02-23-18

How Do I Reset a Maintenance Light on a Toyota?

Cool guy driving his 2018 Toyota Camry in for service

Every 5,000 miles, the maintenance light will come on in your vehicle. That lets you know it’s time to bring your vehicle in for an oil change. However, if you want to reset a Toyota Camry maintenance light manually, simply take the following steps:

  • Turn your vehicle on and make sure the odometer reading is being displayed.
  • Turn your vehicle off.
  • While the vehicle is off, press the reset button for your trip meter. This will be located near your odometer.
  • Turn your key to the “on” position, but not “start.”
  • The odometer should display dashes instead of numbers and will slowly disappear. Next, zeros will appear and then steadily clear.
  • Once your mileage reappears, you can stop holding the reset button.
  • The Toyota maintenance light should be off. If it isn’t, it’s time to visit a trusted service center.

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07-26-17

Where Should I Place the Jack to Change a Tire?

Changing a tire

Whether you’re preparing for the future or you’re looking this up on the go, finding out where to place the jack to change a tire is important as a vehicle owner. Placing the jack in the right place is integral to your safety as well as a successful installation of your spare tire, so learn just where to place the jack below. Or if you’d rather leave it up to the professionals, bring your vehicle into Findlay Toyota for some fresh new tires!

Changing Your Own Tire

Nobody likes to, but sometimes we have to change our own tire when we get a flat on the go in the Las Vegas area. Here’s a breakdown of the steps to changing your tire.

  • After you’ve put your parking brake on while you’re in a secure location away from oncoming traffic, you’ll want to place a heavy object, such as a cinder block, in front of the tires.
  • Next, place the jack on the underside of the vehicle near the affected tire. The jack should fit onto the vehicle’s body and wedge perfectly without lifting the vehicle until you raise the jack.
  • You’ll raise the tire about 6 inches off the ground before loosening the wheel nuts by turning then counterclockwise with your vehicle’s included wrench.
  • You’ll then be able to swap the tire with your spare and secure the lug nuts tightly back in place before lowering the vehicle and making your way to a service center.

Utilize Our Superior Service Center

We have trusted and skilled technicians standing by to inspect your tires and replace them in a timely manner at Findlay Toyota. We keep many sizes in stock, and we’ll make sure you get the best deal possible. We can also check your brakes, perform balancing, and attend to all needed maintenance, so stop by or schedule an appointment at our service facility today!

Take Care of Your Tires at Findlay Toyota

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07-04-16

Tire Changing Guide To Keep Your 2016 Toyota Rav4 Rolling This Summer

RAV4

Summer time's in full swing, which means lots of on-road travel time for many. Opting for midsize SUVs like the 2016 Toyota Rav4 is a great way to make all of those upcoming road trips much more enjoyable with abundant space for passengers and cargo. But, even if you have the perfect vehicle for your summer travels, if you don't know some simple maintenance tasks, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. One common problem you may run into on the road is a flat tire. Don't waste time having to wait for assistance to save the day. Instead, save the day yourself by learning these important steps below.

1. Pull Over. If your car suffers from a flat tire, the first thing to do is pull over. Try to do so in as safe of a location as possible. Don't park in the middle of a curved road! This is very dangerous because approaching vehicles will be unable to see you.

2. Turn On Hazards. Any time you pull over on the side of the road, it's a very important safety measure to turn on your hazards. This is the best way to notify other vehicles on the road that you will be staying put for awhile – or that you may be in need of assistance.

3. Gather Tools. There are a few tools you will need in order to change your fat, and now is the time to go ahead and gather them for the job ahead. You'll need:

  • jack
  • wrench
  • spare tire

4. Loosen Lug Nuts. Before you even jack up your car, it's a good idea to go ahead and loosen the lug nuts (the big bolts holding your tire onto your car). Using your wrench, loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (to the left). If the lug nuts are too tight to remove, place the wrench on the lug nut, then stand on the wrench arm. Using your full weight may be the loosening trick required. Be sure you only loosen them; don't fully unscrew them at this point.

5. Jack Up Your Car. Now is the time to put your jack to use. Since all car models differ as to where to place the jack, consult your owner's manual for a specific location. Once the jack is in place, jack up your car until the flat tire is roughly six inches off the ground.

6. Remove Lug Nuts. Since you've pre-loosened the lug nuts, you can now easily and fully unscrew and remove them. Be sure to place them in a pile so they don't get scattered or lost.

7. Remove Tire. Now that you have removed all of the lug nuts, you can go ahead and remove the tire. Do so by pulling the tire straight toward yourself.

8. Install Spare Tire. With the flat tire removed, your spare tire is ready to be installed. To do this, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then, push the spare as far as it will go onto the wheelbase.

