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By: Jeff B.
Any Body's Garage
In response to Mr. Kahlboy2004, I'm sorry you felt our diagnostic services were only worth $25. 2005 Ford Freestar's have a highly complicated computer controlled fuel management system that includes the computer pulsing the electrical circuit based upon fuel needed. Many years ago, all we had to perform was a fuel pressure test backed by a test to see if power and ground were available to the fuel pump. Unfortunately those tests are no longer complete to verify the cause of the problem. Today we use very technical computers to communicate with the vehicle's computer and verify signals with lab scopes and other electrical equipment. We pride ourselves on being highly accurate with our diagnosis of vehicles and our customers have come to expect us being right the first time. In order to accomplish this we must have very highly trained Technicians using the latest test equipment available. This equipment was used on your 2005 Ford Freestar to diagnose the condition correctly the first time. Once we have diagnosed the vehicle correctly we estimate based upon using the highest quality parts available so we can offer a 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty covering both parts and labor nationwide. The estimate given would have included parts, labor, diagnostic fees as well as all taxes and other fees associated with performing a complete repair. A complete repair may include other items to prevent a premature failure of the new part. This was certainly the case with your vehicle. Replacement of the fuel pump alone is not a complete repair. When a competitive survey was performed, labor was found to be in the $220 range and the fuel pump between $400 and $500 not including the other items needed to perform a complete repair. Add tax and diagnostic fees and we approach $900. Again I'm sorry you didn't feel an accurate diagnosis was worth more than $25. We wish you the best of luck. Owner Any BODY'S Garage
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By: rtipton
Zoey's Mediterranean Cuisine
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By: Tom H.
K & M Automotive
Great Service.. Helping Local people
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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