Toyota vehicles are designed and manufactured with high durability and quality performance. Even so, original Toyota parts are not invincible to damage, and they still need their owner’s care to exhibit maximum performance continuously.
So here’s a quick guide to basic parts maintenance every Toyota car owner should know.
Replace your engine air filter regularly. The correct mixture of air and fuel allows your vehicle’s engine to work at its best. In addition, the air filter acts as the lungs for your engine, so any contaminant or foreign material sucked into your filter clogs your engine performance and may result in your car not running well.
Change your engine oil as recommended in your manual. The oil acts as a lubricant and coolant for your vehicle’s engine, so, without clean oil running through its system, your engine can suffer serious damage. Unfortunately, not being able to change the oil usually results in your Toyota warranty being void, too.
Steering and transmission
Power steering and transmission mechanisms contain delicate and exclusive Toyota parts. Always check the fluid levels of these mechanisms as it helps ensure a smooth driving experience and a longer life span for the parts.
Lights and switches
Inspect your switches and lights for any corrosion or dirt buildup, loose connections, and poor actuation. Replace busted bulbs and damaged switches immediately to avoid accidents while driving.
Visually inspect your car battery for any corrosion or dirt build-up on its terminals. Nowadays, most batteries don’t need that much maintenance, but do not neglect to include them on your checklist.
Serpentine and timing belts
Serpentine belts assist in the timing of your AC, power steering, and alternator, while timing belts assist in the opening of engine valves. They are vital parts of your vehicle, so always visually inspect them for signs of excessive wear.
For your engine to run smoothly, you’ll need a clean and working spark plug. Spark plugs are usually checked and replaced at least once a year because a dirty spark plug forces your engine to work harder than it should.
As wipers aid in road visibility, damaged wipers won’t allow you to drive in bleak weather. So whenever you see visible streaks after using your wipers, this is a sign to either have them replaced or repaired.
Brake pads are your vehicle’s safety feature. However, remember that brake linings wear, so it’s best to have it checked if you hear any unusual noises on your brake pads, like metal grinding or squeaking.
Check your tire pressure. You can always do this using your tools. Remember that control of regular tire wear and fuel efficiency improvement is done by constantly ensuring that your vehicle runs with the correct tire pressure. In addition, undue damage is best prevented by maintaining proper tire pressure.
Tires don’t wear the same way because they carry different loads. Getting your tires rotated allows your vehicle to drive better with more even wear and tear. Tire rotations are done at specific intervals, so you might want to check this with your manual.
Knowing this basic maintenance for your vehicle parts would help you save money in the long run. Who would’ve wanted a car with parts issues now and then because of poor maintenance? It will not just affect your vehicle but your pocket, too.