Mechanic at Westbury Toyota on Long Island performing engine tune-up.

Is It Time to Bring My Toyota in for a Tune-Up?

Posted at Fri, Aug 14, 2020 9:00 AM

Are you experiencing a strange vibration while you are driving? Does your Toyota seem sluggish when you try to accelerate? Is there an unusual squealing noise that occurs when you head out on the highway? If any of these happen when you get behind the wheel, it is probably a safe bet that your car is in need of a tune-up. You might be tempted to just try and ignore these indicators, but in doing so you can – and most likely will – make things worse for yourself in the long run. To help you out, our experienced staff here at Westbury Toyota have come up with a brief, comprehensive guide of what you should do when these symptoms pop up and let you know that it is time to bring your Toyota into our service department for a much-needed tune-up.

Heed the Warning Lights

The warning lights on your Toyota’s dash are there for a reason, so be sure to pay them mind when they light up! If you are not sure what they mean, be sure to check your owner’s manual. An active warning light is not cause for immediate panic; it can be a notification of something simple, like a burnt-out taillight. However, other lights, like the “Check Engine” or the “Low Oil Pressure” lights, can be indicative of a bigger issue. If they go on and stay on, it means that whatever the problem is requires immediate and professional attention. The best thing to do in this case is to book your car in for a check-up, and the sooner you do so, the better.

Squealing or Grinding Noises

Your Toyota is never going to be completely silent, but there are some noises symptomatic of mechanical issues that you should learn to recognize. The first is a grinding sound whenever you hit the brakes, and that is a sign that your pads have worn down to the point that it is now metal on metal. This is not good and should be fixed immediately, as letting it go can lead to increased damage (and increased cost).

If you hear a squealing noise, it can be a sign of a couple of things, including:

  • Low power steering fluid
  • A worn or loose belt
  • Failing CV joint
  • Unbalanced tires

Obviously, none of these are good, so be sure to book your Toyota in if you start to hear any of these noises.

Rough Vibrations

Your vehicle should ride smoothly when it is on the highway, but if you start noticing some vibrations when driving, there is an issue somewhere. Common causes of unusual vibrations include failing universal joints, failing brakes, or tires that are either severely worn or are out of balance. If the vibration is quite severe, you should stop driving your vehicle altogether and bring it in to have a technician look at it in order to prevent things from becoming worse.

Stalling, Hard Starting, and Slow Acceleration

Your Toyota should smoothly accelerate, start easily, and never stall. If it has started doing any of these things, you might have a problem with the battery, the starter, the fuel pump, or the fuel filter – and that’s just to name a few probabilities. Do not hesitate in the hope that these issues will go away – the longer you let something like this go without attention, the worse it will probably get.

Let Us Give You the Service You Need

Westbury Toyota proudly and reliably offers maintenance and repair service to all Toyota drivers in the Long Island area, so if you are experiencing some of the signs listed above when you get behind the wheel of your Toyota, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our technicians have extensive experience in diagnostics, major service and repairs, and general maintenance, so we will be more than happy to book you in for a tune-up and get you safely back out on the roads of Westbury in no time.

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