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How to Jump Start a Car: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reviving Your Dead Battery 

If your car battery has died, you’re not alone. It’s a common issue that can happen to anyone. Luckily, jump-starting a car is a simple process that can save you from having to call a tow truck or mechanic. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the steps to jump-start your car safely and easily. 

Step 1: Check Your Battery 

Before you begin, inspect your battery to ensure it is properly attached and free of corrosion or leaks. These issues can cause the battery to fail, so be sure to address them before attempting to jump-start your car. 

Step 2: Gather Tools 

You’ll need a few items to jump-start your car, including a set of jumper cables and a working car with a charged battery. Jumper cables are typically black and red with clamps on both ends and can be found at your local auto parts store or here at Toyota of Abilene. Park the working car close enough to your vehicle so that you can safely attach the jumper cables to both batteries with ease. 

Step 3: Attach Cables 

Start by ensuring both cars are turned off before attaching the jumper cables. Locate the positive and negative battery terminals on each car, terminals are usually color-coded and labeled with a plus (+) or minus (-) sign. 

Attach one end of the positive (+) cable (usually red) to the dead battery’s positive terminal. Do the same for the support car’s positive terminal. Take one end of the negative (-) cable (usually black) and attach it to the good battery’s negative terminal. Finally, attach the other end of the negative cable to the dead car’s negative battery terminal or an unpainted piece of metal on the car. 

Step 4: Start the Working Car and Wait 

With both vehicles properly connected, start up the working car and let it run for 15 to 20 minutes. As it runs, the charging system will begin to charge the dead battery on your vehicle.  

Step 5: Try Starting Your Car 

After fifteen to twenty minutes, attempt to start your own car. If it starts up, congratulations – you’ve successfully jump-started your vehicle! Next, disconnect the cables in the opposite order you connected them, taking care not to touch the metal parts of the cables together as you remove them. Remove the negative (-) cable from your car’s battery, then the negative cable from the support car’s battery. Do the same for the positive (+) cable on each vehicle.  

Once you disconnect the jumper cables, you’re done! Wasn’t that easy? 

Step 6: If Your Car Doesn’t Start 

If your car still won’t start, try repeating the process. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to get a new battery or have your car inspected by a mechanic here at Toyota of Abilene. 

Final Thoughts 

Jumpstarting your car is easy and a practical skill that every driver should know — but prevention is always better than cure. Ensure that you turn off all lights and electronics in your car when the engine is not running. This will help prevent your battery from draining. Regularly maintaining your battery by cleaning it and checking for leaks or corrosion will also help prolong its lifespan. 

With the right tools and knowledge, knowing how to jump start a vehicle can put you back on the road quickly and avoid a costly tow truck call. Remember to always handle jumper cables with caution, as they contain electricity that can be dangerous if not used correctly. Follow these steps, and you’ll be more than ready to jump-start your car the next time your battery dies on you. 

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Toyota Supports Uvalde Community

PLANO, Texas (June 2, 2022) – Toyota Motor North America together with Gulf States Toyota and GSFSGroup are donating $250,000 to support counseling and bereavement services for families and others impacted by the Uvalde, Texas, tragedy.

Family Services Association, San Antonio, which offers counseling and survivor assistance through a trauma-informed lens, and Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, which provides services for grieving youth and their families, are each receiving $75,000.

Gulf States Toyota and GSFSGroup are providing $50,000 to both Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas and The United with Uvalde Fund.

Toyota also is matching employee giving, encouraging donations to the following nonprofits:

  • The Onestar Foundation – Robb Elementary Memorial Fund: contributing to the relief fund for victims, families and others affected by the tragedy.
  • Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas: to deliver counseling services for children, caregivers and community members.
  • Family Services Association: to support survivor families to cover basic needs and mental health aid.
  • Communities in Schools San Antonio: to provide basic needs, education support and social services.
  • United with Uvalde Fund – United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County: to support mental health services for students, teachers and families.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

 

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The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

Toyota’s legendary Supra GR is returning yet again for 2023, and coming along with it is a new six-speed manual transmission. Long-known for its motorsport prowess, Toyota is a beloved by car enthusiasts and motorsports lovers alike.

This is why Toyota has decided to give its fans what they’ve long been craving — a new manual-transmission Supra. The 2023 Supra GR will also feature Enhanced Drive Dynamics in addition to the manual transmission and will be available at Toyota of Abilene later this year.

If you’d like to get your hands on the new Supra GR, Toyota of Abilene can make it happen. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of Toyota vehicles in Abilene. — including the 2023 Supra GR. Come on down and we’ll put you behind the wheel of your dream car today.

#savethemanual

Highly coveted by Toyota-lovers and car-enthusiasts alike, the Supra has long been an icon in automotive history. As has the manual transmission — with many calling it the essence of sports cars. With this in mind, Toyota has joined the #savethemanual campaign, introducing the 2023 Supra GR with a manual transmission.

