Car Care Tips
How To Turn Off The Maintenance Light
Turn the ignition key to the "OFF" position with the odometer reading shown. Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position while holding down the trip meter reset knob. Hold down the for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicateknobs "000000" and the light goes off. If the system fails to reset the light will continue flashing. On some later models you have to use trip A or trip B. Always try the odometer first. .
Why Is The Check Engine Light On?
When the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT comes on it means the ECM (Electronic Control Module) has detected a malfunction. You will need a scanner to plug into the OBD II connector to retrieve the code. The code will not tell you the exact problem only which system has detected a malfunction. An example would be a P0130 (O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction) that code does not mean the O2 sensor is defective only that there is a problem within that system. Using a Toyota repair manual you will need to diagnose this system to find the problem.
Brake Light On Dash
The brake light on the dash will come on if the parking brake is in use. This of course is normal. It will also come on if the brake master cylinder is low on fluid. If you look at the reservoir you will see a full line and also a low level line. If the fluid is below the low mark the light on the dash will come on. I would suggest you get the brakes check to make sure there is no leak in the system and that the brakes are still in good condition.
Studies of tire safety show that maintaining proper tire pressure, observing tire and vehicle load limits (not carrying more weight in your vehicle than your tires or vehicle can safely handle), avoiding road hazards, and inspecting tires for cuts, slashes, and other irregularities are the most important things you can do to avoid tire failure, such as tread separation or blowout and flat tires. These actions, along with other care and maintenance activities, can also Improve vehicle handling, Improve fuel economy, and Increase the life of your tires.
I get asked this all the time. How long will my engine last.
It all depends on maintenance. If you never change the oil the engine will have a short life. I am old school and do as my Dad taught me, and that is change your oil every 3,000 miles. Remember this it is cheaper to change the oil than to change the engine. . On the left there is a link you can check the maintenance schedule for your Toyota. Another thing is read the owners manual and always use the proper fluids in your Toyota.
Maintaining your car's cooling system and the proper coolant level is important. A cooling system failure can result in your engine to overheat. It is very important to check your coolant level, However never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Just because the overflow tank is full does not mean the radiator is full. While checking the coolant level take a look at the belts. If you see any cracks in the belts they should be replaced.
In the winter time turn your windshield wipers off before turning off the engine. What happens is when you start it up the next day the blades could be frozen to the windshield and could cause the linkage to get damaged or damage the wiper motor. I would suggest that if your car sits out when it is freezing before starting the engine grab the wiper blades and pull them away from the windshield to make sure they are not stuck to it .
When Should the Timing Belt Be Replaced?
A Toyota with a 4-cylinder engine should have the timing belt replaced every 60,000 miles. Most V-6 and ALL V-8 engines should have the timing belt replaced every 90,000 miles.
Some Toyota's have timing chains, which last a lot longer depending on how often you change the oil