Service Tips and Information - Williams Toyota of Elmira

When to Check Your Oil

Vehicle manufacturers normally recommend changing your engine's oil once a year, or every 10,000 miles for light truck and car gasoline-powered vehicles. Motor oil companies generally recommend that the oil gets changed every 3,000-5,000 miles depending on the type of driving you do. ToyotaCare covers Oil Changes for the first 2 years or 25,000 miles of ownership (whichever comes first) on new vehicle purchases. We perform Oil Changes at every-other service due to the synthetic oil that Toyota uses in the new models with the exception of Tacoma models which get their oil changed every 5,000 miles or 6 months. If you have any questions about when you should get your vehicle's oil changed, please call us at 607-796-9600!

Tire Pressure Information

Driving your Toyota vehicle on tires with low tire pressure can create unsafe conditions, especially in snowy or icy weather (like we get in the Northeast!). If your Toyota tire pressure if too low and you continue to drive around you could severely damage your Toyota's tires and you may eventually blow a tire. Driving with low pressure can also impact your vehicle's gas mileage, car handling and will reduce the life of your tires.

When To Replace a Car Battery

All batteries in vehicles have electro-chemical cells, which make electricity through a chemical reaction inside the battery itself. These cells are hooked together to provide roughly 12 "volts" of electrical output from the battery. Each cell is made up of metal lead and lead oxide electrodes which are kept dipped in a weak sulfuric acid. This is why batteries are so heavy. Electrical current is supplied and then stored by the chemical reactions that happen inside the battery. Vehicle batteries are "rechargeable" and get recharged by the vehicle's alternator, which the car engines provides the power to. To ensure that your battery is performing at a top level you have to have the battery tested. One of our trained technicians will use a tool called a Voltmeter to check how much voltage the battery is putting out. If the battery drops fairly below the 12 Volt level without load the battery's performance is not up to where it should be. One of the major reasons for a drop battery is when the lead sulfate gets crystallized inside the battery during normal operation. Another sign of a battery that needs to be replaced is when it has a cracked outer case, which then allows the electrolyte stored inside to be exposed to the atmosphere. If you notice any signs of battery failure or have questions in general about your vehicle's battery, please call us at 607-796-9600!