Toyota Parts and Service Specials at Dick Dyer Toyota

Parts and Service Specials

Now is the time for summer cruising – windows down, radio up. There might even be a little speeding involved. But don’t worry; we won’t tell.

With all the time you spend in your car during the summer, it is also the season for car repairs and upkeep. After all, nothing is worse than heading out on a road trip or long drive and getting a flat tire or breaking down on the side of the road.

Prevent any automotive related mishaps this summer by heading to Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia, South Carolina to get your car in proper working condition, from the tires to the brakes. Not only does Dick Dyer Toyota offer the finest facilities and top notch customer service, they are also running tons of parts and service specials for their valued customers, like you!

Dick Dyer Toyota is especially excited for the Toyota Complete special, which includes a conventional oil change and several other services for a very affordable price. Check it out, along with all other service and parts offers they are running:

Toyota Complete Oil Change Service Special | $39.95

  • Conventional oil change
  • Multi-point inspection
  • Tire rotation
  • Battery check

Offer ends 8/31/2014

Toyota Complete Oil Change + Toyota Battery Purchase

Get the Toyota Complete Oil Change and purchase a new Toyota Battery to receive a $25 Toyota Visa Prepaid card my mail.

Offer ends 8/31/2014

Order a Toyota Battery from Dick Dyer Toyota |

2-Wheel Brake Service Special | $30.00 Off

  • Replace pads
  • Inspect brake calipers, mounting, and hydraulic hose
  • Check brake fluid and master cylinder
  • Inspect rotors
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection and road test

Offer ends 8/16/2014

4-Wheel Alignment | $10 Off

  • Check tire tread and tire air pressure
  • Check and adjust camber, caster, and toe-in
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection and road test

Offer ends 8/16/2014

5,000 or 10,000 Mile Service | 11% Off

  • Replace engine oil and filter
  • Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads
  • Check floor mats
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection

Offer ends 8/16/2014

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30,000 Mile Service | 16% Off

  • Inspect and all fluid levels and refill as needed
  • Replace engine oil, filter, engine air filter, and cabin air filter
  • Inspect brakes, ball joints and dust covers, drive shaft boots
  • Inspect engine coolant, exhaust pipes, front differential oil
  • Inspect fuel lines, fuel tank, fuel tank cap, radiator, and condenser
  • Inspect steering gear box, linkage and boots, transmission fluid
  • Complimentary multi-point inspection

Offer ends 8/16/2014

Top 6 Reasons the Check Engine Light Comes On

Reasons the Check Engine Comes On

It’s happened to all of us. You’re driving along, everything is seemingly normal, and then bam – the check engine light comes on. You don’t see smoke pouring from the hood of your car; there isn’t a noticeable clunking noise. So why did that dang light turn on?

And if we are being honest here, I’m sure that more than a few of us have driven our car for weeks or months (dare I say years?) before taking the car to a service center to investigate the cause of the pesky check engine light.

Knowing the top reasons for the check engine light allows you to take some initial steps before heading to the service department and helps you to evaluate the severity of the issue. Heck, you might even be able to fix the problem yourself!

Instead of assuming everything is fine until your car blows up in a fiery explosion, be aware of these top 6 reasons the check engine light comes on:

 1. Loose Gas Cap

Now wouldn’t you feel silly taking your car in for a checkup, only to find out the check engine light was on because the gas cap was loose? So when that light appears, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the gas cap is on securely and that is it not cracked or damaged.

A cracked or loose fuel cap can cause major issues with your car because fuel vapors are constantly leaking and the gas you paid for is slowing evaporating. Not only that, but you will notice your MPGs dropping as well.

 2. Failing Oxygen Sensor

A malfunction from the oxygen sensor is one of the most common service repairs. So it is safe to say it is one of the most common causes of the doomed check engine light as well.

An oxygen sensor monitors how much fuel is burned and plays a big role in maintaining proper fuel economy. Burning oil and internal leaks can cause an oxygen sensor to malfunction and the check engine light to flip on. Gone unrepaired, a damaged oxygen sensor can substantially decrease your miles per gallon.

Reasons for the Check Engine Light

The Check Engine Light Signals More Than Just a Dead Battery

3. Failing Catalytic Converter

Usually a catalytic converter fails because another component of the car fails first, typically an oxygen sensor or spark plugs. The catalytic converter’s main job is to turn carbon monoxide into harmless emissions. When it fails, gas mileage is again affected and after a while, you won’t be able to keep the car running.

The longer you wait to get this fixed, the worse off your car is. So don’t delay if you suspect this to be the issue!

