• My owner's manual says to change the oil every 5,000 miles.

    Wednesday 25 July 2018

    Five thousand mile oil change intervals would be acceptable for a new, clean and efficient engine. As it gets miles on it and develops a condition of "blow-by", the oil gets diluted with contaminants. Some of the larger sludge and varnish will get caught in the oil filter. Some will break down to microscopic in size and pass through the porous filter medea of the oil filter. The larger pieces restrict oil flow and the small particles change the lubricating properties of the oil. The restricted filter will slow lubrication getting to the top of a cold engine. That is when most wear takes place. Over time, the engine does not run smooth and looses efficiency. Eventually requiring repairs to get thru inspection. We can talk more about how the inefficiencies cause oil to burn and pass thru, and eventually damaging the oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. Maintenance is cheaper than repairs. I change my synthetic oil every 4 thousand miles. Conventional oil should be changed at 3,000 mile intervals. Get it out when it starts to change, not when it is used up.

    Andy Walko

    Walko Automotive Service, LLC

  • How much is an oil change?

    Friday 07 April 2017

    The most popular call we get is "How much is an oil change?".  That is like calling McDonald's and asking how much is a hamburger and then calling Applebee's with the same question.  Obviously, if that was the only question you asked, you would be eating at McDonald's a lot. There are other things that need to considered.  

    "We never get any of the questions like "Does your oil meet the highest US standards for engine wear protection?" or "Does your oil meet the API SN service classification?" Or, how about some easier ones. "Do you check all of my lights, test my battery and anti-freeze, inspect belts and hoses, top off fluids, check the front end components for looseness and set the tire pressures during the oil service?"

    Sometimes we just don't know what to ask. It really comes down to finding a shop that has the highest integrity that we can trust to make some decisions for us.  We are constantly solicited by oil distributors that will sell us oil for less than half of what we pay for Mobil.  The latest one said they sell to over 1,500 shops and quick lubes in the Tri-state area.  I won't put it in my car and I won't put it in yours just so that I can have a discounted oil change.  

    Now, to answer the question, most conventional full service oil changes cost less than $40 before tax.  Synthetics are usually between $65 and $75. Some cars use more than 5 quarts and some use a special oil filter.  They cost a little more.

    Andy Walko

    Walko Automotive Service

  • Why come to Walko Automotive

    Tuesday 04 April 2017

    I know that there are a lot of choices as to where to get your vehicle serviced.  As an active customer of Walko Automotive, you will receive a FREE 12 month membership in the AC Delco Motorist Roadside Assistance Program.  This program provides you with towing, jump start, out of gas, flat tire and lock out services.  AC Delco will reimburse you up to $75.  

    I also want you to know that most of the work done at Walko Automotive is covered by an industry leading 2 year/24,000 mile warranty.  By using high quality parts installed by ASE Certified Technicians, it is unlikely that you will ever need it.

    We have an available free local shuttle. Be sure to arrange a convenient time in advance. We can also provide a local concierge service with advance notice in the event that you cannot leave the house or office that day.

    We also have available 6 months same as cash to help you stay on budget.  You can apply in person at Walko Automotive or click on the Synchrony Car Care button on the home page.

    Thank you for considering Walko Automotive. We will try to exceed your expectations.

    Andy Walko

  • 40 Year Celebration News Release

    Wednesday 19 October 2016


    Walko Automotive Service Celebrates 40 Years in Business

    Official Congratulatory Ceremony with Mayors from Manville and Hillsborough

    HILLSBOROUGH, NEW JERSEY– October 19, 2016Walko Automotive Service, LLC (Walko Automotive) will celebrate their 40 years in business on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 2122 Camplain Road, Hillsborough, NJ, with an official congratulatory ceremony at 11:30 a.m. with Mayor Richard Onderko of Manville and Mayor Frank DelCore of Hillsborough.

    This is a family-friendly event that will feature kids’ activities (a big bouncy house), light refreshments and a special drawing at 1:30 pm. The grand prize drawing will be a 48” Samsung HD LED flat screen TV. First prize is a $200 Amazon gift card, and five 2nd prizes of a free oil change - a $37.95 value. Entry ballots are available at the event or now at the store’s location. You do not need to be present to win.

    “For over 40 years, I have built a business that I’m truly passionate about,” Walko Automotive’s owner Andy Walko states. “It’s important for my team and I to be fully knowledgeable and able to service vehicles as a full-service facility. We now exclusively provide our region with a full scale of hybrid services that deliver both environmentally-friendly and cost-saving solutions that improve and extend the life of their vehicles.”

    About Walko Automotive Service

    Since 1976, Walko Automotive has been Manville’s and Hillsborough’s source for quality domestic and Japanese automotive repairs and maintenance.

    “We passionately believe that exceptional service, value and integrity are the cornerstones of our success. All our work is performed using quality parts and equipment, and the work is done by technicians who are highly trained and certified. And, then we back it with an area best 2 year/24,000 mile warranty” – Andy Walko, Owner

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