The tune up process will differ by the car’s age, make, model and mileage. A tune up usually involves an air filter replacement, a computer diagnostics check, a check of the spark plugs, wires, fuel filter and other basic engine components.
Average Tune Up Costs
Prices will generally start between $40-$150 for a minimal tune up, which includes replacing spark plugs. A more intensive tune up will run between $200-$800, most likely including a replacement of the distributor cap, spark plugs and wires, rotor, fuel filter, PVC valve and air filter. This tune up will also come with a computer diagnosis of the ignition, emission system, fuel, as well as an adjustment of the timing, dwell and fuel mixture.
Total costs will depend on the parts needed and hourly labor rate. Hourly rates typically run between $40-$150. Older vehicles with 90,000-120,000 miles may cost between $500-$1,200 or more for a tune up.
Here are some typical tune up prices:
- Minimal Tune Up: $40-$150.
- Standard Tune Up: $200-$800.
- Major Tune Up: $500-$1,200.
- Average Tune Up Range: $200-$800.
What Does A Tune Up Include?
First, take a look your owner’s manual for the year, make and model of the vehicle to see what maintenance is required. Each and every vehicle has a schedule of suggested and required maintenance needs, which is based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. A typical tune takes 2-4 hours to complete.
Many of today’s vehicles use platinum spark plugs, lasting between 30,000-100,000 miles. This means they will not need to be replaced during each tune up. Some newer vehicles have an electronic ignition system rather than a distributor. There are a few signs that you may need a tune up soon. These signs include a stalling engine, engine knocking or a check engine light that stays on. Most repair shops will perform a diagnostics test to determine whether or not a tune up is needed.
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