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Toyota Mechanics

Owning a car is a huge responsibility and investment, so when repairs are in need, you want to be sure that whomever fixes your car will do an excellent job and not rip you off. Leaving your car in the hands of a mechanic takes a lot of trust, and unfortunately, not all mechanics are as honest or reliable as they should be. This can make finding a trustable mechanic quite a struggle. To help you weed out the good mechanics from the bad, here are some red flags to watch out for.

Ask Question. A trustworthy mechanic will gladly answer any questions you may have, so be sure to ask plenty. Important questions, include:

  • What kind of equipment is needed for my repair?

  • Do you have any alternate recommendations?

  • How long have you been in business?

Look for Certifications. When at the mechanic, look around for any certifications on display. Reputable shops will typically have an ASE certification or seals of certification from ASA and AAA. Seeing certifications on display is the best way to know that the mechanic takes his education and reputation seriously.

The Scare Factor. Have you ever heard a mechanic say things like “I wouldn't drive this car another mile” or heard them use other scare tactics to discourage you from leaving their shop? What did you do? Did you listen to them? If you did, it's okay. But, if you ever experience a mechanic who tires to scare you into using their services again, leave immediately. These types of mechanics just want your money and won't respect you or your car. If your car drove you to the shop on its own four wheels, it more than likely will make it to another mechanic that won't try to scare or intimidate you.

Check Your Owner's Manual First. Quick lube shops and mechanics that are just out for cash commonly claim that coolant flushes and power steering flushes are necessary repairs. However, this is not always the case. Fluid is typically designed to go 100,000+ miles without needing a flush. Before you fork over extra money, the best thing to do is check your owner's manual to see when certain repairs are required.

Consult Your Dealer. If you purchased your car from a dealership, be sure to check with them about any standing warranties you may have with them. Sometimes, a faulty part or service will be covered by a warranty or recall and can be repaired by the dealership – for free! So before you leave your car in the hands of a mechanic, be sure to check with your dealer first.

Do Your Homework. Unfortunately, homework isn't just for students. It also pops up in every day life situations – like when your car is in need of repairs. Don't just settle on the word of one mechanic. Instead, do your homework. Shop around. Get a second opinion. Google it. Do whatever it takes to ensure you are doing what's best for you and your car.

Don't Pay For Double Labor. When you get an estimate on a car repair, be sure to find out how long the total job will take, as well as the cost of labor. If you don't pay attention, you could wind up paying two labors costs. This means you will be charged double labor even though the mechanic can perform more than one task, or repair, at one time. To avoid paying double labor, be sure to find out the breakdown of all repairs before agreeing to them.

For all of your car needs, visit our dealerships in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota dealerships in Gallatin TN, car dealerships, car help, car maintenance, toyota mechanics, toyota service, toyota maintenance, car technicians, on 06/18/2016 at 4:38 PM

Toyota Tires

Tires are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle. While you may think they are solely meant to roll, turn and carry your car here to there, your tires actually perform many more purposes than this. Tires are designed to:

  • Support the weight of a vehicle

  • Absorb road shocks

  • Transmit traction, torque and braking forces to the surface of the road

  • Maintain and chance the direction of travel

In order to successfully perform these functions, how tires are made is important. Tires are made of resilient rubber and inflated with high-pressure air. On the outside, they feature treads that are specifically designed to provide traction with the road so your vehicle doesn't slip and slide all over the place.

Being the only part of your car that touches the road, tires are solely responsible to taking you where you need to go. But over time, tires gain wear and tear just as other car parts and systems do. Tires that are not properly inspected, filled with the correct amount of air, and replaced when necessary can lead to very dangerous travels on the road. To show just how serious this claim is, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that tire failure causes around 11,000 car crashes each year.

To ensure safety on the road, it is a good idea to inspect your tires once a month. Here's what to look for.

Bulges, Gouges, Cracks. If you notice that any of your tires are bulging at the sides, this means they do not have enough air. The answer to a deflated tire is to provide it with more air, and if it continues to deflate then it has a leak. Even if the leak is small, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. Small leaks can sometimes be patched, and getting it fixed sooner than later can help you avoid the need to purchase a brand new tire.

Worn Treads. Tires need treads so they can make adequate traction with the road. But over time, treads begin to wear down and will continue to do so until they eventually become unsafe to drive. Tread depth varies some based on the type of tires you require (summer, winter, all-terrain, etc.), but there is one test you can do to check it. Simply place a penny into your tire's tread with Lincoln's head pointing down. (Sorry, Abe!) If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tread is in the danger zone and your tire needs to be replaced.

