Buy a Toyota Tacoma, and you should receive an owner’s manual to help you stay on track of maintenance and teach you everything you need to know about your pickup. This owner’s manual will come with your maintenance schedule so you can easily figure out when it is time to take your Tacoma to your service center. If you lose your owner’s manual, you can find it and all the other Tacoma informational guides on the Toyota website. To save you some time, here is everything you need to remember or the maintenance schedule.
Driving the Tacoma Off-Road
Many Tacoma owners take their Toyota pickups off the road on a regular basis. If you are one of these people, then you will want to conduct a quick daily inspection on any day that you take your Tacoma off-road. You should inspect the dust covers, ball joints, brake hoses and lines, brake discs and pads, differential oil, drive shaft boots, engine air filter, bolts and nuts on the body and chassis, steering boots and linkage, and transmission oil or fluid. If you have a 4WD model, also lubricate the propeller shaft and check the transfer case oil.
Every 6 Months or 5,000 Miles
Regular maintenance for your Tacoma with normal use should occur every 6 months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. At every one of these intervals, you should check the installation of the floor mat in front of the driver’s seat. You will also want to inspect the wiper blades and all fluid levels. Finally, rotate the tire and inspect the brake pads/discs and brake linings/drums. Pay attention to the extra maintenance requirements if you drive your Tacoma in “Special Operating Conditions,” including dirty or dusty roads, while towing, shorter trips, or idling frequently.
Every 12 and 18 Months
Remember that all the maintenance tasks mentioned above must be repeated at the 6-month or 5,000-mile intervals, so you will perform them again at 12 months or 10,000 miles. At this point, you should also replace the oil filter and engine oil. At 18 months, you will want to re-torque the propeller shaft boot and lubricate your propeller shaft if you have a 4WD Tacoma.
Every 36 Months or 30,000 Miles
This service interval involves a much more complete inspection. You need to inspect the transmission for leakage, the transfer case oil, the steering boots and linkage, the steering gear box, radiator, condenser, steering gear box, fuel connections and lines, fuel tank components, front differential oil, exhaust mountings and pipes, driveshaft boots, brake components, ball joints, dust covers, and automatic transmission fluid cooler connections and hoses.
At 48 months or 40,000 miles, replace the cabin air filter. Once your Tacoma reaches 72 months or 60,000 miles, also replace the spark plugs, depending on your engine.
The Warranty and Maintenance Guide that came with your Tacoma has a handy checklist for all maintenance intervals to keep you on track. The technicians at Toyota of Boerne in Boerne, Texas, can also help you remember when your Tacoma is due for scheduled maintenance.