Last post on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:32 AM
You are in the Toyota Sienna
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Sienna, Van
#2994 of 3687 Q. re: whine in 1998 Toyota Sienna
Jul 07, 2004 (1:18 pm)
In the last couple of weeks, my Sienna (75K) has developed a whine when accelerating, especially up to about 35-40 mph. I have also heard it in reverse (a couple of times) It's not as pronounced when first operating the car, but seems to get louder the more you drive. I can't swear it's really "gone" at highway operating speeds (maybe drowned out by road noise?), but it seems to be. Also, the noise gets worse as the engine RPMs increase, then drops after the car shifts, up to about 35-40 mph. (It's much easier to hear with the windows down, driving alongside a curb; you don't tend to hear it with the windows up and the A/C blasting.)
Had it checked out by the dealer, thinking it might be a transmission problem. They said it wasn't, but that both front hubs and bearings needed to be replaced ($922--ouch!), and that they recommended an alignment (another $80). It doesn't sound like any bearing problem I've heard, though, so I'm still on the fence. Anyone out there have a similar problem??
#2995 of 3687 CB Radio on Sienna?
Jul 07, 2004 (11:06 pm)
The manual says, that one should consult the dealer first, before installing a twoway or CB radio in the Sienna. I am not sure what the reason for this is...
Has anyone installed a two-way or CB rdaio in their Sienna? I am planning to install a CB radio using a cigarette lighter plug for the power connection and a magnetic base antenna
#2996 of 3687 Re: Pulls left!! [aclarke3]
Jul 09, 2004 (5:08 pm)
I put the Michelin Harmony on my 2000 XLE and they are wonderful. I live in Michigan and they perform very well in the snow we get.
#2997 of 3687 2000 Sienna Horn stopped working :-(
Jul 09, 2004 (5:18 pm)
I have a 2000 XLE with 83000 miles and about 3 weeks ago the horn simply stopped working.
I have checked the fuse and it is good so I replaced the relay and this did not solve the problem either. There are no other electrical issues with the van.
I took it back to the original salesman and he has never had this happen in 8 years of selling.
The service department says it will take about an hour to diagnose the problem at the going hourly rate plus what it would take parts wise to fix. They said they would absorb some of the cost if they can fix the problem.
Has anyone ever had this happen to them before and if so could you help me out if it is something that a normal person might be able to fix? I would like to save some dough if possible.
Thank you in advance for the help!!
Jul 09, 2004 (5:27 pm)
My 2000 XLE has another issue.
I will try and explain it as best as I can.
When you use the lever to open the gas flap there is a arm that drops down in the well of the drivers side slider door. This keeps the door from being slid open too far and damaging the fuel cover flap.
Well when I try and close the door it closes very hard. I thought it might need to be lubed so I have sprayed WD-40 and it does seem to help (not fix) but help. After taking it to my local Toy dealer I have been told by the service department that the cable is broken and that it will cost about $400 dollars to fix. You can imagine that I almost dropped something when I heard that.
Has anyone ever had this issue before or had the need to replace this part?
Like the other issue with the horn, I am mechanically inclined so if it is something that I might be able to do I would like to save some money.
Any help is appreciated!
Thank you, again, in advance!
#2999 of 3687 Re: CB Radio on Sienna? [headers8 #2995]
Jul 09, 2004 (10:24 pm)
I run a 25 watt 10 meter SSB ham rig in my 2002. Never had a problem.
I also use a magnetic antenna base and run off the lighter plug.
Jul 09, 2004 (10:33 pm)
Are you sure it's not just a striker adjustment issue Quest4suv? Sliders generally have front and rear striker assemblies.
Seems like a broken cable would prevent either the flap or door from working at all.
When I open the manual gas flap on my Quest, it just causes a hook to grab an L shaped bracket on the back of the slider.
#3001 of 3687 Re: Gas Flap Issues [steve_]
Jul 16, 2004 (6:14 pm)
Thank you for the response Steve.
In thinking about it I would have to think that if the cable were broken then it would not drop the arm down at all.
This is an interesting arm that drops down when the gas flap cover is released from inside the vehicle. When you close the gas flap it is retracted back up. In the down position it prevents the drivers side slider door from opening all of the way. I am not sure how to adjust it or where to even look to adjust it.
Is this something that I can do myself or should I take it to the dealer and explain what we think it might be?
Thank you, again!
Jul 16, 2004 (10:14 pm)
You could probably access the assembly by taking a panel off, but I'm not sure if you'd need to pop the sliding door panel off or the trim in the rear of the van.
I always manage to break a clip or two popping door panels off and I've never popped the rear trim off the sides of my van. But Home Depot/Lowes/Ace supposedly sell replacement clips - guess it depends on how much exploratory surgery you want to do.
Anyone had their interior trim pieces out?
Jul 19, 2004 (9:35 am)
Our 2000 Sienna LE was flawless. Somehow we missed out on the squealing brakes, transmission problems, sludging, etc. But at 84,000 miles and with all the new bells and whistles on the new models, we thought it was time to upgrade. To those considering an older Sienna I would suggest many of the problems listed here are fairly limited issues - I know three other people with 99-01 Siennas and none of them have had any problems whatsoever. My most significant repair in 4.5 years of ownership was a busted hood support rod clip (set me back about three bucks). But we maintained everything by the book. Replaced tires at 42K; 30K and 60K services done by Toyota. Everything else was me or Jiffy Lube. Again, we only upgraded this year to get a bigger van with more space and more goodies (we got the XLE Limited).