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Hi guys: I have 2003 chevy silverado half ton engine size 305 pickup truck. I bought this truck when it has 74000 miles on it. Now it has 120k miles on it. Since i bought it from the dealer i never go for the tuneup accept i change the brake pads. Can any one please advise me does it needs to go for the tuneup or any thing if it needs to be change. I dont feel any difference the time since i bought it it still running smooth.

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Michael-BestCommented:
A periodic tune up is a good way to improve performance and fuel (gas) economy.
You say:
"I dont feel any difference the time since i bought it it still running smooth."
So you have to decide if the tune up cost is worth the "piece of mind that you car is running at it best" vs it is O.K. as is.
As with all preventive maintenance performed on an automobile, tune-ups can prevent myriad problems from occurring on a vehicle.
See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engine_tuning
Periodic oil changes & oil filter changes will make your engine last longer and run smoother & should not be overlooked.
See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_oil
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Michael-BestCommented:
Air filters, fuel filters, radiator fluids / hoses, fan belts, air conditioning, etc also need periodic service.
So it is better to have periodic tune ups & service rather than a break down miles from a garage.
For more detailed info. see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_(motor_vehicle)
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
You can get some idea of how your motor is performing if you log your miles and how much fuel you but every time you fill up. If there is something drifting out of tune you will notice a change in your miles-per-gallon.
It could also be indicative of serious problems developing, hopefully before they become too expensive to fix.

Servicing should always be done regularly if you want the car to last as long as possible, by yourself if you can do it, or by a professional.
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mustish1Author Commented:
How often does these kind of vehicles needs tuneup ? some says on every 30k and some says every 50k miles

Thanks.
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Michael-BestCommented:
I recommend every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

It depends on your engines present condition, your driving & weather conditions too.
Also the the quality of the periodically replaced parts,  used in your engine (oil, filters, antifreeze, etc)

Some reading on the subject:
http://ezinearticles.com/?Signs-That-Your-Car-Needs-A-Tune-Up&id=903077
http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveonaCar/20waysYouWasteMoneyOnYourCar.aspx
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Michael-BestCommented:
That is for a general check up / tune up & a more thorough service may be decided at a mechanics descretion.
If you know a reliable garage that you trust, then take their advice, as without seeing / test driving the cars condition & needs canot be assessed correctly.

Also see:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.shtml
http://www.aa1car.com/library/tuneup1.htm
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nickg5Commented:
Save a ton:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_tune_up_your_own_2003_Chevy_Silverado

I've always done my own tuneups regardless of vehicle:
change oil and filter is not that hard, nor is a change of plugs and plug wires.
Air filter and fuel filter are basic do-it-yourself.
I watch my transmission fluid level.

The one thing I have not done and leave it to my mechanic is the transmission filter. Well over a dozen bolts and not clear I can get the filter and gasket back on properly to avoid leaks.

plugs-wires-oil-oil filter-fuel filter-air filter, if you have not changed these in a long while, you should notice a big difference in performance.
I think "dealer" over advertise periodic maintenance, to be done at the dealer only.

Ever heard the "change your timing belt" every 75,000 miles or "you'll get stranded on the highway?" I've had three vehicles that got over 250,000 miles and never lost a timing chain.

Look here under "service schedule." They have something for you to pay them to do "every 3000 miles."
http://www.driverside.com/service-schedule/complete/chevrolet-silverado_1500-2003-3731-8347-22402?page_offset=1
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Michael-BestCommented:
Nickg5,

The question is "Can any one please advise me does it needs to go for the tuneup or any thing if it needs to be change"
Not how to save a ton (of money)

Also a 2003 chevy silverado is fuel injected & has no plugs and plug wires (spark plugs) it has injectors.  
http://www.internetautoguide.com/13-12-2003-16-1172/2003-chevrolet-silverado-specifications.html

I had advised of all things that should be checked & or replaced periodically in my previous comments.
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nickg5Commented:
Look here under "service schedule."
"every 3000 miles."
http://www.driverside.com/service-schedule/complete/chevrolet-silverado_1500-2003-3731-8347-22402?page_offset=1 

Chevy dealers always recommend 3000 mile events.
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mustish1Author Commented:
I think my 2003 pickup truck is 5.3L  325 cubic inches and it may equipped with platinum plugs.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Please confirm if it has the coil-near-plug ignition or fuel injection, but plugs or not... are only part of periodical tune up / service considerations.
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mustish1Author Commented:
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Michael-BestCommented:
It looks like (IMG-20110510-170321.jpg)  it has the coil-near-plug ignition, thus plugs & plug cables should be checked & replaced if needed.
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mustish1Author Commented:
Thanks guys.
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