9. Replace Lug Nuts. Once your spare is in place, grab your lug nuts and screw them back into place. Don't put them on too tightly just yet.

10. Lower Your Car. Make sure your jack is still in the correct location and then lower it back to the ground. Remove the jack.

11. Fully Tighten Lug Nuts. Once your car is back on solid ground and the jack has been removed, go ahead and fully tighten all of the lug nut

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07-04-16

Everything You Want And Need To Know About Windshield Wipers

Camry

 

You're driving along on a bright and sunny day, your mood escalating as your fave song comes on the radio, when splat! A bug the size of a Texas slams into your Toyota Camry windshield. Gross! But, no big deal. You signal your windshield wiper fluid and your wipers instantly activate. But, your perfect solution fails as your wipers cause your windshield to become a giant bug smear. When did your windshield wipers get so bad?

If you think back to the last time you had your windshield wipers changed, it was probably way too long ago. Don't feel bad – windshield wipers are easily one of the most ignored parts of a car. However, they are a very important part – helping to keep you save on days of rain, dirty and even bugs. Here's a closer look at important facts your windshield wipers.

When to Replace. How often your wiper blades need to be replaced really depend on your specific blades, but a good rule of thumb is to change them every six months to one year – or as soon as you notice a different in driving visibility. Signs your wipers need to be replaced, include:

  • Chattering
  • Squeaking
  • Skipping
  • Smearing
  • Streaking

Inspection Tips. Windshield wipers can suffer all sorts of damage, so it's a good idea to inspect them regularly in case repairs are in order. Doing so is the best way to ensure good visibility on the road. When inspecting your wipers, here are some things to look for.

  • Broken frame
  • Metal Corrosion
  • Rubber Squeegee Flexibility
  • Edge of Squeegee (should be rounded)
  • Security of squeegee to wiper frame
  • Security of wiper blade to wiper arm
  • Visible Cracks

Common Problems. Just as other parts of your vehicle are prone to potential problems over time, so are your windshield wipers. Common problems your wipers may experience, include:

  • Streaking: due to a dried, hardened or cracked rubber squeegee.
  • Skipping: occurs when the wiper blade becomes curved from lack of use.
  • Wearing: caused by extensive use and when rubber edges become rounded instead of squared.
  • Splitting: due to ultraviolet rays penetrating the rubber squeegee from the frame.

Another thing to note is that wiper blades also deteriorate from exposure to environmental factors, such as:

  • Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration from the sun
  • Oil produced by car waxes and exhaust fumes
  • Airborne debris like dust, mud, pollen and sand
  • Moisture from acid rain and salt water

Maintenance. The ultimate way to avoid wiper blade problems is to stay on top of regular maintenance. Don't wait around to replace your wipers until they become fully useless. Instead, replace them regularly in order to maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability. Between replacements, evaluate both the rubber squeegee and metal frames to ensure they are in optimal condition.

How to Extend the Life of Wiper Blades. If you feel as though your wiper blades are needing to be replaced more often than typically recommended, there are several ways to help extend their lifespan. Here's how:

  • Clean your windshield wipers every time you fill your tank with gas.
  • Wipe down the rubber squeegee located on your wipers with a damp towel in order to remove loose dirt, oil, etc.
  • During winter months, pull your wiper blades away from your windshield. This will prevent ice buildup from forming on the rubber squeegee; it will also prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

For more tips and tricks to keep your car in top condition, visit our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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05-17-16

Keep Your 2016 Toyota Tacoma’s Engine Running Smooth With These Helpful Tips

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Looking for a new truck? What about one that can go anywhere and do anything? Welcome the 2016 Toyota Tacoma – a midsize pickup truck that offers strong off-road capabilities, a powerful engine, and a tow rate up to 6,800 pounds. The 2016 Tacoma will take care of your needs, so it only makes sense for you to take care of its needs. One way to do so is to pay attention to your Tacoma's engine. Continue reading to learn how to be a proactive part of your engine's health.

Regular Oil Changes: One of the most important things you can do for your Tacoma (and any other car or truck for that matter) is to provide it with regular oil changes. Oil changes help keep the internal parts of your engine well lubricated so it does not overheat. Going too long between oil changes – or never changing it at all – can lead to serious, irreversible engine damage.

Keep Cooling System Working Properly: Another way to keep your Tacoma's engine from overheating is to make sure the cooling system is working properly. The best way to do this is to make sure your truck's cooling system always has the proper amount of coolant (a.k.a. radiator fluid). Coolant works by circulating through the engine, to the radiator, and back again in order to ensure it stays cool. Without coolant, your truck's engine will quickly overheat.

