How often should I have routine maintenance performed?

highlanderStaying up with routine maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle. Regular tuneups, tire rotations, oil changes and inspections will prevent parts from wearing and becoming damaged. Taking these preventative measures will help avoid high costs of replacement or repairs. Just like regular trips to the doctor’s office keeps you in good health, regular trips to the mechanic will help catch any issues with your vehicle so it can run its best for years to come.

The type of service that is needed for the vehicle will vary with each visit. On the specified mile marker, a vehicle may need a different level of service. Sometimes an oil change will be all that is required, but as the miles stack up, your vehicle will need more intermittent services like aligning the wheels, replacing the air filter, checking belts and inspecting the brakes.

Visit your Twin Cities Toyota dealer to have an experienced car care professional check your vehicle at its scheduled routine maintenance interval. The Toyota dealership will be able perform the tasks efficiently while using certified Toyota parts when needed. And because they know Toyota cars, the car care professionals will be able to give your vehicle the attention to detail that it needs.

Checking your hoses and belts is easy

toyotabeltEnsuring a clean bill of health for your vehicle is as simple as a quick look here and a slight pinch there – otherwise known as checking your hoses and belts. It doesn’t take very long, and inspecting these vital parts is an easy way to keep your Toyota running smoothly. Here’s what you’re looking for:

Hoses: Pinch hoses to make sure they’re neither brittle or mushy. Rather, they should be a bit flexible, and all hoses should be secure to prevent leaking at junction sites. Check for any cracks, blisters or leaks throughout the entire length of each hose. If any damage is suspected, Continue reading

The 2014 Tacoma: a midsize truck with a lot to offer

TacomaDrivers don’t have to own a huge, beastly truck just to get great truck capabilities. The 2014 Tacoma is a midsize pickup truck that offers all of the great storage space, strength and durableness of a large truck, but without the bulkiness of one.

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma comes with two available engines, a 2.7-liter four cylinder and a 4.0-liter V6, and both can come with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Continue reading

The basics of tire warranties

tiresThe tires on your vehicle are necessary to get you to the places you need to be. You may be thinking about giving yourself a little insurance to make sure they’ll continue rolling for you without incident, and adding a tire warranty to your next purchase is a great way to get that peace of mind. Before you do, though, here are some things you’ll want to know. Continue reading

Everyday reliability meets luxury in the 2014 Toyota Avalon

avalonThe Toyota Avalon has always delivered high-end comfort, a spacious interior and a stylish look. The 2014 version adds a plethora of luxurious features, making it more of an entry-level luxury car than a full-size sedan. The quiet and roomy interior, coupled with superior handling, make this a perfect option for the daily commuter who wants plenty of room to bring friends and family out on the town.

The 2014 Avalon is offered in four trim levels – XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited. Continue reading