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Tune ups are different for older model cars vs. newer model cars. This page will help to explaing why those differences exist.

tune ups for Older Vehicles

classic mustang tune up

Your older vehicle requires a regular tune-up for optimal performance and efficiency. Our mechanics at H.Heaven Auto Repair in Huntington Beach, CA can perform preventative maintenance, including tune-ups on your car or truck.

Most older vehicles need a tune-up every 30,000 miles. H.Heaven Auto Repair provides quality, affordable tune-ups, as well as other auto repair services in Huntington Beach, CA and surrounding areas.

What tune-ups do: A routine tune-up can easily protect against major engine problems by finding and changing worn components such as spark plugs and fuel filters. Keeping a regular tune-up schedule will help your vehicle last much longer, preserve a higher fuel mileage, and boost efficiency.

Why are tune-ups necessary in older cars: Just like anything else, your vehicle has parts that have a life expectancy. These parts and their life expectancy are shown in your owner’s manual with specific manufacturer benchmarks, about every 30,000 miles. While these parts may last longer than the suggested time frame, it is a good idea to have them checked by a qualified mechanic at H.Heaven Auto Repair, on a regular basis. If these parts are not regularly inspected and car diagnostic is not performed, a major issue could occur.

A Routine Car Tune-Up Protects the Life of Your Car

If your car is having problems like:

  • Poor gasoline mileage
  • Slow acceleration
  • Engine sounds appears: knocks, or pings
  • Noticeable electrical issues
  • Air flow issues

A complete tune-up done by our expert mechanics in Anaheim, CA consists of: Replacing the air filter Switching out the gas filters Installing new spark plugs and spark plug wires Inspecting the distributor cap and putting in a new one if needed Examining the blades and installing a new rotor if the old one has splits, burning or carbon build-up Checking the valve-cover gasket and adjusting the valves Inspection and filling all fluids Switching out Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve, if plugged H.Heaven Auto Repair offers Automotive Tune-Ups in Huntington Beach, CA.


At H.Heaven Auto Repair we frequently meet vehicle owners who have questions. What is an engine tune-up? and How often should my car get an engine tune-up?

To perform a basic engine tune-up procedure, we go through a series of inspections:

  • Visually inspect the engine's fuel-system components looking to make sure the fuel filter is clean and clog-free, that a clogged filter hasn't caused any damage to the fuel pump, and that the fuel injectors are free of deposits and other grime.
  • Visually inspect the spark plugs to gauge their age and wear.
  • Check spark plug performance to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • As needed, replace your vehicle's points and condenser, if applicable.
  • Check and adjust the ignition timing and idle if needed.
  • Check the engine's PCV valve.
  • Check the vehicle's engine air filter and cabin air filter.
  • Check oil and coolant levels.

In terms of how often an engine tune-up is needed, service requirements vary from vehicle to vehicle, and can also vary based on vehicle mileage and age. You can find a vehicle manufacturer-recommended schedule for tune-ups and other maintenance in your vehicle owner's manual, or at H.Heaven Auto Repair we can supply you with a printout upon request.

At H.Heaven Auto Repair we know that preventative maintenance such as tune-ups can go a long way in saving money over the life of your vehicle. Make an appointment for a tune-up today at H.Heaven Auto Repair in Huntington Beach, CA and surrounding areas, to avoid car problems and extend the life of your car! 


Tune ups for newer vehicles


According to the Merriam-Webster's dictionary under the term "Tune-up" it says: "general adjustment to insure operation at peak efficiency"

Before electronics came into the picture the term "tune-up" was applied to the maintenance operation of replacing the spark plugs, distributor points, inspecting or replacing the cap and rotor and possibly replacing the fuel and air filters. There were many adjustments to be done on these cars; point gap, ignition timing and idle mixture and dwell.
This was a preventative maintenance operation that usually needed to be done about every 12,000 - 20,000 miles.


Distributors are now gone and even spark plug wires are missing from many applications. Forget those adjustments, the onboard computer handles fuel mixture, timing and idle speed control. On many of the newer cars, just spark plugs, fuel and air filters and PCV valve remain of the items that we used to consider part of a "tune up". Someday the spark plugs may disappear also.
Spark Plugs

Because the word "tune up" can mean so many different things the manufactures don't list tune ups in their maintenance schedules. They list the items individually at specific miles or duration of time.

Due to the electronics and newer technologies the recommended mileage between "tune-ups" or spark plug replacement has gone up to 30,000, or 60,000 and even 100,000 miles! This means that a $250 tune-up now, is cheaper than the 2 or 3 tune-ups in the same amount of mileage that were done for $100 25 years ago. Especially when you compare what $100 was worth then.

Every repair shop determines what their particular meaning of a "tune-up" consists of. What parts are replaced and what types of tests are done. One shop may consider a "tune-up" as throwing in a set of spark plugs and parking it on the lot, while the next may replace spark plugs and other ignition components, fuel and air filters, PCV valve and include testing to verify the electronic engine management system (if equipped) is doing its job.

If you request a tune-up, always ask what is being done for your "tune-up" before comparing prices and don't expect a "tune-up" to cure your performance problems. A "tune-up" is a maintenance procedure and if it makes your car run better, you waited too long for the service. Performance problems on today's cars are usually caused by something that is not normally replaced during a maintenance tune-up.

Best Option For Newer Cars

The best option is to not ask for a tune up, check your owner's manual for a guideline on spark plug replacement intervals. If they are due, replace them and use original equipment style spark plugs for best performance. If you do much city driving, extended idling, towing or high speed driving, reduce that recommended mileage by at least 10 - 15%. Fuel filters, distributor caps and rotors and PCV valves should be replaced every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. Spark plug wires should be replaced every 60,000 miles.

Many new cars do not have distributor caps or spark plug wires. On some vehicles, fuel filters are part of the fuel pump and are only changed when they plug up and ruin the fuel pump.

If your car is misfiring and you don't know if the spark plugs were replaced at the last recommended interval it might be a good idea to have it done. Use the above guide for the other components.

A 30, 60 or 90 thousand mile service is not a "tune-up", it may include tune up items but will also include many other services. If you are wanting the scheduled services, ask for a price and breakdown on the scheduled service. (such as a 60,000 mile service) Asking for a 60,000 mile tune-up may not get you what is needed.

A Tune-up does not usually fix problems with a way a car is running.

If your car is running bad, don't expect a tune up to necessarily fix it. Computer's control the fuel and timing and perform all of the adjustments. Many of the performance problems are caused by a malfunctioning sensor, vacuum leaks or other failed components. If the spark plugs or fuel filter are overdue, get them replaced to see if it helps, but if they're not, have a qualified technician with the correct testing equipment for your car diagnose the running problem.

Interesting Side Note On The Origin of the term "Tuneup"

Many early car's magneto ignition systems were very simple with one ignition coil for each spark plug. Each coil needed to be adjusted to provide the same spark intensity for better idle and acceleration. As these coils worked, they made a buzzing sound. When adjusted properly, they all buzzed in tune, thus coining the term "tune-up".

H.Heaven Automotive is conveniently located in central Huntington Beach, just minutes from the 405 Freeway. We proudly repair all makes and models of vehicles. If you require a car brake repair in Huntington Beach, come to H.Heaven. For expert Automotive repair while in Huntington Beach call H.Heaven at (714) 841-1949 . Call us today or make an appointment now by clicking below. All repairs have a 3yr/36k mile warranty!

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