4. Bad Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are crucial in the workings of your engine. Without them, your engine would not be able to combust. When you have a bad spark plug, your engine misfires and often becomes difficult to start. As mentioned before, a failing spark plug can also spell disaster for your catalytic converter, so it’s important to have these up to par.

Replacing a spark plug is pretty easy – you could replace them yourself and have a handy friend or family member do it for you.

 5. Malfunctioning Mass Air Flow Sensor

The mass air flow sensor is responsible for telling the car how much fuel the engine needs based on how much air is coming through the engine. When the air flow sensor is broken, your car’s emissions increase and you guessed it, gas mileage suffers.

It is easy to go months without really noticing any side effects of a bad air flow sensor but after a while, your car will begin to stall frequently.

Toyota Batteries in Columbia SC 

 6. Faulty Ignition Coil

The ignition coil transfers power from the generator to the spark plugs. The spark plugs then allow the fuel to ignite and combustion to occur. When the ignition coil is bad, however, your car may backfire, have trouble starting, misfire, or stall. Oh, and did we mention bad fuel economy?

Again, worn ignition coils can also wreak havoc on the catalytic converter so it’s important to make sure these are replaced quickly.

Dick Dyer Toyota’s Service and Parts Departments are here for all of your routine maintenance needs.

Car Cleaning the Right Way: Tips and Tricks from the Pros

Car Cleaning Tips

I’m sure we’ve all washed a car before and maybe even attempted to vacuum the interior every once in a while. But when you get right down to it, car cleaning is a chore. It’s hard to clean every nook and cranny in the interior, what with all of the crevices and buttons and vents. And how do you get that sap off the hood of your car? Just because we’ve all probably cleaned our cars before doesn’t mean we did it the right way.

Well, you’re days of back-breaking car cleaning are over. We’ve compiled a list of the top tips for cleaning your car from the pros. With a few simple tricks and out of the box tools, cleaning your car will go from a dreaded chore to a painless endeavor!

Cleaning Your Car’s Exterior – Like a Pro

Washing Your Car

Always hand wash your car – it allows you to give extra attention to problem areas. Wash it in the shade to prevent streaking and use car washing fluid, which will not strip the paint. Wash from top to bottom, starting with the roof and ending with the wheels.

Cash Wash Tips

A Hand Washed Car is the Cleanest Car

Removing Paint Stains

If you find rough spots on the paint or have damage due to droppings, sap, or other debris, use some paint-cleaning clay. Add just a touch of liquid cleaner wax and rub the clay over the affected area. This is simple trick that will save you a trip to the auto detailer.

Waxing Your Car

Finally, wax your car. Not interested in spending the extra time just for a shiny exterior? Well, know that wax does more than create shine; it protects the paint from stains and scratches. So wax on, wax off to protect your car!

Cleaning Your Car’s Interior – Like a Pro

Floor Mats

Remove the floor mats from the car and use a stiff brush to loosen dirt, being careful not to damage the fabric. Then use a vacuum to remove the dirt. If your mats are stained, you can then soak them in a tub with water and a little laundry detergent for approximately an hour.

Interior Car Cleaning

Test Your Cleaning Products Before Using Them!

Seats and Upholstery

When cleaning the seats and interior upholstery, use a cleaner from the auto parts store that is made for your respective material – carpet or leather. Before using it, always test it on a small, discreet area first to see whether it will cause discoloration.

Console Crevices

For those annoying nooks and crannies throughout the console and dashboard, arm yourself with a few unique tools: a toothbrush, paint brush, and screwdriver. The paintbrush works great along crevices to remove dirt and dust. If you find a particularly stubborn area, use the flat edge of the screwdriver to remove it. A toothbrush works well to remove dust from air vents and other hard to reach areas.

Now that you are armed with the latest and greatest car cleaning tips, get out there and give your car a little TLC! And remember, Dick Dyer Toyota is here for all of your routine maintenance needs!

The Beginner’s Guide to Improved Gas Mileage

Improved Gas Mileage

No matter what you drive, whether it’s a compact, a hybrid, a truck, or an SUV, you are probably concerned about gas mileage for one reason or another. Those who feel strongly about the issue are probably concerned with the environment and conserving our natural resources. Others might have qualms about air quality. And at a very basic level, we all want to save money at the pump, right?

We can all agree fuel economy is an issue on most drivers’ minds. Unfortunately, a majority of people don’t do anything to improve their gas mileage because they have the false idea that the only solution is to buy a hybrid or electric car. Sure, you can vastly improve your MPGs this way, but there are tons of other simple steps you can take to improve your gas mileage.

Check Tire Pressure

Next time you go to the gas station, stop and check your tire pressure. Compare it with your owner’s manual and replenish with air if need be. It’s that simple!

