A Guide to Toyota Service Intervals
How Often do I Need to Get My Car Serviced?
Your Toyota has an optimum service interval that depends as much on time and driving conditions as it does on distance. The table below features the recommended Service & Maintenance schedule for all current generation Toyota vehicles. Toyota’s service intervals are designed to ensure your vehicle continues to operate within specification. Should you be after recommended schedules for other Toyota vehicles, please refer to the Warranty & Service Logbook or consult with our Service Managers who will be happy to assist.
||Standard Scheduled Service
(Months or Kms - Whichever Occurs First)
|Additional Maintenance Requirements
(Months or Kms - Whichever Occurs First)
|Camry & Aurion
(Pre Jan 2009 Comp Date)
|12 Months or 15,000 Kms
||6 Months or 7,500 Kms
|Camry, Aurion & Camry Hybrid
(Post Jan 2009 Comp Date)
|9 Months or 15,000 Kms
||4.5 Months or 7,500 Kms
|All Other Vehicles
||6 Months or 10,000 Kms
||3 Months or 5,000 Kms
Time V’s Distance
If you don’t do a lot of kilometres, you should have your Toyota serviced according to the recommended time based service intervals. Short, stop-start journeys are one of the hardest forms of work an engine can endure. Since the engine doesn’t get up to optimal operating temperature for any real period of time, it can’t burn off the by-products of combustion. This can lead to a reduction in the oils efficiency to lubricate which, in turn, can lead to premature engine wear and possible engine failure.
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. Remember, it’s not only time or distance, it’s whichever you reach first.
Standard Scheduled Services
If you’re mostly driving your Toyota on sealed roads in moderate conditions, then you’ll need to service it as per the standard service schedule intervals, either according to time or kilometres travelled (depending on your driving conditions) for normal operating conditions.
Additional Maintenance Requirements & Extreme Driving Conditions
If you constantly put your Toyota through a punishing driving schedule under extreme conditions, then the best way to ensure long term performance is with additional maintenance servicing intervals. Such conditions could include any or all of the following:
- Driving on rough, muddy or snow-melted roads.
- Driving on dusty roads.
- Towing trailers, caravans or boats, or using a car top carrier.
- Repeated short trips (less than 8 km) in freezing conditions.
- Extensive idling and or low speed driving for long distance such as taxis, couriers, etc.
If you’re in doubt as to the best servicing schedule for your vehicle talk to one of our Service Managers today.
The Consequences of Irregular Servicing
Failing to have your Toyota serviced regularly can endanger your vehicle warranty. If, for example your vehicle develops a major problem during the warranty period and there is no evidence that your vehicle has been serviced as recommended, subsequent repairs may not be covered by your warranty.
Irregular servicing can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency (and at today’s fuel prices, no-one wants that), increased air pollution, and potentially damage the resale value of your vehicle.
Adhering to recommended service schedules also ensures your brake system, tyres, driveline and steering components are inspected regularly for correct operation and wear. So failing to have your vehicle regularly serviced can be putting your safety at risk and that of your passengers too.
What Happens if Oil is Not Changed Regularly?
In some cases of irregular servicing, oil can actually thicken and oxidise 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. Once sludge occurs it can be very difficult and expensive to get rid of so having your Toyota serviced regularly is of utmost importance.
A Car Service is Much More than an Oil Change
It’s not just your engine oil that needs regular replacing. Gear oils and transmission fluids also lose their viscosity over time, which can increase wear and tear and cause thinning and loss of lubrication. Coolants and fluid levels need to be inspected and topped up regularly 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 and will lead to a loss in brake efficiency and potential danger for you and your passengers.
Genuinely Better Resale Value
Having your vehicle serviced by Turnbull Toyota according to the recommended maintenance intervals is a valuable investment in your vehicle’s future resale value.