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car should receive a tune-up (often
referred to as a "major service") every
two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes
first. During this tune-up your car will
receive some new parts that will hopefully
keep it out of the shop for a while.
Here's a few areas you can expect
of the fuel
? Changing of
the spark plugs (unless they're platinum,
in which case you have 30,000 more miles
to go). Also examination of the spark plug
wires and replace as needed. A new set of
high-quality wires is worth the cost. They
may be permanently attached to the
distributor cap, so it will have to be
changed as well.
? Check the belts.
Replace if worn. Most
cars today use a single serpentine belt
in place of individual belts to drive
? Check the fluids
under the hood and replenish as necessary.
Change the engine
oil and oil filter if it's been
3,500 miles since the last oil change.
Other fluids to check include: Automatic
Transmission Fluid, Brake
(Anti-freeze), and Power
? Replace the
air filter, which should be changed
between major services--every 15,000
cleaning terminals and cable ends. Inspect
Rotation and set pressure, and while
the tires are off the Brakes can be
with all preventive maintenance performed
on an automobile, tune-ups can prevent
myriad problems from occurring on a
vehicle. The filters replaced can clog
with use and prevent flow, starving the
engine of fuel or air. Spark plugs have a
recommended service lifetime of either
30,000 miles or, in the case of platinum
or iridium plugs, 60,000 to 100,000 miles
(96,000 to 160,000 km), and old spark
plugs may cause engine
misfire. Watch for Specials on many of
these services on a monthly basis.