8333 Jefferson NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Phone: (505) 856-8333
Fax: (408) 856-0118
Email: service@flashautoabq.com

Flash Automotive: Car Care Central

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Frequently Asked Questions About Oil Changes

  • Do I save money at a "franchise lube joint?"
    • Probably not. Most repair shops are prices in line with them.
  • Could I be oversold?
    • Yes, if you don't know how to identify worn or dirty items. An experienced service writer can save you money.
  • Should I have my oil changed at the fastest place?
    • Definitely not...you would be asking for a short-cutted job. You have a large investment in your car and only change oil a few times each year -- why rush it? Give the oil time to all drain out, and have the whole under-carriage inspected. Remember, you've run your car thousands of miles. This inspection might keep you from walking miles.
  • Should I have my car services over a pit or on a hoist?
    • A pit is quick and easy, but misses a lot. It takes longer to put one on a hoist, but many more components can be inspected, including: tires and wheels, brakes, suspension, and drive train. The suspension and steering joints can all be reached for lubrication.
  • Do I need synthetic oil?
    • No, especially if you don't drive many miles a year. There are advantages to using synthetics. You can run longer intervals between changes and get better gas mileage. These two items may offset the added cost.
  • What happens if one or more grease fittings are missed?
    • If it only happens occasionally, probably nothing. But if it happens regularly, the joint will run dry, get loose or lock up. It can add to excessive tire wear or (even worse) break, possibly causing an accident, not to mention a large repair bill.
  • Should I let my tire pressure be checked?
    • Yes! Correct tire pressure aids mileage and safety. Tire inflation increases with heat, so beware -- inexperienced people will sometimes lower your tire pressure thinking that they're over-inflated, not realizing that the tires are simply hot. This will leave you with under-inflated tires! Keep a guage in your car..
  • What happens if I don't change my oil regularly?
    • The additive packages in the oil will break down. When this happens, the oil will sludge up and fail to lubricate your engine's moving parts. This leads to excessive wear, which in turn will mean a large repair bill which could have been avoided. Remember: engines can't "heal" themselves. Wear from neglect can't be "cured" by additional oil changes.
  • What about differential and transmission oils?
    • Synthetics work well here, too. In fact, many newer cars and trucks come with it. Depending on the vechicle, 36-50,000 miles is where we suggest you change your fluid.
  • Do I need my coolant changed?
    • Yes, at least every two years. The additives can fail, causing the PH levels to fall (become more acidic), which will allow corrosion of parts.
  • How about my brake fluid?
    • Have us check your fluid condition. We have test strips to do this. Two to four years is generally the life of the fluid. With antilock brakes on most vehicles, good fluid could ward off an expensive repair.
We service all makes and models, both foreign and domestic.
To see a complete list of services that we offer, visit our Services page.

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