Toyota is the biggest car manufacturer in the world, selling at least 10 million vehicles a year.
Consumers value Toyota vehicles for their extreme reliability, value, and quality.
However, even Toyotas require diligent upkeep to ensure they can give you the lifespan you need. Prioritizing your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance can help you save money on costly replacements down the road.
However, many vehicle owners may not realize that they are buying into certain myths about Toyota maintenance.
In this post, we’ll take a close look at the biggest Toyota repair myths so that you can be informed in your vehicle care.
Myth 1: Replace Air Filters Frequently
You may think that you have to replace your Toyota’s air filters every time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. After all, those air filters can get fairly grimy!
Your service expert may even show you your dirty filter as evidence that you need to change it.
But you can clean a relatively new air filter by using compressed air. This is especially the case if you recently replaced air filters.
Most Toyota air filters can be replaced every 15,000 miles. This can save vehicle owners a lot of money, especially if they are accustomed to changing filters every 5,000 miles.
Check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends when it comes to changing air filters. If in doubt, contact Toyota itself or Toy Car Care for advice.
Myth 2: Change Your Oil Often
Many auto body shops or oil change stations recommend that customers change their Toyota’s oil every 3,000 or 4,000 miles. They offer this number for Toyotas of all kinds, from Yarises to Tacomas.
However, you may not have to change your Toyota’s oil so frequently. Take a quick look at your manual and you may be surprised at what it recommends.
This is essential when it comes to common myths about Toyota repair and maintenance. In fact, it applies to all vehicle owners.
In general, Toyota vehicle owners should change their oil every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. To find the precise number for your Toyota model, contact your manufacturer.
A typical oil change service costs at least $20 but can run up to $55 or $60, depending on the vehicle. Reducing the frequency of your oil changes can save you hundreds of dollars down the road, especially if your family owns several vehicles or if you commute regularly.
Myth 3: Toyota Repair Should Follow Warranties
If you purchased your Toyota from a dealership, you may have received several warranties on your purchase.
A lot of these warranties claim to cover a range of Toyota repair services within a mileage limit. For example, your Toyota Prius may have a warranty on the transmission and engine for the first 60,000 miles of road life.
A lot of vehicle owners believe that they must perform warranty-covered Toyota repair at the dealership itself, or their warranties will be null and void.
They may even have this impression simply by having a conversation with the salesperson.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, you can seek out Toyota repair and maintenance anywhere you like, especially if you can find cheaper services elsewhere. Your warranty should still be valid.
In fact, maintaining your Toyota’s health while parts of it are covered under warranty can be an essential component of keeping that warranty.
Make sure you understand the ins and outs of any warranties you receive. Read the fine print and contact the dealership directly for any needed clarifications.
At Toy Car Care, we are happy to service your vehicle at any time to ensure that your warranties pay off.
Myth 4: One Bad Tire Spoils the Rest
Tires constitute a large part of regular Toyota repair and maintenance.
After all, your Toyota wheels are always in direct contact with asphalt, gravel, ice, and more–they require careful upkeep to ensure your safety and the lifespan of your vehicle.
A lot of car owners, however, mistakenly believe that one singular tire issue requires a replacement of all of their tires.
Certainly, it is important to get your wheels aligned and tires rotated to ensure even wear of tire tread. Check out your manual to identify the mileage intervals at which you need to do this.
However, a punctured, blown, or gouged tire does not mean that your other tires are bad.
Your other tires may have additional wear. You should also definitely inspect them for any gouging or indicators of a potential blow-out if one has already sustained damage.
But a mere puncture wound can be professionally patched at most any Toyota repair shop. Toy Car Care, for example, can often take care of tire wounds in no time and save you money on purchasing a new set of wheels.
Myth 5: Your Spare Tire is a Regular Tire
It’s important to know how to access and implement your Toyota’s spare tire in case of a flat or blown-out tire. If you are concerned about how to put on a spare tire, check out this nifty tutorial.
A lot of Toyota vehicle owners view their spare tires as an extra wheel. It is an extra wheel, but it is not designed to act like a regular tire.
In fact, spare tires are designed to help you out in an emergency and get you to an auto repair shop right away. They should not be driven for more than pure necessity.
If your Toyota has front-wheel drive, make sure that you put the spare tire in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, place your spare in the back. This may require some tire shifting.
Myth 6: It’s Time for that Transmission Flush
When it comes to Toyota repair, you have likely heard about a transmission flush. Transmission flushes keep your transmission in working order and ensure that all fluids are in top-notch condition.
Most repair services recommend that vehicle owners flush their transmission every 40,000 or 50,000 miles. However, you likely need to flush your transmission once every 60,000 miles, if not longer.
Inspect your Toyota repair manual to learn more about transmission flushes or contact your manufacturer to identify the ideal transmission flush interval.
Myth 7: Proper Tire Pressure
Most vehicle owners understand the necessity for maintaining proper tire pressure as part of their regular Toyota repair and maintenance routine.
It’s essential to keep tires inflated at a proper pressure to avoid tire damage, improve brake performance, and even increase mileage. However, make sure you know what this recommended tire pressure is.
Most Toyota vehicles will have a sticker on the sidewall of the driver’s seat door that displays a PSI value. Keep in mind that this is the maximum PSI for your tires, not the recommended PSI value.
Check your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI value for your tires. Keep in mind that pressure is likely to fluctuate based off of changes in temperature.
Avoid keeping your tires filled beyond the maximum tire pressure value.
We recommend checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis, especially during seasonal changes.
Myth 8: A Silent Car is a Happy Car
A lot of vehicle owners assume that Toyota repair is necessary only if something is obviously wrong with their car.
They may see a visible puncture wound in a tire, for example. The brakes may be audibly squeaking. Maybe your engine is smelling dreadful at certain accelerations.
These all very well could indicate problems with your vehicle. But, on the flip side, not seeing or hearing something does not mean that your car does not have an issue.
A silent car is not necessarily a healthy car. Toyotas can sustain damage in a variety of ways that go unnoticed by drivers.
The best way to identify if you need Toyota repair is to get your vehicle regularly serviced. In general, we recommend a check-up at least once every 10,000 to 15,000 miles.
Myth 9: The Engine Light is Annoying
It’s very common for Toyota vehicles to display a flashing “Check Engine” light of some kind at various stages of the car’s road life.
In some cases, this light appears for benign reasons. Sometimes it flashes due to an electrical misfire or loose gas cap. Others appear as a reminder for oil changes.
A lot of owners assume that a flashing engine light is merely an annoyance and does not indicate an underlying issue.
However, the light exists for a reason. Don’t ignore a flashing engine light. Drop by Toy Car Care or contact your local dealership for care.
Toyota Repair and Maintenance Myths Busted
If you own a Toyota vehicle of any kind, you can feel confident that you have invested in one of the highest quality cars on the market. As such, it’s important to give your car the TLC it requires.
Nonetheless, you can save money and anxiety by being aware of common Toyota repair myths. Consult your repair manual to know exactly when you should change your oil and fluids, air filters, and more.
Be cautious of signing up for a premature transmission flush, and become savvy with using spare tires and inspecting tire health.
At Toy Car Care, we are here to ensure your Toyota receives the repairs it requires when it requires them. Book your servicing appointment today!