Well, many shops charge a diagnostic fee to figure out your problem
(frequently, it takes 5 minutes to hook up the computer, run it and
come up with the diagnosis) and many places will not charge you if
there is indeed something wrong (or they can convince you that there
is) and you get it fixed. My independent shop generally charges $65.
'07 Ody EX
Central NJ USA
Of course he told me my front pads were thin, which I already knew. I
replaced the front pads at about 82k and I still have wear left on the
2nd set at 172k.
The rotors were not turned at 82k.[and never have been] I have no
issues with the brakes, is there any real need to turn the rotors??
There's no pulling or shuddering when I brake.
When I am parked and the engine is off, and depress the brake pedal,
when I release the pedal, I hear a squeak, what is that and how do I
get rid of it?
Most dealers will charge a diagnostics fee for "checking out" a reported
problem. It keeps the time-wasting hypochondriacs and serial-shoppers away,
and makes sure the garage will spend its time diagnosing problems that
they'll actually get paid for.
Time-wasters are a huge problem for most dealerships, so you have to have
some way of making sure they're kept at bay. Otherwise the techs will spend
half their day working for nothing.
I know of no garage that will NOT waive the diag fee if they actually find
Independents, and chain stores like Midas, have a different approach: they
offer "free" inspections, to /encourage/ you to bring your car in for
diagnostics that you will get for "free". But they make their money off
that by making sure their "free" inspection finds something wrong that is
in dire need of repair.
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