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#3416 of 3687 2001 Sienna Oil Change, plug loss, leaks all the oil, now what??? HELP.
Oct 29, 2005 (1:58 pm)
Just bought a 2001 Sienna LE minivan used from a private party. I figure let me get a oil change and stuff so I know when will I have to do the next oil change. Went to one of those mom and pop mechanics and they changed my oil. I drove out and about 5 blocks, my oil pressure light starting to flash and lit. I look underneath my Sienna and oil was dripping out. I quickly turned around and went back and they tighten the nut and refill about another 4 quarts of oil in it and said everything will be ok. So I drove off. Now when I am driving I hear engine noise (I think its lifters or valves) when in Drive or Reverse. When its in Park or Neutral its quiet. What should I do? Will a bottle of Slick 50 fix this or am I in DEEP TROUBLE. I had the car for less then a week. Its a 2001 Toyota Sienna LE with only 56,000 miles and I just paid $12,000 for it. Can anyone tell me what are my options?
#3417 of 3687 Re: 2001 Sienna Oil Change, plug loss, leaks all the oil, now what??? HELP
Oct 29, 2005 (2:11 pm)
[..] about 5 blocks, my oil pressure light starting to flash and lit. I look underneath my Sienna and oil was dripping out. I quickly turned around and went back
What were you thinking driving the car with the light on???
That "turned around and went back" cost you your engine.
It's still mostly their fault, but why oh why did you keep driving.
Click and Clack once said that the oil pressure warning light should not show an oil can, but instead should say "5,000!" so people would pay attention.
I do wish you good luck getting the damage fixed by the mom&pop mechanics. They really should have checked when they were done, or at least been careful.
Good luck, let us know how it turns out, and never ever drive run the engine with the oil light on.
#3418 of 3687 Re: 2001 Sienna Oil Change, plug loss, leaks all the oil, now what??? HELP
Oct 29, 2005 (3:49 pm)
How long will I have until my engine will die? Should I continue to drive daily? Please someone tell me how serious this is...
The sound is not very loud. Only noticable when I close the window, shut the radio and ac/heat off. If you get in the car and I don't tell you about it, you will not notice it.
#3419 of 3687 2000 Sienna XLE Power Door Problem/Solution
Oct 29, 2005 (5:10 pm)
User 777 - you are a genius! Your solution worked like a charm and I am thankful for your slot car wisdom. One suggestion I have for others is that you might need to close the door manually after cleaning the contacts and then disconnect the battery for about a minute to reset the automatic sliding door processor and motor.
It's amazing how many similar failure modes there are for this vehicle - this board is invaluable.
#3420 of 3687 Re: 2001 Sienna Oil Change, plug loss, leaks all the oil, now what??? HELP [2k1sienna]
Oct 29, 2005 (6:30 pm)
I would bring it to Toyota and let them hear it see what they say. Without letting them know what happened.
I think the engine might have a 60,000/5 year drive train warranty I'm not sure. You might be able to get it worked on for free at Toyota. I would not tell the tech what happened though. Also Toyota may want oil change receipts to cover warranty. Just play dumb if you need to as much as you can. Buying it used wont help you much here either.
If Toyota says nothing wrong visually or by sound, I would still have them run pressure tests on the cylinders or some way to test the engine performance. So you have something in writing, after it is done. That way if you have to go after the Mom and Pop you have something. The cost should be very minimal, but would be well worth the test.
As far as Mom and Pop go, I've had bad service done to me in the past as well. They never take responsiblity. They also usually win in any court case. You might need legal help to get them to pay for damage. It's basically your word against theres. Don't spend too much money going after them its a dry hole. As sad as it you may have to use them to fix it if they agree they are at fault. Bring a friend with you as a witness on what they say I guess. They are experts at denial however.
When you stopped and saw it leaking it should have stopped you in your tracks. Also if no oil the thing should have been smoking and smelling bad for blocks. If it didn't smoke and smell it might have been short enough not to damage. Might have overheated the valve and cylinder and caused some warping to the cylinder.
That might be the noise the scrapping of the parts. If it is this gas may get into the oil and really cause you grief. Theres a way to check oil for gas the techs know how to do this. If think if you pull the dipstick and put a match to the dip stick and it lights it has gas in it. I'm not sure though.
Synthetic Oil may help you in the future. Who knows the engine might not be that damaged.
Everytime someone works on your car you have to check their work. I dont care who it is. This could have just as easily been done by the dealer. Everytime I get an oil change I keep it off my pavers because undoubtfuly it will leak. Always a good idea to check under the car as well as keep an eye on the temp gauge in the car.
One last note. My Sienna was bought new in 2001. The damn engine was always loud. You may not have noticed it before. Start up a used one at the dealership and listen for yourself. It could be the normal noise. I'm not kidding here either, my wive always complains about the noise. It is a lot noiser when the AC is on though, the reverse of yours.
Last bit of advice:
Trade the car in at a dealership( hopefully not the one you test it at if theres a problem) and get rid of the problem if it bugs you a lot. It would save you a lot of grief.
By the way you got a good price on that van. If it is in decent shape.
#3421 of 3687 Re: 2000 Sienna XLE Power Door Problem/Solution [gmac0927]
Oct 30, 2005 (3:41 am)
thanks for the kudos, but they are really undeserved. many people with door problems (make doesn't matter) find that cleaning the contacts using a pencil eraser does wonders to improve operation. i was merely passing along what others have already posted...
edmunds is a valuable resource. pass it on.
#3422 of 3687 front and rear wipers, fluid pumps stopped working
Oct 30, 2005 (5:45 am)
I have a Toyota 1999 Sienna van.
I started the wipers up with heavy wet snow on the windshield, and they slowed to a stop, and then no longer work now, front and back. The washer fluid pump on the front and back windshield don't work either.
I would suspect a fuse, but I don't have the service manual, I looked in the fusebox and didn't see anything obviously blown.
Can someone tell me which is the fuse for the wipers in the fuse box, or if there is a circuit breaker or something to reset on the wiper motors. Since it is both motors and fluid pumps, I suspect it must be a relay or fuse someplace, but cannot figure out which one from the cryptic labels in the fuse box.
#3423 of 3687 Re: front and rear wipers, fluid pumps stopped working [hqmhqm]
Oct 30, 2005 (8:07 am)
Theres a 20 amp wiper fuse should be in fuse box. If you cant find it call Toyota and ask.
The motors also appear to have some kind of fuse/breaker it looks like 1/2 moon symbol. It is internal in the motors, if it burns out the motor loses connection to ground. You may have to remove a motor to get to it or look at it real good for a breaker. I doubt theres a breaker though, they always want you to buy a new part. If you can pull the motor off at least you have a shot at fixing the fuse yourself. Focus on the front wipers as the rear are useless anyway. Also call Toyota and ask if theres a breaker on the motor as well. For the most part they tell you stuff.
I would def change the regular fuse first though. Even if it looks good.
#3424 of 3687 Re: front and rear wipers, fluid pumps stopped working [gunga64]
Oct 30, 2005 (8:41 am)
One word for you: Owner's manual.
All the fuse locations are in there.
#3425 of 3687 Re: 2001 Sienna Oil Change, plug loss, leaks all the oil, now what??? HELP
Oct 31, 2005 (4:47 am)
some useful opinions all around. since you say the van has been with you only a week maybe the noise has been there from day one. we have a 00 sienna and it makes a small noise and is unnoticed by outsiders if i didnt tell them.