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One of the best ways to make sure your car lasts a long time is to keep good spark plugs in your engine. This does a couple of things for you and you’ll see the results in your pocketbook:
- Good, clean spark plugs will keep the engine running more efficiently, increasing your gas mileage, and
- good spark plugs keep the engine running more efficiently, increasing the life of your car, which keeps you out of the dealership!
How often should you change your plugs? Well, that’s a bit more complicated. This table will help:
- GM vehicles made after 2000 usually have double platinum plugs that last for 100K miles
- copper plugs should be replaced every 30K miles
- single platinum plugs should be replaced every 50K miles.
If you haven’t replaced your plugs in the last three years, then we should probably take a look at them for you. We’re even offering a tune-up special!
Four cylinder engines; tuneups are only $59.99 plus plugs. Six or eight cylinder engines require additional costs.
—John Cannon, owner of My Car Doc
If you went to the doctor and he gave you a horrible, crippling, disheartening diagnosis, you’d want a second opinion before starting an invansive and expensive treatment, right?
So why not your car?
When a mechanic tells you that it’s going to cost hundreds on a repair, it never hurts to get a second opinion. A good mechanic doesn’t have anything to hide. He might balk at you going somewhere else because chances are, that second mechanic will confirm his diagnosis and try to beat his price to steal the job. However, there’s always the chance that the second mechanic will find that a costly repair is not in order and that the repair can be done much less expensively.
A second opinion….it’s not just for people docs any more.
This has been another Auto 101 tip from My Car Doc.
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