As reliable as Toyota vehicles are, there might come a point in time when you will need to swap out its parts. Parts in your Toyota that might need to be replaced can range from consumables such as spark plugs and wiper blades to those designed to last the entire life of your Toyota, like the engine. With over 650,000 new and used Toyota parts ready to be shipped from Japan, you will have no problem finding your ideal replacements at BE FORWARD!
Sourcing Toyota Parts (Aftermarket vs. Genuine Parts)
You will be faced with a few choices when sourcing replacement parts for your Toyota vehicle — genuine parts that either come new from the dealership or used from a Toyota vehicle, OEM parts that are made by third-party manufacturers based on part specifications provided by Toyota, or aftermarket parts made by third-party manufacturers.
The latter might seem tempting, especially if you want a cosmetic upgrade for your Toyota since aftermarket parts usually come with more options than the standard issue parts. However, if you choose genuine or OEM Toyota parts, you can be assured that each part has been manufactured to the high standards set out by Toyota and is likely backed by a longer warranty. Additionally, it is possible that fitting your Toyota with aftermarket parts will void its warranty. Cost-wise, genuine or OEM parts might not even be that much more expensive than aftermarket parts, all while having greater performance, fit, and longevity.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your Toyota?
Depending on the part and how much it is worn down, it may be possible to leave it as is without causing further trouble to your vehicle beyond inconveniences in comfort. However, many of the parts found in your Toyota are essential for maintaining drivability, safety, and/or performance. These parts should be looked at immediately if you notice any indications that there is an issue. Leaving them as is, could be damaging to your vehicle or dangerous for everyone on the road, and may become much more expensive if left unaddressed. The following are some parts you should make sure are always in good working condition.
Your Toyota's engine is a complex piece of machinery that performs the crucial role of supplying power by combusting fuel and converting it into the movement that keeps you driving down the road. It is one of the most expensive systems in your vehicle, which means that if any of its components begins to malfunction, it is important to take your vehicle in for an inspection as soon as possible.
Your Toyota's transmission is a critical collection of parts that allows for controlled delivery of power generation from the engine to the wheels. Gear ratios are used to keep the engine in its power band, allowing the engine to run at its maximum efficiency. Because the transmission is integral to powering your vehicle, its components are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Repairing the transmission can be quite costly, so it may be worth asking your mechanic whether or not a used replacement transmission is a better option.
It is important to always have visibility of the road ahead, no matter the weather or time of day. Your Toyota's various external lights provide several important safety functions, including illuminating the road, especially at night or in adverse weather conditions where visibility is compromised, as well as indicating your intentions through brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights. If you are dealing with any lighting issues, have them checked out immediately and be sure to replace damaged lights or blown bulbs to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.
The brake system in your Toyota is at the top of the list when it comes to safety features since it could be the determining factor between a safe stop and a collision. It has to perform as designed to be able to bring your vehicle to a controlled stop, and as such, should always be in good working condition. Besides the brake pads and brake rotors, which need to be replaced regularly, other parts in the braking system, including the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders could develop leaks and begin to malfunction.
The battery in your Toyota stores electrical energy to operate the starter, as well as supply the necessary power for the ignition and fuel injection parts. Signs that your battery may need to be replaced include slow cranking of the engine and an illuminated Battery/Charging warning light.
Which Toyota Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
While Toyota uses high-quality parts in its manufacturing, some are likely to need replacing more quickly than others.
Some parts in your Toyota are designed to be replaced regularly. Consumables include engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, and wiper blades. Because each has a different lifespan, it is important to have them regularly checked and serviced.
The water pump is designed to draw coolant from the radiator, circulate it through the engine and its parts, and then away back to the radiator where it is cooled by the radiator fan and outside air. It plays a crucial role in cooling down your Toyota's engine, which means it is important to keep it in optimal condition.
Because the suspension is designed to continually absorb a significant amount of energy so that your Toyota can maintain as smooth a ride as possible, the speed at which the suspension parts fail is directly related to how use your vehicle. The heavier the load, the rougher the roads, and the more you drive, the quicker that parts in your suspension will begin to fail.
Are Toyota Parts Expensive?
Toyota owners everywhere have reason to rejoice - Toyota parts are some of the most affordable in the industry. Not only that, they have earned a reputation for their reliability. What this means is that not only are they more durable and less likely to give way, but in the event that they do, inexpensive replacement parts should help make your repair bills more affordable.
Where to Buy Genuine Toyota Parts Online
For new Toyota parts, the easiest way is to buy them through an authorized Toyota dealer or OEM parts retailer. However, you can find genuine parts that are just as reliable and much more affordable by shopping at BE FORWARD, where we carry all the used Toyota parts you need in great condition and at low prices!