Even though you may be driving a relatively new vehicle where everything works smoothly, it is sometimes easy to forget that you still need to keep up with regular maintenance. While there is no disputing Toyota’s renowned reliability, it is still important to make sure that your vehicle is looked over at recommended intervals.
If you are terrible at remembering to make or keep up with appointments like this, we here at Westbury Toyota have you covered. All you have to do is follow along with us and we’ll explain the easiest way to keep up with Toyota’s suggested maintenance schedule by explaining one of Toyota’s own invaluable tools.
Tires, fluids, hoses – all of these are subject to wear and tear even if you do not drive your car for hours every day. Things like rough road conditions, extremes in weather and temperature, and your personal driving habits can all have an impact on various components of your vehicle. Some elements of car maintenance are a little more obvious than others – most people are aware how vital it is to keep up with oil and oil filter changes – but there are others that might slip under the radar. A good example of this are “consumables,” such as the tires and the myriad internal gaskets and hoses.
Tires will wear over time and if your tire alignment is off even a bit, a wear pattern will develop that can negatively affect other aspects of driving. The air filter, if unattended for extended periods of time, will become clogged and can influence how well the engine runs. If the fuel filter becomes clogged, you may experience problems starting your car, accelerating, and lack of power when driving up hill.
Other issues that people tend to overlook are things such as battery life. Your Toyota’s battery can be affected by things like age, high or low temperatures, and disuse, which is why it is important to have it checked regularly. The various fluids within your vehicle also need to be monitored to prevent problems with the transmission, the brakes, and the engine. The brakes themselves (rotors/pads/shoes) also need to be inspected regularly in order to prevent expensive repairs later on down the road.
When you look at all the things that need monitoring in your Toyota in order to keep it in the ideal running condition, it might look a little daunting. Fortunately, Toyota has you covered with a handy service maintenance tool. While Toyota does recommend you bring your car in every 5,000 miles (or six months), not everyone does so. This tool allows you to adhere to the recommended service schedule for your Toyota, all while explaining what will be done to your vehicle and all the reasons why. Keeping up with regular service appointments goes a long way toward preventing any costly problems that might pop up and preserving the longevity of your vehicle.
Our Toyota service center here on Long Island exclusively uses authentic Toyota parts when servicing to maintain quality, in addition to also keeping a detailed record of your appointments and all procedures done in order to create a history that is easily referenced. You can use the service maintenance tool not only to learn more about all the maintenance procedures that are recommended for your car or truck, but to also learn whether or not you are behind on maintenance for your vehicle. If you are, there is no need to worry; you can always give the team here at Westbury Toyota a quick call or schedule your service whenever it is convenient for you right here online.
Do not let the experience of owning the Toyota of your dreams turn into a nightmare thanks to lapses in service – instead, stay on track with recommended maintenance, thus ensuring that your Toyota runs like new for years to come. If you own a vehicle from Westbury Toyota and think it might be time for an appointment, go ahead and give us a call. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians will be more than happy to look over your car and ensure that everything is up to date and working as intended.