When a vehicle is new, and in perfect condition, it is operating at peak performance. To maintain this performance level, the engine has to be protected and maintained. Oil changes, filter cleaning and replacement, topping up fluids, and even rotating tires all have an impact on the short and long-term performance of the car, truck or SUV.

This routine maintenance is also known as a tune up. Depending on the specific mileage for the vehicle, it can include just the basics, or it may include more complete checks on the engine and various components of the vehicle. It is also common to use the term for a once a year service call at a New Jersey garage, but most vehicle maintenance schedules call for staggering the work throughout the mileage of the vehicle rather than on a specific calendar date.

Why It Matters

All of the moving parts and components in an engine eventually wear. While new technology and the use of superior motor oils can dramatically increase the life cycle of any engine, without routine maintenance and a tune up there is a higher risk for a breakdown or more significant repairs that add to the cost of owning the vehicle.

By scheduling a tune up and maintenance service within the manufacturer’s recommendations, the mechanic can evaluate the overall condition of the vehicle. For example, if the oil is excessively dirty or has excessive breakdown, there may be an issue with vehicle performance. Changing the air filter can help to maintain or boost fuel economy and help to avoid issues with engine misfiring.

Additionally, with regular air filter changes, transmission service, and a multipoint inspection, New Jersey drivers can be alerted to any potential issues with the vehicle. The mechanic can spot potential problems, allowing you to plan, budget and schedule a repair before you are left stranded on the side of the road.

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