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PA GE 19 Say what... Digital Magazine • Issue 33 • September 2016 • • http://say what.nz on ThE road again... 6 Signs Your Vehicle Needs a Tune-Up 1. Warning lights Those little indicators on your dashboard that light up when starting the car and sometimes stay illuminated are there for a reason - to indicate a problem or potential problem with a vehicle system or component. Pay attention to these indicator lights, and when they illuminate, get them diagnosed at your earliest opportunity. 2. Stalling If your vehicle suddenly begins stalling at intersections, when you try to accelerate, or at other times, not only is this a warning sign of trouble lurking but it also can put you in a dangerous situation. Engines are designed to deliver reliable performance, particularly when you need it most, such as merging onto a highway. 3. Hard starting You're allowed to be a little sluggish first thing in the morning. Your vehicle isn't. If it won't start when you need it to, if it takes several turns of the key before it does start, or if it starts but won't stay running, you've got a problem. 4. Poor fuel mileage If you feel like you are filling the gas tank more frequently even though you're driving the same distance, your vehicle might be experiencing a reduction in fuel mileage. You're getting fewer miles out of a tank of gas, and you need to find out why. A sudden decrease in fuel mileage indicates the vehicle isn't operating as efficiently as it should. 5. Sluggish acceleration or a loss of power This can be a dangerous problem. Sometimes you have a need for speed and power, such as when merging onto a motorway, passing another vehicle or towing a trailer. When power you've come to rely on suddenly isn't there, it can cause a sticky situation. If you do notice a reduction in power, get it checked to determine the cause. 6. Engine Vibration The sudden appearance of a vibration that isn't caused by rough road conditions is a red flag. You might only feel it at a certain speed or when stationary. it may seem to go throughout the whole vehicle. It could indicate a variety of problems in the engine. Your car needs regular oil changes, we all know that, but when does it need a tune-up? A tune-up is a major service that includes an oil change, replacement of an engine air filter, spark plugs and possibly a few additional items. A tune-up is not a solution for all car problems, but rather a preventative maintenance for your engine. However, if your car starts to show any of these symptoms, it's time for a tune-up.