Tire Pressure. Tire pressure (the air in your tire) decreases over time – typically about one pound per square inch (PSI) per month. Tires with too little pressure have too much contact with the ground. When this happens, tires can overheat and wear out more quickly. It can also cause fuel economy to drop because your car has to use more power/energy in order to make your tires roll. The more power/energy used, the more gas is burned.

Vibration. If you feel a vibration or thumping when driving, pay attention to where it is coming from. If it is coming from beneath the seats, it could mean the rear tires are off balance. However, if the vibration is coming from the steering wheel, it could mean there are problems with the suspension. It is not normal for your car to be making odd noises, so if it begins to run less than smooth, take it in for an inspection.

For more on car must-knows, visit our dealerships in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville Tennessee.

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.



This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged tires, toyota tires, new tires, toyota service, toyota maintenance, toyota dealer, on 06/18/2016 at 11:14 PM

Toyota Maintenance

Owning an automobile involves more than just hitting the open road and listening to your favorite radio station. Automobiles requires lots of time, money and attention. If you want it to treat you well, you have to treat it well. Keep it clean, get it serviced, and of course, fix any problems that occur. While most cars require some sort of repair at one time or another, there are ways to help prevent certain problems from happening. Continue reading to learn more.

Catalytic Converter Failure

The catalytic converter is a device that burns up any unburned gas inside the engine exhaust to clean tailpipe emissions. If more unburned gas is fed into the catalytic than can be processed, the catalytic converter becomes clogged and problems will occur. The only way to restore the system so it will run correctly is to have the catalytic converter replaced.

Preventative Measures: To prevent problems and pre-mature failure to the catalytic converter system, keep your engine in optimal condition by taking it in for regularly scheduled maintenance tune-ups and system maintenance.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System Failure

The Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR) is an emissions system designed to lower combustion chamber temperatures. The purpose of this is to lower formation of Nitrogen Oxides (Nox) gas, which contributes harmful pollutants in the air. EGR Valves are very susceptible to wear out over time.

Preventative Measures: In order to keep your EGR system functioning properly, the fuel system should be cleaned every 30,000 miles. This is the optimal way to keep carbon buildup inside the EGR system away.

Evaporative Emissions Leak/Failure

The evaporative emissions control system (EVAP) consists of a fuel tank, vapor lines and liquid vapor separator. All of these parts work together to trap gas tank fumes so they do not enter the system and the EVAP canister. Sometimes the EVAP system can develop a leak due to corrosion eating the lines or because of a compromise canister.

Preventative Measures: To fix a leak or failure in the EVAP system, the leak must be found and fixed in order to reset the system. To prevent it from happening, be sure to tightly secure your gas cap after refueling. Also, be sure to never ignore any check engine lights.

Engine Misfire

An engine misfire is a fairly common problem, but what exactly is it? Car engines are hooked to spark plugs, which are electrically timed to fire at precise moments in order to deliver power from the engine. Spark plugs that fire at the incorrect time – or not at all – are said to make the engine “misfire”.

The most common causes of an engine misfiring, include:

  • Bad spark-plug wires

  • Bad fuel delivery

  • Vacuum leak

  • Mechanical breakdown

Preventative Measures: To keep your engine from misfiring, the best thing to do is take your car in for regular maintenance services.

System Too Lean

Have you ever heard of a system running too lean? Chances are you probably haven't. So here's what you should know.

First of all, your car contains a computer that's designed to monitor the operation of the engine. The engine is in charge of operating certain elements, such as: coolant and air intake temperatures, amount of airflow into the engine, throttle position, and so on. If your car's performance computer shows a “System Too Lean” code, it means there is a problem with one of these systems. Potential problems, include:

  • Bad vacuum line

  • Faulty sensor

  • Broken engine gasket

  • Cracked cylinder head

  • Faulty intake plenum

  • Warped throttle body

Preventative Measures: Regular maintenance and upkeep are the best way to avoid these types of problems. Also, be sure to tend to a lit check engine light quickly so you don't run the risk of larger problems arising.

For more helpful car tips, visit our dealerships in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.

