Why it’s important to follow a regular maintenance schedule

Maintaining your car—instead of just waiting until something breaks—is the best way to keep your vehicle in safe and efficient condition on the road. It’s also a way of avoiding unexpected repairs and the financial headaches that come with them. 
Many auto experts recommend following the “30-60-90 rule” for car maintenance. According to this system, you should get your car serviced every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. That routine maintenance should include: 
  • Oil change
  • Tire inspection and rotation (if necessary)
  • Brake check
  • Wiper blade replacement
If you stay on top of these car maintenance fundamentals, you should be okay. But if you really want to maintain your car properly, it’s best to follow the schedule recommended by your manufacturer for your specific make and model. 
Because Toyota’s lineup is so vast, we’ll focus on their two most popular models in this article: the RAV4 SUV and the Corolla sedan. You can use the same schedules for many other Toyota models, and it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual for maintenance recommendations. 

Toyota RAV4 maintenance schedule

Toyota’s trusty compact SUV has been among the manufacturer’s top sellers for years. It’s a favorite for its rugged dependability, which you can enhance with routine maintenance. Here’s the recommended maintenance schedule for a RAV4. 

5,000 miles or 6 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
You should also have the oil and oil filter replaced at 5,000 miles if you’re driving a lot in cold temperatures or at low speeds. If you drove your RAV4 on dirty or dusty roads, or over a lot of melted snow, it’s also a good idea to inspect the following components every 5,000 miles: 
  • Steering linkage and boots
  • Ball joints and dust covers
  • Drive shaft boots
  • Engine air filter

10,000 miles or 12 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
If you’re driving a hybrid RAV4, you’ll want to clean the battery cooling intake filter at the 10,000 mile mark. 

15,000 miles or 18 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
  • Inspect radiator, condenser, and/or intercooler
  • Inspect steering gear
  • Inspect ball joints and dust covers
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Inspect engine coolant
  • Inspect steering linkage and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings
  • Inspect cabin air filter (if applicable)
For a 4WD RAV4, add the following steps: 
  • Re-torque propeller shaft bolt
  • Inspect transfer case oil and rear differential oil

20,000 miles or 24 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 

25,000 miles or 30 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 

30,000 miles or 36 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Replace cabin air filter
  • Replace engine air filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Inspect brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
  • Inspect radiator, condenser, and/or intercooler
  • Inspect steering gear
  • Inspect ball joints and dust covers
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Inspect engine coolant
  • Inspect steering linkage and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings
  • Inspect fuel linings and connections
  • Inspect fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor and vent system hoses
  • Inspect fuel tank cap gasket
Pro Tip: You can follow a similar schedule for most other Toyota SUVs, such as the C-HR or the Highlander. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your model. 

Toyota Corolla maintenance schedule

Snug, practical, and fuel-efficient, the Corolla has been one of the world’s most popular cars since its introduction in 1966. It’s also a car with an impressive record for longevity. Follow the maintenance schedule below, and your Corolla could stay in prime condition for years to come. 

5,000 miles or 6 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
If your daily driving involves a lot of low speeds or extensive idling (think food delivery, rideshare, or similar services), it’s a good idea to replace your oil and oil filter every 5,000 miles. In addition, just like the RAV4, the Corolla should have its steering linkage, drive shaft boots, engine air filter, ball joints, and dust covers inspected at 5,000 mile intervals in places with lots of muddy roads or melting snow.  

10,000 miles or 12 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
  • Inspect HV battery cooling intake filter (Corolla Hybrid only)

15,000 miles or 18 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
  • Inspect radiator, condenser, and/or intercooler
  • Inspect steering gear
  • Inspect ball joints and dust covers
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Inspect engine coolant
  • Inspect steering linkage and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings
  • Inspect cabin air filter (if applicable)
For the Corolla Hybrid, make sure that the engine/inverter coolant is inspected as well. 

20,000 miles or 24 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 

25,000 miles or 30 months

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Visually check brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 

30,000 miles or 36 months

  • Replace engine oil and oil filter
  • Replace engine air filter
  • Replace cabin air filter
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect wiper blades
  • Inspect brake drums/linings and pads/discs
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels (transmission, brake, power steering, etc.) 
  • Check driver’s floor mat installation 
  • Inspect ball joint and dust covers
  • Inspect brake lines and hoses
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Inspect steering linkage and boots
  • Inspect exhaust pipes and mountings
  • Inspect fuel lines, fuel tank band, and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses
  • Inspect fuel tank cap gasket
Pro Tip: You can use this maintenance schedule for most Toyota sedans. However, the Toyota Camry should have the cabin air filter replaced every 10,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for the exact schedule recommended for your model. 

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