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5 SIGNS THAT YOUR CAR IS READY FOR A TUNE-UP

It’s never a welcome sight, and most of us have seen it at one time or another: the Check Engine Light is lit. Before you decide that you can’t afford to fix the issue and try to ignore it, remember that your car’s computer is alerting you that something is wrong, and putting off repairs will only make them more expensive down the line. 

So, what are the signs that your car needs a tune-up? There are five other unmistakable warnings you should know: 

  1. Decrease in fuel mileage: It’s a good idea to make a note of your optimal fuel mileage soon after you get your car so that you know when there’s an issue. A decrease in fuel mileage usually points to an issue with your engine; it can be buildup on your fuel injectors, a dirty oxygen sensor or a clogged engine air filter. Be sure to check the air pressure in your tires, as well as your wheel alignment as this can also affect your MPG.

  2. Delayed acceleration: If you’ve noticed your engine hesitate when you put your foot down on the gas pedal, your engine isn’t getting what it needs (either fuel, air or both) to generate power. First, check your vehicle manual for the location of the air filter. Check for heavy buildup and replace it if necessary. This could also be an issue with clogged fuel injectors or a dirty/damaged fuel pump.

  3. Braking issues: Because braking is one of the most important safety systems on your car, if you notice an inability to stop quickly or a spongy or unresponsive brake pedal, you should get the issue diagnosed quickly. Failing brake systems are extremely dangerous. 

  4. Unusual vibrations or shaking: If you’re feeling vibrations or shuddering when you start your engine, you may have dirty filters or old/worn-out spark plugs. If there’s a shuddering when you’re steering or when you’re applying the brakes, there could be an issue with your brake line, steering system, wheel balance or your brakes need to be replaced. 

  5. Odd noises: Always call or stop in Ramsey Auto Center right away if you start hearing new or unusual noises from your vehicle. Screeching and whining can indicate worn belts or low fluid levels.

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