Re-introduced in 2019, the Supra GR was a fresh take on the legendary Supra sports car. Its arrival was highly anticipated by enthusiasts, especially those looking to scratch their Fast and Furious itch. Much to their dismay, however, it was only available with an automatic transmission.

The 2019 Supra GR still sold well, but fans were left hoping for more from Toyota. Now in 2022, Toyota has heard its fans and is planning on delivering what they have always wanted — a six-speed manual transmission Supra GR.

Available as an option on the 2023 Supra 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, the six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) will provide smooth shifting and ultimate control. The iMT was custom-engineered for the Supra GR by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Division. It will be paired with the Supra GR’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, delivering 382-horsepower.

An intelligent Manual Transmission

The iMT takes the efficiency of automatic transmissions and combines it flawlessly with everything we love about manual transmissions. Specially designed software allows the iMT to provide a sporty experience each and every time you get behind the wheel.

With this software, the iMT optimizes engine torque during upshifts for precision gear changes when the clutch is engaged. When downshifting, the iMT software fine-tunes engine revs for perfectly timed downshifts and reliable performance.

The best part about iMT? Owners of the Supra GR will be free turn it off in Sport Mode for a more visceral experience. This is perfect for when you really want to get your Brian Spillner act going in full effect.

A Connection Like No Other

If you’re wondering why manual transmissions are so sought after by car enthusiasts, its quite simple — they offer unparalleled control. The amount of control and feel you get out of a manual transmission is astounding and oodles of fun. Many car enthusiasts describe it as being “truly connected” to the vehicle and it makes sense.

A shifter acts as an extension of your arm as you row through the gears. As you pump the clutch, your leg feels as if it intertwines with the mechanical workings of the vehicle. All of this provides an unmatched feeling of connection with the vehicle — of being one.

Having trouble grasping just how connected you feel when driving a manual? Then there is only one solution — drive one! Luckily for you, Toyota of Abilene has the largest selection of Toyotas in Abilene, including the manual Supra GR. Come on down to Toyota of Abilene to experience the thrill of a manual Supra GR today!

GAZOO Racing

The first global racing division in Toyota, GAZOO Racing is one of Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s greatest achievements. GAZOO Racing is aimed at delivering cars that perfectly convey the joy of driving.

As the division has grown, they have introduced GR variations of popular models like the Yaris and the rear-wheel-drive GR86 coupe. These vehicles were built solely to show what GR is all about, an unbridled passion for driving and performance.

The GR division is inspired by the legendary TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a championship-winning motorsport team known throughout the globe. It is this division that has worked tirelessly to deliver the Supra GR of every car and Toyota enthusiast’s dreams — the 2023 Supra GR.

Ready to Race?

Are you ready to be a part of the Gazoo Racing family? If so, you need to visit Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of new and used Toyotas, including the new Supra GR. If you don’t want to overpay for your next Toyota, then you need to buy it here at Toyota of Abilene.

The best selection of Toyotas at the lowest prices are only at one place in Abilene — and that’s Toyota of Abilene. Stop by and test drive the thrilling 2023 Supra GR today!

 

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The Definitive Guide to EV Charging

The Definitive Guide to EV Charging

There are Levels to This

Ever since the first car was produced in 1886, internal combustion engines have been the driving force of vehicles. However, the search for an alternative has been underway for just as long and finally, we have an answer. Electric vehicles with electric motors.

Now, when most folks think of electric vehicles they imagine some futuristic-looking vehicle that will leave them stranded on the side of the highway with dead batteries — this couldn’t be more of a myth!

Electric vehicles, or EVs, have come a long way since the 1870s. They’re stylish, powerful, exciting to drive and most of all — reliable. Despite advances in EV technology, many people still doubt their practicality and cite range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure.

This definitive guide to EV charging will teach you everything you need to know about EV charging, including how simple it is. Give this a quick read and then make sure to pay a visit to Toyota of Abilene to check out the electrifying bZ4X.

Level 1 Charging

The most accessible level of charging, Level 1 charging stations allow you to charge your EV by plugging it into your household 120V outlet. This means you’ll be able to use your vehicle’s charger on any outlet in your residence, making charging a breeze.

Commonly referred to as “trickle charging”, level 1 is the slowest charging method available for EVs albeit one of the most convenient. You will see around four miles of range added to the vehicle each hour when using level 1 charging.

With a slow charging time, Level 1 is best utilized when you’re able to let your EV charge up overnight. That being said, there are a few other methods of charging that are faster if you’re in a rush, keep Abilene to find out what they are.

