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I took my 2009 Honda Accord in for an oil change at 14,500 miles and they told me that the power steering fluid is contaminated and needs to be changed out ($169). They also said the cabin/HEPA micro filter is dirty and to replace it would be $120. They also wanted to perform electronic fuel injection system cleaning but didn't list a price. Is this normal for only being at 14,500 miles? I live in Los Angeles. Thanks!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Debbie, If you check your owners manual it will list recommended service intervals at key mileage points. In my personal opinion these prices are way out of the norm. The cabin filter and power steering fluid (to my recollection) should be due for a system "flush" around 30k miles. Again, if you review the service manual by the manufacturer you can double check the recommended mileage. I would seek a second opinion, in this will may find a cheaper price....You can also purchase a service manual that is offered by a local auto parts store, in which you can find easy to follow steps to replace your cabin air filter. This way you will endure NO labor cost in replacement. Your power steering fluid should be "honey" in color, if it is gray or darker brown it is recommended to have a fluid flush. With a vehicle with such low miles, I would not be hesitant to seek a second opinion. Thank You for writing into AskPatty! A.J. Pierce

Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hi Debbie, You must go with your instinct! If it does not feel right, it is not right! Your owners manual will help guide you as to what services are needed, and when they need to be done. I agree with you, all of that work does seem very pre-mature. Audra (the auto-motivator)

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Your power steering fluid may be under warranty - call your dealer. As for the cabin filter, it could be due to be changed but definitely shop price, you could do better on the price. The fuel service is not due until about 30,000 miles. Also check your owners manual for the intervals for power steering service because a lot of cars do not need that done.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Debbie, I would definitely be skeptical of all of this maintenance so soon also. Ask to see new power steering fluid and a new HEPA filter and compare them with what is in your vehicle. You should also check your owner*s manual for scheduled maintenance. If it*s really far off from 14,500 miles, you may want a second opinion. Suzanne

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