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Toyota Highlander, SUV
May 01, 2005 (7:40 pm)
I am the original owner of a Harvest Gold 2002 4cyl Highlander. I like the car very much, get around 21 mpg city driving, er, mostly crawling on Southern California freeways! It has a little over 43,000 miles. Right now the car is at the local dealership with the interior completely disassembled. Seems it has developed a severe leaking problem in the passenger compartment. There is so much water in the car I could hear it slosh when I stopped at a signal. Although I usually park it in the garage, it has sat outside a couple times in our unusually heavy rains. The dealer so far has no clue as to how the water enters. No apparent evidence of leakage from windows, door seals, holes in roof, etc. The car has never been in an accident and has all original glass. Door panels, seats, head liner, dashboard, rear storage compartment are all dry but carpet and floor are SOAKED!!! This is my fourth Toyota, but I've never had a problem like this with any car. Has anyone else experienced unexplained interior compartment leaking with their Highlander?
#2658 of 5330 Re: Leaks In Rain [condenado]
May 02, 2005 (9:17 am)
Not in the HL, but my Lexus coupe was doing this - it was plugged sunroof drains.
...Door panels, seats, head liner, dashboard, rear storage compartment are all dry but carpet and floor are SOAKED!!! This is my fourth Toyota, but I've never had a problem like this with any car. Has anyone else experienced unexplained interior compartment leaking with their Highlander?
#2659 of 5330 Re: Leaks In Rain [condenado]
May 02, 2005 (9:17 am)
I had a similar sounding problem with my wife's 2000 Lexus RX 300 (her car, my problem) and the (correct) diagnosis that I got from the Lexus Forum was that the A/C condenser drain hose was loose or clogged, which caused a backup that flowed into the floor of the front passenger seat. I got it fixed at nominal cost at the nearby Toyota dealer. Good luck.
#2660 of 5330 Getting feedback before warranty expires
May 02, 2005 (12:43 pm)
had posted this question a while back but didn't get any responses. Now that people have more miles on their 2002's perhaps someone has run into this.
When I first drive my 2002 V6 and I go over the first few bumps, I hear some kind of moderate noise from the rear. It sounds like the sound you would get if you had a bad shock.
After going over a few bumps more, this goes away (like a few hundred feet). If I stop and let it sit a while it happens again. It sounds like it's the right rear but I can't tell for sure. I'll have to ride in back and ask my wife to drive.
The dealer says that this is normal and has something to do with the brakes setting.
There have been a few threads here where people have been complaining of noises going over bumps on the highway but I have never heard this.
If I put one foot on the brake and the other on the gas, it seems to be less but it still seems to be there.
Has anyone noticed this?
It is quite noticeable and happens every time.
It has gotten worse and now I'm getting 'sproinging sounds' occassionally and sounds like there is something loose in the rear door.
I have done the recall for the filler tube and had the rear axle seal replaced so they may have not tightened something up right.
Also, my passenger seat is also pretty noisy when you go over bumps.
I have seen this description it the TSBs. Is this common and has anyone had this fixed. "TECHNICAL INFORMATION ON DIAGNOSING FRONT SEAT BACK NOISE".
Service Bulletin Num : NV00802
NHTSA Item Number: 634027
Date of Bulletin: JUN 28, 2002
Also, the road noise is more that I expected, especially when it is windy. I have moved the roof rack all the way back and this helps some.
There were postings on specific fixes for the 2001.
However, I also found this TSB.
FRONT DOOR OPENING WEATHERSTRIP
Service Bulletin Num : BO01603
NHTSA Item Number: 10003451
Date of Bulletin: JUL 16, 2003
Have people had this fixed on 2002 and later models.
#2661 of 5330 Re: Getting feedback before warranty expires [eddiee]
May 03, 2005 (3:04 am)
Can't help you with the other stuff, but ref the noise in the back - have you tried looking in the spare tire compartment under the rear cargo area to see if anything is loose. It seems that I had to do that when I first got my 02 for the same reason. I would be surprised if the brakes made that kind of noise under the conditions you described.
#2662 of 5330 RE: Leaks In Rain
May 04, 2005 (6:58 pm)
Tell them to check the air conditioning. My 1997 Jeep leaked water into the passenger compartment on a regular basis. If I drove the car over 300 miles in one run with the air on, I would have a pool of water in both the front seat wells. Could be the drain is clogged. If not and the leak is coming from the dash, the cost will probably be somewhere around 900 dollars to fix. That is what I was quoted at the Jeep dealer. Of course, I am now the proud and happy owner of a 2003 Highlander with 27,000 trouble free miles. Knock on wood.
#2663 of 5330 Re: How to hardwire radar detector? [dntman]
May 05, 2005 (10:46 am)
Thanks dntman. How do I take the pillar covers off? Do they just 'pop off'?
#2664 of 5330 Re: How to hardwire radar detector? [sams_6]
May 05, 2005 (6:16 pm)
Also be aware whenever working around airbags, the Toyota '01 shop manual recommends wearing eye protection . When working around the side airbags in the seats, the manual says to disconnect the battery and wait 90 seconds before disconnecting the connector going to the seat to prevent possible accidental deployment of airbags (the '01 shop manual doesn't address pillar airbags as this was introduced in later MYs).
#2665 of 5330 tire wear
May 06, 2005 (10:20 am)
We have a 2004 AWD highlander. We rotated tires at 5,000 and again just now at 20,ooo. We were told that we have edge wear and scalloping. These are the original tires that came with the vehicle. We were told not to bother with an allignment because we will need 4 new tires. Any idea whats going on? Did we mess up by not getting a rotation at every 5? Or is it possible to need new tires so soon? Thanks.
#2666 of 5330 Re: Leaks In Rain [poppop1]
May 07, 2005 (8:56 pm)
Thanks for the tip about the A/C condenser drain hose. Did that happen only when it rained heavily? This last time, though I found most of the water gathered under the rear seat, although the service advisor did mention that the water had gone up all the way to the top of the front passenger side carpet. The car is now at its second Toyota dealer - this one has a body shop. The first dealer had the car for almost a week and couldn't figure out how water had gotten into the car. I hope the second dealer is more astute. So far I am into this about 2 grand(!) so I have my fingers crossed. I don't think my insurance company is very happy about this claim, either.