Alderwood Auto Repair & Service

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Automotive Tune-Ups

One of the most difficult questions we get in the automotive industry today is “How much for a tune-up for my car?” This question can lead to a good conversation with one of our expert mechanics around what automotive tune-ups are and what your vehicle may truly need.

Routine automotive services are typically recommended at 30k/60k/90k miles.

Many years ago if your car wasn’t running right or at least every couple years, you would take your vehicle in for a tune-up. This meant the auto repair shop would perform services like setting or adjusting your timing, adjusting your valves, etc. For the most part those automotive services are no longer needed and those days are long gone.

Most vehicles today are completely controlled by a computer and there is nothing to adjust. If the customer has a concern it is most likely caused by a failure in part of a bigger system. This kind of problem cannot be addressed by a tune-up.

The tune-ups of days gone by were relatively easy services and the parts to be adjusted or replaced were very accessible. Nowadays parts like spark plugs are not as accessible and are a more labor intensive job requiring the removal of the intake. The actual spark plug that once cost $3.00 may now cost $20.00 dollars.

These are all reasons we recommend having routine services like 30k/60k/90k done and addressing any concerns through a more specific diagnostic process. This allows our highly trained team of expert mechanics to keep your car or truck in the best working order and to make sure we perform only necessary repairs.

Our highly trained team at Alderwood Auto Repair will help guide you through this process.

We can help sort out why you think you need a tune-up and help figure out how to best tackle any current concerns.

Many vehicles don’t recommend a “tune-up” or routine service until 60k, 90k, or 105k miles. These routine services often only include spark plugs and maybe a PCV valve.

There are other maintenance focused services that are manufacturer recommended at scheduled intervals including:

  • Brake fluid flushes
  • Cabin and air filters,
  • Box fluids (transmission, differentials, and transfer cases).
  • PCV valves
  • Spark plugs
  • Drive belts and timing belts
  • Valve adjustment when applicable

Our team of expert mechanics at Alderwood Auto Repair shop in Lynnwood stay up to date on manufacturer recommendations and are happy to advise you on the best routine maintenance schedule for your specific vehicle.

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