Protect Your Investment
Many vehicle owners make a common mistake when it comes to their vehicles’ maintenance, and that is neglecting the oil. Changing your vehicle’s oil and oil filter regularly should be on your routine checklist and is one of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your car and preserve the functionality of your engine.
High-quality motor oil is essential to proper engine functioning. Oil moves throughout various areas of the engine to reduce internal friction, lubricate moving parts, and create seals between different parts such as the cylinder walls, pistons, and rings. These seals act as lubrication, coolant, and cleaning agent all at once, reducing the amount of carbon and varnish accumulation inside your engine that degrades engine performance and reduces the lifespan of the engine. Oil also reduces the noise your engine produces and lessens the shock created by all its moving parts.
When you come to J.J.’s Auto Service Center in Waldorf, MD for an oil change or any other service, you can count on our team to provide a Free Courtesy Check. One of our mechanics will inspect the interior and exterior of your vehicle for physical damage, peek under the hood for any signs of mechanical trouble, and even inspect the underside of your car to check for rust or any other issues. Once we complete the Free Courtesy Check, we will write up a full report to let you know of any problems we identified.
Our Free Courtesy Check includes a visual inspection of several parts of your vehicle, including:
● Your vehicle’s engine air filter
● Automatic transmission fluid
● Brake fluid
● Power steering fluid
● Manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations for your vehicle
If you are looking for an “oil change near me,” no other mechanic service in the Waldorf, MD area provides the level of service you’ll experience at J.J.’s Auto Service Center.
We Stand By Our Products
The team at J.J.’s Auto Service Center has helped drivers all around the Waldorf, La Plata, St. Charles, and White Plains areas keep their vehicles in the best condition. All our mechanics hold ASE certification and know-how to address all your vehicle repair and maintenance issues.
We provide oil changes, oil filter replacements, engine air filter replacements, fluid flushing and replacement, and many other services to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely. You can also rely on our team for wheel alignment, muffler repairs, brake system repairs, and maintenance for your shocks and struts. You can contact J.J.’s Auto Service Center to schedule your appointment with our team, and you can count on our Free Courtesy Check to identify any potential issues with your vehicle that you might not have noticed.
Engine Oil in Modern Vehicles
Most of the vehicles on area Waldorf roads today use multi-grade oil. This type of motor oil works well in both cold and hot weather, and you will typically find this oil graded with two numbers.
The Oil Classification System
Every type of multi-grade motor oil available today will have a two-number rating, and the two numbers refer to the viscosity or thickness of the oil at different temperatures. The first number is the oil’s cold weather viscosity rating or how smoothly the oil flows during cold weather. A lower viscosity rating means a lighter oil that will have an easier time flowing through the vehicle in low temperatures. The second number is the viscosity rating of the oil at higher temperatures.
One of the most popular types of multi-grade oil for a wide variety of vehicles is 5W-30. This oil’s rating indicates that it has a 5-weight at zero degrees Fahrenheit, which increases to 30-weight at 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why Is Oil Viscosity Important?
When a vehicle starts cold, there is only a small amount of oil in the upper areas of the engine such as the overhead cam and cam bearings, pistons, and valve train. These parts will rub against each other, and a lower viscosity oil will reach the upper portion of the engine more quickly after starting than a higher viscosity oil.
Oils with 5W-30 and 5W-20 ratings are extremely popular. Many new vehicles leave manufacturing centers with these types of oil. Manufacturers prefer these oils because they perform very well in a broad range of temperatures, improving new owners’ gas mileage and boosting the overall performance of newly manufactured vehicles.
What Are Synthetic Oils?
Completely natural motor oil is 100% petroleum, but this a minority of the motor oils available for modern vehicles. Synthetic oils and partially synthetic oils are more common today. These substances feature chemically compounded lubricants. Synthetic oils offer a wide range of benefits, including reduced oil thickening and higher viscosity stability over a much broader temperature range than natural oil. They also reduce wear and increase a vehicle’s towing capability.
What Type of Oil Does My Car Need?
If you are not sure what type of oil your vehicle needs, the best thing to do is to check the manufacturer’s suggestions. Almost every vehicle manufacturer will recommend a specific type of oil for a vehicle, and this is generally the best rule to follow when it comes to choosing motor oil for your car.
What Are Oil Filters?
Your vehicle’s oil filter traps any foreign matter that becomes suspended in the oil, preventing these substances from reaching your engine parts.
Fluid Maintenance for Your Vehicle
Modern vehicles require several types of fluid to function correctly. A few examples include oil, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. If any problems arise with these fluids or the systems that carry them through your vehicle, you could unintentionally damage various parts of your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations when it comes to vehicle fluid maintenance.
Free Courtesy Check
When you come to J.J.’s Auto Service Center for an oil change or any other service to your vehicle, our team performs a Free Courtesy Check at no cost to you to identify any problems you might have with your vehicle. Catching these issues as soon as possible can save you hundreds of dollars and a lot of frustration, so you can expect a full report with every visit to our shop.
Contact J.J.’s Auto Service Center in Waldorf, MD today to schedule an oil change or any other service to your vehicle.