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Old 12-02-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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"Tune-ups" don't really exist these days.

Buying a used car without knowing the history, however, I'd just assume that nothing was done to it and re-do everything. I wouldn't have bought the car for that reason. So get out your owner's manual and look at all the services that were supposed to be done from 0 to 142,000 and do them. Obviously you don't need to do 15 oil changes, but you're still going to be looking at a lot of maintenance. The big one is the timing belt. Me, I'd assume the timing belt (and water pump) were not changed. But you're easily looking at $1,000 for that alone. You could have your mechanic look at it but that won't necessarily help any. If it was replaced when it was supposed to be, it's at this point five years old and going to look pretty old. On the other hand if you're driving around with a 13-year-old timing belt...

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O, Ok! The oil was changed in June. Viewing carfax the car was well serviced by the dealer, but I couldn't find when the last tune-up was performed on the carfax.

Timing belt has been changed!
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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Timing belt has been changed!
What about:


Spark Plugs
Trans fluid
Brake Fluid
Power Steering Fluid
Engine coolant
Air filter
Cabin filter (if equipped)
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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The fluids could of just been done before he bought the car and the fluids could also be synthetic so driveing 6 months is ok between changes. Ask before you assume anything.
The OP said "I don't know when the last tune-up was done on the car." so I took that as he knew nothing of the car's maintenance history.

Anyways, the OP later says the car was serviced at the dealer. That means he can just go to the dealer and get all the maintenance records, then match it up to what the maintenance schedule to determine exactly what needs to be done. No need to ask here on the forums.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:51 AM
 
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I don't even know what a tune-up is these days. Such a generic term.

Read up on the maintenance schedule for your car and find out the history of it. If no history than assume things weren't done.

Go to dealer or wherever you service your car and ask for specific procedures you want done on your car, not just a generic tune-up. As they will just go ahead and do everything (including the kitchen sink).

Ex spark plugs, tranny fluid, brake flush, etc.
No such word anymore no more 12,000 spark plug change no more points to be changed and no more timing to be checked and no more antifreeze replacement every year. Instead it's called service maintance.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:19 AM
 
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The OP said "I don't know when the last tune-up was done on the car." so I took that as he knew nothing of the car's maintenance history.

Anyways, the OP later says the car was serviced at the dealer. That means he can just go to the dealer and get all the maintenance records, then match it up to what the maintenance schedule to determine exactly what needs to be done. No need to ask here on the forums.

The carfax lists most of the service records.
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Old 12-02-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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What about:


Spark Plugs
Trans fluid
Brake Fluid
Power Steering Fluid
Engine coolant
Air filter
Cabin filter (if equipped)

Will have checked also! Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:01 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Lotsa good comments in this thread, I think.

FWIW, any time I buy a used car, I do everything to it. Just like I was going to send The Punkin across country in it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:04 PM
 
Location: 4222'55.2"N 7124'46.8"W
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The carfax lists most of the service records.
Not all service records make it to carfax, so if you want the complete history you can request it from the dealer based on the VIN.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: East TX
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Wow! Instead of posting on a forum about a car that you bought and "I don't know when the last tune-up was done on the car" how about contacting the dealer and saying - "Hey, I bought this car and see you serviced it. Can I get a copy of the service records?"
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Originally Posted by Malloric View Post
"Tune-ups" don't really exist these days.

Buying a used car without knowing the history, however, I'd just assume that nothing was done to it and re-do everything. I wouldn't have bought the car for that reason. So get out your owner's manual and look at all the services that were supposed to be done from 0 to 142,000 and do them. Obviously you don't need to do 15 oil changes, but you're still going to be looking at a lot of maintenance. The big one is the timing belt. Me, I'd assume the timing belt (and water pump) were not changed. But you're easily looking at $1,000 for that alone. You could have your mechanic look at it but that won't necessarily help any. If it was replaced when it was supposed to be, it's at this point five years old and going to look pretty old. On the other hand if you're driving around with a 13-year-old timing belt...
I can't remember if mine was ever replaced. Unlikely I'm driving around with an 18 year old timing belt. A year and a half ago, I had some sorta engine tune up. Something about cleaning the valves, can't remember the details. Accompanied by a sparkplug change.

Never mind, my car has no timing belt, it has a timing chain. An internet forum says it's not meant to be replaced at regular intervals, but in theory will last the lifetime of the vehicle.
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