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My service engine light came on @ 86,000 miles on my ford escort zx (1998). Seems like every time I bring it into the shop for a little thing (oil change, tires, etc) something goes wrong the next week...do repair shops do that to keep your business- especially being a female I feel raped by them!

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Diana, A 10 yr old Ford Escort at 86,000 depending on it*s condition, could be in a repair cycle. Various parts could be wearing out and need replacing. Example: brakes, shocks, belts, hoses, wheel bearings, headlights and running lights, etc. There is also maintenance work the vehicle will need every 30,000 miles or so to keep running reliably. Example: tune up, transmission flush, coolant flush, brake flush. The only way you can get by without having to put any money into a vehicle other then oil changes and tires is by buying a new vehicle and trading it in approx. every 3 years. Cars are a major expense. As to your shop charging you for work you don*t need.... that is a whole different issue. Hope this helps. Amy

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Diana, You have the right to ask them to show you what needs to be repaired, and you also have the right to have a mechanic accompany you if you know of one you can trust. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Diana, Reputable dealerships do not intentionally damage your vehicle. If you have a bad feeling about the shop you have been going to, ask your friends, neighbors or coworkers who they trust to fix their vehicles. Also, you can check out the list of female friendly shops on Ask Patty. Suzanne

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