When purchasing a new car, sometimes we forget about all the work that goes into maintaining it and making sure it runs properly throughout its lifespan. Between your brakes, filters, engine oil, battery, belts, hoses, and fluids, there is plenty that goes into your Toyota vehicle that you don’t even think about, mostly because the majority of car owners don’t know how the heck it all works. Luckily for you, we put together a list of routine maintenance services that you should stay on top of and why they are important to the health of your vehicle.
I hope by now we all mostly understand the importance of an oil change. It is the lifeblood of your car. Oil changes keep your car's engine lubricated so that all the machinery inside doesn’t grind together and fall apart. The rule used to be every 3,000 miles was an acceptable mileage to change your oil, however, with the improvements in oil and the technology behind the engines, manufacturers now suggest somewhere between 5,000 and 7,500 miles between oil changes depending on whether or not you ride your brakes a lot. Our advice? Play it safe and get your oil changed every 5,000 miles. Bonus: Get your oil filter changed with your oil every time, it's only 10 bucks. However, all new Toyotas come with ToyotaCare, so your first 5 routine maintenances are COMPLIMENTARY for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first! Be sure to take advantage of all those free ToyotaCare services.
Here is where we get into the maintenance by mileage. It is important to use your mileage as an indicator for service due to the level of wear and tear placed on your Toyota. 15,000 miles can range anywhere from a year to a year and a half of driving, typically. This is also your first round of minor routine maintenance, but something you do not want to overlook as you may fall behind early and prematurely shorten the life of your vehicle. This service will include your oil change, air filter change, a tire rotation, and a brake and cooling systems inspection. Very minor stuff, and if you purchased a new Toyota, your 15,000-mile service is included under ToyotaCare!
This mile maintenance is where it starts to get pricey, but it is definitely worth it and necessary to ensure the performance and safety of your car. You should expect to receive everything you got from your 15,000-mile service, as well as new transmission fluid, fuel filter, and an overall more thorough inspection of all your vehicle's components.
Are you asking what transmission fluid is yet? How about a fuel filter? Well transmission fluid operates like your oil, only it is for your transmission (automatic or manual). It lubricates all the moving parts in your transmission, ensuring those gear changes come smooth and steady.
Your fuel filter is indeed a filter for your fuel. It can be found in your engine and essentially weeds out dirt and rust particles from your fuel that would otherwise ruin your engine over time.
The cost of a 30,000-mile maintenance starts around $229.99 for conventional oil and can go up for synthetics.
While you don’t need everything that the 30,000-mile service just gave you, you should still get the routine maintenance performed from your 15,000-mile service. That cost is around $55 and up.
The 60,000-mile service will include everything from your 30,000-mile service. In addition, now is the time when your belts, valves, and hoses start to wear down and should be looked at and replaced as well as your spark plugs. This is roughly priced around the same as your 30,000 mile maintenance.
Congrats on making it to 100,000 miles without any serious problems! Or maybe you had some car problems, but got them fixed. Either way, 100,000 miles is a milestone and to make sure that you can continue driving your Toyota in the twilight of its years, you actually just have to repeat the cycle you’ve been on with the potential of some x factors that need replaced, spark plugs, coolant, belts, even electrical equipment. The price for this varies too greatly to give something accurate. The best way to find out is to visit your local Toyota Service Center such as Wellesley Toyota at 234 Worcester St, Rt 9.
If you do a search online, you will find numerous maintenance guides on what your car should have done to it. Edmunds has a pretty accurate guide that allows you to type your car's make, model, and mileage and it will tell you what service it should have done. Check it out here: http://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/guide-page.html
Always exciting when you discover something new and useful with your smartphone. These are a list of apps that can keep track of your maintenance should you need a checklist. Check them out here: http://lifehacker.com/the-preventative-maintenance-you-need-to-do-on-your-car-1394196018
Wellesley Toyota prides itself on exceptional customer service, especially in our service center. We can perform every maintenance your Toyota needs and provide an accomodating waiting area while you await your vehicle. You can schedule your next appointment by visiting our service center website with the link below or by calling us at 888-556-7538.