Level 2 Charging

One of the most common forms of EV charging, Level 2 charging can be found in both residential and public areas. It provides a much quicker charge than Level 1 chargers, adding up to 12-30 miles of range per hour. A full charge can be completed in 6-12 hours — depending on battery size — when using a Level 2 charger.

If you want a Level 2 charger at your home, it is plenty doable as long as you have an available 240V outlet. In the event you don’t have a 240V outlet, you must have one professionally installed before you are able to take advantage of Level 2 charging.

While most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 charging cable included, Level 2 chargers come at an extra cost. Simply ask your sales professional for pricing on a Level 2 charging cable and they should be able to provide you with one at delivery.

Looking to have a Level 2 charger installed at your house? Companies like ChargePoint and QMerit can help! Having a Level 2 charger installed at home will not only save you time but some money as well. In some cases, you may even be able to claim tax benefits for owning an EV and investing in a charger, refer to your local tax code for more info.

Level 3 Charging

Often referred to as DC Fast Charging, high-powered Level 3 chargers are only found at public charging stations across the country. They are the fastest and most-efficient way to charge your EV, as they add around 3-15 miles every minute!

Level 3 charging uses powerful direct current (DC) power, which is not found in residential areas as they use alternating current (AC). This means you won’t be able to have a Level 3 charging station at home, but if you do some Googling you may find one nearby.

The best benefit of Level 3 charging stations is their ability to charge your EV battery up to 80% capacity in a matter of minutes. This makes charging up during lunch break or while running errands a breeze and allows you to live a range-anxiety-free life.

As the popularity of EV’s continues to grow, you’ll start to see more and more Level 3 public charging stations popping up across the country. If you already own an EV, chances are you know all of your local charging stations — but if you don’t — check out Plugshare.

Stations Near You

Looking for somewhere to charge near you? No sweat, we took the time and did the research for you. If you’re in the Abilene area and need to charge your EV, we’ve put together a shortlist of available public charging stations. Check out what we found:

While this list doesn’t have every charging station in Abilene on it, it’s a great starting point for EV owners in Abilene. As time goes on and more people adopt electric vehicles, charging infrastructure should start to increase — so keep an eye out!

Charged Up and Ready to Go

Now that you know all there is to know about charging an EV, making the switch doesn’t seem so scary now, does it? Despite what your octane-loving, mechanic cousin may say, electric vehicles truly are the future. With more home-charging options available and increasing public charging infrastructure, range anxiety is nothing more than a myth.

Whether you opt for a home charging station or you rely on public infrastructure, switching to an EV is the best option for the planet and your wallet. Owning an EV not only saves you at the pump it also saves you on repair bills too, as they require less maintenance than traditional cars.

Are you ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle? Then Toyota of Abilene can help! At Toyota of Abilene, we have Abilene’s best selection of Toyota vehicles, including the new bZ4X. Whether you’re switching to an EV or sticking with a traditional engine — if you want the best prices on Toyota vehicles — shop at Toyota of Abilene.

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Two First-Production 2022 Toyota Tundras Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Help Raise More Than $1.2 Million for Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund

PLANO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2022) – Toyota auctioned two of the first i-FORCE MAX Tundras at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona, over the weekend, resulting in more than $1.2 million going to benefit the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund.

The Toyota Tundra Capstone with VIN 001 sold for $700,000. The Toyota TRD Pro with VIN 002 sold for $550,000.

The Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund is a first-of-its-kind program launched by the company in an effort to further support Team USA’s Paralympic athletes as they pursue their sport dreams. To date, more than 430 U.S. Paralympic athletes and hopefuls have received direct support from the Fund, with contributions from across the country, including from Toyota dealerships. With proceeds from the Toyota auctions at Barrett-Jackson, the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund has now raised more than $4.9 million.

U.S. Paralympian Kaitlyn Verfuerth, who received support from the Toyota U.S. Paralympic Fund, joined Toyota on the auction block both nights.

“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would help Toyota auction off a Tundra for $550,000!” says Verfuerth. “These funds will go directly to help Paralympic athletes train, have proper equipment and have access to the best coaching. This type of support is life-changing, and I cannot thank Toyota enough for helping me go more places than I’ve ever imagined.”

Each winning bidder will also receive:

  • A Toyota-hosted trip for two to Park City, Utah, for an exclusive program to cheer on the Team USA athletes who will be competing at the Paralympic Winter Games.
  • A Tundra engine cover signed by chief engineer Mike Sweers.
  • An exclusive framed print of the original Tundra styling sketches from Calty (Toyota’s North American design studio), signed by Calty president, Kevin Hunter, and Tundra exterior designers, Adam Rabinowitz and Chung Lee.

Vehicle specs for each truck auctioned off can be found here.

*The auction-winning vehicles will not be immediately available and will be delivered in spring of 2022.

Source Article: Toyota Newsroom