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The concept of the "tune up" has changed a lot over the last forty years or so with the placement of computers in cars.The tune up of today involves changing your spark plugs,changing your spark plug wires,air filter, fuel filter,and doing an oil change.You might also be able to change your cap and rotor(if so equipped on your model).Start by picking up a manual on your vehicle and getting to know your local auto supply store.Over the years I have found them to be a great resource.You will also need to get a good set of tools,if you don't have a set already. You might even want to take a basic course on car repair if this starts to grab you.Good luck,and I hope you have fun.

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