Reader Question My question is about a 2007 Toyota Corolla.
It says in the service section to tighten drive shaft bolt every 15k miles.
What is the Drive Shaft Bolt?
Where is the Drive Shaft Bolt?
How do you go about doing this?
Is this really necessary?
I’ve been doing a lot of research on the internet and no-one seems to know, not even Toyota service technicians.
So maybe you might know, if its just a scam for Toyota to make money, or if this really exists.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Hey there Jerome
I would call this type of service….”FLUFF”
Not really a scam, but for the people who actually read their owner’s manual it sounds like something important to do, that they can’t do themselves, so you go back to the dealership to have the work done.
I have seen other services like “lubricate fuel door spring”, “inspect disc brake caliper slide pins” and “inspect fresh air filter inlet” all of which are “FLUFF” used to get you back to the dealership but they are really meaningless repairs…in my opinion, my lawyer makes me say that. Hahahahahah
If you see the word “inspect” instead of “replace”, be prepared for an up- sale. Meaning, you are paying the mechanic to “inspect” or “check” items on your car, and he will surely find SOMETHING that he can try and sell you.
I would rather find an honest repair shop and build a relationship with them. I normally “inspect” most of the items listed on the factory service schedules for FREE for my customers.
Why? I am looking after my customers and dont want them to break down on the side of the road or be faced with unexpected repairs, AND it is my job to “sell” service. I don’t want to sell you something you don’t need, but if I see something on your vehicle that needs attention you bet I will call your attention to it.
And, best of all I do this for FREE as a courtesy where are you are going to PAY the dealership to “inspect” THEN pay them to repair.
At 15 K, you should change the oil and filter, inspect and or replace the air filter and rotate and balance the tires. And ANY shop can do that, not just the dealership, and you will not void your warranty in 99% of the cases.