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Toyota Camry

You're driving along on a bright and sunny day, your mood escalating as your fave song comes on the radio, when splat! A bug the size of a Texas slams into your Toyota Camry windshield. Gross! But, no big deal. You signal your windshield wiper fluid and your wipers instantly activate. But, your perfect solution fails as your wipers cause your windshield to become a giant bug smear. When did your windshield wipers get so bad?

 

If you think back to the last time you had your windshield wipers changed, it was probably way too long ago. Don't feel bad – windshield wipers are easily one of the most ignored parts of a car. However, they are a very important part – helping to keep you save on days of rain, dirty and even bugs. Here's a closer look at important facts your windshield wipers.

 

When to Replace. How often your wiper blades need to be replaced really depend on your specific blades, but a good rule of thumb is to change them every six months to one year – or as soon as you notice a different in driving visibility. Signs your wipers need to be replaced, include:

  • Chattering
  • Squeaking
  • Skipping
  • Smearing
  • Streaking

 

Inspection Tips. Windshield wipers can suffer all sorts of damage, so it's a good idea to inspect them regularly in case repairs are in order. Doing so is the best way to ensure good visibility on the road. When inspecting your wipers, here are some things to look for.

  • Broken frame

  • Metal Corrosion

  • Rubber Squeegee Flexibility

  • Edge of Squeegee (should be rounded)

  • Security of squeegee to wiper frame

  • Security of wiper blade to wiper arm

  • Visible Cracks

 

Common Problems. Just as other parts of your vehicle are prone to potential problems over time, so are your windshield wipers. Common problems your wipers may experience, include:

  • Streaking: due to a dried, hardened or cracked rubber squeegee.

  • Skipping: occurs when the wiper blade becomes curved from lack of use.

  • Wearing: caused by extensive use and when rubber edges become rounded instead of squared.

  • Splitting: due to ultraviolet rays penetrating the rubber squeegee from the frame.

 

Another thing to note is that wiper blades also deteriorate from exposure to environmental factors, such as:

  • Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration from the sun

  • Oil produced by car waxes and exhaust fumes

  • Airborne debris like dust, mud, pollen and sand

  • Moisture from acid rain and salt water

 

Maintenance. The ultimate way to avoid wiper blade problems is to stay on top of regular maintenance. Don't wait around to replace your wipers until they become fully useless. Instead, replace them regularly in order to maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability. Between replacements, evaluate both the rubber squeegee and metal frames to ensure they are in optimal condition.

 

How to Extend the Life of Wiper Blades. If you feel as though your wiper blades are needing to be replaced more often than typically recommended, there are several ways to help extend their lifespan. Here's how:

  • Clean your windshield wipers every time you fill your tank with gas.

  • Wipe down the rubber squeegee located on your wipers with a damp towel in order to remove loose dirt, oil, etc.

  • During winter months, pull your wiper blades away from your windshield. This will prevent ice buildup from forming on the rubber squeegee; it will also prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

 

For more tips and tricks to keep your car in top condition, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Findlay Toyota: Southwest's leading auto dealer specializing in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Serving Las Vegas, Winchester, Henderson, Enterprise, Summerlin and Reno, Nevada; Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Arizona; St. George, Utah; and Post Falls, Idaho.


This entry was posted in Findlay Toyota and tagged new Toyotas, new Toyota Camry, new sedan, toyota maintenance, toyota repairs, toyota dealer, on 07/04/2016 at 12:18 PM

Toyota RAV4

Summer time's in full swing, which means lots of on-road travel time for many. Opting for midsize SUVs like the 2016 Toyota Rav4 is a great way to make all of those upcoming road trips much more enjoyable with abundant space for passengers and cargo. But, even if you have the perfect vehicle for your summer travels, if you don't know some simple maintenance tasks, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. One common problem you may run into on the road is a flat tire. Don't waste time having to wait for assistance to save the day. Instead, save the day yourself by learning these important steps below.

