We often treat our vehicles like workhorses, especially if we own reliable cars and trucks such as Toyotas. While our vehicles do get a lot of work done – even if it’s simply hauling us from work to play to shopping to home – we have some obligations as car owners. Keeping up with your Toyota maintenance schedule and taking good care of your vehicle stretches the return you get on your purchase. By working with a Toyota care service center in Houston, and handling a few jobs on your own, you can keep the wheels spinning and your workhorse’s engine purring.

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Maintaining the Recommended Toyota Maintenance Schedule

Toyota-Maintenance-Schedule-CalanderThe first tip for any car owner is to keep up with scheduled maintenance. From fluid flushes to wheel alignments, little jobs in your Toyota maintenance schedule make a huge difference. It’s easy to put off a simple maintenance job, telling yourself you’ll schedule it in a week or a month.

But weeks and months pass faster than you can imagine, and soon, you’ve gone an entire season or even a year without scheduling the maintenance. Meanwhile, something as simple as a fluid flush might have become a major part-replacement job.

Think of your car’s fluid’s like water: without clean, working fluids, your car can become dehydrated. Once dehydration sets in, major issues crop up quickly.

You Can See Toyota’s Official Car Tips here: Toyota Car Tips & Advice

Most importantly of all, you need to make sure you HAVE a Toyota Maintenance Schedule that you stick to and pencil in ahead of time to avoid surprise car emergencies. Even though it’s hard to make time for maintenance, it’s way harder to make more time for repairs.

Have Your Toyota Care Service Center Change Your Oil

Toyota-Maintenance-Oil-Change-ScheduleIf other fluids are the water that hydrates your Toyota, think of oil as the blood that flows through your car’s veins.

In your body, problems with blood can clog arteries, stop your heart, or cause issues with brain function. In your car, problems with oil can clog valves, stop the engine, or cause issues with the car’s overall operation.

While manufacturers publish guidelines on oil changes, the way you use your car might impact how often you should change your oil – a Toyota care service center employee can help you understand your oil change needs. For the average vehicle, people should have an oil change ever 3,000 to 5,000 miles. However, every Toyota has it’s own specifications.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly

Tire-Pressure-Maintenance-on-a-ToyotaMost people wouldn’t run on a pair of sneakers with no tread, because that can lead to slips and falls.

Why would you drive on tires that have no tread or have incorrect pressure? Lack of tread can make it difficult to navigate slippery Houston roads after rain fall, and incorrect tire pressures can lead to a blow out or even more expensive wheel damage.

Check your tire pressure and tread regularly – even if you don’t see a light on your dashboard – and get your vehicle checked by pros if your tire pressure keeps changing after you fill the tires with air.

 

The Importance of Toyota Air Filter Maintenance

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One of the biggest maintenance items people forget about or dismiss is air filter maintenance. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve heard “Oh I’ll get it taken care of.”

The air in south Texas, especially in the city, isn’t always optimal.

City dust and hot, humid air can make it difficult for your car to run smoothly, which is why the air filter is so important.

The air filter acts like lungs in your car, removing debris that can cause damage or overheating in the engine. But when your air filter itself is full-up with debris, air can’t flow through, which also leads to overheating and other issues.

The Importance of Car Detailing in Houston

Finally, take some time each month to give your vehicle a well-deserved bath. Carefully washing your car at a commercial car wash or using appropriate products at home removes dust, grime, and the dead bugs that are so common to drivers in our city.

Treating your top coat with a wash and wax helps keep the exterior of your car healthy – and when you fight rust and other issues on the outside, you also protect some inner parts of the car.

Simple maintenance and care can go a long way toward increasing the life of your Toyota. While careful maintenance can stop many problems from occuring, issues can crop up — so always be aware of your vehicle and seek professional assistance if something doesn’t feel or sound right.

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