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4 Signs Your Car Needs an Engine Tune-Up

The engine is arguably the most important part of your vehicle. It is made up of many complex systems all working together to get you from point A to point B. Due to the engine's complexity, however, any number of things can go wrong, severely impacting your vehicle's performance. If your car feels sluggish or just not up to spec, chances are you need an engine tune-up. Keep reading to discover what a tune-up is and the telltale signs that your vehicle needs one.

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What is Engine Tune-Up?

"Tune-up" is a blanket term that refers to a wide range of maintenance services. At Custom Complete Automotive, our tune-up service includes a comprehensive look at multiple engine elements designed to keep your car running in tip-top shape. From spark plugs to air filters, and all points in between, we ensure the continued performance of your vehicle.

Signs that Your Vehicle is in Need of an Engine Tune-Up

There's a lot that can go wrong with your vehicle. Below is a brief cross section of some of the more common signs of trouble that can easily be addressed via tune-up.

1. Stalling

If your engine starts and then stops unexpectedly, it can be a sign of bigger trouble down the road. Stalling is rare in modern-day vehicles. If you do experience stalling, however, it implies a problem with the spark plugs, or buildup of engine byproducts elsewhere in the system.

2. Difficulty Starting the Engine

What if your engine has problems turning over when you turn on the ignition? The problem could have any number of root causes including bad spark plugs, dirty air filters, or debris buildup. A comprehensive tune-up covers every base, getting you back on the road in no time.

3. Unusual Noises

There's a certain sense of familiarity when driving your own vehicle. If you hear a strange or unexpected noise, however, it may be a sign of a developing problem. An engine tune-up can help uncover the cause.

4. Reduced Gas Mileage

While your car's gas mileage will vary depending on the weather outside and your driving habits, you know when something seems off. If you suddenly experience a pronounced drop in MPG, a quick tune-up can radically reduce your vehicle's gas consumption.

Contact Our Engine Experts for a Tune-Up

At Custom Complete Automotive, we strive to keep your car in excellent condition. To learn more about our engine tune-up services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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