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Oxygen Sensor Replacement in Albuquerque, NM

Oxygen Sensor Replacement in Albuquerque | Brown's Automotive ExpertsBrown’s Automotive Experts offers a wide range of automotive emission system services and repairs in Albuquerque area, including oxygen sensor replacement. The oxygen sensor (aka O2 sensor) tells your vehicle’s onboard computer about the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gases. The onboard computer uses this information to make real-time adjustments to the gasoline-air mixture, so that the engine can provide an optimal combination of fuel economy, power, and emissions.

Most oxygen sensors will last between 30,000-50,000 miles. It may seem like it is a very short time - after all, sensors have no moving parts, so nothing to break. The oxygen sensor operates under high temperatures, and is also bombarded with particulates and hot exhaust gases. As a result, its lifespan is limited. The second reason for oxygen sensor replacement is catalytic converter theft. Thieves often damage the sensor and wiring when cutting out the catalytic converter. As a matter of fact, in 2023, according to, oxygen sensor problems were the second most frequent cause of the check engine light coming "on".

Symptoms that May Indicate Oxygen Sensor Problems:

  • decreased fuel efficiency
  • rough idle
  • poor acceleration
  • black smoke coming from the exhaust
  • loss of engine power
  • check engine light "on"

Any of the above symptoms can be triggered by a malfunctioning O2 sensor. However, they could also be cause by problems unrelated to the oxygen sensor. That’s why we recommend that you bring you vehicle to a professional auto repair shop if it exhibits any of the above symptoms. While it is possible to drive with the oxygen sensor malfunctioning, it can cause damage to the catalytic converter, so we recommend having your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.

So call Brown’s Automotive Experts in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho if you notice any of the above-listed symptoms. We have five auto repair shops in the Albuquerque area, including shops in Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, and in the Northeast Heights, and they are all ready to assist you.  Our technicians, certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), will diagnose the cause of the problem, and will let you know the best solution.  If the oxygen sensor needs to be replaced, we can have your car ready usually the same day. Visit any Brown’s Automotive Experts location, and you will not only be greeted by our friendly service advisors, but can also expect technical excellence backed by our 3 year / 36,000 mile nationwide warranty.

You can call us to make an appointment, or you can make an appointment online, on our website, if you find it more convenient or if you need to make an appointment after the shops are closed.

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