When discussing the most reliable car brands, Toyota is usually near the top of the list. While many of its vehicles have a reputation for being extremely dependable, this does not mean they will mot require repairs. Certain components simply wear out over time. Here are the parts that you will most likely need to replace.
Toyota vehicles are equipped with a conventional lead-acid car battery, which is rated to last for around five years. However, certain factors may cause the battery to fail sooner than anticipated. Exposure to hot temperatures can definitely shorten its lifespan. This is why it is advisable to keep the battery wrapped in a heat shield.
To keep tabs on the health of your battery, it’s a good idea to have it tested and inspected twice a year. Batteries also come from the factory stamped with a manufacture date. If the battery is more than a few years old, have it replaced to be on the safe side. This is especially true when buying a pre-owned Toyota.
2. Seals and Gasket
Seals and gaskets are considered to be wear and tear items. They often begin to harden with age, thus making them more prone to leaking. The only way to effectively fix the problem is to have the part replaced.
Toyotas are especially susceptible to experiencing worn valve cover and oil pan gaskets. This typically leads to the vehicle consuming more motor oil than usual. While there are “quick-fix” additives available to temporarily mend the issue, these products can do more harm than good. Simply keep an eye on the oil level until you can have the gasket replaced by a mechanic.
3. Timing belt
If you own an older Toyota model, it may come equipped with a timing belt. This part is designed to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. It typically needs to be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. The recommended replacement interval can be found in your owner’s manual.
Because a timing belt is made of rubber as opposed to metal, it gradually weakens over time. If the belt suddenly breaks, you’ll ultimately need to call for a tow. Furthermore, some Toyota vehicles built in the late 1980s and early 1990s feature an interference engine design. This means major engine damage can occur when the timing belt snaps.
4. Brake Rotors
It’s no secret that your brake pads will eventually need to be changed. However, the brake rotors can also wear out. These large metal discs are what the brake pads clamp down onto when you need to come to a stop.
Brake rotors can last for a long time. However, hard stopping can cause premature warping. Allowing the brake pads to get excessively low can also damage the rotors. Although you can extend the life of a rotor by having it resurfaced, most auto shops in the triangle area will recommend replacement as the safest option.
5. Coolant Hoses
Coolant hose replacement is an important aspect of Toyota maintenance. This is especially true for the upper and lower radiator hoses. If one of these hoses bursts open while you’re on the road, engine overheating can occur quickly.
Be sure to have your hoses inspected by a mechanic at least once a year. When the hose becomes soft or starts to swell up, it’s already on borrowed time.
The best way to keep your Toyota running strong is to have Creech Import Repair perform your vehicle's routine maintenance. You can find the schedule for this manufacturer-recommended auto care in your owner's manual. Or you can call your trusted mechanic at Creech Import Repair to find out if your routine maintenance is due.