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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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Tune up at 126,000 miles
Amount: $588.00
Posted by: Herb G in Marshall, VA.Posted: September 12th, 2017 08:09AM
Car Make: 2010 DodgeCar Model: Grand Caravan
Hours of Labor: 5Shop: Marshall Automotive
First tune up in 60,000 miles. Oil and fluids changed every 5000 miles.
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Cost of time up
Amount: $745.00
Posted by: Karin L Cordova in Springfield, MO.Posted: August 10th, 2017 01:08PM
Car Make: VolkswagenCar Model: Jetta
Hours of Labor: 2Shop: Big O
Requested time up. Assumed oil change was included.also purchased 2 all Weather tires for aprox 225.
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Honda Pilot 100,000 mi Tune up $1500 with timing belt....
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Zadar in Folsom, CA.Posted: May 10th, 2017 09:05PM
Car Make: HondaCar Model: Pilot
Hours of Labor: Shop: Folsom Lake Honda
I feel completely ripped off but this is the going rate for 100K tune up because they need to change the timing belt and since they change the timing belt they go ahead and change water pump. This is the major part of the tune up...Oil change, spark plugs, valve adj, timing belt and other belts replaced, replace water pump.
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Tune-up included plugs, wires and ignition coil
Amount: $289.00
Posted by: Dagger in Columbus, OH, OH.Posted: April 20th, 2017 10:04AM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: Sable
Hours of Labor: 2Shop:
My Sable began missing on one or more cylinders after the "check engine" warning light came on. I was able to make it home and went to my local garage the next day. They said I needed a tune-up.
Now, my Sable runs like it did when new.
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Repair costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: JAAuto in Moreno Valley, CA.Posted: November 8th, 2016 05:11PM
Hourly rates for service is ridiculous. I'm a mechanic and I charge by the job not by the hour. The high cost at shops is due to overhead costs for al supplies, etc. Passed to cust.
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Tune up Plugs and wires 6 cylinder
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: Linda From Lake Milton in Youngstown, OH.Posted: October 31st, 2016 06:10PM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Equinox
Hours of Labor: a coupleShop: Patricks
Two Chevy Dealers estimated over 600 bucks for tune up, took it to Patricks in Youngstown, out the door for little over 200 bucks. Patricks is well known around Youngstown OH for quality work, at a great price, always packed. One plug had a miss, after tune up, different car, REALLY happy. You just have to be ready to leave car o-night. Plugs and wires, has that engine with three cylinders against the firewall.
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Low price honest mechanic
Amount: $251.00
Posted by: Happy guy in Glendora, CA.Posted: August 12th, 2015 03:08PM
Hours of Labor: 1Shop: sakos automotive
replaced sparks, air filter, cables, cleaned throttle body and much more, just bought vechile needed major tune up only 250, sako is the man you gotta see, got my vechile running like new in no time, estimated over 6 hr wait time, only took 1 hr of labor and 30 minutes of waiting for him to check it out when originally supposed to take 6 hrs till he could take a look, made sure I was able to go home that day, can't appreciate his customer service and dedication to his work more.
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Why are shops wanting over 100 dollars an hour?!?
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: Nate lee in KALAMAZOO, MI.Posted: June 18th, 2015 08:06AM
Hours of Labor: ?Shop:
I went to a very trusted mechanic to get a quote and they want 325 for a standard tune up. I know they'd do a great job but asking for over 100 an hour is ridiculous! I'm making a little over 8 an hour and I'm supposed to pay a full check worth on something that'll take them a couple hours? I'll end up doing this with my dad because there is no reasonable way to justify this until I have a nice car and a career.
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power window
Amount: $318.78
Posted by: payfortraining in loveland, CO.Posted: June 8th, 2015 07:06PM
Hours of Labor: 6 daysShop: loveland ford
Passenger window would not go down. Tested circuit an found ground not switching. Took it to dealer who tore car apart an said i need master switch. 4 days waiting so they soldered a wire an got it working. Last time it goes to dealer.
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Tune Up
Amount: $120.00
Posted by: JJCK N MKE in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: May 18th, 2015 06:05PM
Car Make: BuickCar Model: Century Custom
Hours of Labor: ?Shop: Steel Auto repair
Requested a standard tune up. Received no paper work. Thought it should have cost $30 less. IMHO I feel ripped off. I don't even know it the tune up was done or just made to sound better. Received no parts back.
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Replaed Front & Rear brakes, rotors, oil change & wash
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Reco in Detroit, MI.Posted: May 10th, 2015 11:05PM
Car Make: DodgeCar Model: Caravan
Hours of Labor: 6Shop: Gator Tire @ Disney Car Care Center,F
WOW..quoted around $1000 for complete job. They did the work & handed me the bill. Feel completely ripped off! I guess you do pay more anywhere that's near disney. I guess they can pick on the northern's.
