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ToyotaCare, Toyota’s complimentary maintenance plan, is often the source of questions by new car buyers in our showroom. Complimentary maintenance plans are becoming the norm for many auto manufacturers. They allow you to have your regular maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections (not to be confused with state inspections) performed at a dealership at no cost to you.
ToyotaCare offers new Toyota owners 2 years or 25,000 miles (whichever comes first) of complimentary regular maintenance performed by the H-Team. This includes regular oil and filter changes, tire rotations and a 19-point inspection. To find out what is included in Toyota’s 19-point multi-point inspection, visit the H-Team’s ToyotaCare page here.
ToyotaCare is more than just regular maintenance; it also includes 24-hour roadside assistance for the same 2 years or 25,000 miles. This roadside assistance plan covers you for those unexpected days when you need a hand: If you’ve locked your keys in your car, have a flat tire, need a jump-start, or even a tow.
Now that you’re equipped with a little extra knowledge, choosing your new Toyota will be that much easier. If you have any other questions about ToyotaCare, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our sales or service staff.
One of the questions we’re often asked is how to reset or turn off the maintenance required light. On a newer model Toyota, the maintenance required light turns on every 5,000 miles to remind you of an oil change and tire rotation; however, many new cars use synthetic oil that only needs to be changed every 10,000 miles. Ergo, every 5,000 miles, a better-safe-than-sorry reminder light pops on, and driving to the dealership to have a technician reset the light may be hassle, so we wanted to share how to reset this light in the convenience of your own driveway. Remember, the light also comes on to remind you of a tire rotation which should be performed every 5,000 miles.
How to Reset your Maintenance Required Light:
- Turn off your engine while the odometer is in the regular total mileage mode, not “Trip A” or “Trip B”
- Push and hold the mileage reset button while turning the key into the “on” position
- You will see the odometer digits countdown to zero and once they all are at zero, the light has reset and you may release the button
With those instructions, we hope that you’ll be able to reset this light if you choose to do so. If you feel uncomfortable doing this or are unsure why your light has turned on, please do not hesitate to call or stop by Heritage Toyota Scion.
Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is one of the easiest ways to keep your vehicle in peak condition, maintain its long-term health, and help you get the most out of your investment. One of the most important parts of regular maintenance is regular oil changes.
Why are regular oil changes important?
Oil is one of the most important, but underappreciated components of your vehicle’s overall health. Your vehicle’s engine has hundreds of constantly moving parts, many of which are rubbing against one another causing extreme heat. As the oil travels through your engine, it cools and lubricates these parts, helping your engine run at maximum efficiency.
Because of the constant temperature fluctuation your engine faces on a daily basis, your oil should be changed regularly or dust and debris can make their way into your engine and contaminate your oil, making it less effective.
How often should I have my oil changed?
Most manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 5,000 miles; but many newer model vehicles come with advanced synthetic oil that can last up to 10,000 miles between changes. Check your owner’s manual to find out more about your recommended maintenance schedule.
New England’s wide range of temperatures throughout the year also put added strain on both your engine and your oil. Even in warm weather, during a short commute your engine may not warm up all the way, which can affect the life of your oil in the long term.
Need to know if your oil needs changing? Get a lesson on checking your engine fluids from the H-Team: