My car needs a Tune Up?

Thursday, 06 October 2016 by

My car needs a tune up! True __ False X

My check engine light is on.
They told me my car needed a tune up. True __ False X

My car is not running right.
Maybe a tune up will fix it. True __ False X

Back in 1981, when Tune Rite Auto opened its doors, our name was clearly referring to a well performed tune- up. Today, Tune Rite Auto is still alive and well, but the traditional Tune-Up, sadly, (I would say happily), died in the late 80’s to very early 90’s. There is nothing to tune –up in a car¬. That task was given to more precise and efficient hands. A computer! No more adjusting timing, points, dwell angle, fuel mixtures or idle speed. As car manufacturers discover glitches in their systems, they release software upgrades the same way they do to our personal computers, cell phones and other electronic devices. That perhaps is the modern tune-up.

Still one of the most frequent quotes I am asked for is “How much do you charge for a tune-up? We, like any other honest and reputable shop should do, answer with another question. “Why do you want a tune-up?”

Some other facilities will try to sell you things that won’t fix your problem.So you asked and paid for a tune-up and either left with the same problem or spent more money to get it fixed.

Like everything in normal life identifying a problem comes first and the solution after.

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Manual gearboxes are no longer make much rational sense for sports car makers. Dual-clutch automatic transmissions, or even well-sorted conventional automatics, can shift gears quicker and return better fuel economy. And as driver-assistance systems get closer to full autonomy, cars so equipped will increasingly need to also exercise control over ratio selection. Hence the depressing trend of the declining number of stick-equipped sports cars.


By: Mike Duff

That’s not going to be the case at Porsche, however, with the company acknowledging that manual gearboxes still have an emotional appeal that far outweighs their technical limitations. Erhard Mössle, Porsche’s engineering boss for the 911 Turbo, Carrera 4, and Targa, was happy to reassure us that we’ll be seeing manual-equipped 911s for the foreseeable future.

“It’s a unique selling proposition for Porsche to have a manual in the 911 range, and I think we will fight for that as long as possible,” he told us. “Even if it’s only 10 percent of the market, it’s important for some customers and for some markets, especially the U.S., to have that kind of gearbox.”

At the moment 85 percent of Porsche’s global 911 production comes equipped with the PDK automatic, although that figure is trending downward of late. But Mössle insists that, for as long as any sizable number of 911 customers want to buy a stick-equipped 911, the company will continue to offer one, a commitment that seemingly extends to Porsche’s other sports car offerings.

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