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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:25 PM
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Folks who know cars
What exactly is a tune-up? I know I should have one periodically, but what are the benefits?
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R Hickey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:29 PM
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1. A tune-up replaces the spark plugs and sometimes the wires...
I'm fifty six. I've gotten about two tune-ups in my life time. I change my oil about once a year. If your car ain't running rough, don't worry about it.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:31 PM
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2. Why the hell do they charge so much for that?!
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:31 PM
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3. Not as important as it used to be
Edited on Tue May-25-04 03:33 PM by ewagner
used to be that you needed P, P &C changed regularly. (Points, Plugs and Condenser) as well as checking the timing.

With all the electronics in ignition and EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) those things aren't too important on modern cars.

Plugs can foul, and timing can slip but the electronics usually make up for it.

on edit: wouldn't worry unless there is some kind of performance problem....change oil every 300 miles or six month, it's the best insurance for long engine life you can buy.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:09 PM
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14. 'every 300 miles or six months' ??
i know that's gotta be a typo...i walk more than that a month.
...should be 3000 miles..which some can tach in a month or two...

:)

dp
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:21 PM
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15. ooops!
Yep, meant 3000 miles.......

I put 175,000 miles on a company car and the only maintenance done was oil changes and tire rotations......no tune-ups...ever.

The only breakdown was an alternator going bad on me in the wilds of Northeastern Wisconsin
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:34 PM
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4. Here's what Pep Boys says.
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HornBuckler Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:37 PM
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5. How Old Is Your Car?
Like Ewagner Said, There Aren't As Importnat As They used To Be. It Doesn;t Hurt To Change Yer Spark Plugs Now And Again However.

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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:38 PM
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6. 1995 BMW 318i
I bought it last January with 67K on it. Now it has about 86K.
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Commendatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:41 PM
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8. As long as you're changing your oil,
if you haven't noticed any performance drop, don't get too worried about it. Just get your oil changed every 3-5K.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:45 PM
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9. I always do that!
Anyway, it will be in the shop for AC service this week, and an inspection to see if anything needs work.
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Commendatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:48 PM
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12. Then as long as your brakes don't feel like they're vibrating, you're OK.
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HornBuckler Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:47 PM
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11. Yer Cool - Like I Said
You Can Change Your Plugs, But It's Not Necessary Unless You Are Noticing A Loss In Power Or Some "Knocking" Which Also May Be A Result Of Water in The Gas Or Too Low An Octane - Otherwise, Your Car Is Fuel Injected And In Need Of Little More Than An Oil Change Periodically.

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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:04 PM
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13. If you bought it at 67 K , was the timing belt already replaced?
They are only good to 60,000 miles...if it wasn't replaced then you should check that out as if it cracks then breaks..your engine will freeze up.

Beyond that...you only need to change the oil about every 7500 miles..and get an inspection every 60K...when you replace the timing belt, it makes sense to replace the water pump as well since the timing belt wraps around the pulley to the water pump...and it wears it down..it will be an extra 80 bucks at the time but will save you the cost of labor later.
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:39 PM
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7. Only thing I have to add
Edited on Tue May-25-04 03:45 PM by Book Lover
I agree with everything folks here are saying. How old is your car, and what kind is it?

on edit: a '95 Beamer? hah - change the oil every 5k and don't put in crappy gas; you'll be fine... Maybe when you hit 100K miles, have a dealer or BMW-specific shop do the 110K service.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 03:46 PM
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10. Plugs, Wires, Spark Plugs....
You need to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles.

You can do that with a filter, wrench and oil.

Every 15 to 30 thousand miles, you need to check your spark plugs and wires, grease fittings, brakes for the stuff than can cause expensive problems or can lead to an early, expensive death of your car.

I do that too, but I also have a certified mechanic go over my car every 18 to 24 months because he's trained and experienced enough to look and find problems a "shade-tree" mechanic will miss.

If you think it's expensive sometimes, they have a large investment in tools and experience you'll never match until you have to buy a new car.
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