Thursday, July 19, 2018

Highway vs city miles: what’s worse for your car?

Your odometer can tell you a lot about your car’s past and, if it’s a new purchase, how it’ll be after you drive it. Throughout your Orlando Toyota’s life, you’ll inevitably put miles on it and wear it down. But, how you put driving miles on your car matters. To help bring some light to the age-old debate, Toyota of Orlando is here with an easy to follow guide on the difference between city and highway driving miles and how they ultimately affect your car.
City driving miles can wear your car down.

City miles
While the commute is shorter for cars that drive in the city, this type of driving miles puts more wear on your car over time. Driving in the city where your Orlando Toyota vehicle is constantly stopping and accelerating puts a lot of wear on your transmission due to inconsistent rpm fluctuation. Not only do the miles themselves hurt your car, but the streets in a city can pose additional hazards for your vehicle. Badly maintained roads are often riddled with potholes that can mess up your suspension, cars drive and park closely to your vehicle and can damage your exterior, and the stop-and-go motion wears your brakes down quickly. Your Orlando Toyota vehicle can benefit from this type of driving miles with a low odometer reading, but it comes at the cost of greater wear and tear when compared to highway driving.

Highway miles
Driving your car for extensive periods of time and putting more miles on it, compared to a city driving car, doesn’t really seem like the better alternative. But, the truth is that highway driving miles are actually less detrimental to your Orlando Toyota vehicle than city miles. The reason is that your vehicle can cruise at a consistent rpm, shift gears far less, use the brakes less, you can use cruise control, and you’re pretty isolated from other vehicles on the road. Highways are typically better maintained than city roads which means less potholes and less wear on your suspension. Not only do highway driving miles wear out your Orlando Toyota vehicle less, but they also help maintain your battery and alternator by keeping a consistent charge throughout your commute. All in all, highway driving miles are far better than city when it comes to your vehicle’s life span. But, this does increase your odometer reading more quickly and could negatively affect your trade in value.

Other things to consider
The difference between city and highway driving miles is clear but strictly driving one or the other doesn’t necessarily give you better longevity for your Orlando Toyota vehicle. Staying on top of regular maintenance like tire rotations and oil changes, making repairs at the first sign of something being wrong, and checking your fluid levels can make all the difference for your vehicle. Our expert auto service department at Toyota of Orlando can help you stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance at an affordable price!

Keep your vehicle maintained at Toyota of Orlando.

Keep your vehicle cruising with Toyota of Orlando

Keeping strictly highway or city driving miles on your car doesn’t necessarily guarantee a long life-span for your car, but a regular maintenance schedule can! Let us maintain your vehicle at Toyota of Orlando! Our expert auto service team can keep your car healthy and running at a price you can agree with. Visit us at 3575 Vineland Road seven days a week!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fuel injector: what it is and how to maintain it

With driving being as easy as putting your car in park and pushing on the gas pedal, it’s easy to forget about all the parts and processes working behind the scenes to make that happen. The fuel injector is an essential component to many engines and its purpose is to transfer gasoline into the combustion chamber to power your Orlando Toyota. This part replaced the carburetor and provides better fuel efficiency and performance for your ride. It’s a small and obscure part of your engine but understanding what a fuel injector is and how to maintain it will keep help your car last. At Toyota of Orlando we’ve put together a guide, with help from our auto service team, to get you on your way to becoming a fuel injector expert!

Fuel injector service at Toyota of Orlando.

What’s a fuel injector?

You may be asking yourself, what is this engine part and why does it matter? While the fuel injector may be a small component in your Orlando Toyota vehicle, it performs a big job and its technology has several added benefits that we take for granted. The main function of this engine part is to atomize gasoline and inject it directly into your vehicle’s combustion chamber to create power.


Using fuel injector technology in your Orlando Toyota vehicle as opposed to carburetor fuel delivery comes with several benefits to performance and fuel efficiency. Here are some of the most notable perks:
  • Better fuel efficiency through direct supply of fuel for combustion.
  • Improved emissions performance.
  • Ability for vehicles to run on alternative fuels, even on diesel.
  • Easier cold starting and quick throttle transitions.
  • Stable idling and temperature adjustments.

