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ToyotaCare - All About Your Protection

ToyotaCare, a free service plan that covers factory scheduled maintenance, is one of many reasons why shoppers like Toyota. If you’d like to know more about this no-cost plan, stop by Allegheny Toyota and speak with our qualified staff.

Toyota vehicles are known to go on for many miles and years, but the ToyotaCare plan gives you the assurance that, in the rare occurrence that you may need service, your vehicle is covered. ToyotaCare covers routine maintenance for 25,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. It also provides drivers with free 24/7 roadside assistance. 

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Safety Features You Deserve in the New Toyota Camry

If you want to ride in the safest midsize sedan on the market today, give the new Toyota Camry a drive. Let's talk about a couple safety features that make this vehicle one of the safest on the roads for drivers in Franklin, PA and beyond.

The Blind Spot Monitoring system helps drivers to be able to spot trouble long before they get in a wreck. If you make a lane change and a car is already in your blind spot, the system will flash on that corresponding mirror and make a sound so you take corrective action. 

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The Main Differences Between Front-wheel Drive and Rear-wheel Drive

If you own a vehicle, the transmission system is either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. When a vehicle moves forward, it is possible because of front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Do you know the difference between the two? If not, read further.

Front-wheel drive supplies power to the vehicle's front wheels, so it moves forward because the wheels are pulling the vehicle. Rear-wheel drive transmits power to the rear tires through the drive shaft, which enables the vehicle to move forward because it is being pushed by the rear wheels. 

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Signs Your Ignition Needs Service

Your ignition is responsible for connecting your fuel system and battery. If you have issues with your car stalling or stopping randomly, then your ignition switch may be failing. There are also a few other reasons that would be best checked by a mechanic to determine the cause and fix quickly.

Your key may also be causing the problem. Worn out or broken keys can often cause the ignition to get stuck. If you notice lights come on but the engine doesn't turn over, it might be an issue with your starter. In cases where your car stalls at…

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Signs of a Leaky Car Exhaust

Our vehicle's exhaust system is something we tend to overlook until it's in need of repair or replacement. Sometimes the first sign of a problem is that the car sounds louder than normal, which can come from a leaky exhaust. At Allegheny Toyota, our Toyota service technicians can inspect your exhaust system quickly and offer their expertise.

Problems with the exhaust can cause other issues. A leaky exhaust will not only make your car run louder than normal, but can also cause toxic fumes inside your vehicle. 

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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

At some point, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. However, changing a tire is not difficult and could save time in the long run if you do the repair yourself. Apply the emergency brake and turn on the flashers. Remove the hubcap if necessary, and use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts by going counterclockwise. Position the jack under the vehicle as recommended.

Lift the car at least six inches from the ground. Remove the lug nuts, remove the tire and replace it with the spare. 

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Why Are Your Car's Filters Important?

Although they are often overlooked, your car's filters play an important role in the overall health of your vehicle. The engine air filter is certainly no exception. If you want your car to run at optimal levels, you need to check the air filter as often as you would check your oil.

Your car's engine air filter prevents contaminants and harmful debris from flowing through to your engine. If you fail to regularly check and replace your filter, over time it will start to fail. 

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Engine Service: Belts and Hoses

As a responsible car owner, it is necessary to do routine maintenance to keep your Toyota running safely and smoothly. A part of your car’s engine that needs to be checked and replaced is the belts and hoses. Here are some important reasons to maintain your belts and hoses:

  • Hoses - Hoses are essential to your engine because they keep fluids flowing to and from important engine components. If your car's hoses are not routinely replaced, then they may crack and leak, keeping vital fluids from flowing to important engine parts. 
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Get Your Headlights Ready for Winter

Winter is here in Franklin, PA and that means not just cold weather, snow and ice but also the sun sets sooner in the day, bringing the darkness to our doorstep for a much longer period of time. The sun also rises later and overall, winter means more darkness. Now - more than ever - making sure your vehicle's headlights are bright and clear is important. We can help.

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Windshield Wiper Fluid vs. Tap Water

Windshield wiper fluid is very important for a number of different reasons. Many people believe that you can forego the few extra bucks and just use water instead, however, this might not be the smartest idea. Here are a few reasons why windshield wiper fluid is very important and why water isn't a proper substitute.

  • Windshield wiper fluid contains detergents that help remove much more than just rain or snow from your windshield, such as bugs and road grime. 
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