Summer Maintenance for your Toyota

Summer Maintenance Tips for your Toyota

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After a long winter of frigid temperatures and a rainy spring season, you're probably itching to take your car on the open road for a long road trip. However, before you head out, it's important to follow these summer maintenance tips and ensure your Toyota is up to date on service

What are some helpful summer maintenance tips?

Cool the engine: Just as you need to stay hydrated in the summer heat, you also need to hydrate your engine and keep it cool. The best way for you to protect your car's engine from the heat is by ensuring it has enough coolant. To do this, wait until your car has cooled down and then fill its coolant reservoir with a 50/50 mixture of water and the coolant that Toyota recommends for your car. We at Lustine Toyota also advise visiting our service department if you haven't had your car's cooling system flushed and or its belt inspected in some time.

Inflate the tires: To prevent your tires from blowing out on a scorching-hot highway, one of the best summer maintenance tasks you can do is check that your tires are properly inflated. Modern Toyota vehicles will let you know when your tire pressure is too low, but you can also check manually by using a tire pressure gauge. If your tires are under-inflated according to your owner's manual, you should inflate them back up. Be careful not to over-inflate them either since this can also cause issues.

Check the battery: While many battery issues may arise during the cold winter months, it is still an important piece of summer maintenance to inspect your car's battery and make sure it's ready for summer. Hot temperatures can lead to battery fluid evaporation, corrosion, and possible failure. Before you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, bring your car into Lustine Toyota for a battery test if it's a few years old.

Replace windshield wipers: With heat in the summer, comes great thunderstorms. Cracked or old windshield wipers can ruin your vision out of the front windshield, which is incredibly dangerous. Many people suggest to replace windshield wipers every six months, and if it has been a while, or you notice some corrosion, now is the perfect time to switch out.

Monitor other fluids: While we placed special attention on coolant, for obvious reasons, that doesn't mean you should neglect the other fluids in your vehicle. Whether it's brake fluid or windshield-washer fluid, making sure that they are all topped off and there aren't any leaks is pretty important for the overall function and safety of your vehicle.

Change/clean your air filter: After a tough winter, your air filter might very well be clogged in many points. Now is a great time to take out your filter, and either clean it, or replace it. If you don't feel qualified to do any of this, feel free to let us know, and we can do it for you!

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Call Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Virginia, today to schedule an appointment at our service department for summer maintenance. 

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