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I took my 2010 Ody in to get the power steering pump recall performed at David Hobbs Honda, Glendale, WI. They did the work and returned the van to me. I could smell fluid burning as I walked up to the van and hopped in. I thought the tech must have gotten fluid all over the exhaust and it was burning off. I almost drove off, almost. I decided I had better pop the hood and check the engine compartment. I went around to the front and seen white smoke coming from the grill. I thought, how much fluid did he spill? I opened the hood completely and found a rag up against the exhaust smoldering. The rag was close to completely catching fire and I'd guess a third of it had already burned up. I managed to squeeze my hand down near the exhaust and grab it. I took the rag inside and showed it to the service manager. They pulled the van back in, checked for damage and said I was good to go. I am not sure how I feel about this but their service dept. does not inspire confidence in me. I'll have to check for damage later. I am also glad I didn't just drive home. I felt like I was being "weird" or something by popping the hood and checking their work. I'm glad I did. I don't know how much damage the rag would have caused if it started on fire while I was driving. Who knows? It might have just burned itself out. Or not. Just remember the stories you read here and don't feel weird checking the tech's work.
 

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Everyone should check the car before leaving the repair shop.
If you drive the car off, any problem you find due to poor workmanship will be harder to prove.

I always:
- open the hood and see if anything is missing, broken or out of place.
- check fluid levels.
- look under for any obvious fluid leak.
- look inside the car for trash or dirty spots on steering wheel, dash, seat.

If a job requires removing the tires, I would bring the car home and re-install the lug nuts.

Let's just say I've found several things not to my liking and the shop had to make amends on the spot.

So I don't feel weird or embarrassed when I open up the hood of the car before I drive out of the shop's parking lot.
 

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I, too always look under the hood after leaving a repair shop. You just never know about some of these places/people working on your vehicle. What txn said is good advice on what to check. Like txn, I always retighten the lugs after I have the tires removed to perform a service job. Plus, I always check to make sure they are at least tight before leaving the shop.
 
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