Here’s a list of what our technicians perform during a car tune-up:
- Onboard computer checks
- Spark plug inspection and replacement
- 25-Point Oil Change Service
- Engine fuel system inspection to look for clogs and clumps
- Ignition and exhaust functionality tests
- Filter inspection and replacement
- PCV valve inspection and replacement
How Often Should I Get a Car Tune-Up?
A good rule of thumb is to take your vehicle in for a car tune-up once a year if it seems to be in good condition. That being said, some vehicles require more frequent visits based on how they operate, so it’s always advised to go by the suggestion in your owner’s manual since the recommendation can vary by make and model.
Many dealerships will have their own recommendation, but that recommendation is often dealership-wide and does not take into consideration your individual vehicle, driving style, road conditions in your area, etc. At Virginia Tire & Auto, we always suggest following the car tune-up schedule recommended by the manufacturer of your specific vehicle.
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How Will I Know I Need a Car Tune-Up?
It may not always be obvious when your vehicle is due for a car tune-up. Sometimes issues can remain hidden until they develop into larger, more obvious issues down the line that could have been prevented by a simple tune-up weeks before.
Be on the lookout for signs that your vehicle needs a trip to the service station. Decreased gas mileage, compromised power, rough or stalling engines and engine knocking are all good indicators that there’s something happening that shouldn’t be. Once you’ve noticed that something doesn’t seem quite right with your vehicle, take it into Virginia Tire & Auto of Chantilly to have it inspected by our trained technicians.
Can I Still Drive My Car if it Needs a Tune-Up?
While it is not advised, you will likely be able to still drive your vehicle for a bit even though your vehicle is in need of a tune-up. If you know your car is in bad shape and taking on damage, we recommend taking care of whatever the issue is while it’s still a small and relatively easy fix, rather than waiting until it becomes a large and expensive repair. Plus, depending on the needs of your vehicle’s system, you could be putting your car, yourself and your passengers in danger. Getting ahead of your car maintenance issues is always the best practice for quality car ownership.
Schedule Your Car Tune-Up in Chantilly, VA
If you feel like your car needs a day at the spa, bring it on by the Virginia Tire & Auto of Chantilly for a car tune-up today. Visit us online or call 703.726.7605 to schedule an appointment to get your vehicle back in its best shape.