Toyota Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips
It isn’t your job to know all the ins and outs of your car’s features and maintenance – it’s ours. How do you get the most bang for your buck on fuel? Or navigate all the in-car technology? How often should you get serviced? Let’s give you the lowdown:
It’s not as involved as keeping a pet or even a houseplant, but you’ll want to keep your engine happy with a few routine winter services. So don’t skip your scheduled service – think of it as a doctor’s checkup. Your Owner’s Manual will have the recommended times and mileages for your specific vehicle, however the below 4 services are good items to start with.
Four Important Toyota Services:
- Get regular oil changes: Regular oil changes keep your engine running smoothly, reduces wear and tear, improve your gas mileage, and extend the life of your engine. Check your Owner’s Manual to know the exact time/mileage recommendations for your specific Toyota vehicle. And of course, don’t forget to check out our coupons page for the latest deals and special offers.
- Replace the air filters as needed: Trust us when we say you need an engine or cabin air filter. Changing the air filter regularly helps prolong engine life because the air filter is designed to trap damaging dirt and debris that can damage internal engine parts. Engine damage can occur from the extended build-up from winter road salt and dirt.
- Rotate your tires and check your tire pressure: Regular tire rotation helps extend the life of your tires and improve performance. Plus tires must be properly inflated to achieve maximum handling, traction, and durability. Doing both will help ensure that you get the best bang for your buck with the tires on your vehicle. In addition, it is important to remember that tire pressure can change with fluctuations in temperature. Gas expands when heated and contracts when the temperature declines. Check the side of your tire for the recommended psi on the tires you have. (psi: pounds per square inch). If needed, we will be happy to “top you off,” just stop in to the Andrew Toyota service lane.
- Get your car washed: Follow the 2 scenario rule for getting a car wash in the winter. 1.) Get it washed when it is dirty. You want to get rid of salt residue and deposits that can cause rust. Waiting too long will result in the salt corroding the metal. 2.) Get it washed when it is warm enough. If you do it in frigid temperatures, that’s when we see door handles and locks freezing. Use 30 degrees Fahrenheit as a gauge of when it is safe to wash it. Another great tip is to dry your vehicle thoroughly after washing. This helps prevent salt from sticking as you drive away from the car wash.