How Often Should I Service My Toyota Corolla?

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With it’s roomy, comfortable interior, long list of features, and advanced safety technologies as standard equipment, it’s no wonder why so many Milwaukee and Racine County drivers pick the Toyota Corolla as their compact car of choice. There’s a lot to love about your Corolla, and if you take care of it, it’s sure to take care of you.

So, how do you take care of your Corolla? The best way to ensure your car brings you years of hassle-free driving enjoyment is to keep it regularly maintained. By adhering as best as possible to the manufacturer’s suggested service schedule, you can keep your car in tiptop shape; preventing common car ailments and catching little issues before they become big ones.

Timeline for Minor, Intermediate, and Major Toyota Corolla Service

There are three types of preventative maintenance services, based on the interval at which they should be performed: Minor, Intermediate, and Major. Here’s a quick overview:

  • MINOR SERVICE (Every 6 Months or 5,000 Miles): This is your basic maintenance service, meant to keep your engine lubricated, your fluids topped up, and allow a certified technician to keep an eye on general wear and tear. Every 6 months or 5,000 miles bring your Corolla in to:
    • Rotate tires and ensure proper pressure
    • Inspect wiper blades
    • Top off fluid levels
    • Check light bulbs
    • Inspect brake pads and drums
    • Change the oil and filters. (For synthetic oil, this interval a little longer.)

    Minor service intervals are also a great time to check for possible recall campaigns.

  • INTERMEDIATE SERVICE (Every 18 Months or 15,000 Miles): At these intervals, in addition to the minor service tasks, a certified Toyota technician will perform more involved checks of parts and systems critical to your Corolla’s operation. Every 18 months or 15,000 miles bring your Corolla in to:
    • Inspect air filters
    • Inspect the cooling system
    • Inspect steering components, ball joints, and suspension
    • Inspect exhaust system
    • Inspect drive shaft
    • Inspect brake lines

  • MAJOR SERVICE (Every 3 Years or 30,000 Miles): In addition to the minor and intermediate scheduled checks, at major service intervals certified Toyota technicians will:
    • Replace spark plugs and inspect ignition wiring
    • Inspect the fuel tank and hoses
    • Inspect the radiator and condenser

At all service appointments, technicians will visually inspect the condition of your Corolla’s belts. A general rule of thumb is to have your timing belt and water pump replaced between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. If you would like more information on how to better care for your Corolla, the expert technicians at Racine Toyota have the answers you need. If your Corolla is due for a checkup, we invite you to contact our Service Center to schedule an appointment, or come visit out Mount Pleasant dealership. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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