Maintenance Q & A

Welcome to the Pedersen Toyota's Maintenance helpful hints and information.

I am the Service Manager, Steve Mrazik. Here at Pedersen Toyota, we take pride in building customer relationships that last the lifetime. And we realize sometimes customers want some preliminary information before they schedule to a service visit. That's why we have this page!

In order to take the best care of your new or used vehicle, we have provided below some helpful hints here as well as some questions we find to be the most commonly asked. If you have a question and don't see it answered below, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and I will email you back or someone from service will call you directly. Thank you for visiting Pedersen Toyota.

Helpful Hints for Toyota Owners:

The most important thing you can do to keep your Toyota running well is to change the engine oil on schedule.
Replace worn out wiper blades to ensure that you have a clear view of the road under all conditions.
Inspect your brakes at regular intervals according to your Toyota's recommended maintenance schedules.
Keep an eye on tire pressure - losing just a few pounds of pressure in your tires can hurt fuel economy and shorten tire life significantly.
Read your Toyota Owner's Manual. It will tell you everything you need to know about your vehicle.


We recommend that tires be rotated every 5,000—7,000 miles even if they don't show signs of wear. Tire rotation can often be done with oil change intervals while the vehicle is off the ground. This can also be a good time to have your tires rebalanced. It's also a good time to inspect the tires for any damage, remove stones or debris from the tire treads, check for uneven wear by checking the tire tread depth and of course, checking your tire pressure. It is an advantage when all four tires wear together because as wear reduces a tire's tread depth, it allows all four tires to respond to the driver's input more quickly, maintains the handling and helps increase the tire's cornering traction.

Air Filters

Genuine Toyota Air Filters are engineered specifically for your Toyota to provide exceptional filtering efficiency, improved engine performance, and noise-dampening capabilities. They trap dirt and contaminants before they reach your engine, where they can cause wear and reduce performance. Replace your engine air filter every 30,000 miles or 36 months. If you operate your Toyota under special operating conditions, we recommend inspection every 15,000 miles or 18 months.

Synthetic Oil

Today's sophisticated engine systems require a lubricant designed specifically for improved engine performance, increased fuel efficiency and reduced engine deposits. Many new Toyota models are certified for a new zero weight synthetic lubrication standard (SAE 0W-20). Our 0W-20 oil is low-viscosity synthetic oil formulated to provide uniform lubrication and reduce friction throughout the engine. Lighter than conventional engine oil, 0W-20 evenly and uniformly bathes your engine's moving parts, which means less wear and tear, better thermal stability and increased engine efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to change my oil?

Regular oil or non-synthetic oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Synthetic oil should be changed every 5,000 miles. It is important to be proactive about maintaining your oil. In order to ensure that your vehicle is running properly, check your oil monthly.

How often do I need to check the anti-freeze? Does it need to be changed?

Especially during summer, it is important to check your vehicle’s anti-freeze once a month. In general your vehicle’s anti-freeze fluids should be changed every 30,000 miles or every 2 to 3 years.

How often should I change my wiper blades?

How often you should change your vehicle’s wiper blades depends on how much time your car spends indoors. If your car is kept mostly garaged, then you should plan on changing your wiper blades once a year. However, if your vehicle is mostly outdoors, then it is important to change your wiper blades at least two times throughout the year in order to maintain clear vision and safe driving.

Why are my brakes making noise?

Typically, noisy brakes indicate unsafe brakes, and once your brakes start making unusual sounds, it is extremely important to take your car in for a check-up.

Will it damage my engine if I continue to drive my car when the check engine light is on?

If your check engine light turns on, you, most likely, will not damage your vehicle if you continue to your destination. However, you should take your car in to Pedersen Service as soon as possible to make sure that nothing serious is wrong with your vehicle.

If you have any unanswered questions about your vehicle’s maintenance, please feel free to email me at or through the provided link or call me at (888) 697-1033.