What Does a Chrysler Tune-Up Cost?
You’ve heard of the term tune-up. Perhaps it was mentioned at the point of purchase, or a family member or friend mentioned that they were taking their car for a ‘tune-up.’ This article focuses on one of the most popular brands in North America: Chrysler. One of the Big Three, Chrysler, has been around since 1925, with a fine pedigree of models. In this article, we are going to look at what’s included in a tune-up, the typical Chrysler tune-up cost, how often you should do it, and when your Chrysler is likely to need one.
A tune-up differs from a regular service, or oil and filter change with tire rotation, as it’s a bit more intensive. However, a competent DIYer can also do it, saving some money in the process, AutoZone carries a wide array of tune-up replacement components, chemicals, and tools for this task.
What’s Included In A Tune-Up?
Some workshops or service centers may engage in a tune-up as part of your regular car service, which typically includes the engine oil, oil filter, and air filter changes, but a tune-up can also be performed as a stand-alone activity.
Let’s look at a modern tune-up on a Chrysler model such as the Chrysler 300c, Chrysler 200, Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, or other contemporary Chrysler that has an electronic fuel injection system and modern distributor-less ignition system.
- Replacing the spark plugs, as well as checking spark plug coils, including their gaskets, for damage and replacing accordingly.
- Cleaning the air filter, if this was not done as part of a service.
- Performing an engine oil and filter change if not done as part of a service.
- Removing and cleaning the throttle body of carbon deposits and other debris. The throttle body is also checked for damage.
- Removing, cleaning, and checking all sensors, such as the mass air flow sensor.
- Checking and replacing the fuel filter, and checking the fuel pump and lines for damage, with replacement as required.
- Checking and unclogging or replacing the PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve.
- Inspecting all serpentine belts for damage, and replacing accordingly, testing the functionality of the belt tensioners and replacing if required.
- If an engine uses a timing belt, checking this as per the recommended mileage interval.
- Visually inspecting radiator hoses, radiator, top tank, overflow tank, and other components.
- Performing a radiator flush and replenishment with fresh coolant if required.
- Checking power steering and brake systems, and performing fluid flushes and replenishment if required.
If we are talking about classic Chrysler cars, a tune-up on one of those can include the following activities, in addition to the above list.
- Checking, adjusting, and replacing worn out parts in the vehicle’s carburetor, as older, carburetor-fed vehicles require regular adjustment. In fact, it’s recommended to adjust your carb, or carbs every 10,000 miles or so, depending on your vehicle and specific carb model’s specified adjustment intervals. If your vehicle has dual carbs, they must be balanced to work accordingly. This is an art form that is increasingly becoming rare, as all modern vehicles use electronic fuel injection.
- Checking, adjusting, and replacing worn-out parts in the vehicle’s ignition system, encompassing the distributor, breaker points, condenser, spark plug high tension leads, and spark plugs.
How Much Does A Chrysler Tune-Up Cost?
A tune-up on your Chrysler can cost as little as $150, and as much as $800 or more. This is because not every tune-up requires the same set of activities. A tune-up also requires several hours of labor, in addition to parts and supplies, all of which incur costs.
If your Chrysler came with a service schedule, this will indicate the activities to be performed at specific mileage intervals. If your Chrysler didn’t come with this, consulting your nearest Chrysler dealer or agent, and obtaining a model-specific copy is your best avenue.
If you are a competent DIYer, you can save a fair bit of money by doing it yourself, as your only cost will be parts and supplies.
How Often Is A Tune-Up Required?
As mentioned above, a tune-up may have various activities at intervals, and not all need to be done at the same time. We’ve done a little digging with a Chrysler agent, and found that the following are more or less a good interval to go by. However, we’d strongly recommend you acquire the model-specific service intervals for your Chrysler and use that.
- Every 6 months / 8,000 miles – engine oil and filter change, plus tire rotation.
- Every 12 months / 16,000 miles – All of the above, plus brake check, AC filter replacement, suspension, and steering system checks.
- Every 18 months / 24,000 miles – engine oil and filter change, plus CV joint inspection and tire rotation.
- Every 24 months / 32,000 miles – all of the activities under the 12-month schedule, plus engine air filter change and spark plug change.
- Every 42 months / 56,000 miles – Automatic transmission fluid change.
- Every 60 months / 60,000 miles – Coolant change.
Note that this is a very broad service schedule, and specific models can vary.
How Do You Know Your Chrysler Car Needs A Tune-Up?
There are several ways to tell if your Chrysler needs a tune-up. Firstly, when was the last tune-up performed? If you’ve just purchased the car used, and there’s no record of a tune-up in its history, it’s always better to have one done as soon as possible. This will set a baseline mileage for a tune-up, as well as help you catch any potential issues before they become major and potentially life-threatening problems.
If your car is acting weird, the engine doesn’t have as much power as it did before, gas mileage is suffering, the Check Engine light is illuminating, the engine is shuddering and shaking, and your Chrysler is just not driving the way it should, taking it to a workshop for a check-up is imperative, as a tune-up may be required, or it may be something more serious.
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