Have you ever considered buying a Toyota for your next vehicle? Are you a current Toyota owner? Perhaps you and your family have multiple Toyotas to your name. Toyotas are well built and routinely outlast other cars of the same year – owning one is nothing short of a pleasure.
In this article, you will learn traits that make Toyota vehicles unique, as well as two key Toyota maintenance and repair items owners need to be aware of.
What Makes My Toyota Unique?
Here are some fun facts, taken from carfromjapan.com delivered straight to you, right here in Mesa, Arizona.
- Since 1966, Toyota has been manufacturing and selling one Toyota Corolla every 37 seconds! A total of over 40 million Corollas (do the math, I dare you!).
- 80% of Toyotas are still on the road at 20 years old. That’s a higher percentage than any other vehicle manufacturer – by a long shot!
- Toyota holds over 1,000 global patents and spends over 9 BILLION dollars per year on new research and development. Read up on the Toyota Mirai sometime if you’d like to see what this company has been up to recently.
- Toyotas are coveted for their high resale value. Higher than any other automobile manufacturer.
- Toyota used to be spelled “Toyoda”. This goes back to its founder, Kiichiro Toyoda.
All of this said, your Toyota’s needs are unique from those of any other car manufacturer. Toyota has built you a machine that will last not only years but for DECADES – even here in the East Valley summer heat. And at 20 years old, there is a good chance you will still be able to pass your Corolla to a teenage driver – provided it’s been properly maintained by an auto service provider specializing in Toyota makes.
So as Toyota owners (yes, me included) we must care for our vehicles for the long haul.
Here are some common Toyota maintenance and repair items with an explanation as to why each is important.
Toyota Fuel Injection Service
Highline Car Care (my auto repair shop) recommends that you perform a Toyota Fuel Injection Service every 30,000 miles. This is a 3 part process.
- Remove air intake hose and clean throttle body. The throttle body is responsible for controlling airflow into your engine and becomes gunked up with dirt over time. This substance can make your throttle body stick open or closed and impede performance. In severe cases, it can damage the electronics in your throttle body.
- Run a top end engine cleaner through a vacuum line. This process involves running a solvent based product through the top part of your engine at a monitored rate. This product is responsible for cleaning the sludge out of your intake system and intake valves. Intake valves become coated in a nasty, sticky, tar-like substance over time (from a combination of gasoline and dirt) and can hinder engine performance. In severe cases, intake valves can stick open and create a loss of power.
- Add an additive to your fuel to clean your fuel injectors. This additive will run through your fuel injectors during the course of driving and will clean your fuel injectors to make them spray more uniformly. A dirty fuel injector can cause a loss of fuel economy and also a loss in engine performance.
Fun stuff, right?
While you don’t need to be an expert at performing these Toyota maintenance items – the Highline team provides the auto service and expertise – it is important that you understand what is happening in your car and what it takes to maintain that vehicle’s health. You want to be educated in the event that you experience these symptoms or want to know what questions to ask before a repair is done.
Toyota Fluid Flushes
Another standard maintenance service that Highline recommends is replacing your power steering, brake and transmission fluids. Throw in your engine coolant and you have yourself a complete fluid flush.
We want our customers to bring their Toyotas to our repair shop in Mesa and ESPECIALLY FOR FLUID FLUSHES. Flushing fluids is where many “quick oil and lube” locations will start giving recommendations that we inevitably stonewall. The cars that we see regularly, we know the entire history and recommend these types of services only when necessary.
I know we’ve all been skeptical about flushing these mysterious fluids that appear to have no immediate benefit to being serviced. Well, keep in mind, each of these fluids is hard at work every single time you drive your vehicle. These fluids will become contaminated over time, and less able to do their jobs; lubricate, cool, and transmit energy.
Once these fluids have lost their capacity to work, they will start to damage expensive components such as power steering pump, brake master cylinder, water pump, and transmission components.
Remember, you’re planning to keep this Toyota for your first born to drive to school!
Toyota Spark Plug Replacement
Your spark plugs are responsible for igniting your engine’s air/fuel mixture, which is at the very base of engine performance. While spark plugs will last upwards of 100,000 miles, they do wear out. And a worn out spark plug will cause decreased engine performance and lower fuel economy.
Toyotas are fantastic vehicles and outperform many of their contemporaries. Spark plug replacement is important for all vehicles, ESPECIALLY important for Toyotas because they will thrive hundreds of thousands of miles after other makes.
Toyota Maintenance and Repair for the Long Run
These are just a few of the common preventative maintenance items the knowledgeable our staff at Highline Car Care will recommend servicing to keep your investment in tip-top shape.
Remember while most vehicles are becoming old and worn out by 100,000 miles, your Toyota is literally just getting broken in. This is what makes your vehicle unique. Yes, it’s going to cost a bit, but remember your Toyota has the world’s highest resale value. Show it some love, and help it to make it to that 20-year mark and beyond!
Our shop, Highline Car Care, is the best option for Toyota maintenance and repair. We have been in business since 2000 and in that time we have cared for and serviced so many Toyotas we’ve lost count. We’re located west of Mesa Drive just south of US 60. You can learn more about us here and get directions to our Mesa auto shop here.