Expensive tune up


#1

I have a 2007 chevy aveo due for a 60k tune up. The dealer wanted $140 for spark plugs and wires. Is there any unusual issue that would inspire me to pay that much when I can get parts much cheaper at the local parts store, or is changing plugs and wires as simple as I would expect? Thanks for input.


#2

What Does Your Owner’s Manual/Maintenance Schedule Say About The Timing Belt Change Interval?

I looked up Aveo and all I could find was a 2004 with a 60,000 mile interval. Other information says that Aveos have an “interference engine”.

If you haven’t had the timing belt changed and it’s due, this is more important than a tune-up. Severe engine damage could result if it is indeed an “interference” design and it’s time is up for a new one.

I would think plugs are a DIY job.

CSA


#3

Open the hood, remove any plastic trim covers, and take a look! Can you see all the spark plugs? With a little care, the wires should be fine, unless you damage them when you remove them from the plugs. Proper techniques usually will avoid damage to the wires…


#4

Actually for most dealers, $140 for new plugs and wires is pretty cheap. Of course you can do it yourself for much less, but we here stories of $400 spark plug replacement jobs here.


#5

The plugs should be on the side of the engine facing the radiator. If not, have someone else do it. If so, buy some anti-seize compound and coat the threads of the new spark plugs with it before you screw them in. Changing plugs on the “front” side of the engine is easy.