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I have a 2003 chevorlet suburban 1500. I had an oil change at speedy last saturday and they told me that I needed to flush the brake fluid and the transmission oil. They also told me that the battery was borderline. The suburban has 72000 miles and these services have never been done. But the truck has been running great without any problem. A couple of days after the oil change the car will not start due to weak battery. I jump started it and it worked fine. For next three days the battery charged up again and showed no problem. Them the display started showing a message "service ride control". As I reahced the destination and turned the car off and on the message didn't come again. Today as I started to go to work, the car started with a "Reduced engine power message" and the speed dropped to around 10 miles/hour. Pressing the gas pedal didn't help. On the contrary the car seems to accelrate slightly on taking the foot of the pedal. I am not sure if all these troubles are related and appreciate advice on what to do. I am scared to go to the dealer as manytime they tend to recommend unnecessary repairs and If I know waht needs to be done, i might not have to pay as much as otherwise.

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First off make sure your oil level is good. I dont trust my oil changes to anyone. at 72k miles im sure your automobile is due for a tranny and brake fluid flush. These are pretty simple maintenance things. As far as the codes. Take the truck to any autozone and they can check the codes its throwing free of charge and that will narrow down the problem greatly. Once you get the codes you can post them back here and I will be more then happy to assist you further. Please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly.
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