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Common Exhaust Leak Signs

Sometimes, you might notice odd smells coming from your vehicle after you drive it for even a short distance. This smell could be an indication that your exhaust is leaking. You'll usually notice an odor that is similar to gas fumes.

While you're driving, you might notice that your car is a bit louder than normal. The manifold is one of the first places where you'll usually hear odd sounds, such as hissing. When you accelerate, the sound usually becomes louder. 

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Braking and Accelerating in the Rain Can Contribute to Hydroplaning

One of the ways that you can prevent hydroplaning is to drive in a lower gear. This will help to keep your speed down when you're on the road, while maintaining better traction. A lower gear can also help while driving in a busy city when it's raining, or if you're driving on a road with a lot of turns and hills.

Avoid slamming on your brakes when it's raining. You want to gently pump your brakes so that your vehicle doesn't begin to slide. Have Mark Miller Toyota make sure your brake pads are…

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The Value of Maintaining Your Transmission

There are several causes of transmission failure in a car, and this is important to know. Your hoses play an important role in ensuring the coolant is transferred throughout the engine as well as the distribution of other fluids, such as brake fluids, throughout the car.

However, the most common cause of hose failure is the degradation of the electrochemical also known as ECD. Unfortunately, detecting this problem is never an easy task because hoses are often affected from the inside, causing tiny cracks. 

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The Crude Details of Synthetic Oils

The days of standard motor oil are long gone with many modern engine manufacturers designing engines that run on synthetic motor oil. Knowing what type of oil is recommended for your vehicle is necessary and knowing what exactly synthetic oil is if your vehicle takes that is important.

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Understanding Unfamiliar Dashboard Lights


Most people are familiar with the lights on the dashboard that indicate a problem. However, many new lights have been added in recent years to provide more information about how a vehicle is running. For those purchasing a newer vehicle for the first time, these lights can be unfamiliar. Our staff at Mark Miller Toyota Downtown have created a list of some of the new lights to help remove the confusion many may feel when these new lights come on in Salt Lake City:
  • Traction Control or ESC Light This light will often come on during slippery or icy conditions…
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Keep Your Car's Fluids in Check


Everyone has been ingrained with the need to change their motor oil regularly. What about the other fluids in your car, though? With brake fluid, automatic transmission fluid, coolant, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, and more fluids coursing through your car's veins, it's important to make sure all the fluids are at optimum levels to ensure peak performance from your vehicle.

At Mark Miller Toyota Downtown, our factory-trained technicians know your vehicle inside and out, and will do a thorough check of each fluid contained in your vehicle...
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Extend your vehicle's lifetime with routine service

Ever wonder why some vehicles seem to last a whole lot longer than others? Mark Miller Toyota Downtown is willing to bet their owners kept up with routine service and maintenance. You too can easily extend your vehicle's lifetime simply by keeping an eye on when you're due for upcoming services. Luckily for you, we've got a service and repair center right here at our dealership that's prepared to work as hard as possible to maintain your vehicle.

Our service center is made up of only the most extensively trained, expert technicians who will work harder…

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Why You Should Forget the Penny and Use a Quarter

Stick a penny head first into your tire tread. If Lincoln's head disappears, then you're good to go. If you can still see the top of his head, it's time to get new tires. Right?

Eh...

Lincoln's head is 1/16 inch from the edge of a penny-- that's 2/32 inch in tire-tread measurements. At that point, the tires are essentially bald. When you try to stop on a wet road at 60mph with 1/16 inch tread, you will take about 10 car-lengths longer to stop than on fresh tires.

Check your tires…

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