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Send your college student off with this car maintenance checklist

Getting ready to send your kids off to college? You’re probably swamped buying dorm décor, textbooks, and groceries to get them ready for their first semester. If you’re smart, you’ve also gotten their car serviced so it’s ready to take on anything that the semester has to throw at it. However, once they hit campus, it’s on them to keep their car in top shape. Toyota of Orlando is here with a car maintenance checklist for college kids to keep it simple!

This car maintenance checklist can save your student time and money


Reminder #1: Keep track of tire pressure.
It’s essential for your college student to know what to do when it comes to tire maintenance. They should regularly check the condition, tread depth, and PSI of all FIVE tires – including the spare. Teach them how to look for damage, how to check PSI and fill tires with air, and how to spot when the tread depth is too low (by using the penny trick – stick a penny in the tread with Abe Lincoln facing down and if they see the top of his head, it’s time for new tires!). Also remind them the importance of tire rotations to extend the tires’ life!

Reminder #2: Stay vigilant when it comes to car fluids.
Our Orlando car maintenance techs also recommend getting your college student on a schedule for oil changes so they never have to worry about engine problems. Their mechanic can also check other essential car fluids like coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and wiper fluid while they’re under the hood.

Reminder #3: Give your battery attention on a regular basis.
Remind your college student to include the battery when it comes to car maintenance! They should check it on a routine basis and look for warning signs like swelling, leaks, corrosion, rust, or anything else out of the ordinary. And if they have to get a jump, make sure they know they should have their battery checked at our Orlando car maintenance center to ensure it doesn’t need to be replaced.

Reminder #4: As annoying as it is, keep your car clean.
Keeping the car clean will keep its resale value high and will also ensure fewer problems with performance in the long run. Encourage your college student to at least wipe down surfaces and vacuum it out, as well as wash and wax the exterior to protect the paint.

And don’t forget to deck out your college student’s car with emergency supplies! Here are some things you should ensure are in the trunk:

  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire, jack, and lug wrench
  • Flashlight
  • Phone charger
  • Cash
  • Blanket

And make sure the owner’s manual is in the glovebox for reference!


Summer has arrived, and with it, warmer temperatures. Although we may be overheating it’s important that our cars aren’t. This is where antifreeze comes in. Antifreeze is most commonly known for its ability to keep your car’s coolant from freezing in the winter; however, it could just as easily be called “Anti-boil.” The same chemical characteristic that lowers the freezing point also raises the boiling point of the liquid, preventing your vehicle from over-heating in the summer. This dynamic liquid is a multifunctional 50/50 mix of fresh coolant and water that is designed to keep engine temperatures stable and includes additional additives that prevent rust and corrosion in the radiator, engine and the vehicle’s heater. A common cause of vehicle breakdowns in the summer is due to the coolant system failing. Be prepared and get the most out of your engine and summer adventures by making sure your coolant system is in good working order.



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We are MainStreet Transmissions and Auto Repair.  We believe in providing quality service at an affordable price.  We are a family owned and operated business and have been in Palmetto for 15 years.  We are members of the community and also live in the community we service.  We stand behind our service...our reputation is important to us and we strive to keep our customers happy.