Regularly Replace Air Filter: Just as you require air to breathe and continue working as you should, so does your truck's engine. This is why truck's require air filters. Air filters work to provide your engine with a constant, unrestricted flow of air. However, air filters become dirty and clogged over time. The best way to keep a steady flow of air flowing to your engine, be sure to replace air filters regularly.

Check For Leaks: An easy way to keep your truck's engine running smoothly is to check for any leaks that may have sprung. The intense heat and pressure that occurs under your truck's hood can cause engine hoses to become old and cracked. Two main leaks to watch out for are oil and antifreeze leaks. These fluids leaking from your engine should never be looked over, otherwise you can expect overheating and other damages to happen. From time to time, pop your truck's trunk and inspect hoses for any problems. Another simple way to check your truck for leaks is by looking on the ground underneath it. If you see any puddles on the ground beneath your truck, take it to see a mechanic for further inspection.

Looking for more tips and tricks to keep your 2016 Toyota Tacoma running its best? Just ask us! Visit our Toyota dealership, located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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04-27-16

Windshield Repair 101

Windshield Repair

You're driving along, the sun shining, your favorite song on the radio. All of a sudden … whack! Your windshield is struck by something. You may not know exactly what hit your windshield, but you do know one thing – your windshield now has a noticeable crack in it! Before you go to the glass shop to replace your windshield, you may be able to repair it yourself.

The first thing you need to do is inspect your windshield. Don't just look at it; break out a magnifying glass so you can really see it! If the chip goes all the way through, moisture can get deep into the chip, which can cause it to become larger. If water freezes in the chip, it could even turn the chip into a crack! If you find that you are able to repair your windshield, the best technique is to inject an epoxy or acrylic adhesive or filler into the chip. Windshield crack repair kits can be found everywhere from auto stores to mass merchandisers like Sears and Walmart. Continue reading to learn more.

Start with a windshield that's as close to room temperature as possible. Also make sure it is dry – otherwise, you may trap water inside the spot you repair, leading to future cracks. Peel off the backing film from one side of the precut adhesive strip. Centering it over the crack, apply the adhesive to the glass. Smooth it with the back of your thumbnail or a blunt object. Next, peel the remaining film and place the plastic adapter so it fits as vertically as possible and stick it to the film. Smooth again.

Using the pre-filled syringe, attach it to the adapter. Grasp the syringe body with one hand to stabilize it, then pull the syringe out as far as it will go. This creates a partial vacuum inside the syringe, and in the crack.

After one minute, abruptly let the handle go. The pressure created from the handle slamming down will force adhesive into the crack. Repeat this step several times in order to force the crack full of adhesive.

Remove the syringe, adapter, and adhesive sheet. You will notice an adhesive film remaining on the surface of the glass. Let it set for several hours. Once hardened, use a single-edge razor blade in order to shave the adhesive off the glass.

For more information, just ask us by visiting our dealership in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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04-27-16

What To Do When In A Car Crash

Car Crash

Being in a car accident can leave you scared and scattered – not to mention injured in some cases. Before a car accident occurs, it's important to brush up on post-accident procedures ahead of time so you will know what to do if the situation presents itself. Here are some steps to take if you are ever involved in a collision.

Move to a safe area: If it is safe to do so, and you are not seriously injured, move your car to a safe area (the side of the road, into a driveway, close to or onto a median). If moving your car is not possible, turn on your hazards in order to warn other drivers of what is happening.

Stop Car and Get Out: Stop your car, turn off the engine and set the hand break. Take a moment to catch your breath. Then, after checking to make sure roads are clear, get out. Check on others involved in both your car and others – passengers, drivers and pedestrians – to ensure no one is hurt. If anyone is injured, call 911. Even the slightest symptom of injury should be checked out by a healthcare professional, so don't assume minor injuries aren't serious.

Call Police: Whether the collision you are in is serious or minor, the police should always be called. Police will be able to file an accident report, which can prove very important when dealing with the car insurance companies of you and other drivers. It's important to cooperate, but also don't admit fault or blame others at the scene; instead, let police objectively judge events and determine who, if anyone, is at fault.

Exchange Information: Whenever you are involved in a crash, whether serious or minor, it is important to exchange your informationwith other drivers involved. Here's what you should exchange:

  • driver and passenger names
  • license plate numbers
  • insurance information
  • makes and models of all vehicles involved
  • contact information of eyewitnesses
  • location of accident
  • name and badge number of responding police officers

Document Scene: Smartphones may not be safe to use while driving, but they are excellent for documenting the accident scene and vehicle damage via their cameras. Many insurance companies even have apps that allow you to upload crash photos when filing an insurance claim.

