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15,000 Maintenance service schedule

cfields13

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Hey everybody,

I have my 15k mile service scheduled with the dealership for this weekend, they are going to do oil, lube & filter which is also due and then rotate tires, check brakes, check differentials, transfer case, transmission, all four wheel drive components, passenger cabin air filters, etc. etc. They recommend having this done every 15k miles or once a year if you do any 4 wheel driving or towing. They quoted me around $600.00 for a 3-4 hour service and said it was so expensive because of the synthetic oils in the transfer case etc.

My question is, "Am I getting my chain jerked?"

I appreaciate any and all input.

Clyde

changed topic to "Need input" as "Need input today" was no longer applicable. --brmiller
 
You are getting TOTALLY arse raped. What the DEALER wants to do in service and what YOU need to do to maintain your warranty are two separate things.

Lube, oil and filter, differential service, tire rotation, brake inspection, and changing your cabin air filter (actually it should have been done at 12.5K) are all reasonable for 15K service. They shouldn't be changing transmission or differntial fluid at this stage of the game.

This is exactly why I only bring my Avalanche to the dealer when it's broken...damn I hate crooked service departments, they really hurt the repuatation of a great truck and a good company.
 
I think you're getting your chain jerked, but then I do almost all of my routine maintenance, and think that most auto service prices are way out of line. ?

The real work that they are doing is oil, filter, lube, rotate tires and passenger cabin air filter - probably less than $50 worth of parts (with synthetic engine oil), and no complicatd procedures. ?The 'check' items are a way of making it look like they are doing a lot when they aren't - it's a high price to pay for fluid level checks and inspections. ?

Now, if they are changing (not just checking) fluids in the tranny, transfer case, diff's, etc. MAYBE it's getting close - but a 'check' doesn't usually imply that - and IMO they are selling uneeded work if they are doing that at 15 k miles.

I'd seek a second opinion - or get advice from this great site and DIY!
 
Okay that was a the feeling I was starting to get, they do good job of the oil, lube and filter.

So my list for this service should be

Oil, lube and filter.
Tire rotation, brake inspection, differential service (checking fluid levels?) and changing the cabin air filter.

Just a guess maybe $200 or so?
 
You are getting totally mobed. I used to work at a chevrolet dealer in Chicago. There price for a 15K was $160.00 A 30K service was $300.00 don't pay more than $180. for the 15K. :B:
 
cfields13 said:
Okay that was a the feeling I was starting to get, they do good job of the oil, lube and filter.

So my list for this service should be

Oil, lube and filter.
Tire rotation, brake inspection, differential service (checking fluid levels?) and changing the cabin air filter.

Just a guess maybe $200 or so?

Find yourself a good ASE certified mechanic with late model GM training and tell dealer to shove it. My mechanic has 3 corvettes, a Yukon and all the necessary bells and whistles equipment to keep me running. Support the independent service guys. Up the dealer.
 
Perform the service listed in your owners manual and NOT the service recommended by the dealer. ?

My dealer does the same thing, stuck in the owners manual is a piece of paper with their recommended service. ?Alot more service = alot more money for the dealer.

-Mark
 
I would talk to the Service Manager, If he is the one that is telling you this then go to the Dealership Manager and then the owner. And then, go look elsewhere for a honest mechanic.

You don't have to have the maintance done at the dealership to support your warranty, You just have to have records that it was done.

Oh, you also need to let EVERYONE you know the name of the Dealership and what they did to you. Don't stretch it, just say facts.

And, if you don't like there price, go somewhere else and get a second quote for the work done.

 
Hosed in a big way. Sign up on the owners area of www.chevrolet.com, enter your vehicle information and any prior service you have had (it's maintained there so you only have to do once). The site will calculate the next service you need to maintain your warranty. If the dealer is telling you that more is needed, show him the printout or find yourself another dealer or mechanic. Your dealer is taking you to the cleaners.
 
