Watching your car’s odometer hit 100,000 miles used to be a big red flag.
Back in the 1970s, experts considered that reaching the 100k mark was a sign of longevity. And, it usually meant that your car wasn’t long for this world. But today, thanks to a range of improvements in car design and maintenance, reaching 100,000 miles in your Toyota means something very different.
Passenger vehicles are now good to go for 150,000 miles or more. While pickups and vans can surpass 180,000 miles without problems. As a result, many owners are keeping their cars longer than before. In fact, the average age for a car on US roads is now 11.6 years.
If your Toyota is close to the 100,000-mile mark, it’s essential to invest in the best maintenance service at this integral point of your car’s life.
Here are some questions to ask your Toyota service provider about your car’s 100,000-mile maintenance service.
Which Fluids Need Replacing?
Fluids are the lifeblood of your Toyota.
These include your car’s oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid and power-steering fluid.
Over time, debris can start to clog up your engine and its components, leading to expensive repair charges. And, many fluids contain additives that become less effective over time.
Replacing your car’s fluids helps ensure that your car will be ready to do another 100,000 miles.
Oil Is a Key Toyota Service
Replacing your car’s oil is a simple yet vital maintenance service, especially at 100,000 miles. Not only will new oil keep your car in good working condition, you can void your warranty by not changing your oil.
Failing to replace your oil may even cause an engine failure, which can cost thousands of dollars.
As with your car’s oil, it is imperative to keep your car’s transmission fluids clean and free from debris. This ensures that the fluid continues to lubricate all the parts that turn the engine and make it run smoothly.
Neglecting to change your transmission fluid can be a costly mistake. Along with a blown motor, replacing a transmission is one of the Toyota problems you really don’t want to have to deal with.
This is because a transmission replacement can end up costing you thousands. But by simply changing the transmission fluid every two to three years, everything should continue to run smoothly.
Does My Toyota Need New Belts?
Depending on the age of your car and other factors, your Toyota service provider may need to install a new drive belt and/or a new timing belt at 100,000 miles.
Your car’s drive belt, also known as the serpentine belt, transports power to your vehicle’s vital automotive components. These include the cooling fan, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor and air injection pump.
Drive belts are made from a special rubber designed to work within a hot engine. But, that doesn’t mean that they’ll last forever.
Part of your car’s 100,000 maintenance should include a thorough inspection of the drive belt for signs of uneven wear, cracking, striping or general brittleness.
Any of these signs indicate that your car needs a fresh drive belt. And, if your belt has uneven wear then you may also need to replace a pulley belt tensioner.
Timing Belt and Water Pump
Replacing your timing belt is one of the most important tasks you can do at 100,000 miles. This is because the damage caused by a broken timing belt on interference engines can be very expensive to fix.
And, in most cases there are no obvious signs that your timing belt is about to go – it will just break suddenly. Here at Toy Car Care, we recommend an inspection every 5 years or 60,000 miles, depending on which comes first.
If you often drive in extreme temperatures there is a greater risk your timing belt will break.
This maintenance item is expensive but it’s not something you should put off. And, if you do end up having your timing belt replaced, replacing the water pump at the same time is a good idea.
Should I Get New Tires?
Since your Toyota’s wheels are the only part of your car in direct contact with the road, it’s crucial for your Toyota service provider to check that they are in good working order.
Not only does this ensure a longer lifespan for your vehicle, healthy tires are also important for your own safety.
The 100,000-mile care maintenance service will include a check of your tires’ inflation level and tread depth.
Your service provider will also look out for uneven wear, bulging and cracking. If there is uneven wear, you will need to get your get your wheels aligned and tires rotated to compensate for this.
Depending on how new your current tires are, you may need to replace some or all of them at the 100k mile mark. If you can’t stretch to replacing all four, replacing two – for the front or rear axle – is often sufficient.
Above all, you should choose high-quality tires that are designed for the environment you drive in. Excellent tires mean optimized fuel consumption, as well as improved acceleration, braking, and handling.
How Are My Car’s Brakes?
Your Toyota’s brakes are another vital piece of equipment that require regular maintenance.
During the 100,000-mile service, the brake pads and shoes need to be checked to ensure there is plenty of material left.
If you have disc brakes, your service provider will inspect the rotors for warping, pitting, or signs of uneven wear. And if you notice any of these problems before the service, it’s a good idea to have your rotors turned.
In this case, it’s also best to replace the brake pads at the same time. As with tires, high-quality brake pads are a necessary investment. They’ll last longer than cheap ones and will making your brakes more efficient at stopping.
Is There Anything Else to Check or Replace?
There may be some other items that your Toyota service provider needs to replace as part of the 100,000 mile tune up. And some areas of your Toyota will need careful inspection at this point too.
You should replace your spark plugs around every 30,000 miles. This is an easy task that should be part of your vehicle’s 100,000-mile maintenance.
Filters and PCV Valve
You may need to replace the air filter, which acts as your car’s lungs. Replacing clogged air filters improves acceleration, and in older cars it also improves fuel economy.
Talk to your service provider about changing your Toyota’s fuel filter and internal air filter too. The PCV valve may need changing too. And, if you have a very old Toyota, it might also be time to replace the cap and rotor on the distributor.
Check for Rust
Checking your car’s undercarriage for rust and other damage is something you should do regularly when taking it in for Toyota service. And a thorough check is a vital part of the 100k maintenance.
Rust can destroy your vehicle over time. If there are any signs of rust, get it taken care of as soon as possible.
You should also inspect the rubber hoses under your hood. These hoses include the oil and coolant lines, as well as fuel lines and vacuum hoses.
How Much Does the 100,000 Mile Maintenance Cost?
The 100,000-mile maintenance is the most in-depth of all your car’s maintenance interval checks.
For this reason, it’s also the most expensive. But, paying for a thorough maintenance service now will save you a lot of money in the long run.
At 100,000 miles, there is more chance that your car might have a serious problem on the horizon. And if your service provider is able to prevent it, this could save you thousands of dollars.
How Can I Prolong the Life of My Toyota?
It’s understandable that you’d want to hold on to your beloved Toyota for as long as possible. And, the fact that it’s reached 100,000 miles and is still going strong indicates that you’ve got a great motor on your hands.
But, there are some key recommendations that you can follow to prolong the life of your Toyota.
Make sure to follow Toyota’s specifications when it comes to changing your oil. You should also check the transmission fluids at regular intervals.
Also, remember that your driving style has a big impact on wear and tear.
Heavy braking, revving the engine and other bad driving habits can cause damage to your car’s moving parts. You might want to keep these behaviors in check to keep your Toyota running for longer.
And, always pay attention to any unusual noises or sounds. This can be a sign of a problem. That said, a silent car is not necessarily a healthy car. In fact, that’s one of the biggest Toyota repair and maintenance myths around.
Toyotas can sustain damage in a variety of ways that may go unnoticed by drivers. To prolong the life of your vehicle, get it checked every 10,000 – 15,000 miles at least.
Book Your 100,000 Miles Toyota Service Today
At Toy Car Care we have the answers to all your questions relating to Toyota care and repair.
And, there’s no better company to help you prolong the life of your Toyota well beyond its 100k maintenance service.
Schedule an appointment today, and leave your Toyota service in the capable hands of Toy Car Care.