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Jan 09, 2013 (7:45 pm)
I had a small fire this evening under the hood of my 2003 Sequoia. The problem started when I shifted from reverse to drive and the brake pedal seemed to temporarily lock up. A mile or two down the road, the VSC/Trac Control light came on, followed by the ABS light, followed by the smell of burnt plastic, followed by the brake pedal going all the way to the floor on its own, while driving in traffic.
I'm trying to track down a diagram of the engine compartment to determine exactly what caught on fire, but I'm assuming its the VSC computer or something else brake related. It was a box located in the far left corner of the engine compartment, right up against the fire wall.
If someone could help identify this for me before I head to the repair shop where it was towed, that would be helpful so i can do a little research. From what I've read on here tonight, there have been plenty of issues with the VSC computer and possibly even a recall or two. Any chance this repair will be covered by Toyota? If not, and because it involved a small fire, will my insurance be able to cover the repairs or am I looking at a pretty hefty out-of-pocket expense?
#2161 of 2179 Endless Repair List
Jan 29, 2013 (4:11 pm)
I took my 02 Sequoia SR5 in for a recall with the undercoat on the frame. Although it passed with no damage, and they applied the required undercaot protection, they found a laundry list of other items in need of attention. Just wanted to run the list by others to see if it sounds reasonable. Because the car is still at the dealership, I don;t know the exact mileage but it's about 160,000. Here's the list and applicable costs:
oxygen sensor (high priority) - $600
power steering fluid, dirty and leaking from both lines (high priority) - $1158
induction service (clean carbon out of upper intake and throttle body) - $169
transmission fluid cleanse - $110
brake fluid cleanse - $130
corroded battery cleanse - $65
coolant flush - $80
spark plugs - $284
brakes 30% - brakes and roters - front=$606, rear=$653
#2162 of 2179 Re: Endless Repair List [02toy]
Jan 29, 2013 (5:44 pm)
Take your car out of there and run as fast as you can. Take it to a competent mechanic and have a second opinion. Show them the list but not the prices. Although you may need most of all that work done you may be able to do it at half the price. Do not neglect the power steering fix and the brakes job. If the car was running fine before you took it in it should run the same now for some time, enough at least to take to another mechanic. Some shops will even let you bring the parts in like the rotors ($80.00 a pair), brake pads $40/60) Spark plugs and oxygen sensors. Check around on some auto parts stores, they some times run a computer test for free and let you know exactly which one you need, the car has four. You only will need to replace them a couple of weeks before your state inspection. If they are faulty, the damage is contagious, one bad sensor can damage the second one in the same bank, 2 sensors per bank. Good luck.
#2163 of 2179 Re: Endless Repair List [drifter1999]
Jan 30, 2013 (5:18 am)
Thank you!! I did more research online after my post and came to the same conclusion regarding cost. The only reason I went to the dealer in the first place was to have the recall item attended to, I do have a mechanic that I trust and will certainly take it to him. I appreciate the feedback!
#2164 of 2179 Re: Engine Stall [01sequoiasr5]
Feb 18, 2013 (10:03 pm)
same problem 01 lills and limited 190k miles stalls and dies. Dealership clueless as usual
#2165 of 2179 Re: VSC light on problem [redphaedrus]
Mar 01, 2013 (12:18 pm)
This is some good info . worked like a charm. added note make sure the bolt holding it is fasten tight. but again a++++
#2166 of 2179 Re: VSC light on problem [ffbad247]
Mar 01, 2013 (12:48 pm)
glad to hear that it worked for you.
your add note goes w/o saying but doesn't hurt to remind people.
VSC light problem has never reappeared for me since 2007 and I've never taken our Sequoia to the dealer like other people have posted on this forum.
Mar 30, 2013 (6:19 am)
For those of you with 2001-2004 models who are getting your frame replaced as part of the limited service campaign (recall) be aware that Toyota is not truthful when they say the frame will be replace at "no charge to you". When they replace the frame certain parts will break when they remove them that Toyota will not cover as part of the recall work. They are fully aware these parts will break but still refuse to cover them as part of the recall. If this has happened to you file a consumer complaint with your state's attorney general.
#2168 of 2179 Re: Frame Recall Warning [jsnoopymagic]
Mar 30, 2013 (7:13 am)
My frame was replaced last November. No cost to me. I believe Toyota will pay for all that is involved in the replacement even broken parts, nuts and bolts that occurs during the replacement. They expect that most of the vehicles will have some kind of deterioration due to rust that can't be saved. It is the dealer that fixes the vehicle that takes advantage of a loophole and if consumer don't complaint they will charge you for parts covered under the recall. My dealership did a fantastic job they even got rid of a check engine light warning that my regular mechanic said it was a oxygen sensor. He was wrong. The only thing I found was damage to the holding clips that holds the plastic cover right after the rear bumper end. I found that a couple months after the repair. I haven't done anything about that because I cannot prove they did that, the end piece is not falling out just loose. After almost a year waiting for a response from Toyota and being pretty pissed at their customer relations rep for their indifference to a problem due to their manufacturing process which they knew existed I can said my faith in Toyota have somehow being restored. I love my Sequoia and if I need another vehicle another Sequoia would be my preference. The only thing I also noticed but I am not sure is that the frame seems thinner than the original one.
#2169 of 2179 Toyota Sequoia - frame recall experience
Mar 31, 2013 (2:02 pm)
After 1 year of complaints to Toyota and then the NHTSB my frame was replaced. I did receive a rediculous up fromt list / quote of. Items needing attention that totalled over 10,000 but incl many items not related tro the frame repair, so obviously Totyota was trolling foe service revenue to make the frame job break even. I chose to decline all ( some repairs had ben done previously but not by Totota so credit to them by pointing out Timing belt due etc). The bill for the repair came to over $11k to Toyota and my only contribution was a new exhaust - orig. could not be re-installed so Toyota/the dealer split with me - so a very good overall experience for vehicle over 200,000 miles!. My non-toyota mechanic said if it was GM or Ford, the recall progam would have stopped at 50k miles. Who knows. I now have a vehicle I can sell (if I wanted). Btw - -I tried to offer Toyota my truck and their contribution for a new frame, plus my cash towards a newer Seq and they said no - could have saved Toyota 11k but no dice. Good luck all.