Having your tire pressure at the recommended level is proven to increase your gas mileage. Plus, it will help your tires last longer and improve handling.

Reduce Weight

You know that box of old dishes you have in your trunk or that baseball bat and glove in the back seat? It may not seem like much, but every extra pound your car has will contribute to low gas mileage.

Simply cleaning out your car and only keeping the necessities will bump up your car’s efficiency. Say bye-bye to that old coffee maker already!

Drive Slower

This tip might not be a popular one but it can’t be ignored that driving at slower speeds, accelerating slowly, and braking gently all help with efficiency. If slamming on the breaks and cruising from zero to sixty are a part of your daily driving finesse, consider changing the way you drive.

Get Gas in the Morning

Here’s a tip that won’t require you to clean your car or change your driving style. Since gas is denser at lower temperatures, you are likely to get more gas for the same amount of money if you pump when it’s cooler. So stop getting gas on your way home from work –save it for Saturday morning!

Use Cruise Control

Think cruise control is only for long road trips? Think again. Cruise control is a great way to maintain fuel efficiency because it works to regulate your speed. Constantly speeding up and slowing down decreases gas mileage; cruise control prevents this by keeping the car at the same speed. Of course, cruise control is only practical on the highway but try to use it whenever possible.

Auto Service Sales in Columbia SC

Toyota Service SalesNo one wants to bring their car in for service, until something breaks down or falls off that is. So why do we put off regularly scheduled maintenance? We know it’s necessary but who wants to mess with the inconvenience and cost. Plus you never know when you are getting ripped off or being given second-rate parts or repairs.

While these are valid concerns, there is a very simple solution: the Dick Dyer Toyota Service Department, of course! You don’t have to worry about being cheated here – all of our technicians are factory trained and certified and we only use Genuine Toyota Parts. In addition, we have a full service customer lounge that offers a café with free coffee and popcorn, Wi-Fi, premium seating, and televisions.

Oh, and did we mention our service sales? Because we have those too! With such low prices, it is now more affordable (and appealing) than ever for you to finally get that maintenance done that you have been putting off for weeks.

Current Toyota Service Offers:

10K Mile Service – Synthetic Oil: 11% Off

Service Includes:

  • Replace Engine Oil Filter
  • Inspect and Adjust All Fluid Levels
  • Rotate Tires
  • Visually Inspect Brake Linings/Drums and Brake Pads
  • Check Installation of Driver’s Floor Mat
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary

2-Wheel Brake Service: $30.00 Off

Service Includes:

  • Replace Pads
  • Inspect Brake Calipers, Caliper Mounting, and Caliper Hydraulic Hose
  • Check Brake Fluid Level and Master Cylinder
  • Inspect Rotors
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary
  • Road Test Vehicle

30K Mile Service: 16% Off

Service Includes:

  • Inspect and Adjust All Fluid Levels
  • Replace Cabin Air Filter
  • Replace Engine Oil & Air Filter
  • Rotate Tires
  • Inspect Brake Lines and Hoses
  • Inspect Engine Coolant
  • Inspect Front Differential Oil
  • Inspect Fuel Lines and Connections
  • Inspect Radiator and Condenser
  • Inspect Steering Linkage and Boots
  • Inspect Transmission Fluid or Oil
  • Spark Plugs (Additional Cost if Applicable)
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary

4-Wheel Alignment: $10.00 Off

Service Includes:

  • Check Tire Tread and Adjust Tire Air Pressure
  • Check and Adjust Camber, Caster, and Toe-In to Factory Specifications
  • Road Test Vehicle
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary

5K Mile Service: 11% Off

Service Includes:

  • Replace Non-Synthetic Engine Oil and Filter
  • Inspect ad Adjust All Fluid Levels
  • Rotate Tires
  • Visually Inspect Brake Linings/Drums and Brake Pads/Discs
  • Check Installation of Driver’s Floor Mat
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary

5K Mile Service – Synthetic Oil: 11% Off

Service Includes:

  • Inspect ad Adjust All Fluid Levels
  • Rotate Tires
  • Visually Inspect Brake Linings/Drums and Brake Pads/Discs
  • Check Installation of Driver’s Floor Mat
  • Multi-Point Inspection Complimentary

Offers Valid: 01/02/2014-02/16/2014

Service Specials in Columbia SC

The holidays are nearing an end and it seems as though all the presents are unwrapped, all the surprises are gone. But they don’t have to be! Come out to Dick Dyer Toyota and treat yourself to surprisingly good deals that are sure to spoil your car!

