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How Much Does a Tune-up Cost?

 
low costMinimal Tune-Up: $40-$150+average costStandard Tune-Up: $200-$800+high costMajor Servicing & Tune-Up: $500-$1,200+
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Typically done about once a year, a tune-up is regularly scheduled preventive maintenance on a vehicle. The procedures vary by the vehicle's make, model, age and mileage, but a tune-up typically involves replacing the air filter; running computer diagnostics; and checking the condition of (and possibly replacing) the fuel filter, spark plugs and wires, and other basic engine parts.

Typical costs:

  • Prices can start at $40-$150 or more for a minimal tune-up that includes replacing the spark plugs and inspecting the spark plug wires, but it typically costs $200-$800 or more for a standard tune-up that can include replacing the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor, fuel filter, PVC valve and air filter, as well as changing the oil, an inspection/computer diagnosis of the fuel, ignition and emission systems, and adjusting the dwell, timing and fuel mixture to specifications. Total costs generally depend on the parts needed as well as the hourly labor rate (typically $40-$90 in standard repair shops or $80-$150 at a dealership). From 2010 to 2012, CostHelper readers reported paying $138-$685 for a standard tune-up, at an average cost of $340.
  • For older vehicles, a 90,000-, 100,000- or 120,000-mile tune-up can cost $500-$1,200 or more, depending on the repairs and adjustments needed. Smith Specialty Automotive in Kansas lists what might be included in a 120,000-mile major servicing and tune-up[1] .
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What should be included:
  • Check the owner's manual (or the mechanic will check the shop manual for the year, make and model of vehicle) for a list of exactly what maintenance is needed, and when. Every vehicle has a schedule of recommended and mandatory maintenance, based on the vehicle's age and mileage.
  • A tune-up typically takes about two to four hours of labor, depending on what is included. Autozone describes typical tune-up procedures[2] .
  • Most modern cars use platinum spark plugs, which typically last 30,000-100,000 miles, so they do not need replacing with every tune-up. Some newer cars have an electronic ignition system instead of a distributor, so a tune-up does not include a new distributor cap and rotor.
  • Symptoms that a car might need a tune-up include a drop in gas mileage, a noticeable loss of power, a "rough" engine or one that stalls at a stop, engine "knocking" or continuing to run after the ignition is off, or a "check engine" or "service engine" light staying on after the initial start. However, these symptoms might be caused by other problems with the computerized systems. Most repair shops will begin by performing a diagnostic test, to determine if a tune-up is the correct solution to the problem.
Discounts:
  • Running diagnostic tests on highly computerized car systems is typically beyond the skill level of most home mechanics, but many can handle the other steps in a basic engine tune-up[3] . Materials typically cost $25-$100, depending on whether it's necessary to buy specialized tools[4] . CostHelper readers report spending $25-$70 or an average of $56 on a do-it-yourself tune-up
  • Auto repair shops and gas stations often offer tune-up discount coupons for new customers. For example, the Speedee Oil Change & Tune-Up[5] chain provides coupons based on location, often for 10% off a tune-up or similar services.
Shopping for a tune-up:
  • When comparing prices, ask for a detailed explanation of what is included in the tune-up, because it can vary significantly.
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit trade group for technicians and other automotive service professionals, has a searchable directory[6] of certified shops.
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Lexus
Amount: $286.00
Posted by: Susan C. in Montgomery, AL.Posted: July 22nd, 2014 02:07PM
Car Make: Lexus 1996Car Model: LS
Hours of Labor: IDKShop: Express
I was quoted 286.00 for a Tune Up. Is this a good amount or Not?
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Pepboys tune-up ripoff-Jack-up
Amount: $573.45
Posted by: Sad Day in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: December 24th, 2013 09:12AM
Car Make: 2004Car Model: HYUNDAI / SANA FE
Hours of Labor: $313.64Shop: PEPBOYS #280
Pep boys misdiagnose my car. Then caused other problems Attempting to cover up. A simple won't start is now a axle/fuel pump. I would like to hear from Jim Flanagan SVP of pep boys. I would like to hear from a responsible party for this company.
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Tune Up
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: Miko in Baltimore, MD.Posted: December 7th, 2013 02:12PM
Hours of Labor: 2.5 hrShop: Sonix Auto Shop
Car Make: Honda
Car Model: CR-V (2001).
