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ITS TIME FOR 21st CENTURY TUNE UPS
Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. 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.
The tune-up was historically associated with the routine replacement of key ignition system parts like spark plugs and ignition points, along with some basic adjustments to help "tune" the engine. Mounting pressure for increased fuel economy and lower emissions drove the car manufacturers to adopt electronics and to do away with ignition points in the '70s, along with the carburetor in the middle '80s. This eliminated the need for the replacement and adjustment of a growing number of ignition and fuel system parts.
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 widespread use of onboard
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