June 2017
Recommended Maintenance

Nearly every aspect of the Rav4 has been refreshed by Toyota for 2017, most notably will be the implementation of Toyota’s new all-encompassing safety system. The exterior of the Rav4 is bolder for 2017 and the interior more refined.

Fuel efficiency and performance are also improved, making the Rav4’s sophomore season one to watch.

The Toyota Rav4 comes in three closely related models. All of them are equipped with 2.5 4-cylinder engine, and all come with Toyota’s All Wheel Drive with Intelligence. Higher trims add sports tuned suspension and increased luxury features like leather seats and integrated Navigation.

A Birds Eye View Camera is a highlight of the Rav4’s technology platform. It allows views of all sides of the Rav4 to detect obstacles to aid in driving and parking. It also come s with a backup camera with a 6.1’’ color touchscreen. Another highlight is a communication technology system that allows for hands free access to all information and can be mated to an iPhone.

The Rav4 comes with Toyota’s industry best Toyota Safety Sense, a comprehensive suit of advanced safety features. To name a few of the features, the Safety Sense comes with Pre-Collison System, Pedestrian Protection, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The Rav4 hybrid also comes with an Advanced Airbag system with second row roll over sensing and Engine Immobilizer.

Visit South Hills Toyota and explore the 2017 Toyota Rav4. Also, prepare for summer driving by understanding the impact heat has on a vehicle.     

Summer versus winter driving, which season is harder on a vehicle?

Which season is harder on a vehicle, summer or winter?

The cold weakens batteries, ice and snow makes the vehicle work harder, not to mention winter’s many potholes damaging tires, rims and suspension, and the body and interior take a beating from all of it, too. Ice, cold temperatures, and heavy snow all take a toll on a vehicle.

Guessing winter is a sensible choice. So, if you said winter, you guessed well. But summer is actually the correct answer.

Summer’s ‘dog days’ are not only hard on people but punish our vehicles as well.

Just consider heats impact on our batteries. Heat evaporates water. Water in our batteries is key to its functioning. Summer heat can reduce battery fluid which damages its internal structure.

Overcharging the battery is another casualty of the heat. With less fluid with heat evaporation, the voltage regulator asks the electrical system for more charge, which results in an overcharge, lessening the life of the battery.

Tires are negatively affected by the summer as well. Because heat expands trapped air tire pressure can build. When pressure builds in a tire, the chances for a blowout are greatly increased. 

Another problem for batteries is dirt and grease buildup. Dirt and grease are conductors of electricity and result in overcharging. Corrosion on terminals is a problem too. Terminals covered in corrosion inhibits electrical flow, which can drain the battery.

It is also important to pay close attention to the cooling system of our cars in the summer. Using our AC’s makes the engine work harder. When it works harder, it generates more heat. Having a cooling system not working efficiently compromises an engine’s life.

The sun’s impact on the interior of our vehicles leads to cracked surfaces and discoloration, so be careful to avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible.  

This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged on 06/09/2017 at 10:56 AM