Parts: $100 Labor: $120
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tune up
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: cesar in south bend, IN.Posted: August 23rd, 2013 10:08AM
How much would it cost to make a tune up to a mercury montego awd2006
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service light/complete tuneup
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: Robin Bartshe in mason, MI.Posted: June 3rd, 2013 10:06AM
Car Make: chevyCar Model: silverado 4 door
Hours of Labor: 4-5Shop: The Back Door
was brought in for 100,000 mile tuneup and checking of the service light. Stupid gas fill light, I am sure I will NOT be replacing that sensor again.
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1999 chrysler sebring
Amount: $518.00
Posted by: jacqueline m sams in Camden, AR.Posted: May 29th, 2013 07:05AM
Hours of Labor: idkShop:
i felt like i was overcharged,cause the car was not fixed right..it was for a full tuneup and i feel ripped off..the car was running good but i just wanted a good full tuneup.but that wasnt dne on my car.
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Front axles, 4 struts, belts, exhaust hanger
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Joiseyjeff in Roxbury, NJ.Posted: May 16th, 2013 02:05AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Altima
Hours of Labor: 7Shop: Dover,NJ
Corrected neglected issues
on a newly purchased
used vehicle. Not cheap
but at least the vehicle
is safe and reliable now.
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Tune-up
Amount: $680.00
Posted by: joe469 in Williamston, NC.Posted: May 2nd, 2013 10:05AM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Xterra
Hours of Labor: 2-4Shop:
Changed plugs, wires Dustributor cap, Rotor button, and cleaned throttle body!
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Tune-up
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Jordan Krook in Chassell, MI.Posted: April 5th, 2013 08:04AM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Neon
Hours of Labor: 2Shop:
500 dollars for a tune-up at Midas, i recommend, NEVER GOING THERE!
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Tune up
Amount: $170.00
Posted by: N.F. in Alpharetta, GA.Posted: March 21st, 2013 09:03PM
Hours of Labor: 2Shop:
We changed the spark plugs wires and I think it was the rotor not sure if thats what its called on my dodge. My check engine light came on and my truck felt like it was jumping a bit. Had a friend mechanic check it out. Said it was a #2 cylinder misfire and that it could be more than one thing and advised a tune up. So far the light has disappeared but said it could come back on if it was an additional issue besides that. Just wanted to see what the average cost would have normally been. Seems I got a good deal.
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Tune-up
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: V.H. in Saint Louis, MO.Posted: March 13th, 2013 09:03AM
Car Make: 1998 ChevyCar Model: Astro Van
Hours of Labor: 0Shop:
What would or should it cost for a tuneup on a 1998 Chevy Astro Mini Van?
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Tune up / shocks and oil change
Amount: $847.00
Posted by: wota in New Castle, DE.Posted: March 12th, 2013 08:03AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: F 150
Hours of Labor: 3hrsShop:
Changed out spark plugs/wires/air filters/oil change/ replaced all four shocks.rotated tires.
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What does a tune up cost on a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Keith Kozlosky in Appleton, WI.Posted: February 16th, 2013 04:02PM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Grand Caravan EX
Hours of Labor: $0Shop:
I am wondering on how much it would cost to get a tune up and oil change in or near the city of Oshkosh,Wi, where I live
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TUNE UP, OIL CHANGE & RADIATOR FLUSH
Amount: $70.00
Posted by: FAH•Q in ONTARIO, CA.Posted: December 4th, 2012 05:12PM
Hours of Labor:Shop:
SPARK PLUGS/WIRES, OIL FLUSH/FILTER CHANGE, AIR FILTER, PCV VALVE & RADIATOR FLUSH PAID FOR PARTS DID MY OWN LABOR.
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Tune up
Amount: $513.00
Posted by: Mac in New York, NY.Posted: October 16th, 2012 02:10PM
Car Make: Honda Accord V6Car Model: Accord v6
Hours of Labor: 2.5Shop:
Stated 15 problems/ misfires in the computer check. Car was suddenly running rough. First call he said might be valves. $1,000 maybe. After hands on inspection determined only
A tune up was needed. Plugs, 2 ignition coils,
Air intake hose rotated tires. $100 journey rate
2 man shop 2.5 hours . Comments?
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200,000 mile tune-up
Amount: $429.00
Posted by: Bowie, MD in Bowie, MD.Posted: July 23rd, 2012 07:07AM
Car Make: hondaCar Model: civic
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sparks and wires
Amount: $293.24
Posted by: Rural gal in Holton, KS.Posted: March 8th, 2012 05:03PM
Car Make: 2009 ChevyCar Model: Impala
Hours of Labor: 2.5Shop:
Replaced with high end spark plugs and wires. Worth it if they don't misfire or help with the burning fuel more efficiently. At cost of $3.95 gal, extra 5 mpg or so is worth it.
