Read the Manual…Just Don’t Always Follow It Exactly
Should you put all of your faith into the car owner’s manual and follow it religiously? Apparently not according to a recent episode of the Car Care Nut, where the host explains that the servicing recommendations provided in the owner’s manual are really just the MINIMUM of what needs to be done to ensure that the owner is falling within the guidelines of car maintenance to remain within the boundaries of the vehicle warranty.
HOWEVER…and this is a big “however” for emphasis (and a little dramatic license) the crux of the matter is that this is all well and good for Toyota and its 5-year/60,000 mile warranty service plan, but what if the owner wants his or her Toyota to last 10 years and 300,000 miles or more?!
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The Video That Shows All and Tells All
To find out why a well-maintained Toyota Camry with one of the best engines Toyota ever put into its vehicles is ailing bad enough to almost require an engine transplant, the Car Care Nut host takes you through a show and tell of the engine and discusses the problem with sticking to the owner’s manual.
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In the video you will find out:
• Why oil changes in the manual are recommend every 10,000 miles and not sooner.
• Where used engine oil goes after it is changed.
• What oil the dealership uses maintaining your vehicle.
• How to calculate whether a major repair is worth it or not.
• What kind of engine damage can result despite recommended regular maintenance.
• The difference between a short block and a long block engine.
• Why buying an aftermarket remanufactured engine is a bad idea.
• The cost of a short block replacement.
• How much money you can save in the long run by doubling your oil change frequency.
• Why your Toyota engine maintenance light comes on long before the 10,000 mile oil change recommendation.
• Which oil you should use.
TOYOTA OWNERS! Please NEVER Do THIS to Your Toyota!
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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