Toyota of Braintree Service FAQ
Do you find yourself asking questions about the service and warranty on your Toyota vehicle, but are unable to answer them? Toyota of Braintree in Braintree, MA, crafted this service FAQ with everything you need to know in order to successfully take care of your vehicle. If you have any other questions regarding service, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (781) 848-9300.
Have a question about your warranty? Toyota of Braintree experts have answered the most asked questions and answered them below!
Understand the conditions of your warranty
Before going further with your warranty, the first step is to understand the duration of your warranty. A typical warranty lasts about 48-months/50,000 miles. This means your warranty will last 48 months or 50,000 miles, whichever your vehicle reaches first.
Why are multiple warranty periods listed?
The length of a warranty depends on the part of your vehicle that needs to be serviced. A powertrain warranty, which is usually longer, covers the engine and transmission defects. A "bumper-to-bumper" warranty covers everything outside of maintenance. There is also anti-corrosion protection, which often lasts longer than the powertrain warranty. Sometimes manufacturers will offer roadside assistance for a limited timeframe.
Are used vehicles still covered under factory warranty?
Warranties are normally transferable! As long as the vehicle falls in the mileage and duration caps, then the factory warranties will remain in tact.
How do you maintain a warranty?
By keeping up with required service and responding to problems when something is clearly wrong. If you read through your owner's manual, there is an explicit list of service intervals that you can follow. If a problem lies outside of the service schedule, there is normally a check engine light alerting you of a problem.
What is the driver's job?
Just bring your vehicle in for service! The factory-trained technicians must provide the service in terms of the warranty. Any other outside maintenance is not included with the warranty.
Will a warranty pay all expenses?
Warranties will normally cover the parts and labor of fixing an unexpected repair, but the customer handles regular maintenance. Certain repairs are covered by some manufacturers but not others.
From oil changes to battery changes, the Toyota of Braintree service center will happily assist you. If you're in need of savings on your service, our dealership offers service specials that should help prevent you from breaking the bank.
Typical intervals to change engine oil is anywhere between 5,000 to 15,000 miles. Changing the engine oil and filter is one of the most important procedures possible. The oil contains friction in the engine and prevents the motor from seizing up.
To prevent your engine from overheating or freezing during extreme temperatures, your engine coolant is extremely important. Intervals for flushing the system and replacing coolant can vary based on the manufacturer. Typically, antifreeze is good past 100,000 miles.
Checking the spark plugs at 50,000 to 60,000 miles isn't a bad idea. Older vehicles tend to need a replacement or adjustment of the spark plugs more often than new vehicles do. Manufacturers promise that spark plugs should last over 100,000 miles.
Depending on the quality of the filter, type of vehicle, and environment you regularly drive in, that will help you determine the lifespan of your air filter. Traveling on a paved highway won't do much to your filter as opposed to driving on dirt roads. Local air pollution is also another factor that can determine filter life.
The interval of changing your battery will depend on the battery itself, type of vehicle, and local climate. Colder regions will require a more powerful battery to assist in more extreme temperatures. There are also times when rechargeable batteries will completely lose their potential to fully recharge again.
It's a good idea to inspect all hoses, belts, and other connections under the hood while getting regular maintenance completed.
Depending on the climate and the wear of the wiper, you can either replace the blade or the entire wiper unit. If you live in a particularly cold and icy climate, then this will be a determining factor in the lifespan of your wipers.
Tires and Brakes
Toyota of Braintree is here to assist you with all your tire and brake needs. Our service center will gladly help take care of everything you need done.
Many tires are rated to last anywhere between 30,000 to 70,000 miles, but a more aggressive style of driving can wear them out in closer to 15,000 miles. Replacing your tires all depends on the type of vehicle and unique driving style.
Similar to tires, brakes will depend on your type of driving style. Stressful braking will shorten the lifespan drastically. Replacements can require new brake pads or even new rotors.
Appropriate Seasonal Tires
Just like we change our apparel for the season, your vehicle should change tires for the seasons. Many manufacturers sell all-season tires that are suitable for most conditions, but if your vehicle was purchased with summer tires then you should invest in a set of snow tires.
How do I find the correct snow tires?
There is no perfect tire for every weather situation. While one tire may be great in the snow, it may be average on the pavement and in the rain. Be sure to check reviews on tires to find the specific ones that fit your needs. It is also important to know the correct size tire you need and what kinds of roads you frequent.
Make sure to maintain proper tire inflation for safety, performance, and longevity.
Purchase four matching tires so there is no inconsistency in the grip. Inconsistencies during braking can cause the tail end to slide and uneven tread wear.
Try to purchase an extra set of wheels where rubber can be mounted. This will allow you to not have to mount/dismount your tires each season as well as save you time and maximize tire life.