Independent Motors has performed thousands of Tune-Ups and manufacturer’s recommended maintenances in Boulder since 1983.
Call Independent Motors at 303-449-8949 to schedule your next recommended maintenance appointment.
Today, the term ‘Tune-Up’ often refers to your vehicle’s recommended regular maintenance schedule. The use of the word ‘Tune-Ups’ is a throwback to the past when cars had parts such as spark plugs, points, condensers, distributor caps and rotors that routinely needed to be replaced every 12,500 to 15,000 miles.
Typically, when one or more of these parts failed it caused a noticeable running problem. This is rarely the case anymore because, with the exception of spark plugs which last 30,000 to 120,000 miles, most modern vehicles no longer have these parts.
Instead of Tune-Ups, vehicle manufacturers now recommend regular Maintenance Services at specific mile/time intervals that address the life span of parts needed to be replaced. Keeping up on the manufacturer’s maintenance services helps keep your vehicle running well and prevents future issues from arising. Whether you need regular maintenance or have a running problem with your vehicle, it makes sense to have only very experienced technicians perform these services.
At Independent Motors, your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance are only performed by our ASE certified automobile technicians who have over 75 combined years of experience. After 38 years in business, we know what the best quality parts are for the least amount of money for your specific make and model.
A: Like always, it’s best to describe the symptom to your repair shop and not self-diagnose it by saying “I need a tune-up”. Lack of keeping up on the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance or a worn or failed part can be one of the many causes of the problem. It’s best to have a highly experienced auto technician properly diagnose the symptom(s).
A: Yes. The lubricating properties used in oil have vastly improved over the last 30 years so that it doesn’t break down as quickly. But oil still gets contaminated by engine wear, unburned fuel and exhaust fumes and it’s the filter’s job to keep it clean.
A: Back in the 80s many vehicles stopped using timing chains and went to belts. Unlike steel chains that were supposed to last the life of the vehicle, the rubber and fiberglass belts recommended replacement interval was every 60,000 miles. Modern vehicles’ timing belts can now last up to 120,000. In addition, many vehicles have gone back to using chains again. When a timing belt breaks it can cause a lot of engine damage, so it’s important to keep up on the recommended replacement interval.
A: No, they don’t. Some manufacturers use different levels of services for their intervals, so it’s important to find out exactly what is included in the service.
Call Independent Motors at 303-449-8949 for the best in tune-up and regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance services near you.
We do Tune-Ups for Boulder County, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Niwot and Nederland, Colorado.