Duluth Auto Repair

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Tune Up 

Auto Repair Tune Up in Duluth

A “tune up” is a general term for checking the operation and efficiency of your vehicle. That’s about as vague as it gets. When you come in looking for a tune up it’s usually because you’re experiencing a funny smell, a weird noise or a strange change in drive-feel. Or, perhaps, you’re following a factory scheduled maintenance program.

Whatever the case may be, communicating your concerns to our staff at the time of the repair is imperative. That way we can avoid unnecessary labor and consistently meet or exceed your expectations.

What is an engine control module?

An Engine Control Module (ECM) is an internal mechanism that monitors the timing and fuel mixture on a regular basis. Most literally, a functioning ECM is always performing a “tune up” to ensure peak efficiency.

According to Pete Meier at MotorAge:

“[In the past,] Carbureted engines periodically needed their idle mixture and speed adjusted. Sometimes, the choke operation needed tweaking or the accelerator pump needed tuning.”

Without an ECM, older cars necessitate a “tune up” every 15,000 miles. Modern engines, however, do not. However, the term “tune up” still persists.

Factory scheduled maintenance

Even though the ECM is in place to monitor timing and fuel mixture, other parts that are unmonitored, such as spark plugs, filters and belts will break down over time. Our priority, when you bring your automobile in for a ‘tune up’ is to check the aforementioned parts for wear and tear and meet any other specifications as mentioned by your Honda, Audi, BMW, Infiniti or BMW MINI factory schedule maintenance program.

We might also recommend oil changes, fluid top-offs and tire rotation at this time. Of course, these are only recommendations, and we don’t take on any task without explicitly detailing it first. If your budget is your priority, we will not push additional quality services. We’ll also keep you informed as we make choices that are informed by your vehicle’s particular make, model and year. We may ask questions regarding your driving style, to diagnose which schedule we should follow.

What is a tune-up?

  • Filters including air filters, oil filters and cabin filters to protect from corrosion, encourage proper flow, and decrease the likelihood of engine failure
  • Fluids including top-off of engine oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, differential and transfer case fluids, and flushes of these fluids
  • Lubrication including lube for suspension components, driveshaft U-joints, hinges and other fittings
  • Ignition we check for worn or faulty wires, plugs and coils, and detection of any fluid leaks near electrical components
  • Fuel system including induction cleaning, throttle plate cleaning, intake tract cleaning, valve cleaning, and fuel injector cleaning

Tires including tire pressure and check for holes, leaks or wear on the tire or inner tube