As recently as the early 1990’s, a car’s engine required consistent maintenance on a few basic components. Things like spark plugs, distributor points and condensers, valve adjustments, timing adjustments, and carburetor adjustments were needed on an annual basis. It was this qualified need that prompted the industry to coin the phrase “tune up”. Today a tune-up refers to just about any combination of events that cause a car to run poorly. Items such as distributorless ignition, computerized engine controls, and fuel injection have completely changed the needs of the modern car. Things like advances in spark plug technology, and the improved efficiency of the combustion system, have increased the time between basic engine maintenance services drastically. What used to be annually has now increased to 60,000 or even 90,000-mile increments. While things like spark plugs, filters, and fluids still need to be replaced at regular intervals to keep your car running problem free, most other components are now likely to last the life of the car. If your car is running poorly or has a warning indicator on the dash, trust the pros at America’s Auto & Tire in Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Montrose, and Alamosa, CO to pinpoint the problem. We have the tools, equipment, and trained experienced technicians to solve the problem quickly and efficiently.