 

1. Pull Over. If your car suffers from a flat tire, the first thing to do is pull over. Try to do so in as safe of a location as possible. Don't park in the middle of a curved road! This is very dangerous because approaching vehicles will be unable to see you.

 

2. Turn On Hazards. Any time you pull over on the side of the road, it's a very important safety measure to turn on your hazards. This is the best way to notify other vehicles on the road that you will be staying put for awhile – or that you may be in need of assistance.

 

3. Gather Tools. There are a few tools you will need in order to change your fat, and now is the time to go ahead and gather them for the job ahead. You'll need:

  • jack

  • wrench

  • spare tire

 

4. Loosen Lug Nuts. Before you even jack up your car, it's a good idea to go ahead and loosen the lug nuts (the big bolts holding your tire onto your car). Using your wrench, loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (to the left). If the lug nuts are too tight to remove, place the wrench on the lug nut, then stand on the wrench arm. Using your full weight may be the loosening trick required. Be sure you only loosen them; don't fully unscrew them at this point.

 

5. Jack Up Your Car. Now is the time to put your jack to use. Since all car models differ as to where to place the jack, consult your owner's manual for a specific location. Once the jack is in place, jack up your car until the flat tire is roughly six inches off the ground.

 

6. Remove Lug Nuts. Since you've pre-loosened the lug nuts, you can now easily and fully unscrew and remove them. Be sure to place them in a pile so they don't get scattered or lost.

 

7. Remove Tire. Now that you have removed all of the lug nuts, you can go ahead and remove the tire. Do so by pulling the tire straight toward yourself.

 

8. Install Spare Tire. With the flat tire removed, your spare tire is ready to be installed. To do this, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then, push the spare as far as it will go onto the wheelbase.

 

9. Replace Lug Nuts. Once your spare is in place, grab your lug nuts and screw them back into place. Don't put them on too tightly just yet.

 

10. Lower Your Car. Make sure your jack is still in the correct location and then lower it back to the ground. Remove the jack.

 

11. Fully Tighten Lug Nuts. Once your car is back on solid ground and the jack has been removed, go ahead and fully tighten all of the lug nut

 

Visi Visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada for all automotive maintenance tips and tricks.

Findlay Toyota: Southwest's leading auto dealer specializing in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Serving Las Vegas, Winchester, Henderson, Enterprise, Summerlin and Reno, Nevada; Flagstaff, Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona; St. George, Utah; and Post Falls, Idaho.


This entry was posted in Findlay Toyota and tagged new Toyotas, Toyota SUVs, new Rav4, Toyota tires, toyota maintenance, toyota dealer, SUV maintenance, on 07/04/2016 at 11:13 AM

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been a top-selling compact sedan for years, but it has still never been a true charmer, lacking in personality and anything that really stands out. But, things have been changing for the Corolla over the past few years and it is now proving to the world that it can be just as exciting as other consumer favorites. The 2016 Corolla shines with unique styling and appealing new features that make it a much sought-after sedan. Here are the top reasons the 2016 Corolla is a great car.

 

Fab Fuel Economy. The Corolla has always been a solid choice for good fuel economy. But, the 2016 Corolla has exceeded the hops of consumers. The Corolla's efficiency-oriented Eco trims are the ultimate choice if you want the highest fuel economy. Eco trim levels house a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that returns upward of 40 miles per gallon. Also aiding in the Eco trims high fuel economy is its efficiency maximizing engine and transmission tuning, low-rolling-resistance tires, rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.

 

Unique Interior. As previously mentioned, the Corolla hasn't always been the most thrilling in terms of performance or style. But, the latest interior of the 2016 Corolla is quite intriguing. It features a unique and sporty vibe with stylish flourishes, such as a three-spoke steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter. High-tech features add even more to the Corolla's interior with a lengthy list of user-friendly content, from a 6.1-inch touchscreen to an integrated navigation system and more.

 

Choosing the S Special Edition trim adds even more flair to the 2016 Corolla with gloss black finish wheels, special Edition badging, an all-black interior, and red contract stitching and accents on the instrument panel.

