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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#2771 of 5330 Re: Questions for gearheads [tsotsi]
Jun 18, 2005 (10:47 am)
Hi - As an owner of a 2002 Highlander with the same engine (OK, mine has 5 HP less) - I think I can ease your mind on all points.
Mine now has 67,000 miles. It's never towed anything, and the fluid has never been changed. The fluid looks and and smells fine. I'll probably change it next year or so, but purely as a preventative measure - that is, if I haven't bought something else by then (I really want something with a manual transmission). All in all, the 4-speed auto is more reliable than the 5-speed in the V-6, and behaves better as well. However, if you are going to tow something for any great distances, you should change the fluid at 50-60k miles.
My valve lifters sound fine as well. Yes, adjusting them is crazy hard. But odds are you'll never have to. My '96 Maxima had the Nissan VQ V-6 that used the same method of valve adjustment, and it's still never been adjusted. Now at 130k+.
This is a great powertrain. I've owned it for only 6 months, but it consistently amazes people who ride in it for the first time how smoothly, quietly, and powerfully this engine can move this 3500 lb. vehicle. Averaging over 20 mpg as well.
All I can recommend is going to synthetic oil at about 1000 - 2000 miles, and use the Toyota filter (less than $6 regular, and less than $4 on a monthly sale). I've been using Mobil 1 for many years, and now they have oils rated for up to 15,000 mile changes. The Toyota air filters are a great value as well - $15 or less on sale.
Enjoy your Highlander!
#2772 of 5330 Re: steering wheel vibration [landdriver]
Jun 18, 2005 (1:12 pm)
The vibration problem was corrected for a time when different wheels were installed, but is now starting again. Have you considered that water may be getting into the tires when air is added? Most air compressors will accumulate water that must be bled off frequently. I remember hearing years ago of a problem much like yours that was traced to water in the tires. You might think that the water would be evenly distributed at road speeds and not effect balance, and this may be true when the wheels are placed on the spin balancer. But when the tires are on the road they are no longer round because of the reduced radius at the ground contact point and they may go way out of balance. Just a thought.
#2773 of 5330 Re: Questions for gearheads [ecotrklvr]
Jun 18, 2005 (4:20 pm)
Thanks for the information. One reason I bought the 4-banger was because I had heard that some of the 5-speeds, used with the V-6, had an annoying hesitation. The 4-speed certainly seems like a nice gearbox -- it appears to almost read my mind when it comes to shifting. Also, I like to do some servicing on my cars myself, and there is much more room in the engine compartment with the 4-cylinder, something important for a shade tree mechanic.
I am planning to at least measure the valve clearances myself after 60,000 miles and am pretty confident that is all that will be needed. I am still puzzled over the very limited list of maintenance items though. Okay, I guess it is possible the automatic transmission fluid will last for 120,000 miles, with gentle use. But what about the brake fluid. Most car companies recommend changing it every two years or so because it is hygroscopic and the water in it will boil when the fluid gets hot and can also cause rusting. I guess it is possible that changing it when new brake pads are installed is often enough so they don't see any point in making it a separate item.
The funny thing is that when I bought my Highlander the dealer seemed more interested in making money then prepping my car properly. I can't figure out why the maintenance schedule doesn't give him a chance to make more money. Not much profit in oil changes.
#2774 of 5330 Maintenance Required Flashing Light
Jun 19, 2005 (2:10 pm)
How do you reset the Maint Req flashing light when your approaching 5000mile intervals?
#2775 of 5330 Re: Reset MAINT REQUIRED light [middleageguy]
Jun 19, 2005 (2:19 pm)
Mine did go on at 10,000 miles? What's up with this flashing light approaching the 5K intervals?
#2776 of 5330 Re: Maintenance Required Flashing Light [scienceteacher]
Jun 20, 2005 (2:50 am)
After you do the required service for the vehicle interval, turn the key to ON without starting the vehicle. Push the odometer button until ODO reading is displayed. Turn the key to off. Now PUSH AND HOLD the odometer button AND turn the key to ON again WITHOUT starting the engine. Wait 3-5 seconds until the 'Maintainence Required' light goes out, Now the interval is reset.
On US spec vehicles, when you are within 500 miles of the next interval, the light flashes after startup for 15-30 seconds as a reminder. Within 50 miles of the next interval, the light stays on until reset.
#2777 of 5330 Re: Maintenance Required Flashing Light [mckeown]
Jun 20, 2005 (12:43 pm)
#2778 of 5330 Re: Questions for gearheads [tsotsi]
Jun 20, 2005 (10:07 pm)
I changed fluid at at 50 K with synthetic ATF since I towed my 2800 lbs boat/trailer several times, fluid was hard to find but I think that it will save me from premature wear- $ 6 QT
Front brake pads look like there is 50% left hoverver rotors are shaking more and more
no other prblems to report, transmission shifts predictibely
2003 4 cyl
#2779 of 5330 What is a 120-watt fan coupling?
Jun 21, 2005 (12:56 pm)
My 2005 Highlander came with a towing package. It includes a "120-watt fan coupling" according to the description. Anybody know what that is? As far as I know, it has electric fan motors but I don't know where the coupling comes in. Could they mean a 120-watt fan motor?
#2780 of 5330 Re: Help!! [luvmycar1]
Jun 21, 2005 (1:24 pm)
Hey luvmycar1, did they figure out what was wrong with the brakes? ABS and BRAKE light sounds like TOTAL brake failure. Did you finally get the car back?