I have just purchased a '93 Ford Taurus with only 60,000 miles and I need to have a tune-up performed. What I have gathered is that a tune-up can consist of many things, and mechanics don't all do the same things: 1.Road test the vehicle if necessary to verify certain problems. 2.Inspect hoses and belts, and replace as necessary. 3.Check all fluid levels. 4.Check cooling fan operation. 5.Inspect the general condition of vacuum hoses and electrical wires. 6.Clean battery terminals, and check cable condition. 7.Perform battery load test, and perform battery hydrometer test if possible; determine battery condition. 8.Check alternator maximum output and normal voltage setting; determine charging system condition. 9.Check starting motor current draw; determine starting motor condition. 10.Perform compression test or cylinder power balance test. 11.Replace spark plugs. 12.Test spark plug wires, and replace as required. 13.Test and inspect distributor cap and rotor, and replace as necessary (distributor-type ignition system). 14.Test maximum coil voltage; replace coil if necessary. 15.Check ignition timing; adjust if necessary. 16.Test fuel pump pressure, and replace fuel filter. 17.Check and replace air filter. 18.Check heated air inlet system operation. 19.Check injector balance. 20.Inspect fuel system for leaks. 21.Clean injectors. 22.Check emission devices such as PCV, EGR, and canister purge systems for proper operation. 23.Check engine computer system for fault codes. 24.Road test the vehicle to be sure there are no performance problems. My Father used to do this for me but doesn't anymore because of (and I am quoting here) "All the *%$#ing computers they put in cars today, you can't even work on them yourself anymore!" Should I have this done at a Ford dealership? Or do independent mechanics have the same computer diagnostic equipment? Any input is appreciated!