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A simple tune up in the old days...

Long ago, starting a car demanded a lot more than turning a key; it required elbow grease. Thanks to computer technology, the cars of today are light years ahead in sophistication and progress. In fact, many vehicles now start at just the touch of a button. With this new advancement of computer technology in cars comes complication -- and federal regulation to protect air quality.

The Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations require that your car is supplied with electronic engine control systems to decrease carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

Computerized engine repair and analysis is the new way...

Engine components that were once simple are now being replaced with advanced control systems. Spark plug and filter replacements are still necessary. You also need a computerized analysis of your car's computerized control center. Today, the inspection your car must pass is more difficult. Now more than ever, you need a factory-trained expert technician.

How your vehicle's computerized control center works:

A combination of sensors and switches track and transfer the operating conditions of your engine into electrical signals, and the computer in your car receives this data. Based on the gathered information that has been coded by the computer, computerized commands are sent to three systems: 1) ignition, 2) fuel, and 3) emission control.

Does your car need engine repair, or is it just a damaged sensor?

Perhaps you have already seen your "check engine" light turn on. This means the computer in your car has detected an issue. That same light is a hint for our expert technicians to look at which commands have been triggered -- and then check the state of your sensors and engine control computer. This is how our technicians are able to determine if your vehicle's performance is a result of a real issue, or just a defected sensor or computer glitch.

Seven key sensory components:

  • Mass airflow sensor
  • Throttle position sensor
  • Manifold absolute pressure sensor
  • Coolant temperature sensor
  • Exhaust oxygen sensor
  • Crankshaft position sensor
  • Camshaft position sensor

Rebuilt engine replacement may be the way to go...

Needing to replace an engine doesn't mean you need to purchase a new car. Consider a rebuilt engine. Rebuilt engines increase your gas mileage and produce fewer pollutants than car engines that are worn out. With incomparable reliability and a great warranty, an engine rebuilt by Car-X Tire & Auto is a smart investment.

Regular tune-ups are still required by the manufacturer...

There used to be a time where cars had many moving parts like points, rotors, caps, and plugs, that contained arcs that would wear away metal and needed to be replaced frequently. Today, these parts are all electronic with some vehicles using more electronics than others. Replacing the plugs about every 50,000 miles is what is required, but we highly recommend getting your vehicle diagnosed.

Modern diagnostic scanners are able to pinpoint the faults in your ignition, fuel, and other systems so you will only need to replace the parts that are extremely worn out. Past ideology suggested replacing parts until the malfunctioning part was removed from the car.

Now, tune-ups are needed periodically according to the recommendations of the manufacturer to confirm a vehicle operates like it should. Modern vehicles require minimal tune-ups over the course of around a t0-year lifespan.

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