12 Signs that it’s time to get a Brake Inspection A.S.A.P!January 10, 2020
The Low Income Auto Repair Program mechanics often get asked what is a standard tune-up and what’s included? The answer will vary from mechanic shop to shop, but generally this is a type of preventative and proactive maintenance that every vehicle needs. A good quality tune-up targets problem areas and resolves small issues so they don’t increase in size. Quality tune ups include a thorough engine check, to make sure there are no leaks, and that it sounds and feels right when the vehicle is running. For a closer look at some of the other ways a tune up can improve your vehicle, check out our list of tune up benefits.
- Fix a Rough Ride: The truth is, as your vehicle ages, it just doesn’t run as smoothly as it used to. Maybe you’ve noticed it shaking a little bit, veering off to one side of the road, or having a bit of difficulty getting started in the morning, especially when it’s cold. A power and energy check by your mechanic can diagnose both these problems and determine what’s causing the rattling and why your vehicle isn’t holding power the way that it should be. From the starter to the exhaust, there are hundreds of internal components which could be the cause. A certified mechanic can find the problem and fix it so that you don’t have to ride uncomfortably from point A to point B.
- Better Mileage: A tune up can fix all the little things going on in your vehicle that you may not have noticed are causing you to shell out more on gas. For example, if your brakes are sticking, it could be causing your vehicle to guzzle more than usual. During the tune up, your brakes will be inspected and brake pads might be replaced. Poor fuel mileage could also mean that your tires aren’t properly aligned, which is causing them to rotate at an odd angle, and increase friction on axles and against the road. A tire rotation and alignment can easily fix this issue and help reduce the
amount of gas your car uses to drive from home to work and back. I’ve saved my customers hundreds of dollars a month on gas by giving then a much needed quality tune up that was long overdue. Especially when your job includes you driving your own vehicle or you own a company fleet, this is one of the most important things you can do to save money and make the most out of each mile. It’s time to let our vehicles work for us!
- Catch unseen issues: Catching unseen issues before they become very expensive issues is one of the major pro to getting a tune-up on time. I’ve had customer come in and spend $15 on a issue we found during a tune up that could have potentially been a $3500 problem if left for one more month untreated. Keeping everything up to date and maintains is key to keeping costs down on your vehicle and getting the most out of each mile you drive.
- Glowing Lights on the Dash: Each of the warning lights on your car is designed to tell you something very important, unfortunately not every driver speak in car diagnostics language. For this reason, our professional team of mechanics will work to uncover what the warning lights mean, why they’re on, and how to fix them quickly and effectively.
- A Thorough Check-Up: Think of a tune up for your car the way you would a medical check up for your body. It thoroughly inspects working components, finds problems, and allows them to be healed. Just as your physician might prescribe medicine to fix an ailment, your mechanic will suggest having something serviced to improve handling, decrease the chance of a breakdown, and give you an overall better ride.
During a tune up, your mechanic will perform a code scan to check for ignition troubles or exhaust leaks. We will also take this time to check everything from valves, rings, and gaskets to battery voltage and engine leaks. Your
mechanic may not always find an issue during a tune up, which is great news to those who love their vehicles, but in most cases, there will be one or two things to fix before you’ll want to drive again. The important thing to remember following a tune up, is that your mechanic is giving you the opportunity to fix small ant hills before they turn into mole hills. We’d much rather help you repair a small part now, than need to perform a major overhaul later.
Most of the repair shops that are apart of our Low Income Auto Repair Program are family owned & run businesses. They feel that each client becomes a part of this family as well. Our top priority is to provide you with high-quality service every time we work on your vehicle. To help keep you safe while you drive, and to keep you from overspending in the future. For more information, our tune up services, preventative maintenance, and other types of auto services, Apply today! Our team of experienced staff is always happy to meet new and existing customers, and will work with you to schedule an appointment with our mechanics at your convenience.