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30k tune-up
Amount: $253.00
Posted by: Tweebs in Salt Lake City, UT.Posted: March 8th, 2012 01:03PM
Car Make: SuzukiCar Model: SX4
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Oil change, transaxle lubricant, air filter, oil filter, radiator flushed and changed, 4 new spark plugs. Can't remember what else.
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Estimate from dealer for Tune up
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: tamu in Gaithersburg, MD.Posted: February 24th, 2012 06:02AM
Car Make: ChryslerCar Model: Town & Country Van
Received this estimate from Chrysler dealer for tune up on 2007 Van. I'm new to the area so I'm going to check around for a mechanic that I can trust.
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Honda accord Tune up. Brooklyn new york
Amount: $210.00
Posted by: AYO in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: October 31st, 2011 09:10AM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Accord LX
Hours of Labor: 1-2hoursShop:
I don't know if this was a rip off or not but don't much about cars so I'm at the mercy if my mechanic who I kinda trust relatively speaking. Just posting this to spread the word.
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2000 Nissan Altima
Amount: $405.00
Posted by: leema in Birmingham, AL.Posted: September 22nd, 2011 11:09AM
Car Make: Nissan AltimaCar Model: Altima
Was quoted $405.00 which seems high from dealership. Includes only spark plugs, distributor cap, ignition wires and fuel filter. This dealership has done most of the maintenance and I'm always very satisfied. My car has 193,000 miles. Just trying to determine if this is a reasonable expense for a tune-up.
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1996 Jimmy 4.3l with 196K
Amount: $285.00
Posted by: a user in Warren, OH.Posted: August 21st, 2011 07:08AM
Car Make: GMCCar Model: Jimmy
Hours of Labor: UnknownShop:
Took my new (for me) Jimmy to a trusted mechanic (Rienzi's on Elm.) I was blown away by the cost. On top of the cost of the tuneup, there was $135 for a new o2 sensor and $215 for a new distributor (they found this after they had put it back together) Total bill was $677.00. What was included in the tuneup: plugs, wires, air & fuel filters, distributor cap, rotor, pcv valve. After seeing all the comments here, I know that the cost was reasonable. BTW, it runs AWESOME.
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Minor Tune Up
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2011 07:08AM
Car Make: MotorhomeCar Model:
Hours of Labor: 2 hrs.Shop:
Bought Denso plugs ($.78 each) and plug wires from RockAuto. Same Denso plugs were between $2.98 - $3.66 each through Amazon.
Had bottle of anti-seize.
I don't remember getting the motorhome "Professionally" tuned but, but seeing the brand of the old plugs, I must have had a tune up before a smog check.
The "Professional" put the plugs in super tight so it was really fun to sit upright in the motorhome wheel wells with a breaker bar to get the plugs loose. :). Put a dab of anti-seize on the threads of the plugs and installed plugs and wires. Motorhome runs strong and like new.
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Minor Tune Up
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: js3 in Artesia, CA.Posted: August 20th, 2011 07:08AM
Car Make: 1990 DodgeCar Model: Grand Caravan
Hours of Labor: 2 hrs.Shop:
Bought 6 Champion Spark Plugs and wire set online from RockAuto.
Took about 15 minutes to do the front bank (Engine is transverse mounted) and about 90 minutes to do the back bank which required jacking up the Caravan and getting the plugs from underneath. I put anti-seize on the threads of the plugs so I won't have any worries about getting the plugs out next time.
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Tune up in a small town
Amount: $249.00
Posted by: Family Van in Big Rapids, MI.Posted: June 14th, 2011 08:06AM
Car Make: 05 ChryslerCar Model: Town & Country
Hours of Labor: 3Shop:
Just paid $249 for a tune up on our van. Was having trouble with the van sounding like it was going to stall. Shop says we needed a tune up. He said it includes premium plugs/wires & cleaning the throttle body.
I hope we didn't get hosed.
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Complete tune-up
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Nance in Grand Havn, MI.Posted: May 12th, 2011 01:05PM
Car Make: 1998Car Model: Toyota Camry
Hours of Labor: 3hrShop:
I think from reading about others I paid the standard amount.
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Full Tune Up
Amount: $685.00
Posted by: Tim Hornyak in Franklin, TN.Posted: April 25th, 2011 03:04PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Express LT Van
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
Replaced plugs, wires, distributor cap, PCV valve, fuel filter and air filter. Don't get me wrong, I think it's too high but with having to remove the doghouse on a full size van it gets expensive. It's also the 100,000 mile maintenance and it only uses platinum plugs. Had to have it done because it would barely run without it.
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