It's Seasonal Service Time Again -- Take Advantage of Some Helpful Tips on Maintaining your Toyota Vehicle

Spring sprung, March winds brought April showers, and May flowers are already promising another beautiful summer for our greater Reno, NV neighborhood. Now it's time to work the last June bugs out of your new Toyota car, truck, or SUV with some much-needed service here at Dolan Toyota. Whether that's just some factory maintenance you put off during the chillier months or more extensive car repair, our expertly trained techs are ready to get to work, to be sure. But before you pull into the service lane here at Kietzke Lane, it'll be a good idea to take stock of a few things.

For the DIY Crowd

For one, there's plenty you can take care of easily if you've got the know-how.

  • For instance, if that new RAV4 has been through the wringer across rugged terrain and through foul weather, give it a thorough wash and wax. Believe it or not, it's one of the best and simplest things you can do, as debris and salt buildup can otherwise affect everything from paint and finish to your SUV's undercarriage, causing rust and other structural problems.
  • You should also check your tire pressure. It can decrease as air contracts during a cold snap, so make sure all four are at the right PSI and keep a constant eye out. As air warms again, pressure can rise, and if it heads past Toyota specs, it'll negatively affect both driving and fuel economy in, say, an efficient traveler like Corolla.
  • Thirdly, change your oil and oil filter -- just drain the old oil, replace it with the new, and make the latter swap. Doing so regularly will help keep that new Highlander engine performing smoothly and efficiently, running cleaner, lasting longer, better absorbing byproducts, and releasing fewer exhaust fumes.
  • Finally, look at your wiper blades and windshield. Do you see cracks, breaks, or other wear? It's probably owing to ice and Mother Nature. If your glass or wipers need more than a cleaning, replace what you can, and we'll handle the rest.

The Next-Level Stuff

Secondly, there are some basics under the proverbial hood to either attend to or keep in mind for your service visit.

  • First, your engine, belts, and hoses, minding any brittleness or wear, and your system's coolant levels and quality, looking for top-off needs and any signs of age. If you see damage to the former and discoloration in the latter, make a change, flush and fill up once more, or take notes. Even the simplest of components, up to snuff, can mean the difference between business as usual and, say, an overheating Tundra block as the summer heat sets in.
  • While you're at it, take a look at and address any issues with your brake, power-steering and washer fluids, washer nozzles, air filter, and lighting. Regularly as well, if you're not already doing so.
  • Further, test the voltage of your battery. If it's weak but capable during one season, it could be dead by another, and as cold weather and starting that Tacoma workhorse can be opposing forces, it's a great idea to change any battery deemed problematic before worse comes to worst.

Leave the Hard Work to the Pros

Finally, you'll want to get a feel for what to expect during your stopover. For that, we're happy to help.

  • You'll want to have your suspension and alignment checked out, especially if your vehicle doesn't "ride" quite like it used to. Rugged asphalt or diverse terrain can affect both, leading to damaged parts, premature tire weakening, steering difficulties, and even a fuel efficiency in the tank. Luckily, we can diagnose both for you at the same time.
  • Next, you should have your tires rotated. It helps to even out treadwear, prolonging tire life, helping optimize gas mileage, and ensuring a smooth, comfortable ride. It even has indirect positive effects on your Toyota suspension and its components, reducing vibration and harshness to a minimum. Keep in mind, too: most tire manufacturers require a regular rotation to maintain your tires' mileage warranty, so have a rotation done at about the same intervals at which you change your oil, worn or otherwise.

As maintenance lists go, this is pretty inclusive. But if you're in doubt about something not covered, the best thing to do is to consult your vehicle’s owner manual or get in touch with the specialists here at our Toyota service center in Reno, NV. You can give us a call or even set up an appointment here online, and we'll bring you in to talk shop on your issues. We look forward to helping you get back on the road in no time!

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