Servicing Your Toyota in Reading, PA
Living in Reading or the surrounding areas like West Reading, Wyomissing, West Lawn, and Sinking Spring? Owning a Toyota model year 2018 or newer? Keeping up with maintenance is key to keeping your Toyota running smoothly for years to come. We at King's Auto Repair can help you keep your Toyota running for many years. We regularly service many Toyota's that have over 20 years old with over 200,000 miles.
Regular service visits are especially important for newer Toyota models. Following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule helps prevent issues before they happen and keeps your warranty intact.
Oil changes are the foundation of routine engine maintenance. Toyota recommends getting your oil changed every 5,000 miles or 6 months, for vehicles driven in dusty conditions or a lot of stop and go traffic. One place we at King's Auto Repair differ from Toyota on oil changes is they claim 10,000 mile oil changes for normal maintenance. We see a lot of vehicles that develop engine issues once they are out of warranty from these extended 10,000 mile oil changes. Mostly timing chain and Variable Camshaft issues. We only use high quality synthetic oil from Quaker State or Pennzoil to keep your engine clean and running efficiently. Checking other fluids like coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid should also be part of your regular service visits.
Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles ensures even tread wear. All tire manufactures recommend rotating your tires between 5,000 to 6,000 miles to keep the tread wear warranty valid on the tires. If you don't rotate them only expect to get 1/2 the mileage that the manufacture claims the tire should get. This small step extends the life of your tires significantly. Each tire wears differently depending on its position on the vehicle. Rotating them evens out the wear and gets the most mileage out of your investment.
Engine Air Filter Replacement
A clean air filter allows your engine to breathe freely. Toyota recommends replacing your engine air filter every 30,000 miles. A clogged filter can reduce performance and gas mileage. Over time as the filter clogs it can suck dirt through the filter and cause damage to the engine.
We advocate for checking the air filter at each service to make sure it has not become blocked, causing engine damage.
Cabin Air Filter
The cabin air filter keeps the air inside your Toyota fresh and free of pollutants. Toyota recommends replacing it every 10,000 miles or once a year. A clean cabin filter improves the air quality inside your vehicle. It can also help rid your car of odd odors. Most cabin air filters now have charcoal in them to remove offensive smells.
We believe that checking your cabin air filter for blockage at each service and replacing it every 15,000 miles or 2 years is a better option.
Brake Fluid Exchange
Toyota recommends a complete brake fluid exchange every 3 years. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time which lowers its boiling point. Fresh brake fluid ensures top brake system performance and safety. This will insure that if your vehicle is equipped with automatic emergency breaking the car will perform and stop as the factory intended it to.
Fuel System Cleaner
It is recommended by Toyota to use a quality fuel system cleaner every 5,000 miles helps remove deposits that can build up in fuel injectors and other components. This improves performance and fuel economy. With the new engine designs small deposits can lead to large engine running issues. Using the factory recommended EFI Tank Additive or BG CF5 will keep your car running its best.
Toyota's recommended maintenance schedule also includes general inspections around every 5,000 miles. Your trusted mechanic will check things like brakes, suspension, belts, hoses, and fluids. They'll make sure all systems are in good shape.