Tip & How-To about BMW X3

How to tune up your car.

  1. Replace the fuel filter. If you have a fuel-injection system, regular cleaning isn't necessary unless the injectors are clogged.Change the spark plugs (unless they're platinum, in which case you have 30,000 more miles to go). Also examine 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.the distributor cap and rotor if your car has them (some newer models with distributorless ignition don't).Change the points and condenser if you have an older car (roughly 1978 or older) that doesn't feature electronic ignition. You'll actually want your points changed, or at least adjusted, every six months or so (if they're changed, check the ignition timing as well).Check the ignition timing and adjust as needed (rare for a car with electronic ignition--post-1980--and some cars don't allow this at all).Adjust the valves as needed (unless your car has hydraulic valves). Be sure to replace the valve-cover gasket as well, especially if you see oil on top of your engine.Check the belts. Replace if worn.Check the fluids under the hood and replenish as necessary. Change the oil and oil filter if it's been 3,000 miles since the last oil change.Replace the air filter, which should be changed between major services--every 15,000 miles--as well.Adjust the clutch, if you have a manual transmission (although some cars now sport self-adjusting clutches).Service the battery, adding distilled water (if required), cleaning terminals and cable ends.Replace the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve. It can make your car run rough or stall if it gets clogged, and it's cheap and easy to replace.

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what parts do I need for a tine up on a 2003 Nissan Altima?


  • Plugs - every two years for the single fire plugs up to 90,000 miles for the split fires etc.
  • Wires - every two years on up depending on quality of wires.
  • fuel filter - every 15,000 miles or so.
  • air filter - as needed but every 10,000 miles or so.
  • antifreeze flush - 30,000 miles for green, 75,000 for organic (Dex-Cool style)
  • transmission fluid flush - every 40,000 miles.
  • transmission gasket and filter change - every 100,000 miles.
  • timing belt - every 100,000 miles.
  • Rotate the tires every 6,000 miles or so.

Regards, Tony

Jun 07, 2011 | 2003 Nissan Altima

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What is needed for a tune up?


Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. For a tune up, you would need to change spark plugs, coils, distributor cap, coil pack, and wires. You would change the air filter and the fuel filter also. Change your pcv valve as well. You can also change all your fluids and filters, such as oil, coolant fluid, and transmission fluid.

Apr 25, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet Blazer

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old '87 ranger been sitting in folks yard few years. fires up fine, but spits and sputters going down the road


Old fuel in tank, fuel filter clogged, plugged/clogged carb. or fuel injectors.

1. Drain fuel from tank and replace with new fuel with SeaFoam or Lucas

2. Repace fuel filter

3. With engine running at a high idle and air cleaner off, spray or pour carb/fuel injection cleaner into carb/fuel injectors.

If problems persist, check plug wires for cracks and/or breaks. Pull spark plugs checking for fouling.

Apr 09, 2011 | 1987 Ford Ranger

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