Frequently Asked Questions

Bringing your vehicle to an auto mechanic in Albuquerque, NM means you’ve got questions. At Advance Team Automotive, Inc., we take the time to give you answers. We want you to feel comfortable coming to us with your automotive repair concerns, and we work hard to answer questions, educate our customers and give you peace of mind. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get.


What types of vehicles do you work on?

We can perform service on all vehicle makes and models, foreign and domestic. Our abilities include engine work, undercarriage services, auto electrical, transmissions, tune-ups and routine maintenance, emissions, auto HVAC and anything else your vehicle needs to run right.

How long will repairs take?

That depends! We’ll assess the scope of the problem and provide you a timeline for repairs when we deliver an estimate. We can complete some repairs as quickly as same-day; others may take several days depending on availability of parts and labor intensity.

Do I need to schedule an appointment?

While we try to reserve availability for simple drive-up services like emissions testing and oil changes, we prefer appointments. Appointments ensure we have enough time to give your vehicle the attention it deserves.

What are OEM vs. aftermarket parts?

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are identical to the parts and components in your vehicle direct from the factory. Aftermarket parts are made by third-party brands. We use OEM parts whenever possible to ensure proper performance and warranty compliance.

Why is my check engine light on?

Check engine lights can come on for a variety of reasons. We’ll read your car’s onboard computer diagnostic system and pull codes for check engine lights, giving us insight into what’s causing the light to come on and stay on.

Oil, Lube and Filter

How often should I change my oil?

It’s recommended you change your oil every 3k-5k miles, depending on the type of oil you put in it and how often you drive. Full synthetics tend to last longer.

How often do I need a fluid flush?

Fluid flushes are recommended every 30k miles or so for transmissions, engines and brakes. This helps preserve the integrity of the system and ensures any debris are flushed out.

What’s synthetic oil vs. blend?

Full synthetic and blended oils are two different types of engine oil. Full synthetics tend to last longer and boost engine performance, but are more expensive than blends.

Tires and Brakes

What tire pressure is right for my tires?

Most tires are rated for 32-35psi. The rated tire pressure for your vehicle can usually be found in the door jamb or in your owners’ manual.

How often should I get my brakes replaced?

We recommend brake repair to our Albuquerque, NM customers every 45-50k miles—sometimes more frequently for people who do a lot of city driving.

Why is my brake pedal ‘soft’?

A soft or ‘mushy’ brake pedal usually indicates a leak in the brake line. We generally recommend master cylinder service and a brake fluid flush.

Why are my brakes squeaking?

Because it’s time to get them replaced! Squeaking or squealing brakes indicate that the pad is worn down and that it’s time to get new ones.


How do I know if I have transmission trouble?

Transmission trouble is usually evident when gears start to slip or you have trouble shifting. Any friction noises or clunking when shifting is also a sign of trouble.

How can I tell if my transmission fluid is leaking?

Transmission fluid is red. If you see red spots on the ground when you move your vehicle, it’s very likely that you have a transmission leak.

Estimates and Warranties

Do you provide free estimates?

We do! Any reputable automotive repair shop will provide you with a free estimate before any work is done on your vehicle.

How do I know if the work is under warranty?

We’ll let you know if your repairs are under warranty when we deliver an estimate. All the work we do also comes with an extended nationwide warranty for 24 months or 24,000 miles.

Do you contact me before performing additional service?

Absolutely. If there are additional repairs or extra costs associated with your vehicle service, we call to provide an updated quote before any work moves forward.