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Toyota Sienna, Van
#3572 of 3687 Re: Help!!! Problem with 2001 Toyota Sienna [rsbasu12]
Jul 08, 2006 (4:03 am)
Who knows what happens in a computer controlled car when one parameter goes seriously out of spec? If I were you, I'd leave my computer and run not walk to the car to check the oil level.
Overfilling is seriously bad if it's more than a quart or so... if the level in the crank case is high enough, the crankshaft throws will whip it up into something frothy and creamy... and then it lubricates about as well as a latte...
Always always always check your oil level after someone else changed your oil.
Make sure you still have an engine, and worry about driveability problems later.
#3573 of 3687 Re: 2000 sienna fuel door [donb13]
Jul 10, 2006 (7:28 am)
try to remove the carpet next to the lever and squirt some kind of lube or penetrant like wd-40 in the tube that holds the wire for the release. Try tracing the wire for kinks and such all the way back to the fuel door. Since the lever is starting to bend, try getting a new lever. While your a it, look at my post before yours and see if you can answer my ?.
#3574 of 3687 Re: Help!!! Problem with 2001 Toyota Sienna [rsbasu12]
Jul 10, 2006 (4:10 pm)
White smoke isn't oil, its engine coolant. Your car is leaking coolant through the enginge and it is being burnt, but i dont know why it is doing that all of a sudden, but i am certain that white = coolant and blue = oil.
#3575 of 3687 Re: Help!!! Problem with 2001 Toyota Sienna [rsbasu12
Jul 11, 2006 (7:40 am)
Sorry to here you are having these problems with your Van. It's been ages since my last post. If I read your post correctly you indicated you had the throttle body cleaning done. When this is done the car will produce a ton of white smoke out the tail pipe. Driving the car around will eventually clear you engine of this strong cleaner and no smoke. However, while doing this cleaning the car can trip the check engine light as your car did. In an extreme case they may have fried your 'o2' sensor thus your hesitation problem. If the car ran well and the MPG was perfect you should be ok. It sounds like to me they want to replace your engine and get the money for that and then pop in a new 'o2' sensor. Planting the sludge seed may have started something? You may try a different dealer and tell them what happened. As far as I know the service you had done should not have caused a engine replacement.
#3576 of 3687 Re: VSC/Trac/Engine Light just came on [buyer777]
Jul 11, 2006 (9:56 am)
No catch, but sometimes the code can mislead you from the real problem
#3577 of 3687 Re: Help!!! Problem with 2001 Toyota Sienna [rsbasu12]
Jul 12, 2006 (4:57 am)
"My questions to you are:
1. Could sludge cause the symptoms I described?
2. The car had been running very smoothly before I took in for service...how is it that these problems happened right after the service? Why would an oil change cause this problem to surface?
3. Are there any other explanations for these symptoms (aside from sludge?) "
1. Yes, sludge could cause these symptoms, but the only way to tell is have the valve cover pulled. if you want to be sure for yourself, be present when they do this to see for yourself.
2. Yes, the car can be running fine up to a certain point. Usually there are other signs before you notice the engine acting up, like the smoke in the exhaust, high usage of oil, check engine light illuminating, or visible signs of sludge on the dipstick. It may not be that noticeable on an oil change except the oil would have looked old and less than the normal amount would have drained. This could have lead to an overfill of oil as others have suggested and caused your immediate problems. I don't know, but it is possible that draining the oil that was still liquid could have stirred the remaining sludgy oil up enough to make it clog the system.
If you feel uncomfortable with this dealerships diagnosis, take it elsewhere. If you can show records of reasonable maintenance, the 8 yr, unlimited mile sludge policy should cover you.
#3578 of 3687 Re: fuel pump prime [penizzle]
Jul 12, 2006 (4:36 pm)
I tried as you requested to hear the fuel prime on my sienna but could not hear anything as well.
#3579 of 3687 Re: fuel pump prime [donb13]
Jul 13, 2006 (7:49 am)
THank you. I guess its just the way these are built. Oh well.
#3580 of 3687 Signal lights/emergency lights not working on 1999 Toyota Sienna Van CE
Jul 25, 2006 (10:06 pm)
I was just driving a week ago and making a left turn, then all of a sudden, the signal light didn't work. After I parked the van, I did some troubleshooting, checked the fuses(and they're fine), press the emergency lights switch and still didn't work. Should I go to the dealer to have it fixed(even though they'll charge me pretty high)? Is there any other way to fix it (myself)?
#3581 of 3687 Re: Signal lights/emergency lights not working on 1999 Toyota Sienna Van CE [allanpogi]
Jul 26, 2006 (9:39 am)
You probably need a new flasher. Low cost item, you can pick one up at autozone or any other auto parts store, and change it yourself. If you don't want to do it yourself, any gas station with a service bay can do it in less than 15 minutes. They don't last forever, no matter who made the automobile.