A seasoned mechanic revealed why you should inspect your car before taking it to a garage for a standard repair.
Auto expert Scotty Kilmer explained in a TikTok that technicians may spray oil on shock absorbers to make your vehicle look like it’s in dire need of an unnecessary repair.
Scotty’s (@scottykilmerofficial) video clip shows a scenario where you think your car needs one or more new shock absorbers.
These components are located behind a vehicle’s tires and use a shock absorber and spring assembly to prevent the car from bouncing.
Signs that you need to replace your vehicle’s shock absorbers include faster tire tread wear, unusual noises, sway, brake problems and fluid leaks, according to Les Schwab Tire Centers.
But Scotty points out that shop mechanics may spray oil on your shock absorbers to make them look like they’re leaking and therefore charge you for a repair you don’t need.
This experienced technician says you can avoid becoming a victim of this oil scam by getting under your vehicle with a flashlight and inspecting the parts for leaks before heading to a workshop.
Every car has four shock absorbers surrounded by a spring.
Scotty’s second way of checking for failed shock absorbers is to repeatedly press on your vehicle’s hood with both hands.
Excessive bouncing during this test indicates that your car needs new shock absorbers.
Viewers praised Scotty’s honesty and straightforwardness in the comments section on this TikTok.
One viewer commented, “Scotty the trusted mechanic.”
Another TikTok account wrote, “I honestly trust him because he screams and he sounds midwestern.”