Tune Ups

Tune-ups are essential in helping your car perform at the highest level possible. Following a quality service call, your engine runs better, your vehicle’s power improves, and you’ll notice a difference in fuel economy as well.

At Ethan’s Honest Automotive, we’ll take a look at your engine and put in any new parts that are necessary to keep your vehicle running in the best possible condition. Our service department is second to none, and we are happy to answer any questions that you might have about this process. We’ll work with you to ensure that your car is safe and runs well while on the road.

When Is It Time For A Tune-Up?

You may need a tune-up if you are no longer getting as many miles to the gallon as you did before. In addition, if you notice that your car is not as powerful as it once was, that your engine starts to stall or that your engine makes an unusual noise during acceleration, speak to a mechanic as soon as possible. In addition, if the check engine light comes on in your car, a tune-up is likely necessary.

What Is Involved In A Tune-Up Service?

Not every auto shop handles tune-ups the same way, which is why it is a good idea to call first and find out what type of maintenance will be performed on your vehicle. In general, you can expect the following:

  • Engine Inspection
  • Spark Plug Replacement
  • Air and Fuel Filter Replacement

Other services may be performed as well, depending on what your car needs. Make sure to talk over any issues you have noticed with the mechanic so that the automobile is properly checked out.

Why Are Tune-Ups Important?

There are several reasons why you want to have your car maintained on a regular basis. First, regular tune-ups help you avoid breaking down when you are out on the road. There are so many reasons that your car could stop working, and getting your car maintained on a schedule makes it less likely that you will have a problem. In addition, Utah certainly has its share of inclement weather. Your vehicle is more likely to get into an accident if there are issues with your brakes or tires. Getting them checked out during a tune-up can help you stay safe.

Car repairs can be very expensive. If you try and take care of issues before they become significant problems, you can save a lot of money. In part, that is what a tune-up is designed to do for your car. When your engine is having issues, the rest of your car could be affected as well. You extend the life of your car when you have regular maintenance performed on your vehicle.

Getting tune-ups on a regular basis shows that you are committed to extending the life of your car. Ultimately, taking this step means that you’ll save money in the long run. Our mechanics are always available to answer any questions that you might have. Give us a call today to talk through your options!

FAQs About Tune-ups

Yes, a tune up can make your vehicle more efficient. It should increase your fuel economy and ensure your vehicle starts correctly. Make sure to bring your vehicle into Ethan’s for regular tune ups.


Always follow your manufacturer’s recommended schedule for specific types of maintenance. For example, you should have your spark plugs replaced every 20,000-40,000 miles. Outside of scheduled maintenance tasks, you should consider bringing an older vehicle in for a tune up every 10,000-12,000 miles. If you have a vehicle from the last 30-40 years, though, you should only need a tune up every 100,000 or so, or if you notice the signs listed above. 

Bringing your vehicle to Ethan’s on a regular schedule is a great way to avoid needing a tune up. But, sometimes things happen. Perhaps you had to miss an appointment, or your vehicle is not running as well as it should. In those cases, a tune up may be necessary. Ask for a tune up if you notice the following signs. 

  • Less fuel efficiency 
  • Stalling engine
  • Problems starting the vehicle
  • Black or bad-smelling exhaust 
  • Check Engine light on

As mentioned in the last fact, what goes into a tune up has changed significantly over the last hundred years. The term has been around since the beginning of the automobile age. For fifty years or more it referred to the process of “tuning” the ignition and fueling systems. A mechanic has to make sure that the points ignition time and dwell were in sync. Tuning the carburetor was similarly important to the tune up process. In this era, vehicles would regularly go out of tune without warning and not on a set schedule. 

Since the rise of computer-governed engines, the need for a traditional tune up has subsided. Today tune ups involve much of the maintenance that would fall under the heading of scheduled maintenance. However, that does not mean that the tune up is obsolete. Your mechanic can still help your engine run optimally by replace spark plugs, running engine diagnostics, etc. It is only the tasks that have fallen under the heading, tune up, that has changed.

Tune up is a term with a long history in the automobile industry. We discuss the history of the tune in the next fact. Here let’s discuss the modern tune. 

At Ethan’s Honest Automotive, our tune ups involve ensures your engine, and the vehicle runs optimally. We do this by inspecting your engine, replacing spark plugs, and replacing the air and fuel filters. Many of the tasks that make up a tune up can also be considered part of scheduled maintenance. However, tune ups do not need to occur on a set schedule. Instead, if you notice that your vehicle is not running well or just want a quick check-in, bring it to Ethan’s for a tune up.

Other services provided by Ethan's include:

Windshield Wipers/Washer Fluid
Wheel Bearings
Differential Services
Coolant Flushes
Tune Ups
Timing Belts
Ball Joints
4-Wheel Drive
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