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9 Common Toyota Problems

While Toyota cars are known for their reliability, they still require maintenance and can have common issues, such as oil leaks. When you ignore routine maintenance, you are more likely to have a Toyota car problem and need Toyota auto repair. Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler, AZ, can maintain and, when needed, repair your Toyota.

1. Oil Leaks

As with any vehicle, Toyota cars have several gaskets and seals. They are prone to leaking, especially if you don’t keep up with maintenance. Seals get hard, crack and allow oil and other fluids to leak. If you don’t notice the oil leak, your oil level could drop low enough to damage the engine.

2. Brake Problems

Certain Toyota models go through brakes quickly, in as little as 20,000 miles. Always have your auto repair technician check the brakes when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, especially on Toyota Corolla models. The Corolla has had two brake recalls since 2000. When you use Mac’s Complete Auto Repair, we’ll check the brakes every time you bring your vehicle in for maintenance.

The 2006 through 2007 Highlander Hybrids and the 2003 through 2005 4Runners also have issues with the anti-lock braking system.

3. Water Pumps

Some Toyota models, particularly the Toyota Corolla, have issues with the water pump failing. Always keep an eye on your vehicle’s temperature. If it starts to overheat, pull over and shut the vehicle off immediately. Call a tow truck and have it towed to Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler, AZ. Do not drive the vehicle until you get it repaired. Overheating can cause extensive engine damage, including blown head gaskets.

4. Power Steering Issues

The power steering pump has an O-ring that tends to leak. If enough power steering fluid leaks, you’ll have a hard time steering. You can also burn out the pump if you don’t add more power steering fluid. If the leak is a slow leak, you can drive the vehicle until you can get it into Mac’s Complete Auto Repair as long as you constantly add power steering fluid.

Always check the power steering fluid when the vehicle is cold for the most accurate measurement. Fluid levels can expand with heat, and checking it cold provides a consistent baseline for monitoring. Because of this known problem, it’s a good idea to check the power steering fluid every two to three months.

5. Ignition System Issues

Another common Toyota auto repair you may need involves the ignition. These are more common on older vehicles that have a cap and rotor, though vehicles with coil-over-plug and other ignition components can still have problems.

Ignition problems can cause your vehicle to run poorly, reducing your fuel economy. They can also cause a no-start situation.

6. Sliding Door Issues

The sliding doors on Toyota Sienna models manufactured from 2004 through 2010 are known to fail. You may hear a pop or a crunching noise then the door won’t open. In most cases, the problem is with the door cable. Toyota has updated the cable, so the replacement lasts longer than the original cable.

7. Door Handle Issues

Some of the older Toyota Corolla door handle issue break. You might be able to create a workaround, but it’s inconvenient at best and can be a safety hazard. Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler, AZ, can replace the broken door handle for you.

8. Air Conditioning Issues

Some Toyota cars have trouble with the air conditioning system smelling musty or moldy. The issue can be rectified with proper vehicle maintenance, including cleaning the evaporator drain and changing the cabin air filter.

9. Oil Sludge Building Up in Engines

Toyota engines often have oil sludge build-up in the engine, which can affect performance. You can minimize oil sludge build-up by following Toyota’s recommended intervals for oil changes. While this problem was more prevalent in model years 1997 through 2005, it can still happen.

Contact Mac’s Complete Auto Repair

If your Toyota has any of these issues, contact Mac’s Complete Auto Repair for an appointment at (480) 709-6259. We are conveniently located at 6948 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226.

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