 

Huge Backseat. The latest Corolla features a wheelbase that is roughly four inches longer than previous models. What does this mean for consumers? A huge backseat with legroom for days! The Corolla may sit in the compact sedan segment, but it somehow manages to provide the space of a midsize. This is a very welcoming trait for tall passengers, and it also makes comfortably seating a full load of people and their cargo easy.

 

Excellent Resale Value. When it's time to sell your car, getting a good resale value can typically be hard. But, with a Toyota, it isn't quite as difficult. Due to the fact that Toyota's are a well-known brand in reliability and solid construction, they offer a much higher resale value than other vehicles. As long as you take good care of your Corolla (keep it clean, provide it with regular maintenance services, and so on) then you can expect a worthwhile resale value in return.

 

A Fun Drive. The Corolla isn't the sportiest car on Earth, but the newest model is definitely the most fun to drive of all its predecessors. Steering is precise and responsive and most anyone will find it to be an exciting ride.

 

For the most sports appeal behind the wheel, as well as some nice styling elements, the Corolla's sport-themed S and S Plus trims are the ultimate choice. The S trim features:

  • unique wheel covers

  • color-keyed mirrors with signal repeaters

  • rear spoiler

  • chrome exhaust tip

  • sport front seats

  • leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters

  • sport driving mode

  • sport instrumentation

 

The S Plus is even more intriguing if you want even firmer suspension tuning for increased driver enthusiasm.

 

Want to learn more about the many reasons the 2016 Toyota Corolla is a great choice? Visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada and take it for a spin.

 

Findlay Toyota: Southwest's leading auto dealer specializing in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Serving Las Vegas, Winchester, Henderson, Enterprise, Summerlin and Reno, Nevada; Flagstaff, Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona; St. George, Utah; and Post Falls, Idaho.


This entry was posted in Findlay Toyota and tagged new Toyota Corolla, new Corolla, new Toyotas, new sedan, car shopping, new car dealer, toyota dealer, on 07/03/2016 at 11:14 PM

Toyota Prius

The 2016 Toyota Prius is loved for many reasons, it's main one being its high fuel economy and lower emittance of emissions into the atmosphere – they are the top two advantages to owning a hybrid, after all. But, one question you may be wondering about hybrids like the Prius is if they require more or less maintenance services compared to standard, gas-only vehicles. The answer: about the same. Regular maintenance is essential to obtaining the highest level of performance, safety and reliability from your vehicle – whether hybrid or non-hybrid. (It can also increase your vehicle's resale value.) To learn more about importance maintenance services your Prius needs, continue reading.

 

Oil Changes. Your Prius may not require as much gasoline as a typically car does, but it does still need oil – as long as it's synthetic. A hybrid engine needs oil in order to function properly. Without it, it will not have enough lubrication to keep its critical internal components working as they should. This leads to an overwhelmed engine, damaged parts, and an accumulation of rust and sludge inside the oil. For the healthiest engine, ensure you get oil changes regularly.

 

Replace the Brakes. Brakes make up one of the most important systems in your car, so it makes sense to stay on top of regular maintenance and repair services. Brake fluids are hygroscopic, which means they absorb moisture from the air. This moisture can lead to brake corrosion, even failure. This is why it's important to replace your vehicle's brake fluid annually. This will prevent small problems from becoming larger and costing more in repairs. It's also always important to pay attention to how your brakes feel and sound. If it takes longer to stop than usual, your steering wheel shutters or vibrates, or you hear any squealing or grinding when coming to a stop, this could mean you are in need of brake repairs. Don't risk a failed stop, and stay on top of brake care.

 

Tire Care. Tires are an important, yet often ignored part of cars. One thing you may never have considered about your tires is that they are the sole part of your vehicle that touches the ground. This means two things:

  1. If your tires aren't in working condition, your car is stranded.

  2. If your tires are in poor condition, on-road safety decreases.

To keep your car rolling as you want it to, there are several maintenance services to stay on top of. They include:

  • maintaining proper psi

  • tire replacements

  • wheel alignments

You may already know that your tires need air, but do you know why? Maintaining the proper psi (air) in your tires ensures they have sufficient traction with the road in order to keep you and your passengers safe.

