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Three Common Ways Your Car Tells You It's Time For A Tune Up

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Having your car tuned up is just as important as changing the oil. However, because tune ups are completed less frequently, it's common for people to question whether or not a tune up is needed. A good rule of thumb is to get a tune up every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. But keep in mind that how often a car needs a tune up varies depending on the year, make, and model of the vehicle. You can find the recommended tune-up frequency for your car in your owner's manual. If you don't have your owner's manual and you don't know when you had your car tuned up last, you'll know it's time for a tune up when your car gives you one of these common signs.


While random stalling can be a sign of other problems, it's often worn or fouled spark plugs or a clogged fuel filter causing the issue. If it's time for a tune up, you might notice your car randomly stalling at an intersection or stalling while you try to accelerate. If this happens, take your car to an automotive technician like Action Muffler Radiator & Brakes to pinpoint the problem. If the technician indicates the problem is with the spark plugs or the fuel filter, it's time to get your car a tune up.

Also, when your car needs a tune up, it may not start as easily as it should. A car that has problems starting could have a bad starter or fuel pump. However, if your car is hard to start and it's randomly stalling, it's likely that your car needs a tune up.

Poor Fuel Mileage

Do you suddenly feel like you're filling the gas tank more often, even though the distance that you normally drive hasn't increased? If your tires are properly filled and you're getting less gas mileage than normal, it's time to take your car to the shop to have the fuel system examined. If the cause of your gas mileage problems is a clogged fuel filter, you should probably get a tune up.

Runs Rough

A malfunction in the fuel or ignition systems can cause a car to idle roughly. However, when a car runs rough when it's idling or when you're trying to accelerate, there's a good chance that a tune up can solve the problem.

Any time your car starts behaving out of the norm, it's trying to tell you that there's a problem. However, if you are experiencing one or more of these common issues, chances are your car is telling you that it's time for a tune up.