When does my car need a tune-up?


Often times, car-owners are hesitant to bring their vehicle into the shop unless it is showing clear signs of a significant problem. However, you can save yourself a lot of money by getting into the shop for the kind preventative maintenance that can help to minimize the possibility of later needing extensive repair.

You might not have to worry about getting in for tune-ups if your car has just recently come off the assembly line. However, the general rule of thumb is that, once your vehicle has surpassed the 100,000 mile mark, you should get into the shop for a tune-up every 10,000 to 20,000 miles that follow. But regardless of mileage points, there are some signs that suggest you should get in quickly for a tune-up. Here are five of those signs:

Difficulty Starting Up

While this might happen for several different reasons, one possibility is that you need an ignition adjustment.

Worsening Fuel-Efficiency

This could be a problem with failing spark plugs, which is the sort of issue that is easily addressed during a tune-up. Even if gas prices have come down, you still don't want to spend a penny more than you have to.

Stalling Out

Spark plugs are also a possible culprit with this one. If you're having problems with stalling, you should take note of the circumstances under which the stalling is happening and then give the mechanic the details.


If your car seems to be trembling, it could be because it's time for tire rotation. Another possibility is that you have a U-joint that need replacement.

Mileage Points

Once again, when your odometer eclipses 100,000, you'll want to start getting in for regularly-scheduled tune-ups.

If you're in need of a tune-up, be sure to get in touch with a reputable shop. For expert auto maintenance and repair in Airway Heights, WA the shop to contact is Inland Sales & Service at 509-202-4025. Go ahead and give Inland Sales & Service a call today!

Reid's Blog

Written By Brian Corey

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