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Don’t Put Off Your Vehicle Tune Up

Take Your Car or Truck to an Automotive Technician before You Detect a Problem

When Thomas Bertram Lance popularized the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” in 1977, he was most certainly not referring to your car or truck. When it comes to something as complex and with as many components as an automobile engine, the simple truth is that if you notice something wrong, chances are it’s already been broken, damaged, or misaligned for a while now. This is why any automotive technician you talk to will impress upon you the importance of a regular vehicle tune up; it’s by and large the best way to prevent problems before they start, and catch serious issues early.

How Often Should I Get a Tune Up?

This is a question you could ask anyone, and you’ll never get the same answer twice. There’s no magic number of kilometers driven or years passed that signifies the need for maintenance. It depends on how old your vehicle is, the type of engine, and probably more than anything, how you use it. Someone hauling construction supplies in their truck all day is inevitably going to need tune ups more often than someone who drives a sedan to the office, because they’re putting more strain on it. Next time you’re at your local auto shop, ask an automotive technician to help you determine how often you should bring your car or truck in.

Helping You Run Smoothly

A vehicle tune up has more benefits than simply detecting serious problems. It also helps your vehicle continue to operate at its best. Every time you get behind the wheel, you expose your car or truck to environmental factors and wear and tear. When you bring it in, wheels will be aligned, fluids and filters checked, lights tested, belts inspected, and more. You’ll feel an incredible difference driving away from the shop compared to driving there in the first place, and your vehicle will have a longer and better lifespan as a result, too.

Preventative Measures

In the event that your automotive technician finds the early signs of a major problem, these things are always better off detected early. A single replacement part now may be expensive, but multiple replacement parts down the road will cost you more if you let a damaged component negatively impact the performance of the rest of the engine. In this sense, a vehicle tune up helps you save money down the line and helps protect the investment that is your car or truck.

So please, for your vehicle’s sake (and your wallet’s), don’t wait until something seems wrong to take it in for maintenance. You’ll get a lot more mileage with regular care and tune ups, and that’s the best investment of all.

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