I just called my dealer and his 15k service is $113.95 and does not include the cabin filters. ?They do emissions testing, oil flush, engine diagnostics, rotation, and normal brake and fluid level inspections. ?Whew at least it isn't $600..... :eek:

I will probably talk to TexAvFan and see if his shop will have Av specials ;D
 
OUCH

I take my own Oil & Filters in for the dealer when I do an oil chnage - no way am I paying $7.50 for a quart of Mobile 1. It cost me $20 plus my parts for them to do the oil change.

The in cabin air filters cost $16 at NAPA - I bought them and realized I didn't even have in cabin air filters :(

I had my tires roated and balanced after 22K miles - they didn't really need balanced - $36 While the tires were off I checked my own brakes :)

When you have the oil changed, they are supposed to check all your fluid levels.

YES you are getting ripped a new one IMHO

 
Ummm. . . Wiki . . ..

Is that KY Jelly the synthetic or conventional variety ?

;D ;D ;D
 
I am currently paying 41 dollars for a oil and lube job and the chevy house. That is with Mobil one. He checks my differentia fluid, washer fluid, power steering, transmission fluid. Checks the air in my tires and resets if needed. He usually spends about an hour on it.
Those guys :8: that do that to people should have their , well i won't go there, don't want to get filtered out.......
You have received enough evidence just with this post to tell you they are full of ding......................
zeeya Thats what we are all here for......watching each others back,,,,,,,,
 
wrchism said:
Ummm. . . Wiki . . ..

Is that KY Jelly the synthetic or conventional variety ?

;D ;D ;D

Synthetic KY Jelly has less firiction and causes less wear to the parts. ;) If you go the conventional route, be prepared to add extra as this type tends evaporate durring periods of extreme conditions. My dealer recomends changing after every use. Just clarifying things. ;)
 
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Thanks so much to everybody for their input, I am going to just have them have do the standard oil, lube and filter checkup as it needs to be done, and then I am going to try and find a local shop to do the other work, drove by one today near my work and the owner drives an Av so maybe will try them out.

Thank you again for all your help.

Clyde
 
Wiki said:
Ask him if that includes the KY Jelly!
And a kiss afterwards?
 
Here's a tip that's worked for me over the past several years:

When taking your vehicle to a dealer for servicing, take it to one in a low-income neighborhood. If the guy in both the rich and poor neighborhoods are going to screw you, the guy in the poor neighborhood is accustomed to do it for a lot less money. He can only screw people out of what they can afford.

I was taking my Dodge to a dealership in Sandy Utah and they were constantly finding stupid little things to raise my regular service to the $300-700 price range. Once I started taking it to a dealer in West Valley, I never had anything near that.

BTW, it's the same with jewelry. The exact same ring, from the exact same jewelry store chain is going to cost less in a "bad" neighborhood than it will in an expensive part of town.
 
Oil change and lube job at jiffy lube $25
Tire rotation at a tire shop $20
Brake inspection at Minekee $49
The things you learn on this Web site PRICELESS

BTW
I have never been to any of these places but I thought this sounded good.
 
HeavyD said:
Oil change and lube job at jiffy lube $25
Tire rotation at a tire shop $20
Brake inspection at Minekee $49
The things you learn on this Web site PRICELESS

BTW
I have never been to any of these places but I thought this sounded good.
This post is priceless! ROFL
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-- SS
 
I'm coming up on 15,000 miles and I'm planning on doing some maintenance.

I'm changing

1 - Fuel Filter

2 - Air Filter

3 - PCV

is there any more suggestion ?

Roland
 
i would change the air filter. not real sure if i would change the other stuff. the other stuff is not expensive though. i guess it would not hurt.
 
your really wasting your money by changing the PCV and fuel filter. thats really overkill.

fuel filter should not need to be changed until around 20k miles if that. Unless you are using some really crappy gas. I see you are a Texans fan which is good, me too but here in Houston our fuel is pretty clean.
 
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