 

 


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged car tips and tricks, automotive tip, car help, car engines, toyota service, toyota repairs, toyota dealer, on 06/17/2016 at 3:34 PM

Toyota Engine

You're driving along when all of a sudden you see the temperature gauge being to creep up. Your stomach sinks as your brain screams, “Nooooo!” But, it's too late. The gauge shoots up to the dreaded H and steam starts to creep out from under the hood. You've been annoyingly served an overheating engine. Luckily, an overheating engine is very common. There are also many reasons why it happens, things to do when it happens, as well as ways to prevent it. Here's a closer look.

You have a low coolant level

Automotive engines get extremely hot. Just stand near the hood of a running car and you can get somewhat of an idea of the heat they produce. If your car's engine didn't have a way to cool down while you drove, it would continue to get hotter and hotter until it became a charred mess under the hood. Fortunately, this is avoidable thanks to your car's cooling system. The cooling system works by running a fluid called coolant, or antifreeze, through the radiator, to the engine and back again. The purpose is to supply the engine with coolant so it does not overheat. Unfortunately, things happen like leaks, etc. that cause the coolant level to drop. Without the proper amount of coolant, your engine will overheat. So, it's important to always check to make sure coolant levels are where they should be and that no leaks are present.

Spotting a leak is actually very simple. All you have to do is look at the ground below your car. If you notice any puddles of liquid underneath your car, this is an easy way to know that you have a coolant leak. If you spot a leak, it's important to take it to be repaired as soon as possible in order to avoid engine problems.

Your thermostat won't open

Another component in your car that works to keep your engine from overheating is the thermostat. As your car's engine heats up, the thermostat keeps track of its temperature. When the temperature reaches a certain point, the thermostat opens in order to let more coolant flow through so the engine will stay cool. If the thermostat doesn't open, the engine won't have access to enough coolant and will then overheat.

Your radiator is clogged

More than likely, you have heard of a radiator flush before – whether you have had to get one or not. That's because it's a pretty common automotive repair that can work wonders on an engine. Cars with a lot of miles on them – generally 50,000 and up – can suffer from a clogged radiator. When this happens, the radiator is unable to function as it should, which leads to an overheating engine. One way to stop this from happening is by getting a radiator flush. This service can be done once a year and is a good way to ensure your radiator does not continue to experience clogs.

What to do.

If your car overheats, don't panic! Instead, follow these steps.

  1. Turn off the air conditioning.

  2. Turn on the heat.

  3. Pull over as soon as you can and turn off your car.

  4. Let your car cool off enough so you can open the hood.

  5. Check coolant level. If low, fill with coolant (if accessible) or water.

  6. If coolant level is okay, or filling with coolant does not appear to help, call for a tow.

For all of your automotive repairs, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged auto repair, automotive maintenance, car services, car engines, engine trouble, overheating engine, toyota maintenance, toyota repairs, on 06/16/2016 at 11:27 PM

 2016 Toyota Avalon

Were you one of the first to get their hands on the 2016 Toyota Avalon? If so, you are probably now in need of some maintenance services, such as an oil change or adding air to your tires. Another service you may be in need of is windshield wiper replacements. Here are some things to know about windshield wipers and how to achieve optimal visibility.

When To Replace: There is no true set time to replace your windshield wipers. This is because wear and tear can occur depending on how often you use them, as well as the type of conditions they are used in and so on. A good rule of thumb is to replace your windshield wipers at least every six months to a year. Times you should also get your windshield wipers replaced include when they skip, squeak, chatter, smear, streak, or other problems that cause reduced visibility.

Here's a look at each of these problems and what causes them.

  • Streaking: Occurs when a wiper blade's squeegee dries, hardens and cracks.

  • Skipping: Occurs when a wiper blade develops a curvature from lack of use.

  • Wearing: Occurs when a wiper blade's rubber edge becomes rounded instead of squared. This happens with extensive use.

  • Splitting: Caused by ultraviolet rays penetrating a wiper blade's rubber squeegee. These rays cause the squeegee to break down and separate from the frame.

How To Extend Life Of Windshield Wipers: To extend the life of your windshield wipers, there are some things you can do. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Wiper the rubber squeegee found on your wiper blades with a damp towel to remove any oil, loose dirty, etc.

  • Avoid using windshield wipers to de-ice your windshield; this will damage them. Instead, only use an ice scraper or defroster to melt snow and ice.

  • During winter months, pull wiper blades away from your car's windshield. This will prevent ice build up on your wiper's rubber squeegee and stop them from sticking.

For more information on windshield wipers or to replace yours, visit us in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota Avalon, toyota windshield wipers, car maintenance, wiper blade problems, toyota service, on 05/30/2016 at 2:26 PM

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