Let’s face it: your car needed that repair or scheduled maintenance months ago and you haven’t had the time to take it in. Well now is the time! With Dick Dyer Toyota offering a brake special, alignment special, and fuel economy package, there’s no excuse to wait any longer!

Check out all of our current service specials:

Pothole Special: $199.99

Four Wheel Alignment, Tire Rotation, Tire Balance, & Multi-Point Inspection

Valid at Dick Dyer Toyota. Some models may be higher. Plus tax. No cash value. Must present coupon at time of service. One per customer. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See dealer for complete details. Offer expires 01/09/2014.

Brake PadsBrake Special: $30 Off Complete Brake Service

Replace Brake Pads or Shoes, Turning Rotors or Drums

Valid at Dick Dyer Toyota. $30 Off per axle. Must present coupon at time of service write-up. Not valid with other specials or coupons. No cash value. One per customer. Offer expires 01/09/2014.

Fuel Economy Special: $169.99

Air Filter Replacement, Fuel Injector Cleaning Service, Induction System Cleaning Service

Valid at Dick Dyer Toyota. Plus tax. Must present coupon at time of write-up. Not valid with other specials or coupons. One coupon per customer. Not good on previous purchases. No cash value. Some models may be higher. See dealer for details. Offer expires 01/09/2014.

Spend More, Save More

Service Specials

Spend $100 – $199……..Save $15

Spend $200 – $299……..Save $30

Spend $300 – $399……..Save $40

Spend $400 – $499……..Save $50

Spend $500 or More…….Save $65

Valid at Dick Dyer Toyota. No cash value. One per customer. No other offers apply. Present this coupon at time of service write-up. See dealer for details. Offer expires 01/09/2014.

Buy Toyota Floor Mats at Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia SC

Your car is your sanctuary. It’s how you get to the places and people that matter most to you. It’s where you spend countless hours by yourself, indulging in some “me” time. It’s the one place that is truly yours, from that tacky air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror to the lucky stuffed animal sitting on your dashboard. And as your sanctuary, don’t you want to make sure your car remains as clean as possible?

In addition to regular cleaning and detailing, floor mats are a great way to preserve the cleanliness and quality of your car. Whether you go with all-weather or carpet, floor mats do wonders in protecting the interior of your vehicle as well as trap dirt and debris.

All-Weather Floor Mats

Toyota All Weather Floor MatsToyota all-weather floor mats are made of durable material and are stain resistant. They consist of a unique ribbed design that produces channels perfect for collecting dirt and moisture and keeping it away from the interior of your car. Whether the culprit is muddy shoes or a leaky cooler, Toyota all-weather floor mats will make sure your car is protected.

In addition, Toyota floor mats are designed to fit perfectly into the interior of your vehicle. You can tell by the embossed model logo which is found on every Genuine Toyota floor mat. And with quarter-turn fasteners, you can be sure that these mats won’t slip out of place.

Carpet Floor Mats

Toyota Carpet Floor MatsFor those who still want to uphold the interior of their Toyota but don’t like the utilitarian look of all-weather mat varieties, carpet floor mats are the answer for you. Much like all-weather mats, the carpet option is meant to protect your interior upholstery. But because they are made of durable nylon carpeting, these floor mats can handle a high amount of foot traffic while still matching the color and style of your car.

Carpet floor mats are also made to fit specifically in your Toyota model and also feature the model logo. Quarter-turn fasteners are essential in keeping the carpet floor mat in place. Even on the driver’s side where pedals could get in the way, Toyota carpet floor mats safely stay in place.

You could get some floor mats at a discount store and struggle with low quality materials and ill-fitting sizes. Or you could choose Genuine Toyota floor mats and be rest assured that they will not only fit perfectly, but will last for a very long time – maybe even as long as your Toyota does.

To purchase Toyota floor mats, visit the Dick Dyer Toyota Parts and Accessories department on 240 Killian Commons Parkway in Columbia SC. You can also order your floor mats online with the convenient online ordering form found on the Dick Dyer Toyota website.

Dick Dyer Toyota Parts & Accessories

Dick Dyer Toyota Parts & Accessories Department

Genuine Toyota Parts: TrueStart Batteries

Toyota Car BatteryIs it hard to start your car? Have you noticed the headlights and interior lights aren’t as bright as they used to be? That probably means that it is time to replace your car’s battery.

With so many brands to choose from at a variety of prices, buying a new battery is a big decision. But Toyota is here to help. We have the battery options that fit your needs and are made specifically to work with your Toyota vehicle. Far from chancing it with some generic brand, choosing a Genuine Toyota Battery is the reliable and economical choice, which will keep your car running smoothly for years to come.

