What are the signs and symptoms that might make you think your vehicle needs a tune-up? A misfiring engine (when spark plugs ignite at the wrong time) could be caused by worn or fouled spark plugs. Bad spark plugs can also cause low fuel economy, hard starting and sluggish acceleration. Most plugs, though, should last 100,000 miles or more, and engine computers do a remarkable job of compensating for worn plugs, so that might not be the main or only culprit.
You rely on your car's battery to start your car every time you turn the key. Whether you are driving to work or just hitting the road for a day of fun, you need to know that your battery is up to the job. Unfortunately, batteries don't last forever, and even new car batteries will eventually need to be replaced. How long should the battery in your vehicle last? The answer isn't always straightforward, and in many cases, it isn't as long as drivers think it should be.
The charging system will normally consist of two major components: An Alternator which actually supplies the necessary electrical current in order to charge the battery, and a Voltage Regulator. The latter insures that the system does not overcharge the battery, and that the correct system voltage is maintained. Most vehicles produced within the last 20-30 years use a voltage regulator which is an integral part of the alternator itself. This article assumes that your vehicle uses this type of alternator.
Engine analyzer - This vehicle diagnostic tool is absolutely essential in any car repair shop. It is used to test important aspects of any engine like primary and secondary ignition timing, carburetor integrity, soundness of the battery charging system, emission levels, efficiency of the fuel system etc. The engine analyzer is also called a scope and is very useful in subsequent tuning procedures after a complete overhaul.