It is common knowledge that routine service and maintenance is necessary to keep an automobile in good working condition. Toyota Motor Sales Inc. provides a recommended maintenance schedule in each owner's manual, and it is also available for downloading on Toyota.com.
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Regularly changing the oil and filter is an important basic maintenance routine for any vehicle. While many service centres may recommend changing it every 3,000 miles, Toyota indicates that every 5,000 to 10,000 miles is generally sufficient. If the vehicle is used for frequent shorts trips, city driving or carrying heavy loads, the oil should be changed closer to the 5,000-mile mark.
Fluids and Tires
Inspection and topping off of fluids, as well as tire rotations, are recommended every six months or 5,000 miles.
Toyota recommends a number of inspections, such as brakes, hoses, fuel lines, steering linkages and ball joints, at 15,000 to 30,000 miles. Daily inspections are recommended for off-road vehicle use.
Keep a log of services performed on the vehicle, particularly in the event of a warranty claim. Toyota indicates that a warranty claim will not necessarily be denied without such records; however, it can certainly help to provide proof that the vehicle has been properly maintained.
It is not required that a Toyota dealer perform the service and maintenance.
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