When dealing with your vehicle you may often hear the phrase “tune-up service” but may not exactly know what that means or represents. “Tune-up” is definitely an old term, one that used to refer to actual “tuning” of older cars’ mechanical intake and timing systems to maintain a proper mix of air and fuel. Modern vehicles have more advanced systems that have rid carburetors with computer-controlled systems in their place. “Tune-up” has still maintained in our current automotive lexicon, but now moreso refers to our technicians connecting to your vehicle’s computer system and scanning for any problems. Tune-up services are still essential, to ensure all of your vehicle components and systems are running as they should, so learn more about them from us at 401 Dixie Kia, and book your service now.
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If you see that pesky check engine light pop up in your dash it could mean any number of things. It could be something as simple as needing to tighten a cap, or something more serious like the need for emissions sensor maintenance. No matter what, and doubly so if you aren’t sure what it may be, it’s important to get your vehicle checked for the cause of that check engine light.
For your engine to run as it should it needs the ignition system to be firing consistently and strong. What happens is that over time carbon can build up around the electrodes, which can either cause it to misfire or fire weakly. This adds up to lessened power and poor fuel economy.
Spark plugs are fairly durable and thus don’t need to be replaced that often, with many being able to last as long as 128,000 km to 160,000 km, depending on your type and model. Although, if you notice anything wrong with your vehicle’s ignition process, it’s time to get them checked.
Fuel injectors start and stop the flow of fuel into the combustion chambers. If these injectors get clogged with any manner of dirt and debris it can severely affect the proper mix of fuel to air. Having properly maintained fuel injectors ensures you’ll enjoy the potential acceleration ability and mileage on your vehicle.
The need for fuel injector cleaning can vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle, with some needing it as frequently as every 48,000 km, while some able to stretch to 145,000 km. Your best course of action is to monitor your vehicle for any signs of clogging (like subpar acceleration, stalling and idling) and come to us as soon as you experience any of this decrease in performance.
A timing belt helps sync movement between the crankshaft and camshaft, which opens and closes valves at the needed times so your engine can perform to its potential. If your vehicle uses a timing belt, it will have to get replaced eventually, and the unfortunate trouble with them is that they often don’t show wear like other belts. Watch out for signs like your engine not starting, lessened engine power, leaking oil, overheating, vibrating or strange noises.
Most timing belts require service around the 100,000 km mark, but it’s best to go by the recommendation in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Whatever service you’re looking for, whether it’s engine diagnostic, spark plug replacement, fuel injector replacement or a timing belt replacement, tune-up service is essential. These maintenance jobs ensure your vehicle is operating to its peak performance level, and to guard against possible costly repairs in the future. Our service technicians here at 401 Dixie Kia are incredibly skilled and knowledgeable in both Kia models and off-makes, with access to the best tools and technology to provide your vehicle with the best service possible. Contact us for more information on these services, or fill out the form below now to book your appointment.