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AlwAys get A second opinion

But gasolines are so clean these days If a second shop confirms that you
Well, it sounds like your dealer has that I’m not sure I can remember the need these things, then you’ll know
your dealer is on the up and up,
a small boat with a payment due. If last time we used the machine.
he had a 38-foot cabin cruiser, he’d So, those services shouldn’t be and you can go back to him with
be recommending shocks and an needed unless your car is showing confidence. If the shop says you can
exhaust system, too, Linda. Let’s start symptoms of dirty fuel injectors. The get another 10,000 miles out of these
with the good news. Your dealer’s primary symptoms are hesitation on tires, and they have no idea why
prices are not out of line. What he’s acceleration, or a check engine light
the dealer is recommending a fuel
Dear Car Talk:
proposing to charge you for each of that’s on and storing a code for a
I am the original owner of my 2015 those services is pretty reasonable, fuel system problem. Otherwise, the injector cleaning, you can factor that
Mazda 3 with just under 28,000 assuming he’s selling good quality cleaning is completely unnecessary. into your future car repair plans, too.
miles. During my recent routine tires. The bad news is that you may You may need tires. Original
service appointment, the following not need any of those things. We equipment tires on modestly priced
Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in
actions were recommended: replace have a machine in the shop that does cars are often not great quality and do
care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive,
all four tires ($460, not counting the throttle body and fuel injector wear out by 30,000 miles. You might
Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting
labor), throttle body service ($65) cleaning. It’s called the Motor Vac, ask around (or check mechanicsfiles.
the Car Talk website at
and fuel injector service ($130). I’ve but we call it the Wallet Vac. We used com) for a recommendation of a
had 10- to 14-year-old cars and never to use it a couple of times a week. It good, independent mechanic in your © 2020 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug
had one needing the last two services would make a big difference for cars area, and get a second opinion on all Berman Distributed by King Features
Syndicate, Inc.
mentioned above. What do you think that were stumbling and hesitating. three of these services.
is going on? — Linda