Car tune up:

Discover how to perform an engine tune up today and save money.

Engine tune up: discover how to perform a car tune up. It will save you money.

Completing an engine tune up isn’t difficult at all. But, keep in mind that car engines have slightly different configurations. Your engine may not need all the parts mentioned, or it may require some not mentioned. Consult your repair or owner’s manual for exact maintenance schedules and requirements.

Preventative maintenance, such as a tune-up or an oil change, is the best thing you can do for auto engines. Advance Auto Parts carries quality auto parts and accessories that make car engines purr.

Care for car engines: here’s why you should do a car tune up at scheduled intervals.

Regular tune ups and engine maintenance are investments that pay off with improved fuel economy, longer engine life and cleaner air. Don’t wait for obvious signs of engine trouble to replace worn parts, clogged filters or malfunctioning valves and sensors. Dealing with problematic auto engines is frustrating, time-consuming and expensive.

What’s needed when tuning up car engines:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for a car tune up:


Estimated time required - 1 - 2 Hours

How to perform an engine tune up: do it yourself & save!

The following is a general overview of a car tune up procedure. For specific instructions on part installation, refer to your repair manual or the brochure containing that individual procedure.

  1. Hoses: look for softness or decay. Also look for swelling at the connecting points. Replace if required. Refer to the automotive belts and hoses article and Hose Care brochures.
  2. Belts: most late model vehicles use a serpentine belt. Earlier cars use v-belts. Inspect for cracking and fraying. Refer to the automotive belts and hoses article and the auto belt repair work article.
  3. Air filters must be cleaned or replaced at regular intervals for peak performance. For replacement procedures refer to car air filters article or Performance Filters brochures.
  4. Plugs and wires: engine heat and high voltage take their toll on spark plugs and wires. For replacement procedures, refer to the spark plug wires article.
  5. All that voltage and heat also wears out distributor caps and rotors. Refer to the Cap and Rotor brochure for inspection and replacement.
  6. The O2, or oxygen sensor, tells car engines how to breathe. Poor mileage and performance could indicate a worn O2 sensor. See the O2 Sensor brochure for procedure.
  7. Older vehicles have a PCV valve. The valve works only one way and vents crankcase gases back through the engine. To check and replace refer to the PCV valve article.
  8. Clogged carburetors or fuel injectors can cause poor performance for auto engines. The fuel filter keeps your fuel clean of debris. For replacement, refer to the fuel filter replacement article.

Visit Advance Auto Parts for high quality auto parts on all your vehicle maintenance – including a car tune up.