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#8647 of 8984 Re: Sequoia Rear Hatch Handle [wdonahoo]
Aug 01, 2005 (1:36 pm)
Toyota Sequoia rear hatch latch assembly replacement.
I recently found it necessary to replace the rear hatch door latch assembly. It had broken and there was no way to open the rear hatch from the inside or outside.
The 2001 Sequoia sold in 2000 had 89,000 miles and was maintained well. It looks like this plastic part that failed is just a weak design and most or all will fail at some point.
1. You can open the rear hatch from the outside if you can get the small piece of the broken lever out of the square hole that is on the right side of the handle grip area. You will need to use a strong piece of wire or a screwdriver type tool with a slight bend on the end. The lever that pulls on the cable that opens the latch is located above the opening in the handle grip area, accessed through the small square hole. Insert the tool that you made and fish around to find the cable lever, you will need to have the tool pointed up to find the lever. Once you find the lever pull down to pull the lever. Note: make sure that the hatch is unlocked or it wonít open.
2. If you canít locate the lever or canít make it open from the outside you will need to do it from the inside of the vehicle. This isnít fun but it can be accomplished with a little sweat and a few choice words thrown in.
3. You can work from the outside of the truck at this point, roll the rear glass down to give you access. The plastic trim pieces on each side of the rear glass can de popped off by hand, they each have three plastic barbs that hold them on. Remove them carefully and pull straight out to remove them, this will give you access to the large rear piece of plastic trim that covers the inside of the rear door.
4. Remove the vinyl pull-strap that is located on the rear panel, use a #2 philips to do this. Now start to remove the large inside door panel. This panel has the rear glass inside rubber anti-rattle blade attached to the top of it. (If you were able to open the hatch door from the outside you can remove the inside panel by starting at the bottom of the panel and using a thin blade to lift the panel away from the door and then pop the plastic barbs loose, then lift it up and off of the door sheet-metal.) Starting at one corner, bend out and pull up on the panel where it is hooked over the top of the window opening sheet-metal. It takes a little force to get it started but be persistent, once it is started work towards the other end. Once itís loose at the top you can reach inside and pop loose the plastic barbs that retain the panel and remove it completely.
5. You now have access to the inside of the hatch. Remove the three round rubber grommets, this give you access to the latch lever that pulls on the release cable. Reach inside with a screwdriver push down on the lever and you will be able to release the latch on the hatch door and open it.
6. There is a white plastic cover covering the cable attachment point, remove it by pulling down and away from the assembly, it clips onto the assembly bracket and helps secure the cable to the lever attachment point. You can now release the cable from the assembly, remove the screws holding the license plate recess cover and the nut holding the key cylinder assembly and then remove the cable assembly bracket, (two nuts). Now you can remove the license plate recess panel and the broken latch lever assembly that is attached to it as a unit.
7. You canít just purchase the ($2.00) plastic piece that broke, Toyota will make you purchase the entire assembly, $63.00. By the way I shopped around and got three different estimates from Toyota Dealers, ranging from $280 to $360 to do this job. This first repair took me seven hours because I didnít know what I was doing, I spent 3 hours just attempting to open the hatch, I could do it now in about two hours.
#8648 of 8984 Interior door latch handles, cracking/breaking
Aug 01, 2005 (8:32 pm)
I have an 03' Sequoia with 38K miles. The interior door latch handle on the rear passenger side door began to crack and eventually broke off. After careful inspection of the other 3, I found the drivers door latch handle has a crack as well. Anyone experiencing the same problems? I sent an e-mail to Toyota Corporate to see if I can get them replaced under warranty, but I haven't received a reply yet. Obviously a real pain to exit the vehicle. Could this be one of the parts that fall under the lifetime warranty (similar to seatbelts)?
Any help is appreciated...Thanks!
#8649 of 8984 Looking to buy Used Sequoia or Landcruiser - Which?
Aug 03, 2005 (4:53 am)
I'm looking to buy a used Landcruiser year 1999 or 2000 or a Sequoia year 2001 or 2002. Aside from the Sequoia being newer, are there any other pros' / con's to looking at purchasing one of these two vehicles?
#8650 of 8984 Re: Looking to buy Used Sequoia or Landcruiser - Which? [bradesp]
Aug 08, 2005 (9:56 pm)
Size = Sequoia
4WD = Same
2WD = Sequoia
Refinement = LC
Build quality = LC
Resale = LC
Hope the above helps...
#8651 of 8984 2006 sequoias
Aug 09, 2005 (5:56 am)
I have had my seq since '01 and have 95,000 miles on it. I am considering a new one this year or maby '06. Does anyone know of any changes in the "06 version. Not real happy with the '05 engine and premiun gas......
#8652 of 8984 Re: 2006 sequoias [petro33]
Aug 09, 2005 (6:39 am)
There is NO requirement for premium gas in the '05 Sequoia. Ask to read the owners manual. There are no Toyota's currently being built that REQUIRE premium fuel.
Just an FYI.
#8653 of 8984 Re: I don't get it [oac]
Aug 09, 2005 (7:50 am)
I also have a 2001 Toyota Sequioa Limited. I have had the VSC/TRAC OFF lights that have come since it was 7000 miles. The dealer tried on many occassions to fix the problem and it still returned. Finally they replace the Brake Booster and the problem seem to disappear or at least so we thought. The light would occassionally come on and the dealer said that it needed brake fluid. It is very difficlut for me to understand how a vehicle would need brake fluid within 3000-4000 miles, but I went along with it. I now have vibration when I brake and have 60% left on my pads. The dealer says that it is not a safety issue and that I can just wait until my pads are used up before I resurface the rotors. My vehicle has 47K miles and I have had the brakes replace 2 times. You mentioned a TSB recall, which I cannot find any information on. Can you be more specific? Thanks and good luck.
#8654 of 8984 Re: I don't get it [liz7]
Aug 09, 2005 (3:16 pm)
There was a TSB for a brake pad/caliper replacement for the '01s. Take the truck to your dealership and insist that they perform this recall on yours, if you haven't already done so. As to the VSC, mine was *fixed* and it has never returned. I had no idea what the dealership did to fix it, but I have not had it happen for over 40K miles now.
Hope these helps
#8655 of 8984 Dealer did not put oil in during oil change!
Aug 11, 2005 (12:09 pm)
I just came back from the dealer for an oil change and they forgot to put oil in and I drove for two miles before I realized the engine oil gauge did not move off of L. The car did not ceased but the dealer said he will have to take apart the engine to see what damage was done. I was very upset since the it is only a 02 4WD Limited with only 28K miles on it. I need some advise on how to handle this. I do not want to drive this vehicle again knowing that the engine will be rebuilt. I want them to replace it! Is this possible without going the legal route?
#8656 of 8984 Re: 2006 sequoias [toyotaken]
Aug 11, 2005 (2:56 pm)
I too am in the market for an 06 (mostly due to timing of the purchase). Just wondering if anyone knows that will be new. Even though we really need something this big, I wish it had variable cylinder management like the Durango (at least I think the hemi offers it).