It’s Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

The classic “tune-up” was once the heart of the automotive business, and contrary to some beliefs, today’s modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions. Things that were once handled mechanically are now controlled electronically through the use of onboard computer technology.

Because vehicles have changed so much over the years, the Car Care Council has introduced the 21st Century Tune-up. This program is designed to help re-define and educate motorists as to what a tune-up should consist of on today’s modern vehicles. As part of the 21st Century Tune-up, the following systems should be inspected:

  • battery, charging and starting
  • engine mechanical
  • power train control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
  • fuel
  • ignition
  • emissions

Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability, planning a vacation, preparing for winter or summer, or because they're giving the car to a friend or family member. To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time to become familiar with their vehicle. Study the owner’s manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.