March 2016
Recommended Maintenance

MONTHLY ARCHIVES: MARCH 2016

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Just moments ago, you just purchased a brand new Toyota Sequoia. It’s exterior is so shiny, you need sunglasses to look at it. It’s interior is so clean, you just learned the true meaning of the word immaculate. Anyone who tries to eat, drink or even breathe inside of your new car will regret the decision immediately, because it’s never going to be allowed. Cut to a few months later and this clean-freak attitude is more than likely long gone. Chances are, you have probably even managed to pick up a stain or two. Luckily, there are ways to get your car back to that wonderful factory clean. Check out these helpful tips so you can once again ride around in stain-free style.

Coffee Spills: Just as cars run on gasoline, humans run on coffee. This makes your car very susceptible to coffee stains. Glass cleaner is an excellent way to remove all types of stains (including coffee) from carpeting and upholstery. It also doesn’t leave behind soapy residue like many traditional carpet cleaners do.

What to do:

new stains: Immediately dilute the coffee spill with cool water then blot with paper towels or clean rags until the stain is removed.

old, dry stains: Soak stain with glass cleaner (any brand will do). Allow it to sit for five minutes. Blot until stain is removed.

Pen Ink: It may be a tech world, but theres a good chance a pen will be used in your car at some point in time. Unfortunately, ink stains can be very hard to remove. Enter - hairspray!

What to do: spray ink stain with hairspray. Allow it to sit until the stain is absorbed. Then wipe it away. Repeat if necessary.

Carsickness: If you’ve ever been carsick, you know how awful it feels. You also know how likely it is for a carsick person in your car to throw up. And, if you’ve ever endured the revulsion of carsickness stains and smells permeating in your car, you probably got sick yourself. The cure? Water and club soda/baking soda.

What to do: Mix water with club soda or baking soda. Dilute stained area(s) and wipe until gone. Once the stain has been removed, you can also sprinkle plain baking soda onto the area and let sit overnight. The next day, vacuum it up. This will help remove any leftover smells.

Greasy Stains: If your car has greasy stains, a little paint thinner and salt can work wonders. To be safe, first test this method on a separate area outside of your car to ensure it won’t cause fading.

What to do: Rub paint thinner on stain with clean, 100-percent cotton cloth then cover the stain with salt. (Salt will help absorb the grease.) Let this mixture sit for 24 hours then vacuum clean.

For more tips and tricks, visit our website.

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


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As summer approaches, it’s time to get those vacation plans in order. Hotel reservations, travel routes à it’s all part of the exciting hustle and bustle of summer. While buying the hottest bikini or surf board may sit high on your pre-vacation to-do list, one of the most important things you can do to prep for your travels is to make sure your Toyota car, like the Camry, is in tip-top shape. Otherwise, you may never get to wear that bikini or ride that surfboard you dubbed so important.

For a stress-free vacation, here are some tips to get your car in optimal travel mode.

Change the Oil: Your car needs engine oil to run. That’s why making sure your car always has enough oil, and getting regular oil changes, is so important. Oil acts as a lubricant for all of the internal parts inside your engine. Without a constant supply of fresh, clean oil, these internal parks will become damaged. A damaged engine means a dead car and expensive repairs, so be sure to take the time to get your car’s oil changed before leaving town.

Check Cooling System Parts: Hot, summer temperatures can do a number on your car’s engine, which is why keeping it as cool as possible is key to its survival. Your car is equipped with a cooling system that uses coolant (antifreeze) along with pumps, hoses, thermostats and fans in order to keep the engine from getting too hot. Before hitting the road, be sure to check coolant levels (top them off if needed). Also check for any loose, cracked or broken belts and hoses. Problems like these will result in a sweltering engine that will overheat. Where does this leave you? Stranded on the side of the road!

