups Needed?

Most people know of the 3,000 mile rule—when you’ve driven about 3,000 miles or for about six months (whichever comes first), it’s time for a tune up.  This includes having an oil change, having the filters replaced, and more.  However, some people ignore this tune up rule, and others have started to question it.  It doesn’t help that manufacturers have introduced the myth that new cars can go 100,000 miles without a tune up.

The Spark Plugs Aren’t Everything During Tune Ups

What these manufacturers are really talking about is the spark plugs.  New spark plugs made out of more durable materials such as platinum may not need to be replaced during a tune up for 100,000 miles.  However, this is only true for spark plugs.  Things like having your hoses inspected and your filters changed need to be done much more often.  Tune ups still need to occur every 3,000 miles or so.

Longer Lasting, but not Invincible

One of the reasons the 3,000 mile rule for tune ups came about was that certain parts of the engine and the vehicle overall needed a lot more maintenance.  Today, a number of changes in how vehicles work have eliminated the need for things like timing adjustments and mixture changes.  Joints are now permanently sealed, too, and other parts are being built to last much longer.

However, this doesn’t mean vehicles are invincible.  There are still many things that need to be changed or inspected during a tune up.  This is especially true when vehicles are driven long distances or are used under extreme conditions.  Those who drive in abnormal conditions or a higher than average number of miles per month definitely need to stick to the 3,000 mile tune up rule.

A Lifetime doesn’t Necessarily mean a Lifetime

Some manufacturers also like to talk about their lifetime filters.  These fuel filters are inside the fuel tank itself and, from the sound of it, they will last the entire lifetime of the vehicle.  However, this isn’t actually true.  These filters will wear out just like any other filter.  They may make it to that 100,000 mile tune up, but there’s a chance they won’t if they get corroded or if bad gas is used.  Even lifetime filters need to be inspected during regular tune ups.

If you are looking for more information about tune ups, call Lorentz Automotive today and talk with a member of our experienced staff.


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