11011 Scaggsville Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Phone: (301) 317-7886
Hours M-F 7:30am-5:30pm
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Thoroughbred Auto Care is an Experienced Oil change facility in Laurel, MD 20723
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Call for your Oil Change Appointment: 301 317-7886
Our Service area covers these zip codes and well beyond: 20723, 20861, 21046, 20759, 20777, 21029
We've been offering Oil changes since our opening in the Early 1990s. They have been a core service and we are proud to offer them regularly on our coupons page, included in one of our regular seasonal deals. With experience ranging from family, passenger vehicles to the high performance and high mileage autos you can be sure that we can provide the expertise needed to keep your car running smoothly into it's later years. Computerized analysis and diagnosis tools match well with our decades of experience to bring you great service from our family owned and operated business to your family's automotive needs.
Okay, lets do one at a time, your dash light is not analyzing your oil, it is counting miles driven, trips(start up) and using a program in your vehicle's computer making a recommendation.
The owners manual is going by normal driving, most of us don’t fall into normal, we have many short trips that do not allow the moisture to get out of the oil, this leads to Sludge formation inside your engine. So having been to several classes & based on our knowledge of most vehicles let me make a recommendation. Your vehicle, if you bought it new 36,000 to 50,000 miles of drivetrain protection included with the purchase, as long as you change the oil some during that time frame, you will get through that mileage, but is that what You want? You paid $25K, $35, or more. Do you really want to get just two or three years out of that purchase with no trouble? Not Our clients! They want 100,000, 200,000 & more.
So how do you do that? Simple Oil Manufactures & Oil Filter Manufactures say 3,000 - 5,000 with Synthetic oil is safe. You don’t use synthetic? why not? all most all vehicles can benefit from it. Higher mileage, cleaner engine, easier starts, just to name a few.
So almost all vehicles require synthetic oil now and thinner is happening fast. Thinner? yes, years ago we put 10W30 in almost all vehicles, then 5W30, Then 5W20, Then 0W20, now we have 0W10 & 0W0 is coming. These are the weight,(viscosity) of the oil. First number is the oil cold, Then the Second is with engine warmed up. The thinner oil helps everything move freely cold & also is need to keep the Camshaft, Chains & valves from sticking. The thinner oil is part of raising the fuel economy of today's vehicles.
Lastly the Formulas change often, older vehicles need Zinc to protect certain parts in the engine, but zinc damages Catalytic Converters,(these can cost over $1,000). So, the engines were changed to stop the need for Zinc. Now big problem, if you put old style oil (cheaper cost) in your new vehicle & you will damage the Cat. Converter. Put new oil in your older car & you will damage the engine! Ask this, "What am I getting put in my car when I get that $19.95 oil change?" You must use the correct oil, change it often enough & you won't ruin your $7,000-$12,000 engine, your Catalytic Converter & you will get long life from that vehicle. Stop by, or call Stephen or Jon & we can answer your Questions.
So let's talk even more info on oil changes in Laurel Maryland 20723. This has changed so much over the last few years, so much so that we went back to SCHOOL! The class was taught by an Engineer from Wix Filters, they make our filters as well as original equipment filters for many GM, Ford, & Chrysler vehicles & many, many European & Asian car lines.
So the 1st subject was How & what is the vehicle used for? Manufactures have a recommendation for when to Change oil & what type of oil to use. They List Normal, Severe & some times Harsh. Now we all say I drive Normal, truth is 99.5% of us don't! Normal includes; all trips over 10 Miles, no Idling for 1 2 3 minutes or longer, no heavy loads & no stop & go driving. Severe is the rest of us -- Harsh is towing, heavy loads etc.
I can give you details if you come in but the bottom line is 4,600 miles is a safe change interval, regardless of what type of oil you use. YES, Synthetic is better and if the vehicle calls for Synthetic, you must use it. You can run it in most vehicles and get benefits to include longer engine life, better fuel Mileage and better cold starts. But, it is not for all vehicles, older design, high mileage, worn engines may not be able to hold this inside. We are happy to serve you with oil changes and complete car repair in Laurel, Maryland 20723 and surrounding areas like Scaggsville, Clarksville and Fulton. Call & ask Stephen for all your oil change details.
Well 100+ auto repair shop's can change oil. What will you get for that $19.95 or $29.95 & who will be doing it? Here, at Thoroughbred Auto Care Inc in Laurel MD That oil service will be done by an ASE Certified Master Technician with over 30 years of experience. Our Mechanics will change the oil & Filter & install new seals as required. He will install the correct weight for your specific vehicle and the Correct Quantity. Did you Know? that some vehicles take as little as 3.9 quarts and some vehicles take 7, & in some cases 13. Too little or too much can cause big problems -FAST. Did you Know that we do stock all weights & have GM's "DEXOS in stock as well for all your oil changes in Laurel MD.
So what else makes us different? The highest Value and Quality! Yes we top all Fluids, Pump up the Tires, inspect wipers & all Lights. But we do 3 More things on every Vehicle:
Oil Changes at our shop in Laurel Maryland 20723 are easy to schedule and important as any other auto repair. As drivers we all push our Laurel vehicles past the change interval occasionally. The colder months are often the time of year that we put off getting an oil change and other auto repairs. However it can cost in the lifespan of the car, truck, SUV or van and can create larger more costly auto repairs. So whether you need a standard, high mileage or synthetic oil change for your vehicle make an appointment today and save your hard earned money. Our mechanics are ASE certified and are engaged in onging training to stay up to date on the latest auto repair techniques. We are locally owned and operated we pride ourselves in getting the auto repair in Laurel MD right, the first time.
Our mechanic shop hours are 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. We are convenient to several local areas like Fulton, Scaggsville, Maple Lawn Farms or Clarksville, MD. Stop in to see us for your trusted auto repair needs. Thoroughbred Auto Care, 20723 Laurel