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#3147 of 3629 Re: Avalon Dash Rattle [brendak]
Oct 07, 2005 (5:34 pm)
We made an offer on a 2001 Avalon, simply love everything about it--except 1 thing. There's a definite rattle seemingly coming from the steering wheel/column and/or dash which is quite annoying. Our offer is contingent upon the Toyota dealership resolving the problem. We were told today that they've now spent 2 days working on it, that they've taken the steering column and dash apart and so far can't find the problem. I'm afraid they'll be giving up on it soon. Did you ever get yours fixed? Solution?
#3148 of 3629 Re: Avalon Dash Rattle [dmontillo]
Oct 08, 2005 (2:46 am)
The problem may not be in the dash or steering wheel. Raise the hood and examine the plastic shroud that is located just below the windshield. Check if it is adequately secured by a plastic stud next to the driver's side fender. If there is free play, it will rattle and drive you (me) crazy. Wedge a piece of plastic or hard rubber under the edge of the cowling and, voila, no rattle!
#3149 of 3629 Re: Avalon Dash Rattle [mcclearyfl]
Oct 08, 2005 (9:48 am)
mcclearlyfl you are right on. I had the same rattle in my '02 and it was the plastic shroud. I also had a "tick", "tick" noise which drove me insane for months. It sounded like it was coming from the dash or something hitting the windshield, and I took the entire dash apart trying to find it. Actually, the inside of the dash is very well insulated and designed to reduce rattles. I eventually traced it to the windshield wiper motor INSIDE the housing covered by the plastic shroud, on the opposite side of the dash. Sound sure travels.... I tightened the bolts securing the motor to the firewall and no more "ticks".
P.S. No, I didn't have any parts left over after I reassembled the dash!
#3150 of 3629 Need Advice on New Shocks for '98 AVALON
Oct 09, 2005 (9:10 am)
the factory shocks and struts do a poor job of absorbing road imperfections. i am thinking of retrofitting with good-quality third party products. can i install air suspension in an '98 avalon? if not, what are my options?
#3152 of 3629 Engine valve check?
Oct 11, 2005 (1:14 pm)
My '99 XL is up for 60,000 scheduled maintenance. Among the various inspections called for in the manual is "Engine valves". All the other inspections -- brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, etc. -- are easy, but doing the valves involves taking off the covers (obviously) which is a big deal on this engine (1MZFE) -- a $450 job at my dealer. I talked to two different dealers who seemed surprised at this scheduled maintenance item; one said if I did it, it would be the first time any owner had had it done since he'd been working there. Anyone here ever have it done? Anyone ever had burned valves from them getting out of adjustment? Any thoughts on a $450 routine maintenance item?
#3153 of 3629 Re: Engine valve check? [txgeezer]
Oct 11, 2005 (2:40 pm)
Quick answer: Find another dealer. Fast.
My '99 XL was perfect at 92k miles when traded. Never had any valve covers removed. These valves will not get out of adjustment. This is hard to imagine on an otherwise good Avalon.....
#3154 of 3629 Should I buy a "98 Avalon?
Oct 11, 2005 (4:04 pm)
I have a chance to buy one for $9900 at at dealership. I would like to keep it for about 5 yrs. It has 85000 miles. It seems to be in excellent condition inside and out.
Does this sound like a good deal for a 27 yr old single guy? Thanks very much.
#3155 of 3629 Re: Engine valve check? [fin]
Oct 11, 2005 (7:40 pm)
Thanks for the response, but it leaves me a bit confused. The dealers are saying don't do it, and you're saying don't do it. Why find another dealer?
#3156 of 3629 Re: Engine valve check? [txgeezer]
Oct 12, 2005 (7:18 pm)
Thought someone (a dealer) had said to do it. The dealers are right. Not necessary. My misread.....