For a full listing of each vehicle’s set service intervals, download the Service Intervals and Check List document.
At Toyota, making quality, durable and reliable vehicles is number 1 in importance. But, like anything mechanical, you have to maintain it to keep it functioning at its best.
Even if your car isn't put to the test every day, it's important that 'the basics' are checked and serviced regularly throughout your car's life. Changing the oil, checking your brakes and transmission fluid - it's all part of keeping you safe on the road.
Irregular servicing can also lead to premature engine wear or damage, reduced fuel efficiency, increased air pollution and may potentially damage the resale value of your vehicle. In the worst case, if you a problem during your vehicle’s warranty period and there is no history of servicing as recommended by Toyota, you may not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
In the worst case, irregular servicing leads to oil thickening and oxidising into a tar-like substance known as sludge. This sludge cannot be pumped through the engine’s lubricating system thus reducing engine components of much needed lubrication which will eventually lead to engine seizure.
Your Toyota has an optimum service interval that depends as much on time and driving conditions as it does on distance. Repeated short, stop-start journeys for example, are one of the hardest forms of work an engine can endure. Since it doesn’t get up to optimal operating temperature for any real period of time it can’t burn off the by-products of combustion. So condensation and acids build up in the oil reducing its efficiency to lubricate which, in turn, can lead to premature engine wear.
In some cases of irregular servicing, oil can actually thicken and oxidise into a heavy grease or tar-like substance known as sludge. This material cannot be pumped through the engine’s lubricating system and, starved of oil, the engine may seize. Once sludge occurs it can be a very expensive exercise to remove. Lack of servicing can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency (and at today’s fuel prices, no-one wants that), increased air pollution and potentially reduce the resale value of your Toyota.
If you don’t do a lot of kilometres you should have your Toyota serviced according to the time between services. Keep in mind the average driver usually does around 15,000km per year. Alternatively, if you use your car more regularly and drive more than the average distance then you will reach the kilometre interval first, therefore your servicing should be based on the recommended distance travelled.
Stop-start journeys are one of the hardest forms of work an engine can endure. The harder the work, the sooner the servicing In extreme driving conditions, such as towing heavy loads or driving in very hot, cold or dusty conditions, you should have your Toyota serviced even more regularly. If you’re in doubt as to the best servicing schedule for your vehicle, talk to your Toyota Service Advisor.
It’s not just your engine oil that needs regular replacing. Gear oils and transmission fluids also lose their viscosity over time which can cause thinning and loss of lubrication. And coolants and fluid levels need to be inspected frequently to maintain optimum effectiveness.
More importantly, brake fluid needs to be replaced regularly as it is prone to absorbing moisture which can cause its boiling point to be lowered, causing vapour locks which will lead to a loss in brake efficiency. Regular servicing also ensures your tyres, driveline and steering components are inspected regularly for correct operation and wear. All of which helps protect you and your passengers as much as it protects your Toyota.
Servicing also protects your warranty. Failing to have your Toyota serviced regularly can endanger your warranty. If, for example, your vehicle develops a major problem during the warranty period but there is no evidence that your vehicle has been serviced as recommended, subsequent repairs may not be covered by your warranty.