Here are Car Care Tips for
your Toyota and Scion!
Today's cars, light trucks, and sport-utility vehicles are high-tech
marvels with digital dashboards, oxygen sensors, electronic computers,
unibody construction, and more. They run better, longer, and more efficiently
than models of years past. But when it comes to repairs, some things
stay the same. The following tips should help you along the way:
Do your homework:
Before taking your vehicle in for repairs or service, read the owner's
manual to learn about the vehicle's systems and components. Follow
the recommended service schedules. Keep a log of all repairs and service.
When you think about it, you know your car better than anyone else.
You drive it every day and know how it feels and sounds when everything
is right. So don't ignore its warning signals. Use all of your senses
to inspect your car frequently.
Check for: Unusual
sounds, odors, drips, leaks, smoke, warning lights, gauge readings;
Changes in acceleration, engine performance, gas mileage, fluid levels;
Worn tires, belts, hoses; Problems in handling, braking, steering, vibrations.
Note when the problem occurs. Is it constant or periodic? When the vehicle
is cold or after the engine has warmed up? At all speeds? Only under
acceleration? During braking? When shifting? When did the problem first
start? Once you are at our location, communicate your findings. Be prepared
to describe the symptoms.
Make a list: Bring
the written list of symptoms so you can give it to us. Resist the temptation
to suggest a specific course of repair. Just as you would with your
physician, tell us where it hurts and how long it's been that way, but
let the technician diagnose and recommend a remedy. Don't rush the technician
to make an on-the-spot diagnosis. You may ask to be called and apprised
of the problem, course of action, and costs before work begins. Before
you leave, be sure you understand all shop policies regarding labor
rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment. Leave a telephone
number where you can be called.
Toy Auto Clinic, LLC
35 Hazel Avenue
Redwood City CA, 94061