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Q: I have a 2008 Accura MDX, my dealer’s service rep has recommended 15,000 mile service to include “throttle body service” ($228.95), “transmission fluid flush” ($179.95), “differential fluid flush” ($109.95) and “A/C Pollen Filter replacement” ($99.95). The vehicle is only 16 months old, is garaged and cared for, and never has been off road. These services seem unnecessary to me. What is your opinion? Thanks for your help.

A: According to Alldata, at 15,000 miles on your vehicle the manufacturer recommends a lube, oil, and filter change, replacing the cabin air filter, differential service (recommended at 7,500 miles, 15,000 miles and then every 15,000 miles thereafter), and tire rotation, in addition to several inspections. The A/C pollen filter replacement is the cabin air filter. The manufacturer recommends a transmission flush at 60,000 miles. Typically, the throttle body service is recommended by most dealers and independent automotive service centers every 30,000 miles to reduce carbon build up.


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