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Old 31 Jan 2013, 11:32 am
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I own a 2009 Acura TSX and it calls for maintenance A123. I received a quote from the dealership at approx. $400 for this services. I decided to take it to a local auto shop as it's only a routine maintenance and the service was cheaper. I called the acura dealership for a general question (if my car absolutely required synthetic oil?) and they kept telling me Acuras required Acura Honda brand oil/parts and that anything else would ruin the car. They also said, for trans flush/service, the car should be driven and oil replaced 3 times and a Trans machine should NOT be used. The shop the car is at is using the trans machine. Is the dealership just full of it? I called the auto shop where my car is being serviced and they told me they are following the factory recommendations through the ALLDATA system. I don't know if the dealership is just feeding me BS and this car can be taken for service to any reputable auto shop. I can't believe these new cars most ALWAYS be taken to the dealership. Can someone shed some light and comment?
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Old 31 Jan 2013, 11:46 am
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If you have a motor with variable cam timing you are better off using synthetic oil. Regular oil causes tarnish build up if not changed every 3,000 miles and the tarnish plugs up the advance solenoids and advance mechanism on the cam gear. NEVER flush a transmission! It blows all the dirt that was in the filter back into the valve body. If you just drain and fill the transmission every 60,000 miles you should be OK. I highly recommend buying the ATF from Honda.Don't go to Jiffy Lube or any of the other fast oil change joints where the high school drop outs will destroy your car! I guess you should have gone to the dealer, you already goofed up letting the bozos flush your transmission! They probably charged you a million dollars to do it too!
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Old 31 Jan 2013, 12:01 pm
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Dealer want your money! There is much to know with so many different autos and thats the purpose of alldata!
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