Ensure Tires are Adequately Filled: Tires are probably one of the most overlooked parts of a car. But without them, you aren’t going anywhere, so be sure to check them for any damage, and also fill them with the correct amount of air. You may think your tires look fine, but as summer temperatures rise, tire pressure is subject to change, which can leave you with a potentially dangerous situation.

Under-inflated tires (not enough air) are subject to become flat or suffering from a blowout. They also lower fuel economy because your car’s engine has to use more power to make them roll, and in turn, using more gas.

Over-inflated tires (too much air), on the other hand, have less road contact, which makes them susceptible to hydroplaning in wet conditions.

Also, be sure to fill your spare tire with air and check it for any leaks. If you need to use a spare for any reason, it won’t do much good if it’s flat or full of holes.

For more summer tips, and other car-related information, check out our website or visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged South Hills Toyota, automotive services, Car Cooling Systems, Family Car, over-inflated tires, tire pressure, Washington Toyota Camry, washington toyotas on 03/21/2016 at 1:19 PM

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Toyota Prius

When hybrid vehicles hit the scene, they provided the first real helpful solution to climate change and expensive gas prices. Now, they have only improved, featuring everything non-hybrid vehicles do. Want comfortable seats? They have it. Looking for all the latest electronics? They have that, too. Pair all of the perks of a regular vehicle with the electric motor technology of a hybrid and you have a standout vehicle. To help you learn more about the many pros of hybrids, continue reading.

Environmental Benefits: The effects of climate change and how much humans have to do with it has been a hot topic for some time - and it more than likely will continue to be. To do your part to help slow climate change and save the Earth, opting for a hybrid is a good choice. The problem with regular gasoline-powered vehicles is that when they burn gasoline inside their internal combustion engine, they release carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. These gases collect in the atmosphere and wreak havoc on the environment, causing global climate changes to increase. By switching to a hybrid vehicle, you will help reduce CO2 emissions in the air, and in turn, play your part in saving the Earth.

Financial Benefits: With gas prices in mind, there’s no doubt that travel expenses are high. That’s why so many people are choosing alternative methods like biking, carpooling, and public transportation. (These travel methods are not only cheaper, but better for the environment!) If these options aren’t accessible to you, however, buying a hybrid vehicle is one way to save a good chunk of change. This is especially true if you drive a lot at lower speeds that cause a hybrid’s electric motor to be used often.

Technology: It’s easy to be cautious about new technology, which is why so many shied away from hybrids when they first hit the market. Many just didn’t know whether they were reliable vehicles. Now, we all know more about them and the many benefits they offer. Here are a few perks of hybrid technology:

  • guaranteed lifetime battery warranty
  • batteries are lighter for improved efficiency
  • good power without sacrificing fuel economy

Tax Benefits: In the U.S., if you purchase a hybrid vehicle, you are eligible for a tax credit. For many, this is a good incentive to opt for a hybrid. How much is the tax credit? While there is no specific amount guaranteed, some taxpayers see a credit of up to $3,400.

For more information on hybrid vehicles, visit our dealership, located at 307 Washington Road, Washington, PA 15301.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


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There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your Toyota car while driving - especially to the engine. Maybe it makes a random noise that you’ve never heard before. Or maybe it starts to smell strange. Situations like these can easily cause you to panic. Here are some engine problems you should never ignore.

Bad Smells: A random whiff of something here and there is common for cars, but any automotive smells that make it into the cabin of your car could mean serious trouble. Problems range from coolant leaks and broken belts to dangerous exhaust gases like carbon monoxide. No matter what the smell is, it’s important to have it checked just in case.

Jerking: If you’ve noticed your car jerking from time to time, it is a pretty strong signal that your engine is in trouble. This jerking motion could be due to anything from bad spark plugs to clogged fuel lines. A goo preventative maintenance measure is to have regularly scheduled oil changes and belt replacements.

Smoke: If you ever see smoke coming from any part of your car, it’s never a good thing! Smoke that comes from your car’s tailpipe will be one of two colors: white or blue. Here’s what each color means.

