Posts Tagged ‘service tips’

Understanding Your Tire Pressure Light

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Tire Pressure LightMost new Toyota vehicles, model year 2003 and newer, come equipped with a tire pressure warning light that turns on when it senses a change in tire pressure. Tire pressures are most likely to fluctuate with rapid and drastic temperature changes, which in Vermont, tend to fall around the seasonal changes.

The TPMS, Toyota’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is installed on the valves of your tires and is designed to provide a low pressure warning for all five (that’s right, five) tires on your vehicle.  The most common trigger for the warning light is low pressure in the vehicle’s spare tire. Most customers are unaware that their spare tire also comes equipped with a tire pressure monitor, and the TPMS is only installed on full-sized spares, not donut spares. The light may also turn on when a tire is punctured, warning you of a flat before it happens.

If you’ve checked all five tires and they’re all correctly inflated and there are no puncture marks, it is possible that your TPMS is damaged and/or malfunctioning. A damaged TPMS can be caused by improper inflation or damage during a tire mount and balance, most often when it is performed by a technician who is unfamiliar with the system.  If you feel this is the case, make sure to call or stop by Heritage Toyota Scion and our staff will gladly diagnose the problem for you and if necessary replace the faulty sensors.

Service Tips: Oil Change

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Oil ChangePerforming 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: