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It's Time for the 21st Century Tune-up

Times are changing...cars are changing. One of the biggest changes in today's automotive industry is the perception of a "tune-up." Ask 10 vehicle owners their definition of a tune-up and chances are there'll be 10 different answers. The classic "tune-up" was once the heart of the automotive business and contrary to some beliefs; today's modern vehicles still need tune-ups to keep them performing at the most efficient levels.

The tune-up was historically associated with the routine replacement of key ignition system parts like spark plugs and ignition points, along with some basic adjustments to help "tune" the engine. Mounting pressure for increased fuel economy and lower emissions drove the car manufacturers to adopt electronics and to do away with ignition points in the '70s, along with the carburetor in the middle '80s. This eliminated the need for the replacement and adjustment of a growing number of ignition and fuel system parts.

As the pace of technology quickened, the procedures required to perform a traditional tune-up changed dramatically. Highly sophisticated ignition and fuel systems are now the norm, using one or more onboard computers to control critical engine and transmission management functions. Things that were once handled mechanically are now controlled electronically through the widespread use of onboard computer technology.

Because vehicles have changed so much over the years, the Car Care Council has introduced the 21st Century Tune-up. This program is designed to help re-define and educate motorists as to what a tune-up should consist of on today's modern vehicles.

"There is a misconception that today's modern vehicles don't need tune-ups because they never break down, but that simply is not true," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "If you're at work and your computer goes down, you can't get any more work done. It's the same with your vehicle. If the vehicle isn't being properly maintained, you're not going to get where you want to go."

As part of the 21st Century Tune-up on today's modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected:

  • Battery, charging and starting
  • Engine mechanical
  • Powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks)
  • Fuel
  • Ignition
  • Emissions

Vehicle owners ask for tune-ups for a variety of reasons, including improving performance, maintaining reliability, planning a vacation, preparing for winter/summer or because they're giving the car to a friend or family member.

To help ensure good performance, fuel economy and emissions, the Car Care Council also recommends that motorists take the time necessary to become familiar with their vehicle from every aspect. Study the owner's manual to become thoroughly acquainted with the operation of all systems. Pay special attention to the indicator lights and instruments.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Mechanical failure—an inconvenience anytime it occurs--can be deadly in the winter. Preventive maintenance is a must. Besides, a well-maintained vehicle is more enjoyable to drive, lasts longer, and could command a higher resale price.

Some of the following tips can be performed by any do-it-yourselfer; others require the skilled hands of a professional auto technician.

  • Engine Performance - Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good repair shop. Cold weather makes existing problems worse. Replace dirty filters-air, fuel, etc.
  • Fuel - Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Note that a full gas tank helps keep moisture from forming.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual—more often (every 3,000 miles) if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips.
  • Cooling Systems - The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Windshield Wipers - Replace old blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent-you'll be surprised how much you use. Carry an ice-scraper.
  • Heater/Defroster - The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility. Newer models have a cabin air filter that should be replaced periodically. Check your owner's manual for the location and replacement interval.
  • Battery - The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Exhaust System - Your vehicle should be placed on a lift and the exhaust system examined for leaks. The trunk and floor boards should be inspected for small holes. Exhaust fumes can be deadly.
  • Tires - Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressures once a month. Check the tires when they are cold, before driving for any distance. Rotate as recommended. Don't forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.
  • Carry emergency gear: gloves, boots, blankets, flares, a small shovel, sand or kitty litter, tire chains, and a flash light. Put a few "high-energy" snacks in your glove box.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance. . . Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.

  • Air Conditioning - A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
  • Cooling System - The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
  • Oil - Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual-more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
  • Engine Performance - Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended-more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.
  • Windshield Wipers - A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Lights - Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.
  • Tires - Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.
  • Brakes - Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.
  • Battery - Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.
  • Emergencies - Carry some basic tools-ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Consider buying a cellular phone.

Keeping Your Vehicle in Tune with the Environment

Car care is definitely a win-win situation. Besides helping the environment, a properly maintained and operated vehicle will run more efficiently, will be safer, and will last longer-up to 50% longer, according to a survey of ASE-certified Master Auto Technicians. The following tips should put you on the road to environmentally conscious car care.

