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#1898 of 2179 Rear Window resumed working after installing new car battery
Nov 08, 2008 (8:17 pm)
I just wanted to weigh in on the issue of "rear window" not working. We have a 2004 Sequoia that we bought new in January of 2004. About 5 months ago, at appromimately 55,000 miles, the rear window stopped working. Sure didn't seem possible to be from over use. Anyway, a couple of days ago when I turned the vehicle off, both front windows went down on their own and the moonroof slid back on its own. After the second time that happened, I called the Toyota dealership where we take it for all of its service and explained the situation. They said they would start with the battery, as it was still the original and was close to its life expectancy. I checked the battery myself and it was very corroded, especially around the positive terminal. I took the battery out and went to a local auto parts store where they tested it. The charge tested at 91% but the CCAs (cold cranking amps) were in the 500s and the battery is rated at 710 CCA. I went ahead and bought a new one and took it home to replace it. I also replaced the terminal on the positive with an aftermarket part from the auto parts store, as the original was corroded and pretty brittle in a couple of places. Once the battery was installed, I drove it around the block and parked it back in the garage. Then I went back out and turned it on to see if anything had changed with the rear window, and low and behold, IT WORKED AGAIN!!! I was stunned and very happpy as I was expecting to either not use the rear window again or have to pony up for a pretty expensive repair. With all this said, I don't think it was the new battery, but rather replacing the positive terminal (that may have been causing a short - the copper was compromised) that solved the electrical problem that apparently was causing the rear window not to work.
#1899 of 2179 Re: '05 Toyota Sequoia [nativecrafts]
Nov 16, 2008 (6:59 am)
I have an '02 Sequoia and had also experienced the intermittent metallic grinding noise -- of concern not to mention embarassing. Would occur when I was slowing down, such as in parking lots, but then began to make noise even while driving around town. Dealer claimed that noise could not be replicated when they would check. I replaced the brakes, yet noise continued. Well, to shorten a long story, I took it to Firestone, they have a good mechanic over there, said I didn't want it back until it was figured out .... 5 hours and $61 later discovered that it was the parking brake. When the casing (?) was removed the brake itself literally fell into his hands in bits and powder. Don't know exact details but the parking brake was somehow engaging with the main brake while driving (no, the parking brake wasn't left "locked" on) Oh, and the $61 dollar bill was only for parts and perhaps an hour of labor, as the mechanic was sorry that he hadn't figured it out earlier.
I have also had the VSC light come on intermittently. The manual does say to take it immediately to the dealer. I have received two other bits of advice. First being, to make certain to replace gas lid tightly (several "clicks") after refueling. Secondly, that the sensor may have an "error" reading when it gets dirty. The light has gone off for me when I've used either/both bits of advice but I remain cautious particularly after reading some of the posts on this website.
#1900 of 2179 Re: Sequoia Door Handles [cat21]
Dec 17, 2008 (9:08 am)
would you tell me how to open hatch?
#1901 of 2179 Electrical problems? 2002 sequoia
Dec 18, 2008 (11:17 am)
My 2002 sequoia has been acting very strange. cruise control light comes on all the time now (even when cruise is off). Radio now stays on even when we shut the car off, unless we specifically turn off the radio. The temperature reading in the car changed from fahrenheit to celsius (with no way to change it back).
This car has been rapidly falling apart over the past year (we've had the 4wd system fail, tailgate latch broke twice, tailgate window leak, cd player broke, cassette player broke, antenna motor fail twice, etc etc etc). We are the first and only owners and we have kept up with all regular maintenance, etc.
We will never be buying Toyota again, but we're hoping someone here can help us figure out this latest electrical problem so we don't have to buy a new car right away.
#1902 of 2179 Headlight Adjustment
Jan 08, 2009 (9:11 am)
Does anyone know how to adjust the headlights on a 2008 Sequoia? Mine are too high and everyone I pass flashes me. I've looked under the hood and can't find any obvious adjustments.
#1903 of 2179 Sequoia Headlight adjustment
Jan 08, 2009 (9:38 am)
I'd like to know too - the Manual says "See your Toyota Dealer". Never had a vehicle that required me to go to my dealer to adjust the headlights.... then again, never have had a vehicle that didint allow the driver to turn on the inside dome light from the dash board...but thats a Toyota thing, not just a Seq. 'feature'.
BTW - My 2001 Sequoia has 206,000 miles and still going strong. I havent replaced anything except a PRNDL light (Park, reverse, Neutral.... ) since 120,000 miles.... it just keeps saving me money.
#1904 of 2179 sequoia headlamps
Jan 08, 2009 (10:21 am)
The Harnes shop manual (any parts house - NAPA / Checker etc) is pretty vague. a lousy picture with the statement, " insert a philips head screwdriver into the hole to make the vertical adjustment". When I looked under the hood at the adjustment point it still is not clear. That said, I'll bet it's the lower bumper driving lites that causes oncoming to flash their beams at you. They can be turned off at the stalk switch. You may want to try that and see if you are still getting flashed.
#1905 of 2179 2002 sequoia - new exhaust system?
Jan 08, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2002 sequoia limited that has been rapidly falling apart. Latest issue was a replaced windshield which apparently wasn't sealed properly. A leak (which was not caught until the 3rd inspection by Toyota) corroded and ruined the fuse box. When we picked up the car (after they replaced the fuse box), the battery was completely dead and could not be recharged (apparently they left the doors open while repairing the car). The next day, we picked up the car (after they replaced the battery) and the car lost power and couldn't get over 30mph on the highway - back to Toyota. Now, the exhaust system is supposedly shot and needs to be replaced (at a cost of $640).
Funny how every time we go to Toyota to have something fixed, something else turns up broken the very next day.
We have had MANY MANY problems with this car, admittedly some were not caused by Toyota, but we are fed up with the quality issues that WERE caused by Toyota (rear door hatch broke twice, power antenna motor broke 3 times, Drive light has been out for 2 years, cheap plastic that scratches when you look at it, etc.).
Bottom line, we will be buying a new car, and it won't be a Toyota. However, until we can afford the new car, we need to repair the exhaust system. We're out of warranty at this point - is their price reasonable? Any reliable chain that should be able to do it for less? Does their diagnosis sound like it makes sense?
#1906 of 2179 Re: Headlight Adjustment [zabroger]
Jan 14, 2009 (9:06 pm)
To answer my own question. I took my ’08 sequoia to the dealer today to have a windshield washer fluid level sensor replaced. I asked them about adjusting the headlights. They showed me a black plastic cap on the back side of the headlight that needs to be pulled off, under that is a nut that you turn to adjust the headlight.
#1907 of 2179 Re: Headlight Adjustment [zabroger]
Jan 14, 2009 (10:15 pm)
Thanks for the post. I have had my 08 now for three weeks and have been flashed about 20 times. I know I have great visibility with the lights and never have to put them on bright, but I may have to make a change in them as well. I sometimes feel guilty when I pull up behind someone in a little car at stoplights and they are completely flooded in light from my Sequoia......I get over it real quick, because most people should accept these things when they buy a vehicle. My wife has Mini Cooper and when I drive it at night I get the same bright lights in my rearview mirror.....I just adjust the mirror and move on.