Tune Ups

Serving Columbia and Lexington South Carolina

Cars just don’t take care of themselves, and this is especially true for those of us with unique driving patterns and needs. Therefore tine-ups are essential parts of your auto care. Car manufacturers often have a recommended set of maintenance checks that they expect to happen over the course of a car’s lifetime, and a tune-up is a key part of that upkeep.  

Because there are so many makes and models of cars on the road, there isn’t a single tune-up package that covers it all. But if you bring your car into Mickey’s, you can rest assured that we can perform the tests and checks necessary to keep your car in tip-top shape.  

If you are in the Columbia, SC area, then we are easy to get to! We are located 10 minutes from downtown Columbia and near the Columbia-Irmo city limits.

When Should I Get a Tune-Up?

The frequency with which your car could use a tune-up depends on the car and your driving style. Typically, non-electric ignitions should have a tune-up every year, and electrical or fuel injection cars every two years.  

Beyond that, it depends on a few factors: 

  • The make and model of your car. Typically, car manuals have a suggested timeline for maintenance that includes tune-ups. Along with that, there are the above-listed factors to consider.  
  • The kind of driving you do. If you make frequent, long-distance trips, then you will have different needs than a driver who does a lot of city driving. Likewise, if you haul heavy loads or drive at high speeds, then you will want to think about tune-ups more often than cars that have an easier driving experience.  


Of course, if your car is stalling or misfiring, then a tune-up may be in order. That’s because tune-ups aren’t just a regular maintenance thing (although you should get them on a regular basis). They can help mechanics find out what’s wrong with your car more accurately while suggesting the right repairs to fix the problem.  

If your car is underperforming for any reason, then you can always bring it by Mickey’s and our ASE-certified technicians can help you find out what the issue is.

What Does a Tune-Up Include?

Depending on your car and driving needs, there isn’t a pre-determined tune-up procedure. More generally, however, a tune-up will typically include the following replacements: 

  • Spark plugs 
  • Rotor 
  • Fuel filter 
  • PCV valve 
  • Air filter 

Technicians will also generally check the following systems for issues: 

  • Distributor cap 
  • Ignition wires and performance 
  • Choke 
  • Idle speed 
  • Battery and electrical system 
  • Emissions 
  • Power balance 
  • Fuel injectors 

However, depending on your car and your needs, the list of services included in a tune-up could vary. That’s why Mickey’s mechanics don’t just provide a one-size=fits-all service… they provide a tailored tune-up with some core checks and replacements alongside some necessary tests for your specific car and your specific needs.  

We consider our customers like our family, and we want to be your family’s trusted auto shop. So, whether you need a tune-up or other repairs, or just a quick oil change, consider going with Mickey’s Auto Repair as your regular automotive service provider in Columbia.

Count on Mickey’s to Keep Your Car or Truck Running Smoothly

Brake repair for the most part is pretty basic repair work, that’s why every Lube shop offers this service. There are many people who do their own brake pads and do perfectly alright, but there are a few “tricks of the trade” that are incredibly important. Many a person has lost the use of their brakes entirely, because their brake lines were not bled properly. As simple as brakes are, when they are not working as they should, this could result in an accident or loss of life. Not something to take lightly.

If your car is having a difficult time stopping at intersections, or you notice that your brake pedal isn’t as responsive as it usually is, don’t try to troubleshoot on your own: call Mickey’s Auto Repair to get professional assessment and repair work done.

Brake Repair Near You

Mickey’s auto repair is a proud local business in Columbia, SC. Operating since 1985, we always strive to provide high-quality service in a transparent fashion, so you know exactly why we do what we do. We don’t push services onto our customers, and only make recommendation if necessary, for the health and safety of the vehicle.  

We want to be your go-to auto shop! So, give us a call at 803-772-5556 or drop in for a checkup today.



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We accept walk-ins, drop-offs, and advanced appointments. If you need an oil change, transmission rebuild, or anything in-between then give us a call to find out how we can help you.

We are a local car repair shop 10 minutes from the heart of Columbia, SC. We aren’t hard to find, so make the decision to build a relationship with a real mechanic. Your car will thank you for it.

Call Us: 803-772-5556

Hours: Mon to Fri 8am to 5pm