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#3566 of 3629 Re: Avalon 2000 Mileage Worsening [mcclearyfl]
Aug 11, 2010 (10:28 am)
'Flushing' is good theory, rarely needed in practice, as you say. Sounds like your mechanic has it right. I took my 98 Avalon over 265K miles without any problems with my 'drain' procedure. If you want to pay for the flush, unnecessary by your admission, then I am certain that the dealer will take your money.
I remove both the vertical plug (located at the bottom of the pan), and the horizontal plug (located at the bottom, rear of the unit), for my fluid changes.
With regard to the substitution of synthetic for regular fluid. The two are easily compatible, just as in the engine oils commonly used today.
With regard to what Toyota says... what do you expect them to say!?
#3567 of 3629 Re: Avalon 2000 Mileage Worsening [mcclearyfl]
Aug 11, 2010 (11:30 am)
If the "3 times fluid change" works for your car and mechanic....ok...
But, using a full refill of 12 quarts of new transmission fluid to get a 70% concentration of new fluid makes no sense. If you have 70% new fluid you would expect 70% of the standard life, by average, to the next change. Where's the gain?
You buy 12 quarts of fluid, 100% of the total refill, for 70% of the protection. Why do that?
And put another way, the mechanic expects the 30% remaining in the converter to last 60k miles when it was designed for 30k. Wow.
Again, if it works..... ok.... but long term, this should shorten the life of the transmission, especially if you pull a trailer or drive long stretches in the mountains or desert.
#3568 of 3629 Steering Column Bracket Recall
Sep 28, 2010 (9:52 am)
I got the recall notice today on my 2000 Avalon for the steering column upper bracket defect. There have been six failures, three of which allegedly resulted in accidents, none involved injury. Five years of production 2000-2004 and only six instances of failure!
I don't think I am going to spend half a day in the dealers waiting room to have something this minor replaced. What other damage will the dealer do attempting the repair?
#3569 of 3629 What spark plug?
Oct 16, 2010 (1:29 pm)
Anybody have a recommendation on exact spark plug for replacement on an 03? Need specific brand and model plug. Thks
#3570 of 3629 ABS, VSC and VSC off lights on my 2000 Avalon
Nov 07, 2010 (8:22 pm)
I have crossed 115000 miles on my 2000 Avy and have recently had the ABS, VSC and VSC off lights turn on when I start my car . However, the lights go off when I turn off the car and turn it on again. This has happened about 4 times in the past 10 days.
Any clues whether this is a sign for some major trouble in the future ? I did have all the 4 rotors and pads replaced 1000 miles ago. Haven't really checked out if any codes are returned. I've read on the forum that this is somehow related to the steering position sensor and also know that there is currently a recall for some steering part related issue for this generation Avalons. I'm yet to receive a recall notice appointment for my car though.
Did anyone else on this forum have seen similar issues ?
#3571 of 3629 Re: ABS, VSC and VSC off lights on my 2000 Avalon [njavalonguy]
Nov 07, 2010 (10:39 pm)
My 02 has similar trouble with VSC & Off but also the engine icon. I was told I needed a new Computer for engine $1600.00 installed.
I went elsewhere & spent $550. They say I don't need a new computer according to their computer.
Then I learn from a friend that his mechanic says there is a computer running these cars, so what do we do? Shut it off! Wow! Simple. Turn it off. How? Disconnect a battery terminal. I use the red positive, for about 30 seconds and reconnect. You get to reset radio, clock & other memories, but it beats the price they want for a new computer! repeats pop up, but I can raise the hood a use a wrench once in a while.
Oh, both garages say no troubles with what lights denote as trouble!!
Toyota says likely will help gas mileage somewhat.
Now, if this computer can be reprogrammed with a fix, why can't Toyota techs do the same for these car computers? Media reveals Toyota car computer problems. Looks like it! good Luck!
Nov 14, 2010 (10:11 am)
Left rear door won't open. Child protection latch was on, so that it could only be opened from the outside. The outside handle suddenly stopped working, so now I can't open the door at all. Impossible to completely remove the inside door panel, but can get the top of it back far enough to reach inside the door; however, I can't seem to find a way to manually unlatch the door.
Any ideas? 1998 Avalon.
#3573 of 3629 Re: ABS, VSC and VSC off lights on my 2000 Avalon [njavalonguy]
Dec 23, 2010 (9:06 pm)
Update : Just crossed 118000 miles and also got the steering column bracket replaced under warranty recall. The ABS light comes off quite regularly now, however, i have to just kill the ignition and turn it on again to make it disappear.
Any clue guys what could be wrong ?
#3574 of 3629 Re: ABS, VSC and VSC off lights on my 2000 Avalon [njavalonguy]
Dec 24, 2010 (6:26 pm)
Read on some other forum that a dirty wheel sensor could be causing this.
any idea on howdy ya locate and clean the wheel sensor for a 2000 Avalon ?
is this a DIY or do I have to take it to a shop ?
#3575 of 3629 Steering wheel vibrations at high speeds
Jan 09, 2011 (11:37 am)
I have been facing a strange issue with my 2000 Avy since the past days which is close to 119 K miles now.
I have felt noticeable vibrations in steering wheel as soon I cross 65-70 mph. What's strange is that this behaviour does not repeat
every time I reach such speeds but only intermittently.
My first doubt was that the wheels were out of balance so I reached out to Costco Tire Dept and they confirmed that all the wheels were
One point worth mentioning that One of my front wheels was stuck in snow which braced North East after the Christmas weekend. I did
drive about 10-12 miles with one of the wheels covered with ice when this issue first surfaced. However, the ice is completely gone now
but the intermittent virbrations remain.
Could I have caused some damage to the front suspension components by driving with one of the wheels snow covered on that day which has caused this issue?
Has anyone else experienced this before ?