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How often do i need to get a tune up and what parts do i need to buy for the tune up?

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For exact information, purchase the manual for your Somona at any auto parts store ($30). Once you buy this invaluable book, you will forever purchase the books for every car you will ever own.... seriously ... Find an "open" one at the auto store and thumb through it... you won't put it down.

By the way, for your Somona,
The book says:
Sparkplug replacement is at 100,000 miles (yes, one hundred thousand miles).
Sparkplug wires - inspect every 30,000 (means they don't necessarily need to be changed every 30,000 miles)
Air cleaner (filter) - replace every 30,000 miles (not 3,000 miles)
PCV Valve - replace every 30,000 miles
...get the book....

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YOU NEED A REPAIR MANUAL WITH SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE INTERVALS.BECAUSE FROM 7500 MILES TO 97500 IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT NEED TO BE REPLACED AND WHAT NEED TO BE SERVICE OR INSPECT.MOST OF THE CARS FROM 1999 TO 2009.HAS 100000 MILES SPARK PLUGS + COOLANT.

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All depends on how you drive were you drive what the vehicle is used for and manufacture recomendations.a basic tune up would need spark plugs,drive belts,battery service,cooling system service, brake & suspension system check/service pcv valve replacement fuel filter replacement, fuel system service,air filter replacement

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Most spark plugs need to be changed at about 30,000 miles or 3 years. Most cap and rotors should be checked at least once a year to make sure the internal tabs are not corroded. Wires should be changed at about the same time as the plugs to make sure you are getting good spark to the plugs.

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Once or twice a year is good for an actual tune up which is new fuel filter, plugs, plug wires, & antifreeze.
About every other year, you should replace tranny fluid and filter. Not bad idea to have coolant and tranny flushed every 2-3 years too.

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