Owning any vehicle requires a certain level of maintenance, — while Toyotas are generally less high-maintenance than others, some parts will need to be replaced over time. Here are seven parts that you’re going to need to replace at some point over the life of your vehicle. We’ve also included the average cost of repair by a mechanic for each part — this is based on repair/replacement on a 2010 Toyota Camry.
OEM Part Cost Only: As little as $25 per belt. See parts.olathetoyota.com for an exact price quote.
The serpentine belt, also called the drive belt, moves the pulleys on your engine and engine accessories. This part is vital to many automotive components including the alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning. Serpentine belts don’t wear quickly, and under ideal conditions, they should last up to 100,000 miles. An aging belt may begin slipping and squeaking, if one breaks, you’ll notice right away as you’ll lose power steering.
Intake Air Filter
OEM Part Cost Only: As little as $20 and a very easy DIY project. Find your filter here.
An intake air filter is your engine’s first line of defense against contaminants. A clear filter keeps fuel economy and engine performance at its peak. For this reason, the most common sign of a faulty filter is a decrease in fuel economy and performance. Toyota recommends replacement every 30,000 miles or 36 months under normal conditions and every 15,000 miles or 18 months in a dusty environment.
OEM Part Cost Only: As little as $25. See parts.olathetoyota.com for an exact price quote.
Your Toyota’s fuel filter is responsible for filtering out contaminants from the fuel tank before they are able to travel to the engine. A fuel filter that’s reached the end of it’s lifespan will cause your vehicle’s fuel economy to dramatically decrease — you’ll also have notable power loss. In extreme cases, your Toyota will perform as if its running out of gas.
OEM Part Cost Only: As little as $40 a set. See our full collection of OEM Toyota brake pads here.
Brake pads create friction with the rotor that slow the wheel from turning. These are vital for safely stopping, should they wear too far, you’ll experience problems with braking and damage other braking components. Replacement intervals vary greatly based on what kind of traffic you sit in, and even the weather in your area. You’ll know when it’s time because they are designed to create a high pitch squealing when replacement is needed.
NOTE: It’s extremely important to use OEM brake pads on your vehicle, as they’re designed to work with your factory rotors, calipers, etc. If you use after-market pads, you can experience diminished braking power, increased pad or rotor wear, increased brake dust, etc.
Cabin Air Filter
OEM Part Cost Only: As little as $12 and a very easy DIY project. Find your filter here.
Cabin air filters keep contaminants out of the cabin and catch dust, pollen, and other things than can make for a miserable ride. When replacement is needed, you’ll notice reduced HVAC flow and bad odors in the car. Replacement is needed every 15k miles, or less if you live in an area with poor air quality.
Oil and Oil Filter
OEM Part Cost Only: You can buy an OE quality oil filter for $4, but you want to buy a half dozen to make the shipping charges worthwhile.
Oil filters catch nasty contaminants that could severely damage your engine — including dirt, water, and metal shavings. Replacing the engine oil is needed to ensure clean operation and lubrication. It’s recommended that you change your oil and oil filter between 3,000 – 5,000 miles, or every 3 months. It’s hard to tell when it’s time for replacement as there are no real symptoms, but you may notice the oil is very dark, or your engine is burning oil faster.
OEM Part Cost Only: Your local Toyota dealer is actually a great place to find affordable tires.*
They’re expensive to replace, but replacing tires is a reality of owning a vehicle. Replacement will depend on what type of tire you choose to use and what kind of terrain you drive on. You’ll need to replace them as soon as the tread is worn to the wear bars, or if they ever become damaged.
*NOTE: Toyota buys tires in bulk nationwide and ships them to their dealers at a substantially discounted rate compared to your local tire shop…Toyota is literally buying millions of tires, sending them to their dealers using the same distribution system they already have for parts, and the bottom line is that tire prices are often very good at your local dealership. Check them out.