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Toyota FAQs

Q: Why should I take my car to a dealership for service and maintenance needs?

A: - LAcarGUY’s Toyota stores have Factory Trained Technicians who fix it right the first time. In addition to passing the rigorous Toyota Certification Program, many are also certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

-Knowledgeable and Friendly Service Staff

-State of the Art Equipment and Tools designed especially designed for your Toyota

-Genuine Toyota Parts that are designed to keep your vehicle working at Toyota’s high-quality levels

Protect your investment. Take it to the people who know and care the most -the service team at your Toyota Dealer


Q: How often should I change my oil?

A: In your owner’s manual scheduled maintenance section or Toyota.com, you will discover that many extended oil change intervals (over and beyond 5000) miles are for vehicles that are driven under “ideal” operating conditions. What most of us think of as “normal” driving may actually be “severe service” driving as far as the oil life is concerned.

When the Maintenance Indicator Lamp on the instrument panel light illuminates on certain vehicles

Severe Service Driving Includes: Towing a trailer, using a car-top carrier or heavy loading; Frequent short trips (less than 5 miles); Stop and go city traffic driving; Driving in dusty conditions (dusty, off-road, gravel roads, etc.); Driving  extended highway speeds during hot weather

For severe service driving conditions (majority driving in our larger metro cities) the most common recommendation is to change the oil every 3000 miles or six months whichever comes first, especially on higher mileage engines or service vehicles.

For maximum protection, many people choose to change their oil every 3000 miles and/or six months. On a newer engine with little or no wear can probably exceed 5000 up to 10000 miles between oil changes with synthetic oil. Longer service intervals may cause different problems with higher mileage engines.


Q: How do I know when I need tires?

A: Tire tread safety facts.

“Tires are the single most important mechanical component of vehicle control and safe driving,”

Unseen dangers of worn tires.

Heat build-up
Worn tire tread increases heat build-up. As the distance between the tire and the road decreases due to less tread, less airflow is available between the road and the tire. Heat is the enemy of tire rubber and a major factor in tire failure that may cause further damage.

Puncture
Tire treads protect the tire casing from puncture. Worn out tread greatly increases the chances for a tire blowout due to puncture and or sharp object.

Hydroplaning
Worn tire tread can cause hydroplaning, a problem that can begin at about 5/32” or 4mm of tread remaining.

Balance and alignment
Tire balance and suspension alignment problems can cause dangerous tire wear that can easily go unnoticed by most drivers if not checked regularly. Consistent balance and alignment may help relieve future problems and further damage.

Under-inflation
Tires with worn tread especially on the outer edges are more likely to be seriously underinflated. This condition may adversely impact steering, braking and fuel mileage


Q: Noises or conditions not to be ignored:

Scraping noise, excessive squeal, or grinding from the brake area

Ticking, clacking or knocking noise from the engine

Roaring that increases with acceleration

Low pitch humming from under the vehicle

Any noise when taking a corner

Hissing noise from under the hood

Q: How do I know if my vehicle is affected by a recall?

A: You should receive a owner notification letter from Toyota Motor Sales. Details of what is covered on your vehicle for an effected campaign and if it falls within the VIN range. If you need further information you can visit (Toyota.com) or you can always call one of our friendly service team members.

Q: Why use genuine parts?

A: Genuine Toyota parts are made specifically for your Toyota model. They’re just like the parts that your vehicle was built with, so they’re the best choice in terms of fit, performance, and overall quality.

For details about specific Genuine Toyota Parts please contact one of our experienced parts personal. To purchase the parts you need for do-it-yourself jobs, contact Toyota of Hollywood Dealer for availability.


Q: When my car won’t start, how do I know for sure if my battery needs to be replaced?

A: Many other problems can keep a car from starting, so you need to do some troubleshooting. Call your LAcarGUY Toyota Store so that they may do an electrical check on your vehicle. That is a good first step.

Thank you for your business!

The LAcarGUY Toyota Team

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