Vehicle Owners Should Seek Out Toyota Dealer For Efficient Model-Specific Repair Work
To the uninitiated, the hidden workings of motor vehicles may seem like a mystery. Turn the key, press the gas pedal, occasionally add fuel and change the oil and you’ll be good to go – right? The majority of the time, yes, these simple steps will keep you on the road. It’s when those foreboding sounds from under the hood start creeping in that you’ll wish you knew a bit more about the internal combustion engine Not to worry, however, as your local Toyota dealer has planned for this eventuality. This means make and model-specific maintenance plans are carried out by mechanics who not only know their way around a car, they are additionally experts on Toyota vehicles.
In this article, we’ll explore some of the subtle and in-your-face differences between cars and trucks currently on the road in hopes of showing you why it’s best to take your Corolla, for example, to a Toyota dealer for maintenance instead of the “guy down the street who works on cars.”
Mileage and Drivetrain
The 100,000-mile-mark is an important milestone. Not only have you put a considerable amount of miles on your vehicle, but hidden wear and tear has likely occurred alongside the external dings, dents and scrapes on the body. This means transmission fluid and filter should be checked for metal filings that have been shaved off of bearings, rings and washers. At a Toyota dealer, mechanics will be able to put your car on the lift, drop the transmission pan and inspect the interior magnet for metal that, if left to float around in the fluid, could cause further damage. The lock-up clutch on an automatic transmission vehicle also warrants attention, as this complicated component is responsible for keeping the planetary gear set in fluid motion. In a manual transmission, the 2019 Toyota 86, for example, offers an optional 6-speed transmission that “gives short, precise throws.” The best way to care for this expensive aspect is by taking it to the shop that trained mechanics to company specs.
Gasoline versus Diesel
The easiest way to tell the difference between gas and diesel-powered vehicles is the exhaust note. This is due to the way the fuel-air mixture is compressed and ignited in the standard four-stroke process. In a diesel vehicle, the compression ratio used in mixing fuel and air to trigger tiny explosions is higher than in a gasoline engine -- which also did away with the need for spark plugs in the former and gives diesels their trademark sound. Gasoline engines in cars also use the four-stroke process, but the spark from the spark plug is required to ignite the fuel-air mixture.
Since service departments at a Toyota dealer primarily deal with gasoline engines, it would behoove owners to take their vehicle to a shop that best understands the cylinders, pistons and connecting rods that provide the propulsion. What’s more, a gasoline tech will never have concerned themselves with “glow plugs” and instead learned more about spark plugs, how they foul and what different shades of brown on the white porcelain plug means.
When a Tacoma, Camry or RAV4 rolls into the shop for regular multi-point inspections, the Toyota dealer’s maintenance department will know exactly what to check on and look out for. That’s because there are bi-annual manufacturer recommendations for certain tasks, such as tire rotation, brake pad inspection, oil changes, fluid level checks and more.
To demonstrate the significance of taking your car or truck in to the Toyota dealer for service, let’s assume you haven’t in the past year. While it depends on driving habits, YourMechanic.com says brake pads have a lifespan of about 50,000 miles. Unless you’re putting serious mileage on your car, this means that you could go a few years before having to worry about pads but ignoring the inspection altogether means you could damage the rotors that the pads made contact with. Should you hear a grinding noise from the wheel well and feel a vibration in the brake pad, it’s likely that damage has been done. Motor oil and filter changes will be much more frequent than needing new brake pads, but the mistake of saving a few dollars on foregoing an oil filter during a change could cause damage. That’s because these filters, for as cheap and simple as they are, keep contaminants and other debris out of the lubrication system.
Vehicles are a significant investment of personal income. As such, it’s best for owners to take care of their cars and trucks so that they can transport them from Point A to Point Z in return. While most “shade tree mechanics” could knock out some of the jobs outlined above, it’s best for the rest of us to take our Toyota car or truck to a Toyota dealer to have this maintenance completed.