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post #1 of 24 Old 01-12-2018, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Where to replace brake fluid in Chicago?

I am a newbie here so please forgive me if the question is not appropriate. Basically I have a 2013 accord with 17K miles and my dealer wants me to replace the brake fluids. I agree the owners manual says change every three years and have no objection to getting it done but I somehow don't feel confident with Fletcher Jones Honda in Chicago. Also I asked the three other dealers in Chicago and got a quote between $70 - $180. I also read that not everyone does a full flush and I don't think I am savvy enough to understand what the dealer is doing even I am standing in front of my car in this matter.
So I am hoping there are other forum members from Chicago who might recommend the right place to get a proper flush and replacement.

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I bet RickBlaine would bring over a couple brewskis and live stream you doing it yourself in the driveway. since it will only cost you about 20 bucks in supplies and fluid, you could probably tip him a few bucks for holding the camera.


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If you don't even know what's involved you could watch a couple of YouTube videos of brake bleeding. But do dealerships let you go into the shop and watch the techs, to make sure they bleed the lines?
The only way I know, to make sure a job is done correctly, is to do it myself.
I couldn't believe it when I heard ericthecarguy say it was acceptable to simply change the fluid in the reservoir. It's not acceptable to me.

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Few years ago I would have jumped at the opportunity to watch YouTube videos and replace brake fluid on my own. Unfortunately I don't have enough sanity to feel confident of not messing it up and hence I am looking to pay a professional to do it correctly.
Any one here who doesn't do it himself/herself cares to share ?
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Do you know anyone who can advise you on what shop to bring the car to in your area? Family, co-workers?

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Haha all my friends trust their car dealership to do the right thing - maybe I am the only one not liking mine.
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This is the same service center who tried to scare me into doing transmission fluid change at 16k four years.
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This is the same service center who tried to scare me into doing transmission fluid change at 16k four years.
I can only imagine your pain when you are asked "Do you want fries with that?"

Are you scared if you are asked "You want to supersize that meal?"

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People trust the dealerships, and other shops, because they don't have much choice. There were very few times I've had my cars worked on at a shop, but I don't think many of them will let you go into the shop and watch them work on your car, even if you know what you're looking at. Even if someone you know says they trust a certain mechanic, can you really believe them? It's a dilemma for sure. If you can't DIY, you are at their mercy IMO. Your best bet is having a mechanic who is a friend or relative, who you know you can trust. One of my close friend's father used to own a shop with his brothers, and I knew I could trust him not to screw me over, but he has since retired and the shop is no more.

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This has nothing about unnecessary services which is what I believe is the case if you are being strongly suggested to do a full transmission fluid replacement in four years. Am I wrong in assuming that is unnecessary ? I couldn't find anything about that in the owners manual unlike brake fluid which is clearly stated to be replaced every three years. They also keep pressuring me to do oil change every 6months even though the owners manual say it will be ok up to a year.
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Look YELP reviews for a good indie shop if you can't get a recommendation from someone that knows about cars, any shop can do a brake fluid flush, make sure they use a DOT 3 fluid (DOT 4 works too but the fluid change is every 2 yrs.). You should be going by a time maintenance plan instead of mileage. Transmission fluid can oxidize, engine oil can sludge if the car doesn't get enough use. I would do 1 d/f on the trans. & get an oil change every 6 months (if you do a lot of short trips).

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This is the same service center who tried to scare me into doing transmission fluid change at 16k four years.
I can only imagine your pain when you are asked "Do you want fries with that?"

Are you scared if you are asked "You want to supersize that meal?"
I am happy that you are so confident in these matters.
I do know what super sized fries will do to me. Not doing a transmission fluid replacement when the service manager says they strongly recommend it makes me doubt myself - I don't feel bad about that at all.
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These people are using scare tactics on you. I have never seen anything related to a time limit (4 years or otherwise) on transmission fluid. Have you talked to the manager about this? You should find another shop, IMO.
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