Fuel injector maintenance

Like any part of an Orlando Toyota vehicle, fuel injectors are no stranger to wear and maintenance issues. Because they process high amounts of fuel overtime, they can become dirty or clogged and result in a mess of bad side-affects for your car like:
  • Difficult start-ups.
  • Unstable idling.
  • Increased fuel consumption.
  • Uncomfortable driving experience. 

Keeping your Orlando Toyota fuel injector free of clogs will keep your vehicle running perfectly. Our auto service experts at Toyota of Orlando recommends cleaning it every 36 months or 45,000 months to avoid clogs from excessive residue build up. Trying to professionally clean this engine part can be difficult because of its small size and location within the engine. Because of this, there are several cleaning solutions usually offered at auto parts stores. However, taking this route should only be done as a temporary fix rather than a permanent one. A professional cleaning is going to be the best solution to improve your Orlando Toyota vehicle’s performance.

Toyota of Orlando auto service.

We’ve got you covered at Toyota of Orlando

Cleaning and maintaining this engine part can get confusing and difficult, that’s why Toyota of Orlando is here to help! Our expert auto service department give your fuel injector the cleaning it needs to get your vehicle back to peak performing shape. Give us a call at (407) 298 – 0001 to schedule an appointment!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A guide on windshield wiper blades | Toyota of Orlando

Some parts your vehicle has that you probably don’t pay too much attention to, even though they’re right in front of you, are your wind shield wiper blades. They’re not the most exciting part of your Orlando Toyota, but they keep your view clear when driving in low visibility conditions. To make sure your vehicle is outfitted with the correct blades, Toyota of Orlando has made a helpful guide with the help of our expert auto service department.

Toyota of Orlando windshield wiper blades.

Types of windshield wiper blades

Every Orlando Toyota model is different, every windshield is different, and therefore every set of wiper blades is different. Here are a few basic types that are found on many vehicles on the road:

Traditional frame-style wipers
This type of windshield wiper blade is one of the most common types found on many Orlando Toyota vehicles. It uses a metal frame that the actual wiper is mounted on. It’s a very affordable type and is used on a wide variety of vehicles.

Winter wipers
Designed for more inclement weather conditions, these windshield wiper blades are very durable and resistant. You won’t likely find these on many Orlando Toyota vehicles because they’re meant for snowy and icy conditions. The blade itself on these wipers is protected by a rubber sheath that keeps it free of ice, but it does make for a bulky and less streamlined design.

Premium beam style
Premium beam windshield wiper blades stray from a traditional framework and instead opt for something like winter blades by using a single-blade and one-piece design that helps them contour to your Orlando Toyota’s windshield. They come at a higher price tag, but many manufacturers claim they have a longer lifespan and are more aesthetically pleasing.

How to choose, install, and maintain your windshield wiper blades

Selecting a set of windshield wiper blades isn’t as easy as picking one of the three styles, unfortunately. There are several different brands to choose from and you must make sure you select the right size for your vehicle. For more information on finding the right size blades, consult your owner’s manual or just ask one of our Toyota of Orlando auto service experts.
After you’ve found the correct wiper blades for your vehicle, it’s time to install them! Here are a few tips to get you started:
·       When replacing your windshield wiper blades, our Toyota of Orlando auto service experts recommend installing them in pairs to avoid uneven wear and aging.
·       There are three different types of wiper arms to attach wiper blades to and they are side post, J hook, and bayonet. These styles have a locking mechanism that doesn’t require additional tools during installation.
·       Being patient is always key to replacing your windshield wiper blades. If you have trouble with it, our auto service experts are always here to help.

Replace your windshield wiper blades at Toyota of Orlando!

Replace your windshield wiper blades at Toyota of Orlando

If your current wipers aren’t getting the rain off your windshield well enough, it might be time for a replacement. Come visit us at Toyota of Orlando where our auto service techs can get you the right set of windshield wiper blades and install them for you at a great price! Call us at (407) 298 – 0001 to schedule and appointment today!