File Insurance Claim: Contact person insurance company. They will be able to obtain all of the information required in order to steer you in the right direction for car repairs and more.

For all of your car-related questions, we can help! Visit our dealership at Las Vegas, Nevada.

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04-27-16

Easy Steps to Remove Exterior Car Scratches

Car Scratches

It's no secret, car paint scratches easily. A bag set upon the trunk, keys bumping against the door, a shopping car running into the side … you name it, and it probably causes paint damage. While you may think removing every day scratches is meant for professionals only, think again! Sure, you can take your car to a professional for touch-ups, but in a time where sites like Pinterest are favored by many, there's never been a better time to DIY.

To remove a scratch from your car, here's what you'll need.

  • 3,000 grit sandpaper
  • microfiber towel
  • polishing compound
  • polishing pads
  • dual action (DA) polisher unit

There are many types of scratches your car may endure. Here are a few to know, along with the steps on how to remove them.

Clear-Coat Scratch: Clear-coat scratches are minor scratches that do not go through the clear coat into your car's paint color. These types of scratches can typically be polished out with a polishing compound.

  1. Clean the scratch and the area surrounding it to remove any dirt.
  2. Apply a small amount of polishing compound to a polishing pad.
  3. Polish a small area at a time. After many strokes, use a clean, microfiber cloth to buff the area dry.
  4. Check your progress often to see if the scratch is still visible. If necessary, repeat steps two and three. Be sure to sand slowly to avoid sanding through your car's exterior clear-paint coat.

Base-Coat/Primer Scratch: If the scratch you are trying to remove goes beneath the base-coat paint color, or primer, this is considered a base-coat/primer scratch. For these types of scratches, you will need to get matching paint.

  1. Clean the scratch and the surrounding area to remove any oils or wax.
  2. Carefully apply primer or color to the scratch. This will leave you with paint overlapping the scratch. While you want to minimize any over-lapping, it's okay if some does occur.
  3. Let paint cure overnight, or longer.
  4. Using a sponge or rubber block covered with 600- or 1000-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper until the surface of the paint you applied is completely smooth. Be sure to work slowly, stopping often in order to clean the area and check your progress.
  5. Using a polishing compound over the sanded spot.
  6. Repeat previous steps if the area is not level.
  7. Don't wax your car for 30 days to ensure your work stays put.

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03-15-16

Prep Your Car for Vacation with these Helpful Tips

Toyota Venza

First comes spring break then comes summer. Yes, it-s that time of year again, an with road trips and vacation excursions among us, everyone is getting that antsy, want-to-go-out-and-play spring fever. If you foresee a road trip in your near future, opt for safety first by ensuring your Toyota Venza is in good condition and running smooth. Doing so will eliminate any potential hitches in your travel plans like breakdowns, mechanical issues or other safety woes, so you and your crew can kick back and enjoy.

Check fluids. Yes, of course you should stock some waters to keep your own body-fluid levels in check, but don-t forget to make sure all fluids in your car are in check, too. Your car requires a number of different fluids that are required if you want it to run smoothly and efficiently. They include: engine oil, brake and power-steering fluid, as well as windshield cleaning fluid. Oh, and don-t forget the gas! Ensure all levels are topped off and ready to go before hitting the road.

Check tire pressure. Having properly filled tires is important to ensure safety and good fuel efficiency while traveling. Before heading out of town, be sure to fill all tires with an adequate air supply, and don-t forget to do the same for your spare! In the event that you need to use your spare tire, you don-t want to be left with one that-s unusable.

Change the oil. Traveling out of town via car puts extra stress on your engine, which is why getting an oil change is a very good idea. Oil is crucial to the life and vitality of your engine. Replacing oil, dirty oil with new, clean oil is the best way to keep that motor running!

Check all lights and signals. When on the road, how do you feel when people have burnt out headlights and brake lights, and turn signals that don-t work? Its pretty annoying, isn-t it? That-s because safety is so important when driving and without proper lighting equipment, other drives won-t know what maneuvers you plan to make. To ensure safety for you and others on the road, make sure all lights and signals are working properly. A good idea is to always keep spare bulbs in your car just in case.

Emergency equipment. Even with all of the maintenance checks and tips you can provide your car, there is always a chance that something could still go wrong. If it does, you want to make sure your car is equipped with all of the necessary emergency equipment to help you if the situation presents itself. Items include: cell phone and charger, jumper cables, car jack, spare tire, emergency tools (flashlight, screwdriver), and so on.

For more tips on road-trip safety, visit us at 7733 Eastgate Road, Henderson, Nevada 89011.

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