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I have a real problem with how you attempt to inform people by making them distrust auto technicians and repair shops. Maybe you should turn your distrust of hard working people around and point the finger at all the white collar rip off artists, like those in Washington DC. If you don’t know what your car needs then you are uninformed and irresponsible and if you get ripped off then it is your fault. You bought the car! YOU are the one responsible for understanding it. Most auto technicians and shops are very honest and work long hard hours. What are you going to say to the person that reads your first tip and drives off in an unsafe vehicle and dies because they didn’t trust the mechanic? YOU told them not to trust, therefore it will be YOUR FAULT!!!!!!! Great article for breeding mistrust!!!!!!
White collar people in DC rip everyone off every day, for billions, and you don’t trust mechanics. I’m sure doctors never rip you off or sell treatment you don’t need.
Many OEM parts are made in china and their quality is very good it’s Taiwanese parts that are usually poor quality. As far as saying your rarely need to flush the coolent or transmission fluid on your car is ridiculous! On most new vehicles the transmission fluid is burnt by 50,000 miles and your coolant becomes acidic after 2 to 3 years and starts eating the aluminum and plastic used to build modern engines. Some Fuel injection cleaners sold on the shelf are very good I like chevron techron personally. Having a shop clean your injection is not a waste of money the chemicals they burn in the top end of your engine are very strong and designed to thoroughly clean your injectors and and burn carbon of combustion chambers valves and pistons to restore proformance and fuel economy and extend engine life. Just my two cents
#25 is the worst of all cant believe hardly any of this. You can tell that this was wrote up by a woman who knows nothing about cars. Incredible where do they come up with this crap!!!! flushes in my opinion are some of the most important things you can do along with fuel injection cleaning and other maintenance, do watch out for cheap oil changes and break jobs the cheap oil change is mostly done when shops get slow and are looking for work, that doesn’t always mean they are trying to screw you so if they tell you something isn’t right have them show you if they are honest they will most likely not have a prob with that. cheap breaks are trash. old tires are your choice just be careful just cause they are a lil old doesn’t always mean they are no good take time to look and inspect them. Like its been said many times do the research on the shop b4 u go to it. not all shops that are dirty are bad a lot of times in my experience I try very hard to keep my bays clean and all tools back in they place to prevent loosing tools they are not cheap but when you are busy a lot of times you don’t have a chance to clean up between each car so it waits until the end of the day. there is a fine line between messy and dirty. OEM parts are the way to go spend the money its worth it. busy shops are generally a good sign I would rather wait a day or two than get bad service from an unknown crap shack down the street with a bunch of shad tree mechanics that can sweep and clean good. ASE is always better but there are some of us out there that do good work and are not ase certified I am a mechanic not an ASE tech there is a big difference. An ASE tech went to school to get education on certain areas of auto there are many ASE certifications you can get on many areas of the automobile not to mention on the job education that an ase tech has. I tip my hats to those of you that are ASE certified techs I know the diff between the two unlike a lot of people you have worked hard to get the title of ASE CERTIFIED TECH and I have not but you must admit there are good and bad techs as well as mechanics and just because you don’t have a patch saying that you are ASE certified don’t mean you are incapable of doing the job. I have a good friend who is ASE certified master tech with about 20 years experience he is also GM certified and I am 26 years old with about 4 years experience with nothing more than some advanced auto classes and a few I-car classes, my friend would still rather work along side me than most of the cert techs in our area of course he taught me most of what I know. anyways I hope this may help some of you who are willing to listen to good advice given by most of the people who have commented on this horrible list of dos and donts.
Coolant and Transmission flushes are recommended by almost every auto make (all have different mileage recommendations however). The longer you keep coolant in your engine, the more acidic it becomes and the more damage it does to your motor. Same with trans fluid, but trans fluid will also break down like any other oil. These are NOT gimmicks…
Fuel system cleanings are not gimmicks either.. Throttle bodies with enough carbon build up will throw a CEL and run HORRIBLE. If done right, a fuel cleaning will clean the valves and combustion chambers and increase power and fuel efficiency.