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Regular tune-ups are essential for vehicle maintenance. Your car parts need to be checked, flushed, repaired or replaced to keep your car, truck, van or SUV running efficiently and safely. Regular maintenance can add years to your vehicle and can save you thousands of dollars in costly, and potentially unnecessary, repairs down the road. So when you need an auto tune-up, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. One of our ASE-certified mechanics will inspect your vehicle to ensure a safe drive home.

ASE and AAA Approved Auto Tune-Up Shop

12th Street Auto Care Center is proud to be ASE and AAA certified. That means our mechanics have passed nationally recognized tests to inspect, repair or replace the different systems in your car, truck, van or SUV. You can trust our technicians to check every part of your vehicle when you come in for tune-ups. When you’re having any vehicle troubles, stop by our local Sioux Falls, SD auto repair shop. Trust 12th Street Auto Care Center to provide friendly service and product satisfaction.

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What You Should Know About Tune-Ups

It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a van, truck, car, SUV, golf cart, race car, motorized bicycle or a diesel truck — all vehicles need regular tune-ups. This means you’re getting fluids flushed and topped off, systems are getting inspected, oil is being changed and more. If you don’t know how to thoroughly inspect your car, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. One of our certified mechanics will take care of your vehicle and get you safely back on the road.

DIY Maintenance

Whether you’re a novice or DIY professional, there are many ways you can maintain your vehicle from home. If you’re not sure what that entails, consider the following.

  • Change filters
  • Check oil – top off if necessary
  • Inspect tires – add air if necessary
  • Inspect battery and battery housing
  • Top off coolant and windshield wiper fluids
  • Visually inspect belts and hoses
  • Check blinkers, headlights, brake lights, reverse lights and fog lights
  • Inspect/change windshield wipers
  • Inspect radiator
  • Drive with windows down and no music to listen for unusual sounds

Topping off fluids is easy, but you need equipment if you want to flush any fluids, change out belts and hoses, change tires or repair broken parts. You also need to dispose of certain fluids in special ways/places, per the law. If you have the tools and know how to use them, great! But if you’re not sure, call 12th Street Auto Care Center for help. Our knowledgeable technicians have top-of-the-line equipment to make your tune-up fast and pain free.

Professional Maintenance

Maintaining your vehicle doesn’t take a lot of training, but there are a few maintenance steps only professionals can handle. While you may be able to replace worn spark plugs or windshield wipers with ease, replacing engine pieces or an entire radiator takes time and special equipment. When you notice a cracked muffler, overheating radiator, unusual pulls to the side when driving or hear strange sounds, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. We’ll inspect your vehicle and offer affordable repairs, maintenance or replacement options.

Signs You Need a Tune-Up

There are many reasons you should get regular tune-ups for your vehicle. Your mechanic may find worn parts that can lead to serious and expensive fixes down the road, there may be a part that already needs replacement, or you could be running on fumes. Stay safe and always call 12th Street Auto Care Center when you notice something is wrong with your car, truck, van or SUV. Even if you recently had a tune-up, you may notice a new symptom. In the event of any strange changes, give us a call right away. Here are a few ways your car warns that it needs a tune-ups by an ASE-certified mechanic.

  • Haven’t had a tune-up in the last 10,000 miles (pre-1970s)
  • Haven’t had a tune-up in the last 30,000-50,000 miles (newer vehicles)
  • Check Engine light appears
  • Air conditioner stops working
  • Hoses are cracking/leaking
  • Strong vibrations while driving
  • Low oil pressure
  • Any warning lights appear on the dashboard
  • Rattling sounds
  • Engine overheats/gets hotter than normal
  • Engine misfires
  • Balding or squealing tires
  • Squealing from under hood
  • Wheel pulls to left or right when driving straight
  • Burning or strong oil smell

These are just a few symptoms of bad, worn or damaged parts. If you notice any of these signs, call 12th Street Auto Care Center right away. One of our trained professionals will inspect your vehicle and offer repair or replacement solutions. Remember, when your vehicle starts behaving abnormally, you can turn to 12th Street Auto Care Center for a painless experience. Our trained technicians are happy to check your car and offer the affordable repairs or replacements it needs.

Napa Service Assistant

You don’t have to be an expert to know that preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Use our interactive vehicle tool to learn about the maintenance and services your NAPA AutoCare Center can provide.

Napa Interactive Maintenance Tool