Your car should receive a tune-up (often referred to as a "major
service") every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.
During this tune-up your car will receive some new parts that will
hopefully keep it out of the shop for a while. Here's a few areas
you can expect attention:
● Replacement of the fuel filter.
● Changing of the spark plugs
(unless they're platinum, in which case you have 30,000 more miles
to go). Also examination of the spark plug wires and replace as
needed. A new set of high-quality wires is worth the cost. They may
be permanently attached to the distributor cap, so it will have to
be changed as well.
● Check the belts. Replace if worn.
Most cars today use a
single serpentine belt in place of individual belts to drive all
● Check the fluids under the hood
and replenish as necessary. Change the engine oil and oil filter if
it's been 3,500 miles since the last oil change. Other fluids to
check include: Automatic Transmission Fluid, Brake Fluid, Coolant
(Anti-freeze), and Power Steering Fluid.
Replace the air filter, which should be changed between major
services--every 15,000 miles--as well.