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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#1457 of 5330 ABS light comes on when very cold
Jul 04, 2004 (2:20 pm)
Has your ABS light come on when it got below zero like mine? Its a computer module problem that Toyota knows about, but hasn't made a recall on it. They fixed it for free, but took a week to order the part. If your vehicle will never be in sub zero weather, don't worry about it. If it will be, then get it fixed because you will never know when the ABS system is failing or just having a computer problem. I have a 2002 Highlander but know someone with a 2003 with exactly the same problem so apparently Toyota hasn't fixed it.
#1458 of 5330 Possible way to keep rotors from buildup
Jul 05, 2004 (6:38 pm)
I typically used OEM style pads on brakes...on my Acura they were asbestos-free organic pads (not semimetallic). One guy I know suggested using semimetallic pads to agressively keep the rotors clean. I now use Bendix OEM pads which are 20% metallic vs. most semimetallics at 50-60%. I get the benefits of organic pads (quiet, good cold and wet operation) and semimetallics (resistant to heat failure and shorter stopping distances under hard braking). You might try something like this.
#1459 of 5330 Re: Possible way to keep rotors from buildup [sdanders #1458]AAlso installed Bendix Brake Pads
Jul 06, 2004 (3:11 pm)
I was berated by Champion Toyota, Phila., PA for installing Bendix thermo-quiet premium semi-metallic asbestos free severe duty brake pads with sound insulators. All I know is that I no longer experience abnormal brake noise like I had with the Toyota pads. Using the semimetallic pads leaves my rotors clean.
Still disgusted with Toyota's response to my problem with the brakes on my Highlander and find their response that brakes are within manufactures specification as is master cylinder totally unacceptable. Am filing an incident report with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and discussing situation with an attorney.
Could really enjoy my Highlander if I had more confidence in the brake system.
#1460 of 5330 HITCHES 2000# and 3500# Ratings
Jul 09, 2004 (5:48 pm)
Ref. Msg nos. 1256 thru 1263.
There was some confusion recently regarding the 2000# hitch installed on recent 2004 highlanders. My highlander was built in May 2004 and came with a 2000# hitch ( Part no PT22869025 ). After checking with Toyota and my dealer's customer service, I found that the original rating was correct and that Toyota had a new 3500 # hitch ( part no PT22869045 ). I replaced my original hitch today with the 3500# version. It is identical in configuration but has heavier gauge material. I feel much more comfortable with the greater capacity.
#1461 of 5330 Having my 1st problem with my HL with
Jul 09, 2004 (6:38 pm)
transmission. Normally the shift quality has been very smooth and the engagement/disengagement of the O/D the same. However, the past few tankfuls of gas have noted a sharp decline in mileage (from about 21.5/22 down to 18.5/19....first times ever under 20!) that seems to coincide with several other symptoms...harsh engagement of engine braking when suddenly lifting foot off the accelerator when cruising at constant speed of 50 or so. The car shudders or acts like it clunks instead of just slowing down without any physical feeling of harsh engagement. Same thing if you accelerate quickly from closed throttle, it clunks as you engage the throttle instead of just smoothly ramping up engine speed. It doesn't always do this though. I have also noted that power seems down too and it requires more downshifting to maintain speed if on Cruise and a slight hill is encountered. Feels like something going on with the lockup or shift solenoids or maybe torque converter clutch (or the ECM that is giving the commands). No warning lights or codes. The car is a 2002 V6 with 48K miles on it. Tranny fluid was drained (at least the sump was, about 3 qts.) and refilled with T-IV fluid recently. This was done as PM not as result of problem. Anyone else going through this? Will take to dealer, but you know how these intermittent problems are treated!
#1462 of 5330 Re: HITCHES 2000# and 3500# Ratings [lulugaa]
Jul 10, 2004 (3:54 am)
was the hitch dealer installed/ maybe dealer choose the lighter one
#1463 of 5330 Re: HITCHES 2000# and 3500# Ratings [wain]
Jul 11, 2004 (10:35 am)
The hitch was factory installed and supposedly the only hitch available at the time.
#1464 of 5330 '04 Moonroof Switch
Jul 12, 2004 (8:05 pm)
I have an 02 LTD FWD and looking to upgrade to an 04 LTD AWD. The moonroof switch has changed. My 02 has a one-touch open/close/tilt. The 04's have a manual (hold the button down) switch that is very confusing to determine if it's fully closed or partially cracked open. Holding the button to close too long would go directly to tilt without stopping. Am I using this wrong? Does anyone else see this a a huge annoyance? If it weren't for this one thing, I would definitely be trading for one. I'm hoping there's something simple about that I (or the salesmen) don't know.
#1465 of 5330 Re: '04 Moonroof Switch [02hl]
Jul 13, 2004 (3:07 am)
There was an earlier discussion of this problem. If you (and the dealer) check the owner's manual, you'll find instructions for initializing the moonroof to set the one-touch open and close. Apparantly Toyota hasn't done a very good job of informing its dealers, because neither my dealer nor the mechanics knew about this! I just traded an 01 for an 04 and love it!
#1466 of 5330 Re: '04 Moonroof Switch [02hl]
Jul 13, 2004 (3:49 am)
See P. 34 of the 2004 owner's manual and follow instructions to initialize moonroof as if the battery has been disconnected. Indeed, and of course, the moonroof should operate with "one-touch" operation. My dealer didn't know about this either. There is obviously a lapse in communication or vehicle prep for something so important, but easily fixed, once you know how. I've read about the same issue for the Lexus RX 330 as well.
Now that we've removed your final excuse, go for the trade! We love our '04 as well, now 9 months in to it, no problems.