My mechanic just informed me that I need a brake fluid flush and a power steering flush. Do I really need those?


Dear Madison:

This a a topic that is much debated in the industry. Let me just say this and keep it as simple as possible. We have never, ever, ever, ever, in 25 years, (did I say never?) charged anyone for a brake fluid or power steering flush. You may deduce what you will from that.

See photo to sum up my opinion.




About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 20 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,, has no problem saying what's on her mind. As a woman (and single parent) in this crazy business, Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world. Over the years she's dealt with all kinds of crazy scenarios and her customers run the gamut of celebrities, NYPD, FDNY, churches, missions, to countless NYC dwellers. Elayne's brash, straight-forward NY, "take no crap", honest, in-your-face style has helped her dramatically over the years. Elayne has prided herself for the special care she gives to women who are often mistreated in the auto repair world. Her business model is to treat all of her customers as if they were her friends (many of them end up being just that) and to deal with them honestly. She loves the idea of imparting her wisdom and helping women (and men) learn how to deal with their repair shop and be a more informed customer.
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One Response to Question:

  1. Mackenzie Lackey says:

    There is much to know about Auckland mechanics. they are charging huge price for just brakes fluid flush and even for oiling. As a customer we should be aware about them now.

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