Tune up used to be a ritual for most motorists. These days most cars are self-tuning, in many ways. Onboard sensors monitor various parameters and send the information to the computer which can adjust air intake, can vary the richness of air-fuel mixture, and based on that information, can calculate volume of exhaust, and thus monitor if various subsystems are working correctly.
Yet, for all that computing power, there are still plenty of subsystems that need a human to verify that everything is ok. Belts and hoses need a professional to ascertain if they need to be replaced. Tire condition, tread depth, uneven wear, suspension, including shocks/struts, wheel alignment - these are crucial for fall and winter driving, yet they require an experienced professional and alignment equipment to verify that they are in good working order.
That's why at Toole's Garage San Carlos we highly recommend Autumn tune-up, a thorough service and inspection, before the rains come. In addition to the inspections mentioned above, it's good to have a brake inspection (unless one was done recently), to check the condition of the car battery, wiper blades ( especially that in California we don't use them much during summer, but the UV rays from the Sun continue to damage wiper blades every day), check for any leaks, and also to check the condition of the brake fluid and transmission fluid, and have them replaced if necessary.
While at Toole's Garage we believe in preventive maintenance all year round, the fall and winter season checks are especially important. Last thing we want is to get a call from a client stranded on a side of the road in a winter storm. We offer convenient website appointments, or call us at the shop, and we will be happy to answer your questions and to confirm your appointment at the same time.