Car dealerships are usually known for their impersonal customer service and high costs. If you are looking to get your Toyota serviced in Millcreek or Salt Lake City, spare yourself from all that and go to a Toyota dealership alternative instead. Better yet, you can learn a few tricks so you can do some of the maintenance yourself and save valuable time and money.
Our factory-trained mechanics at Steve’s Automotive share 5 quick and easy ways for Toyota owners in Millcreek and Salt Lake City to maintain their vehicle and troubleshoot simple issues. All you need are some car maintenance know-how and a few everyday items.
1. Use a penny to check tire treads.
Steve Automotive Specialists recommend changing your tires when the treads are already worn to about 1/8 of an inch or lower. But how do you measure this?
Get a penny and hold it with Lincoln’s head upside down. Insert it in one of the treads. If you see Lincoln’s head totally exposed, then it’s time for a tire replacement. But if his forehead still has a cover, it means your Toyota has some tread left.
2. Spray rubbing alcohol to remove frost.
Rubbing alcohol serves a lot of purposes other than just disinfecting. You can use it to remove frost from your windshield, wipers, and even on the sides of your car.
This tip comes in handy as the winter in Millcreek, UT, approaches. If you get locked out because of a frozen lock, just spray some rubbing alcohol in your key and the keyhole. The alcohol will lower the freezing point of water and melt the ice in a few seconds.
3. Stuck? Use your floor mats!
If you ever find your Toyota stuck in mud (or an icy patch), you can help free your car by taking out your floor mats! Just put them under the wheels to help you gain traction and get you out of that situation.
4. Restore foggy headlights with toothpaste.
Before you spend money on new headlights, try restoring them first. There are DIY restoration kits available for about 20 to 30 dollars. But if you want to save money, you can try refurbishing your foggy headlights with some toothpaste and elbow grease.
Clean your headlights first with soap and water to remove any debris that may leave scratches. Then, put a generous amount of toothpaste on the wet headlight. You can use an old toothbrush or cloth for scrubbing. Apply more toothpaste as needed.
Scrub each headlight for about 5 minutes, rinse with water and let them dry. To keep your headlights clear for a long time, apply some wax or sealant afterward. You just saved yourself a trip to a Toyota dealership or alternative in Millcreek and Salt Lake City.
5. Use a toilet plunger to fix dents.
Got a dent on your Toyota? Take out your plunger! Place it on the dent and gently pull the plunger toward you. In fact, most repair mechanics in Millcreek and Salt Lake City use the same method.
Take note that this trick may not work for all kinds of damages. For larger dents, bring your car to a reputable Toyota dealership alternative near you. Steve’s Automotive Specialists in Millcreek and Salt Lake City are eager to assist with all your Toyota repair and maintenance needs.
At Steve’s Automotive Specialists in Millcreek, we know that your Toyota is a prized investment, probably second only to your home. That’s why we want to help you prolong its life and maintain its resale value. But you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket or call a Toyota dealership alternative for every issue.
For more Toyota maintenance tips, visit Steve’s Automotive Specialists in Millcreek and Salt Lake City. Our shop is located at 2809 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. We are here to help from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. You may also book an online appointment.