What does a Jeep tune up cost?
Jeeps are versatile vehicles that are capable of not just comfortable, luxurious on-road travels but also off-road experiences like no other brand. Wear and tear takes its toll on a vehicle, no matter how you use it. Routine maintenance keeps your Jeep operating at its best for as long as possible, and depending on your Jeep’s age and mileage, that might mean a tune-up.
A tune-up is a misnomer that’s often applied to any kind of regular servicing. Depending on the degree of service being completed and the Jeep model you have, a tune-up could be $800 or more, but often it’s considerably less. Even if that seems expensive for Jeep maintenance costs, it’s much more affordable than the repairs it’s going to avoid down the line.
Here are the services you can usually expect in a tune-up and the costs associated with them.
What Does a Jeep Tune Up Consist of?
One of the most important things you can do during any routine service is an inspection. Visually checking dozens of points on your Jeep can identify service or repair items that need attention before they become a problem on the road or trail. Check the tire pressures and tread depths, the brake pad levels, the wiper blades, and all the bulbs around your vehicle. Also check for excessive wear in steering and suspension components, inspect for oil leaks from the powertrain, and ensure the battery has sufficient capacity and charge.
Doing these checks during a regular service will help you plan and repair them before they leave you stranded somewhere inconvenient.
Filters are intended to capture contaminants for various systems, preventing them from degrading your Jeep’s operation in different ways. Routinely, you’ll want to change filters including:
- The oil filter – This fiber element, whether it’s cartridge-style or canister-style, strains particles out of the engine oil to prevent excessive wear. Oil filters range from about $4 to more than $25, and it should be changed during every oil change for the best protection.
- The fuel filter – It sifts dirt and moisture out of your fuel before entering the engine. If your Jeep is equipped with a replaceable fuel filter, it should be changed approximately once per year, and a new fuel filter can be between $2 and $15 for most models.
- The engine air filter – Engines require clean air to burn efficiently and prevent wear issues in the combustion chamber. Replace the engine air filter annually or when it’s visibly dirty, and most common varieties are between $10 and $40.
- The cabin air filter – This filter ensures contaminants aren’t blown into the cabin for you to breathe. A new cabin air filter should be changed every one to two years, and it’s about $15 to $80.
Select Jeep models have a diesel engine that doesn’t have spark plugs. For all others, spark plugs need to be inspected and replaced between 60,000 and 90,000 miles, normally. These small devices are installed one per cylinder – two per cylinder for HEMI engines – to ignite the air-fuel mixture, initiating the explosion that produces power.
Depending on the engine, spark plugs can range from about $4 each to more than $20 each. For parts alone, it could be between $16 and $120 for spark plugs.
Fluid Changes and Flushes
Despite the way some are advertised, no fluid is exempt from deterioration or getting dirty. Engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, transfer case fluid, and differential fluids are all susceptible to normal degradation and will need to be changed at some point. Here are some general guidelines and prices:
- Engine oil should be changed when the oil life monitor indicates it’s due (when equipped), around 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or once per year. Engine oil will cost from $20 to more than $100 depending if you use conventional, synthetic blend, or full synthetic oil.
- Engine coolant should be changed around every 100,000 miles, or sooner if it’s dirty or contaminated. Coolant typically runs about $15 to $25 per gallon, and you’ll need one gallon of concentrate to mix or two gallons of pre-mixed coolant.
- Brake fluid is suggested to be flushed every two years. One gallon of brake fluid is more than enough, usually costing around $25 to $30.
- Power steering fluid on models with hydraulic power steering should also be flushed every two years or so. The fluid is inexpensive at around $10 for 32 ounces.
- Transmission fluid should be drained and refilled or flushed. For severe duty vehicles, that could be every 30,000 miles while regular use can extend the interval to around 60,000 miles. Between the fluid and a filter, expect to pay $60 to $100 for parts.
- Driveline fluids should be drained and refilled every 20,000 miles. For each differential and transfer case, fluid costs will be around $20.
Keep in mind that the best determiner for service intervals is your owner’s manual.
Replacement Belts and Hoses
Part of your Jeep tune-up cost may be replacing worn belts and hoses. At minimum, they should be checked during every oil change interval.
For radiator hoses and heater hoses, ensure the rubber isn’t cracked and the hoses are flexible. If you have collapsed or deteriorating hoses, replace them immediately.
Inspect the serpentine belt and any other belts for cracks and ribs broken or missing. Belts typically need to be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, and a new belt is about $20 to $40 for most models.
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FAQ/People Also Ask
For a tune-up that involves changing the spark plugs, all the fluids, and filters, and belts, it can cost between $400 and $800 or more.
The term tune-up usually refers to a comprehensive service. It includes fluid changes, filter replacements, spark plugs, and a thorough inspection.
The cost of vehicle repairs adds up quickly. Since a turn-up is preventative maintenance, it drastically reduces cost of ownership due to breakdowns, so it’s definitely worthwhile.
Depending on the scale of service required, a tune-up takes between two and six hours to complete.