Car Repair Scams to Watch Out For

Avoid being overcharged for a service you don’t really need. Here are the car repairs to steer clear of.

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Engine Flush

Don’t let them trip you up: Get an engine flush only if you’ve been driving the car for several years and notice a buildup of greasy material under the oil cap. If a mechanic says you need a flush because your oil is “dirty,” he’s lying. Stop believing these 12 common car myths while you’re at it, too.

Fuel-Injector Cleaning

Fuel injectors should be cleaned, but usually not until they’ve logged a lot of miles (think 100,000 or more). If the mechanic says the ones on your 20,000-mile car are filthy, he’s full of it. However, if you do suspect that there might be a problem with your fuel injectors, play it safe and add fuel-injector cleaner to your gas tank during your next fill-up. Otherwise, if you buy good-quality gas and have a fairly new car, your injectors probably don’t require cleaning. If your car has trouble starting, here’s a simple solution that could solve the problem.

Gas-Saving Devices

They do not work. Period. To save gas, accelerate gradually, avoid unnecessary braking, empty your trunk of junk, and learn how to coast effectively. Get the scoop of gas additives, too.

Auto-Transmission Flush

Don’t even think about it until your odometer has reached 60,000 miles, since most cars have filters that keep transmission fluid flowing freely. Find out what goes into a transmission flush.

Here’s video of one repair that’s not a rip-off and one you can do yourself.