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Auto electric repair and maintenance is often less daunting and time-consuming than that required for gas-powered vehicles. Their battery-and-motor architecture contains fewer moving components and combustible materials than those that make up a traditional gas engine, reducing your risks on the road. Services like oil changes also become irrelevant.

While it’s still important to stick to your Toyota EV maintenance schedule, which often asks car owners to schedule an inspection every six months for items like tire rotation, it’s generally easy to have confidence on the road when driving an electric car in San Rafael, CA. Visit us at Toyota of Marin to learn more.

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What Electric Car Maintenance Is Necessary?

What Electric Car Maintenance Is Necessary?

During your first electric vehicle service visit, your car will likely receive a tire rotation to help promote even tire wear, a brake inspection, and an adjustment of various fluid levels. As more time passes, team members at our certified Toyota service center will more actively look at components like the drive shaft boots or the brake lines and hoses to see if anything requires more attention or replacement.

Our experts may occasionally initiate software updates, too, to keep your Toyota Multimedia system intuitive and current.

However, your powertrain will require less servicing than you are used to if you’ve only ever driven gas-powered vehicles before. Other components can also have an easier time in an electric vehicle. For example, while brake pads will still need to be replaced, most EVs have a regenerative braking system that involves people letting up on the pedal to slow down or stop rather than pressing down on a brake pedal. This causes less wear to the brake pads, so they stay the correct thickness for longer.

When the time comes and you do need replacement parts, make sure to check out our Toyota service coupons for relevant deals.

How Can You Protect Your EV?

How Can You Protect Your EV?

As we’ve mentioned, EVs are durable. They are also protected. For example, if you buy a Toyota bZ4X and are worried about Toyota EV battery replacement in the future, you will be happy to know that this vehicle comes with an eight-year/100,000-mile EV Drive Components Warranty.1

That being said, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce the risk of needing serious auto electric repairs. Parking your EV under shelter when you can in order to protect it from the extreme temperatures sometimes experienced near Richmond, CA, is an important first step. You should also avoid charging your battery to 100% or letting it drain to 0% too often. Setting up a charging schedule or a charging limit through your Toyota app is easy. Our team will be happy to show you how.

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Is it time for EV car maintenance or auto electric repair? Schedule a service appointment with our dedicated team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I service my electric Toyota vehicle?

Toyota electric vehicles require less maintenance services than gasoline-powered vehicles or hybrids since they don’t have combustion engines. However, the general rule of thumb is that they should still be inspected and serviced every six months. As always, you should defer to the maintenance instructions in your vehicle’s owner’s manual or seek service early if you notice an issue.

How is electric vehicle service different from regular gas vehicles?

Fully electric vehicles are powered by a battery-and-motor setup rather than relying solely or partially on a combustion gas engine. Despite what many people think about EVs, their internal architecture is much simpler than gas-powered vehicles and has fewer moving parts. This lowers their maintenance needs. In addition, without a gas engine, they do not require services like oil changes.

What is the maintenance schedule like for Toyota EV cars?

The bZ4X is the only fully electric model from Toyota automakers for the 2024 model year. Its Maintenance Guide recommends that owners get their vehicle serviced every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. However, you will find that the length of time between particular services, like brake pad replacements, will likely increase compared to how often you would need these services with a gasoline-powered vehicle.

What are the key components of an electric vehicle that require regular maintenance?

Like gasoline-powered vehicles, electric vehicles will need brake work, tire replacements, and fluid replacements. Their battery-and-motor systems may also need repairs or maintenance. However, you will not need to give the powertrain the same regular attention that you would a gasoline-powered vehicle’s engine. Our team can also give you tips for extending the life of these components as much as possible.

Are there specialized technicians trained to work on electric vehicles?

Yes, there are technicians who focus on providing EV-specific service and those trained to work on all vehicles for a particular OEM, whether they are gas-powered, hybrid, or all-electric vehicles. Rest assured that our team at Toyota of Marin is staffed by experts who can give your Toyota bZ4X or your other vehicles the kind of curated care they need to perform at their best.

What specific services are included in EV maintenance?

What EV maintenance services you receive at each visit will depend on your car’s needs at the time. For example, if you own a Toyota bZ4X, experts should help with tire rotation, brake inspection, and fluid top-offs during your first service appointment. At 18 months, other items may be inspected, such as the heater coolant and brake hoses. Review your EV’s Maintenance Guide for more details.

What are the warning signs that my EV needs servicing?

You know how your car regularly drives. If you start noticing problematic signs with your EV – such as issues keeping control of the vehicle, difficulty with charging, or problems with your HVAC or electronics – come and see our experts for servicing. Warning lights on your dashboard can also tell you if you’re overdue for a service appointment or if something is malfunctioning.


1Warranties listed on this webpage shall not be solely relied upon. Warranties may be subject to specific terms, restrictions, exclusions, and fees. Additional warranty information may be obtained by visiting the official website of the warranty provider. Contact our dealership for complete details.


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Why service at your Toyota dealer?

  • Genuine Toyota and Mobil 1 Motor Oils meet the specifications for your Toyota to help optimize vehicle performance, reliability, and fuel economy

How often is an oil change needed?

  • Follow the suggested vehicle service schedule in the owner's manual

Why is it important?

  • Contributes to proper vehicle performance
  • Enhance fuel efficiency and helps extend engine life

Which Oil Should You use? Contact Toyota Marin for more information.

 
 

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