Car Care Tips
Recommended Maintenance Our services maintain your factory warranty
At Phil’s Toy Store, we are conscious about keeping your factory warranties intact! Below is a list of recommended maintenance services that will keep your car running at its best. We also offer a "Warranty Watch Service.” If we see that warranty repairs that need to be made we will provide you with printed materials and instructions to take to your Toyota, Lexus or Scion dealer. This should make your trip for warranty repairs easier for you and the dealership!
- Change Oil & Filter every 4,000 Miles to prevent Engine Sludge & lower maintenance cost.
- Check all Fluid Levels & Condition of Fluids every 4,000 Miles.
- Inspect Tires for condition wear & correct Air Pressure & Rotate every 8,000 Miles for maximum tire life and prevent tire failure.
- Inspect Brakes every 8,000 Miles (We inspect brakes free on every 4,000 Mile service.)
- Transmission Fluid Changes every 30,000 Miles to remove Contaminants to extend life & Prevent failure.
- Power Steering Fluid Flush every 30,000 Miles (Power Steering System is the hardest working part of your vehicle. Fluids need to be changed to prevent leaks and failure of Pumps and Racks.)
- Differential Fluid & Transfer Case (Trucks & Rear Wheel Drive Cars.) Change every 30,000 Mile & Manual Trans Drain & Fill.
- Fuel System: Replace Fuel Filters every 30,000 Miles, Power Flush Injectors & wash intake Plenum every 30,000 Miles and Injector Cleaner to tank every 15,000 Miles.
- Cooling System inspect belts, hoses flush coolant every 30,000 Miles or 2 years.
- Timing Belt Replacement all vehicles with timing belts should have the timing belts replaced between 90,000 and 100,000 miles.
- Tune Ups Spark Plugs non Platinum 30K, Spark Plugs Platinum 90K, Spark Plugs Iridium 120K.
- P.C.V. Positive Crank Case Ventilation Valves every 15,000 Miles.
Here are some of the things you can do to ensure improved gas mileage for your car:
- Keep your car clean. Mud on the undercarriage can weigh a significant amount and slow you down.
- Consolidate your daily trips and errands. This will also save you the cost of restarting your engine, which uses a lot of gas.
- Avoid air conditioning when possible. However, when driving at higher speeds, having your windows open also creates drag.
- Don't throttle the gas or brake pedal! Sudden starts or stops use more gas than gradual changes in speed.
- Don't idle for too long. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a lengthy wait.
- Limit car warm-ups in winter.
- Clear out the trunk. More weight equals more drag.
- Avoid high speeds. We know this is almost impossible to resist but you can improve your gas mileage by up to 15 percent driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph.
- Use overdrive. If your car is equipped with overdrive gearing use it as soon as your speed is high enough.
- Use cruise control. Maintaining a constant speed is ideal for improving your gas mileage.
Servicing Your Vehicle
- Replace the spark plugs in your engine according to factory recommended intervals. This way, the air and fuel mixture will burn cleaner and more efficiently.
- Have your fuel system serviced regularly and use high quality fuel. We recommend BP fuels.
- Reduce friction. Change your oil every 4,000 miles.
- Check your oil! Low oil makes your engine work harder.
- Change your filters. Dirty filters can sometimes increase the amount of fuel your vehicle uses by as much as 10 percent.
- Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Check regularly to ensure your tires are fully inflated and your alignment is good.