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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-16-2008, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

My maintenance minder flashed the A12 at me this morning so I plan to take it to the dealership next week to perform the service. My question is I purchased the 06 Ridgeline in April of 2005 so I'm coming up on the 3 year mark for the suggested brake fluid replacement.

Should I go ahead and throw that in now as well? Anyone have any idea what kind of price tag I'll be looking at for:

Oil Change
Rotate Tires
Replace air cleaner element
Replace Dust and Pollen filter
Inspect Drive Belt
Change Brake Fluid

?? I'd just like to prepare myself for how much this all might be and make sure they are not trying to take advantage of me. Thanks!
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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

yeah- most dealerhips get you for:

$25 Oil Change
$25 Rotate Tires
$50 Replace air cleaner element
$105 Replace Dust and Pollen filter
$15 Inspect Drive Belt
$100+ Change Brake Fluid

$320+.

I can do that for

$25 Oil Change & filter with synthetic oil
$0 Rotate Tires
$22 Replace air cleaner element
$22 Replace Dust and Pollen filter
$0 Inspect Drive Belt
$5+ Change Brake Fluid


$74


It starts paying to "change your own oil" and poke around and learn how to do BASIC maintenance. Least it does for me.
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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

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Replace Dust and Pollen filter
....and make sure they are not trying to take advantage of me. Thanks!
Replace Dust and Pollen filter

That one is easy....
try this...

Clean or replace your own cabin filter, improve air flow & save a bundle

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My maintenance minder flashed the A12 at me this morning so I plan to take it to the dealership next week to perform the service. My question is I purchased the 06 Ridgeline in April of 2005 so I'm coming up on the 3 year mark for the suggested brake fluid replacement.

Should I go ahead and throw that in now as well? Anyone have any idea what kind of price tag I'll be looking at for:

Oil Change
Rotate Tires
Replace air cleaner element
Replace Dust and Pollen filter
Inspect Drive Belt
Change Brake Fluid

?? I'd just like to prepare myself for how much this all might be and make sure they are not trying to take advantage of me. Thanks!

hey Honda Tech here, Brake fluid is a turd if you dont have the right stuff, though in my opinion as being a Tech it deff isn't worth 100 bucks, it only takes 15mins tops if you know your sh!t. air and pollen filters are sinple and i would learn to change your own oil! Honda Dealers use the cheapest oil on the market, if i named the brand you would shrug shoulders cause you haven't ever heard of it!
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Honda Dealers use the cheapest oil on the market, if i named the brand you would shrug shoulders cause you haven't ever heard of it!
I change my own oil but I have heard of Mobil.
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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

I think what he means is that most Honda dealers do not use Honda oil. They buy bulk oil from the cheapest supplier.

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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

We buy bulk oil here as well - however you need to remember that there are only a few companies that manufacture engine oil. The "bulk oil" is still purchased from a major supplier. In actuality, the oil we use here is conventional ExxonMobil oil.

Years ago consumer reports did a huge test of engine oils. They found that synthetics are slightly better than conventional oils, but that is not to say that conventional oil is bad. They used everything from valvoline and castrol to the wal-mart brand of engine oil. Their test vehicles were NYC taxi's. After extended use and testing they came to this conclusion. Oil is oil. As long as the bottle has the API(American petroleum institute) starburst that says "for gasoline engines" it will function perfectly - regardless of the branding. Regular change intervals are crucial, however. Those are the facts.

My opinion - I have no problem using bulk oil - but I choose to pay more and use Mobil 1.


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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

Got the A12 service due at 27,000. The cabin filter behind the glovebox was pretty clean so I cleaned it out and reused it. I replaced the engine air filter and wonder if the black patch in the center looks normal. This is my first time replacing that one and it's pretty oily.
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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

What they charge for 'inspections' is really the biggest ripoff. If nothing else, it does not take much education to inspect fluid levels, belt condition, CV joint covers, tire pressures and even brake or tire wear and making sure all your lighting is functional. You will be charged for every minute the tech spends doing these things (whether he actually does them ALL or not!)



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Re: A12 maintenance at 26,500 miles

Funny you mention this, I just replaced my air cleaner today which looked very similar to yours! Mine was also oily, which I attributed to a krown oil undercoating treatment. Did you get this or something similar done? If not then there goes my krown theory! Lol


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Got the A12 service due at 27,000. The cabin filter behind the glovebox was pretty clean so I cleaned it out and reused it. I replaced the engine air filter and wonder if the black patch in the center looks normal. This is my first time replacing that one and it's pretty oily.
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