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I just got a 2 yr-old Toyota Tacoma pickup handed down to me from my dad, but my dad passed away so I really do not know what sorts of things I need to do to upkeep a car. I was wondering if there was a simple list of maintenance things I should be looking for at a certain mileage point (Like at what mileage is good to change a timing belt, change brakes, etc?). The car currently has about 55,000 miles on it and I am pretty sure my dad has not done any major changes to the car other than oil changes at this point. Thanks!

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Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Hey Snow, 60,000 is the benchmark for most cars to have its "big check-up". At 55k, you are in a perfect position to start to get your maintenance done. Check to see if the truck has an owners manual. If yes, that is the book to answer all the questions. If not, this link is to a quick reference guide for your year, make and model car. Enjoy the ride, Audra (The Auto-Motivator)

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Check your owners manual and be sure to use the recommendations according to the kind of driving you do. If there is not an owner's manual you can purchase one thru the parts department at any Toyota dealership. Also you can go on line for the info.

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Snow, If you don't have your owners manual for the vehicle, you may want to contact your local dealership for specific maintenance information. I generally suggest timing belts around 75 or 80 thousand miles. Tune-ups can usually be done around 100,000 miles. Transmission fluid and coolant flush should be done before 50,ooo miles. Once again, I would suggest contacting your local dealership for more specific information. Suzanne

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