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tune up
Amount: $110.00
Posted by: bill burgess in Pickerington, OH.Posted: April 18th, 2015 01:04PM
Car Make: 1997Car Model: gm van
Hours of Labor: 4Shop:
did it my self plugs wires, cap rotor, #5 n #6 plugs were tuff to remove
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spark plug change
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: romie in pensacola, FL.Posted: April 14th, 2015 08:04AM
Hours of Labor: 1.5Shop: pep boys
Hella expensive for just plugs
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1994 Ford Aerostar Mini Van tune-up
Amount: $809.00
Posted by: Sherelle Griffin in Chicago, IL.Posted: April 12th, 2015 04:04PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Aerostar
Hours of Labor: Shop: Firestone
This is a quote I got from Firestone a couple days ago (April 10, 2015). I can't do that. That is about 3/4 of what I paid for the van about a year ago. I don't know if this included taxes. I was too blown away to think after hearing $809.
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spark plugs, spark plug wires
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Chimp Chimp in Leesburg, VA.Posted: April 5th, 2015 10:04AM
Hours of Labor: 1/2 hrShop: Auto zone
Spent $50 @ auto zone and did it myself, sans ripoff artists like pep boys and midas.
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Tune up - 2004 Toyota Tacoma
Amount: $196.00
Posted by: Gnome in Houston, TX.Posted: February 20th, 2015 06:02AM
Hours of Labor: Shop: LT Transmission
Performed by my trusted mechanic. He had me go to the Toyota dealership myself and purchase the following:
-6 spark plugs
-air filter
-5 quarts transmission fluid
- spark plug wires
This all cost approx $116 at the dealership
Then he charged me only $80 for the labor.
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Is $330 dollars ($212 in labor costs) reasonable for a "tune up"?
Amount: $330.00
Posted by: ElizabethB in New Orleans, LA.Posted: January 21st, 2015 08:01AM
Car Make: SubaruCar Model: Legacy
Hours of Labor: 2 hoursShop: Keith's Automotive
Spark plugs, fuel filter, spark plug wires - also, check compression, inspect ignition cables, adjust ignition timing and idle speed.
Car is a 2001, bought used from dealer in Bellingham WA in 2005. Has been mechanically well-maintained and has 143,000 miles
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120000 mile service
Amount: $679.00
Posted by: Kim Garner in Yuba city, CA.Posted: January 17th, 2015 07:01PM
Hours of Labor: 3Shop: Yuba City Toyota
Transmission service, tune up,oil change, diagnostic, all filters et
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Tune up
Amount: $192.48
Posted by: a user in Rock Island, IL.Posted: January 15th, 2015 03:01PM
Hours of Labor: 2Shop: Tommys Autorepair
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21 year hot rod mechanic
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Silveradomike in Oxnard, CA.Posted: January 12th, 2015 09:01PM
Hours of Labor: 1.5Shop: Lastrideracing
Dc is one of the best mechanics I know, he was a marine and now does this as a hook up for friends who need help... He did spark plus, wires, full throttle body cleaning, oil change, valve adjustment , some beer, then finished by pulling engine codes and topping off all fluids, then had another beer and rotated the tires. When finished said if I needed anything call and went home...
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Tune-Up
Amount: $515.15
Posted by: a user in Newport, NC.Posted: December 10th, 2014 09:12AM
Car Make: 2003 ChevroletCar Model: Monte Carlo
Hours of Labor: 2-3Shop: Mr. Tire
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100k Tune Up on a 2008 Infiniti G35
Amount: $550.00
Posted by: JediMamba in Bell Gardens, CA.Posted: November 7th, 2014 08:11PM
Hours of Labor: 3Shop: Anaya's Service Center
Replaced all 6 spark plugs
Automatic transmission service
Cabin and air filters replaced
Flush cooling system
(Included all oem parts and labor)
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Brake repair
Amount: $348.00
Posted by: rickdg in phildelphia, PA.Posted: November 6th, 2014 10:11AM
Car Make: 1999Car Model: Ford F150
Hours of Labor: 2Shop: Pep Boys Philadelphia
I first priced new brake pads and shoes at the register. Then told them to do the job. After a half hour the mechanic came out and told me I need a Brand new wheel Assembly because the Caliper holding pin wouldn't rotate like it was supposed to. They were thoroughly disappointed when I told them its not supposed to rotate. Just install new brake pads. Then when I was paying I found out they charged me more for the parts than if I had purchased them at the register. When I called Pep Boys Headquarters on Hunting Park Ave. in Phila. I was told that it was standard procedure for them to charge all shop customers more for the parts. That is and was the last time I went to Pep boys. Standard procedure to rip off customers.
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tune up
Amount: $375.00
Posted by: kelly freeman in MALDEN, MA.Posted: November 6th, 2014 07:11AM
Hours of Labor: 3Shop:
Is this normal? I paid $375.00 for a tune up (plugs, coil replacement )
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Tune up
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: InjunFan in winston-salem, NC.Posted: October 13th, 2014 02:10PM
Car Make: OldsmobileCar Model: Cutlass Ciera
Tune up on my son's 1991 6 cylinder Olds at a local shop in NC. Quoted $200 for my 2001 Mercury Sable
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