  • Keep your engine tuned. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30%. Follow the service schedules listed in your owner's manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended.
  • Check your tires for proper inflation. Under inflation wastes fuel-your engine has to work harder to push the vehicle. Wheels that are out-of-line (as evidenced by uneven tread wear or vehicle pulling) make the engine work harder, too. Properly maintained tires will last longer, meaning fewer scrap tires have to be disposed.
  • Keep your air conditioner in top condition and have it serviced only by a technician certified competent to handle/recycle refrigerants. Air conditioners contain CFCs-gases that have been implicated in the depletion of the ozone layer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost one third of the CFCs released into the atmosphere come from mobile air conditioners; some simply leaks out, but the majority escapes during service and repair-so it's important to choose a qualified technician.
  • Do-it-yourselfers: dispose of used motor oil, anti-freeze/coolant, tires, and old batteries properly. Many repair facilities accept these items. Or call your local municipal or county government for recycling sites. Never dump used oil or anti-freeze on the ground or in open streams.
  • Observe speed limits. Mileage decreases sharply above 55 mph.
  • Drive gently. Avoid sudden accelerations and jerky stop-and-go's. Use cruise-control on open highways to keep your speed as steady as possible.
  • Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family. Today's vehicles are designed to "warm up" fast, so forget about those five-minute warm ups on cold winter mornings.
  • Remove excess items from the vehicle. Less weight means better mileage. Store luggage/ cargo in the trunk rather than on the roof to reduce air drag.
  • Plan trips. Consolidate your daily errands to eliminate unnecessary driving. Try to travel when traffic is light to avoid stop-and-go conditions. Join a car pool.

Remember, how your car runs, how you drive it, and how its fluids, old parts, and tires are disposed of all have serious consequences on the environment.

What People Say About Us

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    , 07/09/2020

    Coolant leak in my BMW. They did a full pressure test to make sure everything was good. Radiator cap was the only thing bad. Very happy to have issue resolved for just the price of a cap. They took card of me without charging for labor. Will be back.

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    , 06/25/2020

    The work was excellent and fast. Like how professional the staff was. The lobby was clean and loved the 50's car shop mural on the wall. Pretty good prices for the work they offer.

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    , 06/14/2020

    Thank you Tony for the great job and quick turnaround time! Very pleased. A++

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    , 04/23/2020

    I took my 2002 Nissan Altima to a local tire shop for routine balance and rotation. At the tire shop they let me know that my tires were wearing out irregularly and they told me to check the alignment. They recommended Griffith Automotive and right away I made an appointment for the following week for an alignment. As soon as I arrived at Griffith Automotive Mark greeted me and told me that they would check the alignment and let me know what they found. The automotive experts found that my alignment was off because of the tie rod ends, they took me out to the shop and showed me exactly what the issue was. They also discovered that my struts would need to be replaced as soon as possible so that I would not have any alignment problems in the future. Mark gave me the estimate and it was very reasonable so I decided to have all the front end work done the following week. Sure enough my car was repaired in a timely manner and it rides like new again. I highly recommend Griffith Automotive to anyone who is looking for top notch automotive repair at a very reasonable price. I appreciate Mark's transparency and honesty. Griffith Automotive is the only place where I will get all my front end and suspension worked on. Thank you!

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    , 03/24/2020

    Quality work and highly recommended.

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    , 03/17/2020

    I met with Mark when my daughters car got broke into and the window and alarm system need his professional attention . I have been working with Mark and his team for 3 years now. I have been very happy with the service at griffith automotive .

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    , 03/11/2020

    Honest, Knowledgeable, Excellent!! Customer service is A+++. If there was a rating above 5 stars, I would give that! Last year another business recommended that I go to Griffith Automotive for an alignment. They aligned my car & it was excellently done. Last week, I had a quick oil change at a place near my apt. They had my oil change records, did a quick inspection & gave me a list of repairs. Because I was so positively impressed with Griffith Auto, I told them what the repair list said. They told me to bring my car in & they would give me a free inspection to make sure that my car needed that particular work & parts. They agreed that the timing belt needed replacing bc it was very old. My car had also been making a squeaking sound (maybe belts) & something felt loose under the hood. When Griffith Auto changed the timing belt, they noticed that the motor had old bolts thereby making the motor loose. Other parts & the belts needed tightened. I would've lost my engine & car. Griffith Automotive not only did an excellent job on replacing my car's timing belt, they also tightened the loose parts in my car at no additional charge. They were less expensive than the other quote and they told me I didn't need a couple of parts the oil change business had said I should get. Griffith Auto inspected & gave me a list of the work that would need to be done in the future (I have an older car), & let me know the order of importance of the maintenance I needed. I can definitely say that I will be having them service my car. They won me as a customer with their friendly & knowledgeable staff. They're honest & fair. They are very experienced & professional. They care about their customers. They guarantee their work & gave a lifetime warranty on the parts. I highly recommend Griffith Automotive Repair Service. They're worth more than 5 stars!!!

