Why Does The Cost Of A Tune Up Vary So Much?

Read the newspaper and chances are you’ll find a special on Tune-Ups. That price may differ from what you’re used to paying. So are you paying too much, or is something wrong with the less expensive Tune-Up?


For the most part, consumers recognize tune-ups as a maintenance service performed by a service dealer to maintain the optimum performance of a vehicle. In the past it was fairly straight foward, change the plugs, clean the points, and inspect the cap and rotor. Today’s vehicles, with increased sophistication also present hightened complexity. The end result is the dynamics of a Tune-Up are changing.


This is why today, all Tune-Ups are not created equal, and the price you pay will reflect the type of Tune-Up your vehicle is recieving.


Understanding the different types of Tune-Ups will go a long way towards helping you appreciate the level of service that is being provided.

Performance Tune Up

A performance tune-up is the most complete and beneficial service for your car. Instead of starting off with a set of presumptions about your vehicle, Lube Masters Automotive will ask you questions about how it drives, what is it doing that is different from before, and most importantly what was the main symptom of your car’s performance that brought you to Lube Masters Automotive to begin with. This allows us to service your vehicle in the proper manner. It normally includes:

a detailed quiestionnaire or sevey on your vehicle

a test drive to replicate the symptoms encountered

a complete dianostic check-up

the replacement or maintenance of any sub-par items on your vehicle identified in the diagnostic check-up.

Major Tune Up

A major tune-up usually involves a more thorough maintenance of the vehicle. This is done to maximize the vehicle’s performance and efficiency. The result of a major tune-up is an increased longevity of the vehicle. It normally includes:

replacing the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, distributor rotor, oxygen sensor, fuel filter, air filter

inspecting the fuel system, emission system, and ignition system completely

adjusting the dwell, timing, fuel mixture to OE specs

Basic Tune-up

A basic tune-up usually involves the regular interval maintenance as specified by the original manufacturer. It normally includes:

replacing the spark plugs and fuel filter

inspecting the spark plug wires, distributor cap, distributor rotor, and air filter

checking the dwell and timing

Oil Change In North Hollywood

We recommend an oil change and maintenance check every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. A full-service oil change from your Valvoline Instant Oil Change center includes up to 5 quarts of ValvolineĀ® Oil, a new Valvoline oil filter, and vehicle lubrication of chassis components according to manufacturer’s specifications. Some vehicles do not require chassis lubrication.