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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#2682 of 5330 Re: Whining Noise in Rear Axle [utahsteve]
May 18, 2005 (11:51 am)
This sounds like it could be the problem described by many as a "distant siren" noise by several on this board. In my case it would come-and-go, possibly relating to weather conditions where the seal would dry out.
I had this fixed on my 2002 so it may also be a problem with the 2003.
They replaced the right inner axle seal, I think.
Here's a TSB I found that may be it:
Make : TOYOTA Model : HIGHLANDER Year : 2002
Manufacturer : TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Service Bulletin Num : 00103 Date of Bulletin: MAY 23, 2003
NHTSA Item Number: 10002004
Component: POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
RIGHT REAR AXLE SQUEAK NOISE. *TT *JB
#2683 of 5330 Re: Rack and Stack [johnny5]
May 18, 2005 (5:45 pm)
We also have Yakima lowrider with 58" crossbars for our 2 kayaks that we used on our Subaru Forester, but would like to now use on our 2005 Highlander. What do you tie the boats down to in front? The Subaru has front tow hooks but the Highlander does not. Thanks.
#2684 of 5330 Cracked foglight lenses
May 18, 2005 (6:08 pm)
The guy where I park my 2004 Highlander Limited pointed out to me the other day that BOTH of my foglight lenses are cracked. They are fully intact, no pitting, and no discernable damage around them but just all split up and cracked. This seems really odd to me, both at the same time.
I stopped by a Toyota dealer and the manager sort of made it seem that he would replace the lenses for me for free. I'm wondering if there might be some sort of design flaw? Suspension issue? REALLY powerful bugs? Car wash? I'm at a loss. Any ideas? Thanks.
#2685 of 5330 Re: Rack and Stack [lmn908]
May 19, 2005 (5:37 am)
Imn908, I had to look, since I haven't put my boats in the water yet this year .(next week, vacation and fishing). I open the hood and tie them to the head light bracket which is bolted to the body frame. I then close the hood and take up the slack with a trucker's hitch. http://www.paddling.net/sameboat/archives/sameboat200.html#knottruck . I use a lightweight 'parachute cord' they gave me at the kayak shop. Good Luck.
#2686 of 5330 recirc mode
May 19, 2005 (9:31 am)
My 05 Limited climate control always starts in recirc mode when starting the car, it doesn't matter if it is in the AUTO mode or AC or just "unconditioned air." Even if I switch the recirc off, and just have fresh air coming in from the outside, it will go to recirc next time I start the car. I really don't like this. I have mentioned this here before, and some of you have concurred. I have researched this, and it seems that the RX330 also does this, but there is a "c-best" option to have this changed. Does anybody know if the same can be done on the Highlander?
On a related issue, I had the setting that requires 2 pushes of the remote unlock button to unlock all doors changed by my dealer to one push to unlock all doors, but they didn't know it could be done, until I told them I had read on Edmunds that others had done this. I can probably get them to do this for me on the recirc if I can be certain that it is an option.
Anybody know for sure, or have access to the info?
#2687 of 5330 recirc mode....
May 19, 2005 (12:46 pm)
My RX300 will also do that, in all modes, if, when I first start it, the interior of the car is significantly warmer than the temperature setpoint. Sorry I can't really say how significant the difference must be.
If that is not the circumstance in your case it may be that the IAT (internal air temperature) sensor has failed and is somehow indicating a high cabin temperature. In the alternative the solar radiation sensor may have failed indicating a VERY bright sunlight.
#2688 of 5330 Front Rotor Lateral Runout / Warpage - 2002 AWD Limited
May 19, 2005 (7:02 pm)
At 55,000 miles, pulsating front rotors finally got to me, resulting in new front rotors w/labor for $266. Most of those miles are interstate miles, but the last 5 down hill miles of my one day weekly 110 mile commute lately was one long wobble. Toyota dealer also wants to replace the front pads and said the rear rotors have excessive rust rings on the inside of the rotors, thus diminishing breaking area. Another $450 to finish the job.
www.autosupplyco.com/brakenotes.html described it this way. "Lateral runout or Warpage may be caused by several factors; over tightening the lug nuts (over-torquing), inaccurate lathe setups, and rapid temperature changes during normal driving [very hot brake rotors are subjected to a splash of very cold water multiple times]. The driver feels lateral runout when she/he applies the brakes and feels the brake pedal "pulsate" or "shudder"."
#2689 of 5330 Re: Front Rotor Lateral Runout / Warpage - 2002 AWD Limited [dmoyer]
May 20, 2005 (6:35 am)
$266 for new front rotors with labor, is it from toyota dealer? 2 rotors?
They want $249 for front brake jobs (pads and re-surface the rotors)
#2690 of 5330 Re: Front Rotor Lateral Runout / Warpage - 2002 AWD Limited [dmoyer]
May 20, 2005 (6:56 am)
My 2002 is just starting to get pulsing at 34,000. I baby the brakes so my guess is that the factory rotors are probably crap. I actually consider myself lucky where I had replaced the rotors on a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3 times before 34,000 miles. The calipers on them were really crap.
When I have mine done I plan to use a name brand after-market brand like Raybestos, Bendix, Wagner, etc rather than the Toyota factory ones.
Problems with the sticking calipers or sticking pads can also cause warping.
Whenever I get my tires rotated I make a special point to tell them not to use an impact wrench and use a torque wrench to check them. I just had my tires rotated and will check them with a torque wrench.
Concerning the front pads, I would it considerate it a good idea to replace the pads when you replace the rotors. If there are grooves or imperfections in the rotors, they will be reflected in the pads and you would probably not have good contact.
As far as the rears are concerned, a mechanic friend of mine told me that most of the braking is handled by the fronts. When I sold my wife's Camry it still had the original rears at 90,000 and they were going strong. I wouldn't do the rears unless you were having observed problems.
#2691 of 5330 Re: Leaks In Rain [condenado]
May 20, 2005 (9:44 am)
I'm having a similar experience in Indiana with my 2002 Highlander V6. The leak appears to be most prevalent on the passenger side and seems to come from under the dash. Water gets in the floor only. Like you, I can hear water sloshing around; it sounds as if I have a 10-gallon bucket of water in the back floorboard. This has happened twice and no cause can be found. The dealer has checked for sun roof leaks, door leaks, every other possibility, but nothing can be found.
Both times this happened the car had been left outside in a driving thunderstorm. Usually it is parked in a garage. The dealer tried to replicate the leak last night during a storm here, but this morning the car is dry.
The dealer is stymied, and so am I. The service adviser suggested I take the car to a body shop or to a place here called The Rain Doctor.