Missed auto maintenance can cause your vehicle to waste fuel, increase hydrocarbon and NOx emissions, and wear out emission control devices, such as catalytic converters and oxygen sensors. While modern vehicles’ onboard computers have made seasonal tune-ups unnecessary, there are still some regular inspections and adjustments that should be made to ensure that your car’s electronics are properly integrating the workings of your vehicle’s fuel, ignition and emissions systems.
Drive in for auto maintenance at Vancouver’s Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre. Not in Vancouver? Visit any of our BC- and Alberta-area locations, in places such as Burnaby, Chilliwack, or Richmond, among others, and we will assess whether your vehicle is in need of service. If necessary, we will:
- Replace spark plugs
- Check emission levels
- Perform a full maintenance inspection of all major systems including:
With the rising cost of fuel these days, it pays to keep your vehicle in tune. Our technicians are trained to diagnose any drivability issues, and complete the necessary adjustments and repairs that will return your vehicle to its peak performance and fuel efficiency levels. Contact one of our 18 locations today!
The answer is very simple. Bringing your car to the nearest Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre location for routine maintenance ensures your vehicle’s overall health and longevity. Regularly having fluids, filters, and your engine in general checked up allows you to avoid major problems down the road because little issues will not be given the time or the chance to spiral out of control. Regular fluid changes will prevent accelerated wear and tear on internal engine components. Replacement of spark plugs, ignition wires, and oxygen sensors will prevent carbon build-up, and also ensure optimized fuel efficiency and prolonged life of the vehicle emission control systems.
The specific frequency for routine maintenance varies according to vehicle type, make, and model, and your owner’s manual will give you all the information you need. Vehicles having regular V-Power spark plugs require maintenance tune-ups every 25,000 km, whereas ones with Platinum spark plugs require maintenance tune-ups every 80,000 km. Some newer vehicles contain Laser Platinum spark plugs that only need replacement every 100,000 km. If you’re unsure when you last brought your car in for routine maintenance, give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment. In the end, the best way of determining whether or not the vehicle’s spark plugs need replacement is through visual inspection of the spark plugs. Defective oxygen sensors and/or engines burning oil can shorten the lifespan of spark plugs.
Routine maintenance tune-ups will definitely save you money long-term. Some people dismiss the need for regular check-ups in order to save a few dollars immediately. However, making the minimal maintenance investment today safeguards you against having to replace major and expensive parts tomorrow. By making sure all the little details are in optimal working order on a regular basis, our technicians prevent major issues from popping up.
While specific inspections vary based on vehicle type, make, and model (everything is listed in your owner’s manual), in general, during a maintenance tune-up, the following will be performed:
- Comprehensive parts and fluid inspection
- Coolant fluid exchange, if required
- Filter inspection and replacement (air, oil, and fuel filters)
- Belt inspections
- Transmission fluid exchange, if required
- Spark plug replacement
- Tire rotation
- Brake inspection
- Steering system inspection