Toyota Yaris Maintenance Guides - Common Toyota Yaris Repair Questions Answered

A firm favourite of the subcompact car variety, the Toyota Yaris has been in production since 1999, having had various makeovers and adaptations along the way.

The Yaris is highly regarded for its fantastic gas mileage and reliability, along with its charming appearance.

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Toyota Yaris Tyre Pressure

What is the recommended tyre pressure of a Toyota Yaris?

The recommended minimum tyre pressure for the 2018 Toyota Yaris SX Hatchback is 32psi which is equal to 220kPa and 2.2 bar.

However, the exact tyre pressure for your car’s model can be found in its manual or on the tyre placard sticker which is located in the interior side of the driver’s door. 

How to check Toyota Yaris tyre pressure?

Checking the tyre pressure of the Toyota Yaris is as simple as purchasing a small handheld pressure gauge, which will only set you back about £10 or less!

A tyre pressure check is efficient and mobile with a gauge and will give you a quick indication of whether your tyres require further attention or repair.

You can also check your tyre pressure at the designated points in garage stations.

An indication to check your tyre pressure beyond a visual inspection of tyre deflation, is the tyre pressure warning light illuminating on the dashboard of your Toyota Yaris.

What should I do once I see a tyre pressure warning?

An amber tyre pressure warning light popping up on your dashboard could be a sign of a host of tyre-related issues.

Primarily, you should check your tyre pressure as this could be the extent of the problem.

Once certain that tyre pressure is correct, check the light again, if it still illuminated it is likely you have either a slow or serious puncture.

The action to take at this stage is to contact a garage, you can do so for the most affordable price and reliable service via Who can Fix My Car.

How do I reset a Toyota Yaris tyre pressure light?

In order to reset the Toyota Yaris pressure light, first ensure that tyre pressures are correct, and any tyre-related issues dealt with.

Next turn your engine on, press and hold the reset button which can be found to the bottom right of the steering wheel on the instrument panel.

The button should be held down securely until the TPMS indicator light within the instrument panel blinks three times. 


Toyota Yaris Warning Lights

What do the warning lights mean on a Toyota Yaris?

The warning lights on your Toyota Yaris dashboard are designed to make your vehicle safer to use.

Warning signs vary slightly depending on the model year of your Yaris, but you can check your car's owner's manual to look at all the different Toyota dashboard light indicators and their meanings.

If one of your warning lights is illuminated, it is an indication of problem. We recommend that you consult a trained mechanic to properly diagnose and repair the problem.

What does a Toyota Yaris engine warning light mean?

The Toyota check engine light is amber with the shape resembling an engine itself. When illuminated it can mean a multitude of things from a misfiring engine or broken oxygen sensor to something as simple as a loose gas cap.

It is an alert for you to get your car checked out as soon as possible as ignoring the problem could lead to further damage.

The engine oil pressure warning light on your Yaris resembles a dripping oil can and is red. If the engine oil pressure is too low, this light will illuminate on the dashboard.

You can check the oil level yourself, but any further steps would require a trained mechanic.

How to reset a Toyota Yaris oil warning light?

The Toyota Yaris oil warning light can be reset easily in just a few moments.

Put your key in the ignition but don’t get engine going yet, make sure first that your settings are switched to Trip A.

Next, press the button, and hold it in and put the car into the “on” position.

The indicator will show a bar that moves like its counting down, wait till that finishes and it starts to show 0000 miles and then let go of the button.

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Toyota Yaris Service Intervals

When are Toyota Yaris service intervals?

Toyota Yaris are recommended an interim service every 5,000 miles or 6 months alongside their yearly full servicing.

Interim services check on the car parts that experience wear and tear the most.


Toyota Yaris Common Problems

What are common Toyota Yaris gearbox problems?

The Yaris’ manual gearbox has had a few reported problems when it comes to changing in the lower gears.

There has been an issue with 1st to 3rd gear, due to the synchromesh.

The problem is more common in colder months, and if it persists make sure to get booked in with a trained professional to assess and make repairs.

Are clutch problems common on a Toyota Yaris?

Like any clutch, the Yaris’ wears down eventually but many factors can accelerate that wear.

‘Riding the clutch’ and driving recklessly can shorten its lifespan. Some other component damage can also cause a clutch problem; from the flywheel to the disc.

The Yaris is not known to suffer major clutch problems, but it is still worth keeping a look out for any tell-tale signs of wear to keep repair costs to a minimum.

What causes a Toyota Yaris clutch to shudder?

Clutch shudder is a common problem for all cars, it consists of a stutter or chatter when the clutch is released which you may identify in your Toyota Yaris.

There are several components which may be causing the clutch shudder from a warped flywheel to pressure plate distortion.

The shudder could also be a result of clutch disc problems or a damaged release bearing.

For full diagnostics and subsequent clutch repair or replacement, contact a garage in your local area via the Who Can Fix My Car website.


The air conditioner in my Toyota Yaris doesn’t blow out cold air?

The Toyota Yaris has had a few reported issues with the Air Con. If you are not getting ice cold air coming out on the coldest setting, then you most likely have a problem with the compressor.

If this is the case, make sure to get booked in with a mechanic to repair your compressor. 


Toyota Yaris Oil

What is the oil capacity for a Toyota Yaris?

The oil capacity for the Yaris depends on the exact model year, however they all sit at around 3 to 4 litre capacity. To find out the exact oil capacity for your vehicle, you can consult your car’s manual. The suggested oil change interval for the Yaris is around every 15,000km or yearly, whichever comes first.


What to do if a Toyota Yaris leaks oil?

The first thing on the agenda is to uncover where the leak is coming from. A leak that is left untreated can cause a lot of further damage to your vehicle. Symptoms of an oil leak besides the obvious is oil under the car, oil on the engine or indeed smoke under the hood. To fix an oil leak your best bet is contacting a mechanic to detect the source of the problem and repair the issue. 


Toyota Yaris Battery

What are the signs that I need a new battery?

There are some noteworthy indicators of battery failure. Firstly, the engine cranks slower than usual and you may start experiencing issues with your car’s electronic components from the radio to the windscreen wipers.

The battery warning light on the dashboard will also be illuminated if there is a problem. The battery case may also swell when the battery is exposed to excessive temperatures.

A battery problem can also be sniffed out, its case can vent gas when damaged, giving off the unpleasant odour of rotten eggs.

On average, a car battery lasts around 4 to 5 years. Therefore, your battery could be failing simply as a result of old age. 


What to do if a Toyota Yaris battery dies?

If the car battery dies, it must be replaced as it is a fundamental part of your vehicle. A battery replacement can be carried out at a local garage.

Access free no-obligation quotes for battery replacement at a garage near you through Who Can Fix My Car.

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