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#2714 of 3687 Re: 1999 Sienna Transmission Failure
Nov 30, 2003 (10:50 pm)
See my message #2558 and a few others near there on this topic! I had what sounds like exactly the same problem and they DID cover it (eventually). They said Toyota had just acknowledged this problem with a few years worth of my particular transmission and I would be receiving a letter to that effect. It took them a couple months after that but I did, indeed, receive the letter from Toyota. My transmission had already been replaced for free so I didn't have to do anything. If you need me to, I can try to fax or email you a copy of it, but it should be fairly public by now, I would think. You never know with car dealers though! Best wishes!
#2715 of 3687 2000 LE rear heat not working
Dec 01, 2003 (10:22 am)
My rear heater seems to have stopped working. If I turn on the rear heat, it almost sounds like something is "blocked up". No hot air coming out of the vents at all. If I turn the dial to "cold", then I get plenty of cold air in the back. If I switch it to AC, then no problem -- the rear AC works fine. So I'm getting plenty of cold airflow but no hot airflow to the rear. Any suggestions??
#2716 of 3687 Brake Hum and Slow Refueling
Dec 01, 2003 (12:16 pm)
My 2002 XLE has the brake hum and slow refueling problem. I will try the magnets on the backing plates. Is this just for the rear brakes? Can anyone who has done the fix send me an image of the work? What size magnet and what type of adhesive is being used? The refueling problem is a real pain in the neck. The only option that we have found is to turn the nozzle upside down when refueling. Just be carefuel not to scratch your paint.
#2717 of 3687 aclarke3
Dec 01, 2003 (1:11 pm)
Regarding the brakes: magnet solution is just for the rear brakes backing plates (front brakes are disk; therefor, no backing plates).
No adhesives - using a strong magnet means that it will stay on the plate of it's own accord. That's why the solution is to use a magnet; it is simpler than trying to epoxy a piece of sheet steel to the backing plate.
Dec 01, 2003 (2:35 pm)
Thank you very much rorr.
Dec 01, 2003 (4:11 pm)
The magnet trick works. On mine, I stuck a piece of electrical tape the full length of the magnets, then stuck them to the backing plate. That softened the sharp edge of the magnet and kept it from cutting into the painted backing plate.
#2720 of 3687 Re:Magnets
Dec 02, 2003 (5:29 am)
HAs the Magnet got to be curved or a straight piece would do. Approx how long (max) in length can it be. Anyone have a diagram or pic to show where exactly this goes. Where is the "backing" plate
#2721 of 3687 Transmission reliability solution--synthetic oil?
Dec 02, 2003 (9:53 am)
Remember that this is a forum where people with problems post. There is not really a place to post whenever there are no problems, nor is it human nature to do so. These boards are not a substitute for scientifically conducted surveys. For example, my '98 Sienna has had no transmission problems, my wife's cousins who both have Siennas have had no such problems, our friend who has one (bought it on our recommendation) has not had any such problems, so my "survey" shows an 100% reliability rate on Sienna transmissions. Doesn't really mean much does it?
Other makes of minivans, especially Chryslers, have had significantly more transmission problems. Read published (print and online)reviews by respected/established auto publications, check out Consumer Reports, and check out the boards for the other minivans (or for any vehicle) before you jump to the conclusion that a certain make or model has a particular problem.
1998 Toyota Sienna LE (wife's ride - 92K and no transmission problems)
2000 Subaru Outback Ltd (my daily driver - 42K and no transmission problems)
1994 Lincoln Mark VIII (semi-retired fun car - 104K and many transmission problems)
Dec 03, 2003 (4:54 pm)
I could probably send you a generic digital photo of the magnet trick. But I'll need an e-mail address to do so.
#2723 of 3687 housekeeping
Dec 03, 2003 (5:59 pm)
The discussion "Toyota Sienna 2004+ Problems" will be merged with the "Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions" discussion within the next few days. This resolves having duplicate discussions. There will be one place for Sienna owner's to discuss problems, issues, etc.
The messages from the 2004+ discussion will be added on to where this discussion - Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions - leaves off. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to make the messages "mesh" together by date. So, if you get to this discussion and see some older dates after this post, you will know the merge has taken place.
The final discussion will be called "Toyota Sienna Owners: Problems & Solutions" and will be accessible from Owner's Club, Vans and M&R message boards.