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Fuel Induction Service: Necessary or Not?

I have a 2008 Honda Odyssey with 60,000 miles on it. It is well-maintained (has been serviced every 5,000 miles @ dealership). It was just taken to the dealership for a 60,000mi service. I was told there is "some carbon buildup on the throttle body and we suggest a Fuel Induction Service (cost=$230)". They said it doesn't need to be done today, but should be done soon. I am having no problems with the car.
Is this a necessary service or is this just another way for the dealership to make money?
Thanks in advance for any advice!


  • There is a fine line between preventive maintainence which will avoid huge repair bills in the future,
    and 'busy work' that can be sold as such but is mostly profit.

    I think, in this case, if you're not have any problems that this would fix...Tell them no thanks, maybe at 100k
  • Fuel Induction Service, also known as Induction System Cleaning, is one of the new useless revenue generators that dealerships are using to stay in business. As long as your vehicle is operating properly you don't need it.

    In short, it's a scam. Skip it.
  • Skip it. While I wouldn't go so far as to call it a scam, it is often sold to people who don't need it.

    If some day you notice a lack of power, you might try pouring a bottle of fuel injector cleaner into the gas tank. If that doesn't work, you might consider purchasing the fuel induction service.

    My Honda has 207,000 miles on the odometer, and I've never had this service done on my car. Every once in a while, for peace of mind, I buy a bottle of fuel system cleaner and pour it into the fuel tank, but even that probably isn't necessary.
  • edited July 2011
    Many shops try to sell this induction service to every customer who walks in the door. They don't even inspect the car. That should tell you all you need to know.

  • A overly dirty throttle body will typically cause inconsistent idle speed.
    It does no harm to wait until the symptom appears.
    I cleaned the throttle body on my '88 Accord at about 180,000 miles.
  • edited July 2011
    Thanks everyone! Your good advice just saved me a bunch of money...again!
    I will wait to have the service done until there are a lot more miles on the car &/or if I start having problems.
    I appreciate your expertice. Have a great day!
  • I suggest that you find someone else to maintain your Honda. This dealer seems to prefer selling unneeded services to you than providing proper maintenance. Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers and nearby relatives who they use to maintain their cars. Eventually, you will find a few shops mentioned several times. Those are good places to start.
  • edited July 2011
    I agree with jtsanders. This dealership seems to be selling you things not listed on the maintenance schedule for your car, and that isn't the kind of thing that builds trust between you and your service provider. These are obviously shady people you are dealing with, and the longer you give them your business, the more they will try to generate extra profit at your expense. It probably won't end with recommended services. If you take the vehicle to them with a problem, they might tell you a part needs to be replaced that doesn't need to be replaced, and that is something we might not be able to help you with over the internet.

    You should take the time to find someone trustworthy to do the maintenance on your Odyssey. It might be another Honda dealership, or a national chain, or an independently owned and operated shop, but the important thing is that you should be able to trust the person who maintains your car and recommends particular services.
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