What’s in a Tune-Up?

Butler’s Lisa Graham works on a Hyundai

Back in the good ol’ days (read:  before computers) a tune-up had one definition. Whether you had your vehicle serviced at a dealership or by the mechanic down the street, the same services were provided.  From state to state, all across the country, it was understood that certain systems were checked, certain fluids were refilled, certain parts were replaced.  A tune-up was a tune-up, period.

But now, technology’s made our vehicles much more efficient, and a lot more varied from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer.  The industry may have changed but, for many customers, the concept of a tune-up has not.  That’s why Butler’s service experts say, when you take your car or truck in to be serviced, ask what’s included in the “tune-up package”.    Butler Acura’s Joe Butterfield says, “When I hear “tune-up” I think “maintenance”.  Butler’s Service Manager Curtis Hancock agrees.  “There is no more “tune-up”, he says.  “There’re only mileage intervals and what the book [the owner’s manual] calls for at those intervals.

Here, then, are the intervals at which service is typically recommended and the procedures we perform as part of that scheduled maintenance.  In other words, here’s what Butler considers a “tune-up”.

Scheduled maintenance every 30/60/90/120K miles includes lube, oil, filter service; brake check; tire rotation; visual inspection under hood and of underbody; parking brake adjustment; battery tested and serviced; engine air filter replaced; cabin air filter replaced; transmission serviced and flushed; brake system and fluid checked; power steering checked; cooling system checked.  All the above is covered under one price.

Other services that might have been included in the past definition of “tune-up” are no longer necessary for every make and model so we offer them separately.  They include the service and cleaning of the fuel injection and emission system, the service and cleaning of the throttle, a coolant flush, and sparkplug replacement.

Curtis says technicians will look for common problems but, if there’s something specific you’d like addressed it’s best to speak up.  Making sure you and the shop are on the same page when it comes to a “tune-up” can save you loads of time and money down the road.


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