All car models are subject to engine wear and tear with time and use. This is why an occasional engine tune-up is essential. Learn the fundamentals of an engine tune-up, what the process entails, and how it benefits your vehicle.

What Goes into an Engine Tune-Up?

A tune-up is performed to detect wear and tear and replace or repair parts that show signs of breaking down. Tune-ups are also commonplace for other major components like the transmission, suspension, and wheels.

With an engine tune-up, a certified technician will usually perform the following:

  • Oil change or a more comprehensive oil flush
  • Inspect the spark plug and associating coils
  • Clean or replace the engine air and fuel filter
  • Clean the fuel system and throttle body
  • Inspect the PCV valve and distributor cap

Engine Tune-Up Interval

Whether you operate the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Alfa Romeo Giulia, we recommend an engine tune-up every 30,000 to 45,000 miles.

However, you should consider a tune-up sooner if you notice signs associated with poor engine performance, such as a decrease in mileage or lag in acceleration. Engine knocking and misfires may also warrant a tune-up.

Do Modern Cars Need a Tune-Up?

There’s a widespread belief that engine tune-ups are only necessary for older cars. While it’s true older vehicles require more frequent tune-ups, modern cars still need a tune-up occasionally.

In contemporary vehicles, tune-ups also include a checkup and calibration of the vehicle’s electrical control unit, which regulates much of the engine performance.

Schedule an engine tune-up at Alfa Romeo of St. Petersburg. This ensures engine anomalies are detected and addressed early on. This could save you the headache of a cost-prohibitive repair or rebuild down the road.