Mooresville Auto Repair

Signs That You Car Needs a Tune-Up

A tune-up is essentially a maintenance service intended to check and replace engine-related components to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. Older model vehicles with mechanical ignitions require a tune-up every 10,000 to 12,000 miles. Whereas, modern cars with fuel injection and electronic ignition systems don’t need one until they hit 30,000 miles or more. 


Most automakers will have a maintenance schedule that has a recommended interval for tune-ups. However, these warning signs may indicate your car needs a tune-up:

Poor Fuel Economy

If you’re needing to fill up more frequently, without any changes in your driving habits, then it may mean your car is due for a tune-up. Bring your car to STR Automotive so that our automotive technicians can inspect what is causing the inefficiency. Most of the time, the issue lies under the hood.

Engine Stalling

Frequent engine stalling is a major side effect of worn or defective spark plugs or worn oil filters. Engine stalling can be annoying, which is why our team can lend a hand with a tune-up. We’ll have your car back on the road in no time.

Dashboard Warning Light On

Warning lights are your car’s language, and the check engine light is a symbol indicating that you may be due for a tune up or other engine-related repair. The check engine light should be taken more seriously as putting it off can lead to extensive engine damage. 

Car Makes Unusual Sounds

When your car is in good shape, it shouldn’t make any alarming sounds. While some vehicle sounds are harmless, others are not. If you notice anything that is out of the ordinary, please be sure to bring your vehicle to STR Automotive.


At the end of the day, we want you to remember to take care of your car. If you suspect that your vehicle is due for a tune-up, we welcome you to stop by STR Automotive today!

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