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Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

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How to Tune up a car - Vol.17

Any person who is a responsible car owner, knows that one aspect of owning a car is performing regular tune ups on their car. Many people are a little intimidated when they hear the words tune up. The truth is that there is not a lot of things that are involved when it comes to the actual tune up of a vehicle. If a car is not properly maintained, then there is a chance that the car will not run as properly as it really should, in addition this will cut down on the life of the car in the long run. This is why the tune up is so important.

When it comes time to perform the tune up, these are the basic things that you will need to keep in mind when you are preparing the car for it's tune up. First thing that you will need to do is make sure that you change the oil. This is the most important aspect of doing a tune up. It is most times recommended that the oil is changed every 3000 miles. This is the optimal time period for having the best performance out of your engine. Oil that is not changed this often, tends to collect gunk in it and this can hinder the performance of your car.

It comes as being common sense that while you are changing the oil that you change the oil filter as well. After you have changed the oil and filter, then it is time that you head to the top of the engine. This is where you will change the air filter. Changing the air filter is not that difficult, many times you will simply need to just pop off the air cleaner cover, and simply lift the old out of the cleaner and replace it with the new one. Replace the cover and that part of the tune up is finished.

Spark plugs is another part of the tune up that many people can easily do themselves. This is as easy as finding the appropriate socket and simply take the old out and place a new one in it's place. While you are replacing the spark plugs, make sure that you replace the spark plug wires as well.

One final aspect that you will need to consider is the replacement of the coolant. This is vitally important especially in the summer months and the winter months. Having proper coolant mix is a vital part of protecting your engine. If the mixture is off in the summer, then your engine may over heat, if you are off in the winter there is the risk of your engine freezing up and as a result this will lead to your engine block cracking. This will be an expensive repair, so making sure your coolant is correct is vital in the winter months.

It is an easy thing for a person to make sure that they keep their car in proper running order. All they need to do is simply follow these simple rules when it comes to doing a proper tune up on a car. There are a few basic things that a person can do when it comes to doing a tune up.