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Toyota Sienna, Van
#3587 of 3687 Re: squealing brakes and non-toyota brake parts [01siennaja]
Jul 31, 2006 (10:23 am)
Theres a TSB on 2001 siennas breaks? Where can I find this? Anyway, I put in ceramic break pads and brand new rotors in my 2001 camry. It cost me about $90.00 for the parts the labor was free since I did it myself. The rotors were very cheap about $25.00/per disk, beats grinding the old ones down, because they are a lot smoother and not warped from heat. When I asked the dealer if they put ceramic pads on my camry they said they werent available. But going through any auto part store they are. Ceramic break pads are known to be quiet and last longer. Of course the dealer won't want that would they. My camry breaks are quiet as a mouse now.
The squealing usually comes from front discs not the rear break drums make sure they work on the right breaks.
Jul 31, 2006 (3:11 pm)
We're going to start looking at 2001-03 Siennas as we need a shorter van than the large models now available.
It seems sludge is a persistant problem wit hthe Toyota V6 of this vintage. Can you tell by the way the engine sounds or runs, or must you open up the valve cover?
#3589 of 3687 Lights Flashing and locks not working
Jul 31, 2006 (3:14 pm)
I recently turned off my 1998 Sienna and my headlights were flashing. When I went back into the car to turn them off my Automatic locks would not work and I could not see my clock display. I dont know much about cars so was wondering if anyone knows of common things that would cause this so i dont have to go into the dealer. Thanks.
#3590 of 3687 Re: sludgology [garandman]
Aug 02, 2006 (5:19 am)
Toyota made some minor changes to the design sometime in 2002, so the ones manufactured later in 2002 and 2003 are less likely to develop sludge. Really the only way to tell for sure is to have the valve cover pulled, and take a look, but I am not sure I would go that far with a 2003.
I heard that the design was modified further in 2004, so you may want to consider getting one of that vintage.
If you do go for a 2001 or early 2002 (really this goes for any year and any make/model car you buy), try to get all the maintenance records from the owner and make sure it was properly maintained. That way, if something happens down the line, you may be covered under the 8 year sludge warranty.
#3591 of 3687 Re: sludgology [garandman]
Aug 02, 2006 (6:17 am)
There is a way to check for short driving periods or not letting the engine warm up as well. Doing those things it what causes the sludge. You dont have to pull the valve cover, which by the way isn't hard, just remove coils, plugs and bolts. Anyway, remove the oil fill cap. Flip it upsidedown and scratch the underside, especialy right in the corners and edges. If an oily crusty slimylike substance comes off, that is sludge. With that being the case, there is a higher chance of slludge being in the engine. While the cap is off, stick a flashlight in the oil fill and once again scratch the surface below if crusty crap comes off, there may be sludge. We bought a van with this, a 1999 Sienna with 60'000 miles. After we got it. We drove it on the highway in hot weather and did some city driving. Then we did an oil change right after that and we did get most of the remaining sludge out. We have never missed a 3000 oil change. I do it right at 3000. Here is the biggest thing. CHANGE THE OIL EVERY 3000 MILES WHILE THE ENGINE IS HOT. Get the van if you like it. Take the 15 minutes to remove the front valve cover and inspect it. If only trace sluge, do a hot oil change and you will be good to go.
#3592 of 3687 Re: sludgology [penizzle]
Aug 02, 2006 (1:44 pm)
2003 Sienna 57k miles.
Owned since new, and I did all the oil changes on the car myself & documented them. Winter oil changes at 3k miles; summer up to 5k, depending on conditions.
And there is plenty of crud on the top surface of the baffle under the oil filler cap. No circulation; it gets hot, there's junk on it and has been since 10k miles. I would guess the filler cap isn't much different. I doubt that these indicators are all that helpful.
That said, sludge in these engines is very rare, just not as rare as in, say, the Toyota 1.8l engine.
#3593 of 3687 Re: Reverse Brakes [vwbus1979]
Aug 03, 2006 (8:14 am)
Your front disc brakes automatically adjust for wear. Parking brakes are usually rear only(except for some Saabs).
#3594 of 3687 Re: sludgology [steine13]
Aug 03, 2006 (8:31 am)
First off, I made a mistake, the place where you pour oil in is not a good indicator place, but under the oil cap for sure is. Your lucky, your 2003 has the most advanced 3.0 V6 out of that Sienna's era. The 98-2000's had most of the problems. If you really want to know, take 20 minutes and take the valve cover off and look.
#3595 of 3687 Re: Problematic Sienna and Camry. [alan_s]
Aug 03, 2006 (3:13 pm)
I do have the same problem that you experienced in item(7). Can you please guide me how you resolved the issue? I am having 98 Sienna XLE and it is a manual door.
Appreciate your help in this regard.
#3596 of 3687 Re: Problematic Sienna and Camry. [pguna]
Aug 04, 2006 (7:41 am)
Alan_S hasnt posted in 6 years so I'll answer. There is a TSB for your problem. Here is how you get it. You will neeed to buy a new handle assembly. Go to dogpile.com. Type in "AARC auto repair" in the search box. Then click on Bedford Public library link. Then click on the ARRC link/picture. On the next page, click on 1998 then click on toyota then sienna then service bulitins and recalls. Then down to Glass Doors Hood Deckid, etc..... There are a couple of TSB's regarding your problem. Look through them and read them.