If you want to get the most out of your Toyota, keeping up with maintenance is key. Now that spring has arrived, take the time to help your vehicle recover from winter and get back into tip-top shape by performing the following maintenance.
Don’t let rust eat away at your vehicle’s shiny paint job — give your vehicle a thorough wash to remove the road salt and grit left over from winter driving. Be sure to spray your car’s undercarriage to prevent those corrosive substances from harming the exposed metal.
Fill up on fluids
Now that spring is here, it’s probably time for an oil change. To keep your Toyota running at its best, experts recommend an oil change about every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Also, top off your power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze. And, have your vehicle’s transmission fluid flushed and refilled to prevent costly damage.
Check suspension and alignment
When you hit the road during spring and winter, you’re bound to run into a few potholes. In addition to creating a rougher ride, potholes can throw off your vehicle’s alignment. If your notice your steering wheel shaking or your vehicle drifting to one side, it’s time for an alignment check at Lustine Toyota.
Inspect the tires
Check your car’s tire pressure monthly — and don’t forget to check the spare, too. Improperly inflated tires can lead to performance problems, lower gas mileage, and less confident handling. And, to get the most out of your vehicle’s tires, get them rotated about every 5,000 miles. This allows them to wear down evenly, so you don’t have to replace them as frequently.
Give your brakes a break
Brakes are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. When you bring your vehicle to Lustine Toyota, have our technicians inspect the rotors and brake pads. We’ll be happy to fit your vehicle with Toyota-brand replacement parts as needed.
Need a little help maintaining your vehicle? Give us a call at 866-984-6843 to schedule a service appointment at Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Virginia.