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    , 02/21/2020

    In my initial communication with Tony and Mark they were both very helpful and asked me to come by so they could have a better understanding of my needs. Mark was very quick to discover and present a far better option and far more cost effective that what I had previously encountered. Upon scheduling for completion of the install, I threw a wrench in the works with replacing my side mirrors and it turned out that the ones I provided needed all kinds of additional parts. Mark went the extra mile in getting what was need and making it happen! In addition they worked within some crazy conflicts on my schedule, got the job completed in the time line needed, did both jobs at a great price and did the job with a smile It was a pleasure doing business with you and you will be my "go to guys" for any automotive needs or questions. Thank you!

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    , 02/15/2020

    Just got my car fixed. My electronic throttle went out and I couldn't drive it safely. It was quick and they made sure to keep me in the loop as they went through it. It was all taken care of in one day. The rates were great and I couldn't be more impressed with the care they showed. I will definitely be back.

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    , 02/11/2020

    If you're looking for an honest place to get a great mechanic for your vehicle ,this is the place. Mark Griffith saved me lots of money and fixed my F150 the correct way, I will go back. Thanks Mark....Ramon Jones

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    , 01/17/2020

    Good place to go to get your car serviced. Thank you Tony for caring about your customers and taking care of their vehicles. It is very rare to find a shop that I can trust to do the job right and in a timely manner. It is also hard to find a place that will brake down the problems to you about your vehicle and is honest. Competitive pricing and affordable. Definitely have my business for future automotive needs. Thank you.

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    , 12/19/2019

    Really upfront, nice people. They explained to my satisfaction what was wrong with my transmission, gave me a fair price, I was in-and-out quick. I was referred there by a friend who recommended their services. Good shop! They're busy so you'll have to schedule things a few days in advance, but that's proof of their quality.

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    , 12/14/2019

    I had front end problems on my 2001 Dodge Ram pickup. The guys at Griffith diagnosed the problem, explained everything to me and expertly fixed it for a fair price. Everyone was competent and friendly. I enthusiastically recommend them for any automotive repair!!

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    , 12/14/2019

    I have a 2019 370Z that I lowered. The car looked great after I lowered it but being that I am not a professional mechanic and don't have the equipment to do the alignment, my alignment was horrible. I could have made a lot of adjustments myself to make it better but I was frustrated and out of time since this is the vehicle I use to get to work. The fact that I work on my cars gives me at the very least the knowledge to know when an automotive shop is being dishonest. I took it to another shop and the lies came rolling in. I then took it to Firestone and they wouldn't touch it because of the aftermarket parts that I put on the vehicle. I talked to Tony on the phone and he told me what the car needed in order to fix the alignment. I knew he was being honest because I knew what it was going to take to do the repairs I just didn't want to do them and didn't have the proper equipment. I also voiced some concerns that I had and asked him if he could check my work. They tightened one of the components to spec that I failed to tighten all of the way and adjusted the dust shield on my rotor so it would stop making the grinding noise. They told me that in order to have the suspension running properly they would have to adjust the camber arms and ride height. They gave me an honest quote and the amount of work they said they had to do matched the time (money) they said it would require them to get the suspension dialed in. I was also able to talk to the technicians and they were nice guys and willing to talk to me about my suspension and heard me out when I told them what I wanted. You can tell when people HATE their jobs. These guys must get treated well at Griffith automotive and it shows, they seem to be in a good mood and very helpful. I'm sure the owner knows this but Tony and the technicians are worth keeping around. These guys will make your business stay around for the long haul. Being that I'm a car guy I have dealt with many dishonest shops and mechanics. Tony's also carries himself like he loves his job, the guy has great communication skills and is definitely a people person. So if you want an honest shop with great honest employees this is the shop to go to for quality work. Your employees are what makes your shop what it is. Thank you Griffith auto.

