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My 2008 Mazda3 s GT 4 door is in a neighborhood auto shop for Strut replacement. The mechanic called and said he needs to charge $60 extra to reprogram the computer. Why would suspension work requirement resetting the computer?

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Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube It shouldn't. Ask him to explain why and if not happy with the answer get a second opinion.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Anne, You are spot on, NO you do not need to reset any computers after a strut replacement. I wonder if the shop was talking about doing an alignment on your Mazda. It's always a good idea to check the alignment after doing any steering or suspension work on a car.

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Anne, There would not be a need for PCM or ECU reprogramming for suspension repairs.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive The additional charge is most likely to recalibrate the steering angle sensor after an alignment, but he should be able to explain what that charge is for and what they are doing. If all he can tell you is that there is an additional charge and can't explain why, find a different repair shop.

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