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Chevrolet Malibu Engine Tune-Up

An engine tune-up is a rather minimal service for most modern cars.

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Chevrolet Malibu Engine Tune-Up

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Chevrolet Malibu Engine Tune-Up is $298. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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2005 Chevrolet Malibu
3.5L V6 • 292,208 miles
Henderson NV 89015
Apr 21, 2021
$287 - $351
2005 Chevrolet Malibu
3.5L V6 • 292,208 miles
Henderson NV 89015
Apr 21, 2021
$287 - $351
2015 Chevrolet Malibu
2.5L L4 LS • 93,109 miles
Oakland CA 94602
Apr 13, 2021
$276 - $338
1998 Chevrolet Malibu
3.1L V6 • 5,600 miles
Long Beach CA 90805
Apr 5, 2021
$257 - $314
2012 Chevrolet Malibu
2.4L L4 • 83,678 miles
Beaverton OR 97006
Apr 2, 2021
$293 - $359
2001 Chevrolet Malibu
3.1L V6 • 248,963 miles
Houston TX 77033
Mar 16, 2021
$252 - $308
2003 Chevrolet Malibu
3.1L V6 • 101,865 miles
Katy TX 77449
Mar 12, 2021
$248 - $303
2018 Chevrolet Malibu
1.5L L4 Turbo • 50,000 miles
Rowland Heights CA 91748
Mar 10, 2021
$264 - $322
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2.5L L4 • 115,303 miles
Chula Vista CA 91914
Mar 5, 2021
$246 - $300
2005 Chevrolet Malibu
3.5L V6 • 200,000 miles
Laveen AZ 85339
Feb 26, 2021
$270 - $330
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What is an Engine Tune-Up?

Engine tune-ups aren’t what they used to be, so if you have memories of constantly going to the auto shop with your parents for an engine tune-up when you were a kid, you’re not making things up (or you are, but that’s a different issue). Here’s the deal: Cars have gotten better and smarter through the years. Hopefully, you have too. Older cars needed constant engine tune-ups because they, quite literally, needed components tuned. Think of it like an old watch that needs to be wound every now and again. Things like the ignition points needed to be adjusted, and that was just the start of it. Now cars are smarter, and have computers to adjust things on the fly. They don’t need many elements to be manually tuned. So, instead of engine tune-ups being common services to literally tune things up, tune-ups have become a rarer part of scheduled maintenance, reserved for a few components that need some checking up on. The biggest part of a modern engine tune-up is usually the changing of the spark plugs. Spark plugs are kind of like tires, except you can’t see them. They can’t really be repaired, but over time, they’ll reach a point where they’re going to die soon. It’s best to act preemptively and just replace them then, and that’s usually what will happen with an engine tune-up. Engine tune-ups will also look at things like the air filter, to see if it needs replacing. Other elements of the engine will be visually inspected for damage, wear and tear, and carbon buildup. Just to make sure everything is in good working order. It’s worth noting that some of the things involved in an engine tune-up will also be done when you have your oil changed. If you have an old car, you’ll need your engine tuned up with some regularity, but anyone with a new car won’t need the service very often.

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Signs that you need an Engine Tune-Up

Scheduled Maintenance

Ahhh, “scheduled maintenance.” Your two favorite words, am I right? Look, we all do it. Scheduled maintenance is something that's easy to "forget". Sorry to be the one to burst your bubble, but scheduled maintenance exists for a reason, and that reason is to help you take good care of your car. Your maintenance schedule will say when to get your car in for an engine tune-up, but don’t worry, it will be very irregularly, unless you have an old car. By following the scheduled maintenance, you’ll get on top of issues before they become severe, saving you time, a whole bunch of money, and a lot of headaches. Or you can keep doing it your way, and see how that works out for you.

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How urgent is an Engine Tune-Up?

The purpose of an engine tune-up in a modern car is to take care of components that need addressing before they become big issues.

You should always follow your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, but your car is still plenty safe to drive around, even when it’s time for an engine tune-up. Get your car tuned up, but don’t cancel plans in a rush to do so. You’ve got some time.

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