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    , 12/05/2019

    Thanks Mark and to the Griffith Automotive team for everything you?ve done for me I won?t go anywhere else!

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    , 11/23/2019

    Excellent service, will be using them as my main automotive provider, definitely recommend!

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    , 11/20/2019

    Great shop with great attitudes and great atmosphere. I felt welcomed by the 3 employees I came into contact with. My truck needed an alignment and a steering stabilizer. They got me in and out and back on the road quickly. Very happy with the service I received. I highly recommend Griffith Automotive. You wont be disappointed. You'll be glad you did.

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    , 11/18/2019

    It is such a blessing to find an Automotive Company, with an owner who conducts his Profession, with an amazing amount of integrity!!! Mark Griffith and Crew, thank you all for the excellent, hard and efficient work that you do, to ensure 100% customer satisfaction!!!

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    , 10/23/2019

    Griffith Automotive is by far one of the finest mechanic shops I have been to in over 40 years. Their service, work, and ethics are unmatched. Excellent and great value from Tony and his top team! I have recommended them to anyone who needs car work, and will continue to do so...

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    , 10/12/2019

    Great work for all your automotive needs

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    , 10/09/2019

    By far the best shop I have ever been to! The staff are very professional and awesome to work with. I had complications with the engine I bought for my vehicle and they helped me every step of the way. Mark and Toni helped me with everything! They fought for me tooth and nail. They made sure my engine was covered under the warranty I had. Given all the things that I had going in my life, they handled everything. If I could give them more stars I would. I recommend them to my friends and family! They were more than fair when it came to price. There were some other issues with my truck and they addressed them to me and fixed them. Amazing shop! 10/10 stars! They went above all my expectations and standards!

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    I met Mark and Tony yesterday. I learned about this shop from Raul at Discount Tire Store. Tony explained how my car would be evaluated regarding the condition of all front suspension parts. That helped to determine if anything needed attention before doing an alignment. I was pleased that the owner Mark spent some time with me and I'm happy with the results. I will be back and I recommend them without hesitation.

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    Mark and Jeff are the best! They treat my truck like it was theirs. They always recommend the best solutions when needed and have the best prices in town. They treat you like family and they never suggest things that are not necessary like other auto shops. I highly recommend them.

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    Good shop. Resolved 4 wheel alignment issues that kept shredding tires. My vehicle was a difficult case, out of spec from factory. Now MPGs are up, road noise is down, and she doesn't feel out of control every time it rains.

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    Nice people. Very affordable prices. They really turned a bad situation into a good one for me. Would recommend them to everyone.

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    Mark is so knowledgeable. Got my brakes replaced and they replaced the brake fluid which badly needed to be. Highly recommend Griffith Automotive.

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    Nothing but the best customer service coming from this shop. My tire guy highly recommended Griffith Automotive and he was right to do so. Very professional, affordable and friendly. I will keep coming back and spread the word to friends and family.

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    Wow what service! I came to this place per recommendation from discount tire and so happy I did. Mark, the owner, was professional, friendly, and explained to me how often I should do tire rotation/alignment check etc. I was in and out in half an hour w/ appointment. Highly recommend using this garage for any of your needs!! I'll be back.

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    Mark and his employees are professional, courteous, and very helpful. This is my second visit and I have been very happy both times. They don't try to sell you anything you don't need. They do great work at a great rate. I will be coming back and referring my friends. If you need a place to get you vehicle serviced I highly recommend Griffith Automotive. You will not be disappointed.

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    I'm amazed, thankful and grateful to Mark and all his team! I'm totally pleased with the customer service and quality work on my vehicle. You guys are awesome!! I feel so blessed. I can guarantee I'll highly recommend your business to friend's and family. Blessings to you all. Thank you again.

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    In today's world its so hard to find an automotive place you can trust. This is my third time here and not only does Mark know his customers, but also worked with my schedule to accommodate me. Their is a genuine family owned feeling with Griffith Automotive and it feels safe to have a place I can trust. There is also an awesome and comfortable waiting room!! Thank you for the excellent treatment!!

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    These guys are great! Excellent work with reasonable prices! My husband says he will never take our car to anybody else. We found our mechanics for life!

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