What to Look For in a New Battery

The quality and performance of a car battery depend on two factors: cold cranking amps (CCA) and reserve capacity (RC). Think of the CCA as the initial “oomph” that gets your engine started. The RC on the other hand, is what allows the battery to hold a charge. It also contributes to the longevity of the battery because it is responsible for providing that initial oomph power over and over again.

Many brands claim to have a high CCA as a way to set their battery apart. But in reality, a well performing battery should not have a high CCA at all. What is important is to have a proper ratio between the CCA and RC. If these components are not balanced, then the battery will not be able to hold a charge as well and therefore its longevity will suffer.

Toyota TrueStart Battery

Genuine Toyota Batteries

All Genuine Toyota TrueStart batteries have been approved by Toyota Engineers to meet their strict standards for high performance and quality. These batteries offer the optimal CCA and RC balance to deliver reliability all year round, year after year.

Toyota TrueStart Battery Options

Toyota offers two varieties of Genuine Toyota batteries, TrueStart and True2, both of which truck.

The TrueStart battery offers a longer life, increased heat resistance, higher corrosion resistance, quicker recharge, and an 84-month warranty. In addition to this exceptional warranty, the TrueStart battery is offered with a 24-month free replacement and a 60-month proration plan.

Toyota True2 Battery

The True2 battery is a heavy-duty Genuine Toyota battery option, manufactured with high vibration resistance. This battery comes with a 60-month warranty, 18-month free replacement, and 42-month proration plan.

Instead of buying whatever battery is on sale, choose a Genuine Toyota battery. These batteries are made specifically to work with your Toyota vehicle and meet industry and Toyota standards of quality and performance. Plus, the warranties that come standard on either Toyota battery ensure that no matter what life throws your way, you will be covered.

To purchase your Toyota TrueStart or True2 battery in Columbia SC, visit Dick Dyer Toyota’s Part Department at 270 Killian Commons Parkway. You can also order parts online by visiting

Toyota Express Maintenance

Express MainenanceWhen it comes to servicing your car, there are a lot of places out there to choose from: the mom and pop shops, the chains, and of course, the dealerships. So where do you choose to go?

Most of the time, the choice comes down to your time and money. You compare prices and see how long it will take for your service to be completed. In the end, the place with the lowest price and shortest wait time is probably going to be the winner.

Toyota Express Maintenance

Well, we here at Dick Dyer Toyota understand that, which is why we are happy to now offer Toyota Express Maintenance.

Firstly, let’s talk money. All Toyota Express Maintenance services are competitively priced to fit into your budget. Routine maintenance is extremely important for keeping your car in proper working condition and Express Maintenance makes these routine services affordable for you.

Next, let’s tackle time. Dealership service departments might not be known for their quick turnaround time but with Toyota Express Maintenance, we will be! The name says it all: Express Maintenance is fast so that you can get your car back in order in the least amount of time possible.

And if that’s not enough, we’ve got another leg up on the competition. With Express Maintenance, all work will be completed by Toyota Factory-Trained technicians who only use Toyota Genuine Parts to ensure quality and reliability. That’s something the shop on the corner can’t say!

There are a variety of services that can be completed through Toyota Express Maintenance, including oil and filter changes, brake inspections, tire rotations, fluid inspections and replacements, and multi-point inspections.

Visit the Dick Dyer Toyota website for more information about Toyota Express Maintenance and to schedule your next service appointment! And don’t forget the Dick Dyer Toyota Service Department offers free Wi-Fi, a Children’s play room, popcorn, and a café!

National Military Appreciation Month May 2013

Military Appreciation MonthMay of 2013 has arrived and while some are looking forward to warm weather and summer vacations, there is a much more important event to focus our attention on: National Military Appreciation Month.

The US armed forces risk their lives every day to uphold our freedoms and quality of life.  Military Appreciation Month is a time for everyone to say thank you for all of the sacrifices and hardships that the US military endure.

As the National Military Appreciation Month website states, “This month gives the nation a time and place on which to focus and draw attention to our many expressions of appreciation and recognition of our armed services.”

Dick Dyer Toyota supports the US military not only during the month of May but all year round as a proud supporter of Fort Jackson. In order to show that expression of appreciation and recognition, Dick Dyer Toyota proudly participates in the USAA Buying Program which provides lower prices on new and used cars, without negotiation.

In addition, the Service Department offers 10% off any parts or service to all military members. This discount is valid on any make or model, even if it wasn’t purchased at Dick Dyer Toyota.

Let us all take the month of May as a time to express our gratitude to the armed forces. For more information on Dick Dyer Toyota’s military discounts, please visit their website.