Car tune up:

Here’s why an auto tune up is important and how to perform one.

Rev up your engine’s performance with a do-it-yourself car tune up.

Many experts rank an auto tune up just below an oil change in terms of important maintenance jobs for engines.

Fortunately, you can safely go much longer between tune ups than oil changes. While there isn’t a standard mileage figure – because there are too many variables, such as your type of car and driving habits – you can often go 30,000 miles or so before it’s time for your next auto tune up.

When it’s time for a do-it-yourself car tune up, shop online for the quality auto parts that you need; ask to have the parts you need shipped to one of our auto parts stores at no charge. We have all the quality auto parts you may need for the job, including spark plugs, air filters, distributor caps, hoses, plugs, wires and basic hand tools.

What exactly is included in an auto tune up? And why is this task so important?

Let’s start with the second question.

An auto tune up can pay off in greater fuel economy, improved engine performance, cleaner air and fewer expensive repair bills. Plus, regular tune ups can extend the life of your vehicle. So, tune ups can save you a considerable amount of money over time – and give you a car that simply runs better.

Now, what constitutes a tune up? There isn’t a single definition. And what could be included in an older vehicle tune up may not apply to a newer car. But, for the sake of discussion, a tune up on a newer vehicle could include:

  • Cleaning or replacing spark plugs
  • Cleaning or replacing air filters
  • Inspecting or replacing spark plug wires
  • Inspecting or replacing distributor caps and rotors
  • Inspecting or replacing hoses and belts
  • Inspecting or replacing the oxygen sensor

Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can handle a do-it-yourself car tune up – and save money in the process.

While it may seem like there’s a lot involved with an auto tune up, it’s actually something you can do on your own – even if you don’t have a lot of experience with car repairs.

And we’ll show you how to do a common tune up. You can:

  • Read our do-it-yourself car tune up article
  • Stop by one of our auto parts stores and talk to an associate

Just think…after you complete it, you likely won’t have to do it again for a long time!

Get ready for your car tune up. Visit at Advance Auto Parts store or shop online and buy the quality auto parts you need.