Can my Toyota remind me when I need to rotate my tires?
I just bought new tires and the guy at the tire store told me that the reason my old tires wore out so quickly was because I never rotated them. I had no idea. They said I should have my tires rotated every 5000 miles but I'm never going to remember that, and I don't drive a consistent number of miles each week to figure out when in the future that'd occur. Can my Toyota Camry remind me when it's time to rotate the tires?
I don't have a Camry, but I do have a 2008 Toyota Highlander with the fancy (read "ridiculously overpriced") mapping and navigational system included and one of the many features of this device that I imagine 99% of people ignore is that it can keep track of dates and mileage events so you can keep the car properly maintained.
The irony is that I too just had to get new tires. Every 30K miles. Common problem with the Highlander because of its weight combined with the thinness of the tires = faster tire wear. But I'm also not diligent about rotating my tires, though I know I should do a better job. Result is that while I might get 35K or 40K out of my tires, this time I had to replace them with only about 29K miles on 'em. Ugh. Expensive.
The Toyota nav system has an entire maintenance tracking system that's just one button away...
Push the "INFO" button and you'll find a whole new world, especially if you've never looked in that area before:
Tap on the "Maintenance" wrench to set your tire rotation reminder (you can explore the other areas on your own time :-)
That's what we want. Look at how many things this device can track. Impressive. But, really, who sets a date/mileage mark for replacing their windshield wipers? Well, maybe everyone else in the world but me.
"ROTATION" is the choice we want, it's the middle of the first line. Tap on it...
As you can see, there are two ways you can set up a reminder. Either by date (which means you need to ensure your car knows the current date and time, btw) or by distance traveled from this moment in time. Since you're supposed to rotate your tires every 5000 miles, let's set it based on distance. To do that, tap on "Distance".
Enter the desired distance you want to go before the rotation reminder pops up...
Looks good. Tap "OK" to return to the previous screen.
Perfect. Oh, except for one more thing. Tap on "OK" to move back to the main maintenance page, because the entire maintenance reminder tracking system isn't actually enabled yet.
Look in the top right corner...
That's it. Tap "ON" and you'll have a reminder pop up on your navigational computer system screen when you hit that 5000 mile mark. At any time you can also go back down this path and see how many miles are left on your reminder countdown too.
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