Toyota Service Intervals

Toyota Service Intervals

How often do I need to get my car serviced?

Your Toyota has an optimum service interval that depends as much on time and driving conditions as it does on distance.

Time and distance

If you don't do a lot of kilometres (and keep in mind the average Australian driver only does 14,600 [N14]  per year) you should have your Toyota serviced according to the recommended time based service intervals. Short, stop-start journeys are one of the hardest forms of work an engine can endure. Since the engine doesn't get up to optimal operating temperature for any real period of time it can't burn off the by-products of combustion. This can lead to a reduction in the oils efficiency to lubricate which, in turn, can lead to premature engine wear and possible engine failure.

Alternatively, if you use your car more regularly and drive more than the average distance then you will reach the kilometre interval first, therefore your servicing should be based on the recommended distance travelled. Remember, it's not only time or distance, it's whichever you reach first.

Extreme driving conditions

In extreme driving conditions, such as when you are towing heavy loads or driving in very hot, cold or dusty conditions, you should have your Toyota serviced even more frequently. If you're in doubt as to the best servicing schedule for your vehicle talk to your Toyota Service Advisor.

The consequences of irregular servicing

Failing to have your Toyota serviced regularly can endanger your vehicle warranty. If, for example your vehicle develops a major problem during the warranty period and there is no evidence that your vehicle has been serviced as recommended, subsequent repairs may not be covered by your warranty.

Irregular servicing can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency (and at today's fuel prices, no-one wants that), increased air pollution, and potentially damage the resale value of your vehicle.

Adhering to recommended service schedules also ensures your brake system, tyres, driveline and steering components are inspected regularly for correct operation and wear. So failing to have your vehicle regularly serviced can be putting your safety at risk and that of your passengers too.

What happens if oil is not changed regularly?

In some cases of irregular servicing, oil can actually thicken and oxidise into a tar-like substance known as sludge. This sludge cannot be pumped through the engine's lubricating system thus reducing engine components of much needed lubrication, which will eventually lead to engine seizure. Once sludge occurs it can be very difficult and expensive to get rid of so having your Toyota serviced regularly is of utmost importance.

A car service is much more than an oil change

It's not just your engine oil that needs regular replacing. Gear oils and transmission fluids also lose their viscosity over time, which can increase wear and tear and cause thinning and loss of lubrication. Coolants and fluid levels need to be inspected and topped up regularly to maintain optimum effectiveness.

More importantly, brake fluid needs to be replaced regularly as it is prone to absorbing moisture which can cause its boiling point to be lowered, causing vapour locks and will lead to a loss in brake efficiency and potential danger for you and your passengers.

Service intervals

The below table features the recommended Service & Maintenance schedule for all current generation Toyota vehicles. Toyota's service intervals are designed to ensure your vehicle continues to operate within specification. Should you be after recommended schedules for other Toyota vehicles, please see the Warranty & Service Logbook or consult with your Toyota Service Advisor who will be happy to assist.

Vehicle Standard Scheduled Services - Normal Operating Conditions
(Months or Kms - whichever occurs first)
Additional Maintenance Requirements
(Months or Kms - whichever occurs first)
Camry, Hybrid Camry, Aurion (post Jan 2009 compliance plate) and 86 9 months or 15,000 kms 4.5 months or 7,500 kms
Camry, Aurion (pre Jan 2009 compliance plate) 12 months or 15,000 kms 6 months or 7,500 kms
All other vehicles 6 months or 10,000 kms 3 months or 5,000 kms

Standard Scheduled Services

If you're mostly driving your Toyota on sealed roads in moderate conditions, then you'll need to service it as per the standard service schedule intervals, either according to time or kilometres travelled (depending on your driving conditions) for normal operating conditions.

Additional Maintenance Requirements

If you constantly put your Toyota through a punishing driving schedule under extreme conditions, then the best way to ensure long term performance is with additional maintenance servicing intervals. Such conditions could include any or all of the following:

  • Driving on rough, muddy or snow-melted roads.
  • Driving on dusty roads.
  • Towing trailers, caravans or boats, or using a car top carrier.
  • Repeated short trips (less than 8 km) in freezing conditions.
  • Extensive idling and or low speed driving for long distance such as taxis, couriers, etc.

So if you're in doubt as to the optimum servicing schedule for your vehicle talk to your Toyota Service Advisor.

[N14] Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (to 31 October 2007), August 2008.
[N14] Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (to 31 October 2007), August 2008.
[T15] All Toyota Genuine Parts carry a 12 month Toyota Warranty. Conditions apply. The Toyota Genuine Parts Warranty does not limit and may not necessarily exceed your rights under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Warranty conditions differ for Tyres and Batteries. See relevant sections for details.