 

Overinflated tires (too much psi/air) are unable to fully grip the road, which causes them to bounce along the road instead of rolling along smoothly. In turn, ires are more likely to slip or skid, especially in wet or icy conditions.

 

Under-inflated tires (too little psi/air) pose the opposite problem. Tires that are under-inflated touch too much of the ground, leading to overheating and faster wear and year; they also burn more gas, which causes fuel economy to drop.

 

Along with keeping proper air in your tires, you can also aid in their longevity by having your car's wheels aligned regularly. Your car's tires work best when the wheels are aligned straight. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to knock them out of alignment from basic maneuvers, driving over pot holes and ruts in the road, and so on. This leads to more wear and tear on your tires and more money spent replacing them.

 

For more on the 2016 Toyota Prius and for all your maintenance and repair needs, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Findlay Toyota: Southwest's leading auto dealer specializing in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Serving Las Vegas, Winchester, Henderson, Enterprise, Summerlin and Reno, Nevada; Flagstaff, Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona; St. George, Utah; and Post Falls, Idaho.


This entry was posted in Findlay Toyota and tagged new Toyota Prius, new Prius, new Toyotas, Toyota hybrids, hybrids, toyota dealer, on 07/02/2016 at 9:44 PM

Toyota Tacoma

Looking for a new truck? What about one that can go anywhere and do anything? Welcome the 2016 Toyota Tacoma – a midsize pickup truck that offers strong off-road capabilities, a powerful engine, and a tow rate up to 6,800 pounds. The 2016 Tacoma will take care of your needs, so it only makes sense for you to take care of its needs. One way to do so is to pay attention to your Tacoma's engine. Continue reading to learn how to be a proactive part of your engine's health.

Regular Oil Changes: One of the most important things you can do for your Tacoma (and any other car or truck for that matter) is to provide it with regular oil changes. Oil changes help keep the internal parts of your engine well lubricated so it does not overheat. Going too long between oil changes – or never changing it at all – can lead to serious, irreversible engine damage.

Keep Cooling System Working Properly: Another way to keep your Tacoma's engine from overheating is to make sure the cooling system is working properly. The best way to do this is to make sure your truck's cooling system always has the proper amount of coolant (a.k.a. radiator fluid). Coolant works by circulating through the engine, to the radiator, and back again in order to ensure it stays cool. Without coolant, your truck's engine will quickly overheat.

Regularly Replace Air Filter: Just as you require air to breathe and continue working as you should, so does your truck's engine. This is why truck's require air filters. Air filters work to provide your engine with a constant, unrestricted flow of air. However, air filters become dirty and clogged over time. The best way to keep a steady flow of air flowing to your engine, be sure to replace air filters regularly.

Check For Leaks: An easy way to keep your truck's engine running smoothly is to check for any leaks that may have sprung. The intense heat and pressure that occurs under your truck's hood can cause engine hoses to become old and cracked. Two main leaks to watch out for are oil and antifreeze leaks. These fluids leaking from your engine should never be looked over, otherwise you can expect overheating and other damages to happen. From time to time, pop your truck's trunk and inspect hoses for any problems. Another simple way to check your truck for leaks is by looking on the ground underneath it. If you see any puddles on the ground beneath your truck, take it to see a mechanic for further inspection.

Looking for more tips and tricks to keep your 2016 Toyota Tacoma running its best? Just ask us! Visit our Toyota dealership, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Findlay Toyota: Southwest's leading auto dealer specializing in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Serving Las Vegas, Winchester, Henderson, Enterprise, Summerlin and Reno, Nevada; Flagstaff, Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona; St. George, Utah; and Post Falls, Idaho.


This entry was posted in Findlay Toyota and tagged new Toyota Tacoma, newToyotas, Toyota trucks, trucks Las Vegas Nevada, popular trucks, engine care, car and truck maintenance, engine maintenance on 05/17/2016 at 8:59 PM

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