Do you remember how dependable and reliable your vehicle was when you first purchased it? If you’ve been providing the vehicle with regular maintenance, chances are it’s probably just as reliable today. Many drivers feel that if they take their car in once a year for a checkup or inspection, that’s all they need to do. Unfortunately, vehicles don’t always break down or wear out on your schedule. Here are some tips on ways to keep your vehicle dependable in between the annual checkups at the dealership.

Oil Changes

Oil changes are very important, especially if you put a lot of miles on your car. Consider changing the oil and filter every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Or, change it every six months to a year, depending on the driving conditions. Fresh oil and filter keep your engine clean and running smoothly.

Windshield Check

A dirty windshield or broken windshield wipers can be hazardous. Inspect your windshield and components of the windshield to optimize visibility in preparation for all kinds of weather. Make sure your wipers and blades are in good condition as well, and your windshield washer fluid reservoir is filled.

Monitor Fluids

Your vehicle needs many different fluids to operate efficiently, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Check the levels on these fluids periodically, and add more if necessary. If the vehicle appears to need additional fluid more than you think it should, there may be a problem. If this is the case, bring your vehicle in to get a diagnosis by our trained Toyota service experts.

Tires Pressure and Tire Rotations

Having new tires on your car is important, but it’s equally important that they’re providing you with the best possible ride. Tires should be rotated and balanced every 5,000 miles. Air pressure should be checked periodically, especially in extreme cold or hot temperatures. Use the tire pressure recommended in the auto manual and not what’s listed on the tires.

Annual Tune-ups

Toyota Camry

Annual checkups, often called tune-ups, should be a regular part of your car maintenance, whether you’re driving a Toyota or any one of the other makes. Tune-ups generally check spark plugs, spark plug wires, hoses, clamps, belts and the numerous other things under the hood that make your vehicle run.

Pay Attention

Don’t just get behind the wheel and expect your car to operate efficiently on its own. No one knows your vehicle better than you do. Whether the steering seems off, the brakes are not up to par, or the car is making unusual noises, pay attention to what your vehicle is trying to tell you. If it doesn’t feel right or sound right, make an appointment with our Toyota service center in Evansville, Indiana.