  • White: White smoke coming from your car’s tailpipe occurs when water condensation or antifreeze get mixed with the fuel supply. If this happens, add coolant or antifreeze to your car’s cooling system - otherwise your engine will eventually overheat. If you see white smoke coming from under your hood, it means you missed the first warning signal of white smoke your tailpipe gave you, and now, your engine is overheating. Never continue to drive if your engine starts to overheat, otherwise your engine will become more damaged, and more expensive to repair.
  • Blue: If you see blue smoke coming from your car’s tailpipe, it means oil is escaping from the engine and is being burned along with fuel. Without getting this leak properly sealed, your engine will burn up, and you’ll be left with a pretty hefty repair bill.

Bad Sounds: Other than the typical sound of your car accelerating and a few other tinkering noises here and there, your car really shouldn’t be very noisy. However, noises are known to happen when there is a problem.

One noise to watch out for is a tapping or popping sound, an indication that detonation is taking place within the engine’s cylinders. This can happen when gasoline ignites prematurely in the combustion chamber of the engine cylinders. The result is usually piston damage and expensive repairs.

Another noise to listen out for is grinding. If you notice a grinding noise when you try to start your car, this could mean the motor needs to be adjusted or replaced.

For more information on engine problems and other automotive topics, check out our website or visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


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Toyota Corolla

The Toyota family tree is rather impressive, originating in the U.S. in 1968 and continuing to thrive into the present day. Somehow, Toyota has continued to create enjoyable, attractive and reliable vehicles time and time again. One vehicle that has been a favorite for many over the years is the Corolla. Here’s a look at its most notable models found in its remarkable 11-generation reign.

First Generation (1968 - 1969): When the Corolla first hit the automotive world, it was extremely simple. It rode on a 90-inch wheelbase and came in two-door coupe, four-door sedan or two-door wagon. It also marked Toyota’s smallest car. Though it wasn’t much to look at, it was reliable. And with a low price, the Corolla proved that though it was a smaller, cheaper car, it didn’t suffer from a lack of quality.

Second Generation (1970 - 1974): Corolla’s born in the model’s second generation came with some newly-added perks. One being its wheelbase that stretched to 91.9 inches, creating significant improvements in space and comfort. Power also took precedence with a 1.2-liter OHV four-cylinder engine in 1970 models, and later, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder in 1971 models.

Third Generation (1975 - 1978): When the ’70s era exploded, it wasn’t just fashion that changed - cars did, too. 1975 models featured a raised center section in the grille that created a more angular exterior. 1976 models could be found in a three-door hatchback body style; entitled the Liftback, this model offered a sporty two-door station wagon vibe. From 1977-78, the Corolla donned a more conventional grille, which gave it a somewhat undistinguished shape.

Sixth Generation (1988 - 1992): 6th generation Corolla’s saw the beloved rear-wheel coupe and Liftback replaced with a front-wheel drive coupe. While many first found this to be tragic, they soon learned the new coupe and Corolla GT-S were much more refined and capable than the previous rear-wheel models.

Eight Generation (1998 - 2002): The eighth generation of the Corolla marked a huge success for the car, as well as the brand. Corolla’s in this generation accomplished two things: weight reduction and increased fuel economy. With the Corolla’s newly-featured all-aluminum, 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, fuel economy increased a notable 10 percent.

Tenth Generation (2009 - 2013): The 10th generation of the Corolla came with some changes. While it continued to stay true to its economy sedan roots, it did feature a bit more space inside. It also pulled its sport-tuned XRS trim back onto its lineup, but this time with much more power due to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with the option of a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

Eleventh Generation (2014 - present): Currently in its 11th generation, the Corolla is a standout amongst other compact sedans with its excellent mix of power, fuel efficiency and sporty appeal. It is now also jam-packed with all of the most up-to-date electronics and features, from touchscreen interfaces to safety collision systems.

To check out the many the many generations of the Toyota Corolla, visit us in Washington, Pennsylvania.

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


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