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#3039 of 5330 Highlander won't start
Oct 05, 2005 (12:17 pm)
I have a 2003 V6 Toyota Highlander with about 100,000kms. It is having Intermittent starting problems. I have had it back to the dealer four times and they can't find anything wrong. It isn't the battery, alternator or starter they said. It is cranking and seems to just about start but it doesn't turn over. I keep trying it and it usually starts after 5 or 10 mins. What is really odd, is that normally if you leave your headlight switch is in the "on" position and remove the key and open the door, the lights go off. Three times now the headlights have stayed on. Has anyone had this problem or know of a solution?
#3040 of 5330 Are you sure....
Oct 05, 2005 (1:29 pm)
You didn't open the door, even slightly, and then turn the key off..??
#3041 of 5330 Re: Creaking noise in steering column [rugby65]
Oct 05, 2005 (3:58 pm)
HL has 47,000 on it. Seems to steer fairly easy but I had an Olds van which had really stiff steering so the HL steering wheel really feels like it has a lot of play in it when going down the road but think it is just difference in van and HL. I have it tilted all the way down, maybe that is reason for noise. Might try raising just a bit and see if that helps.
#3042 of 5330 Starting Problems
Oct 06, 2005 (4:43 am)
I purchased and OBD2 scanner about a week ago, I connect it every time I start the truck but no codes have been coming up. Today I did the same routine and I received a P0442 code relating to the "Evaporative Emission System Leak Detected (small leak)." Could this be the solution to the truck not starting at times?
#3043 of 5330 Re: Creaking noise in steering column [dawnee]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:24 am)
I have a '03 HL Ltd. too, and it also develops this rubbing/creaking noise from the steering column with the time. I've taken the vehicle to the dealer, and they lubed the steering shaft. I had done that twice already over the 3 year period I own this SUV. The service deparment said they would continue providing service of the steering column (regarding this noise) for as long as it needs with no charge.
#3044 of 5330 Re: Starting Problems [kroesner]
Oct 06, 2005 (7:33 am)
If that is the error code your getting . call the dealer that tried to fix and tell them .
may be get a discount on the repair. I was thinking your fuel pump maybe going. good luck on the repair
#3045 of 5330 Re: Creaking noise in steering column [gklatv]
Oct 06, 2005 (3:49 pm)
Thanks for info, I may check with dealership here. Have they said when you take it in if this will cause any harm to anything? I mean it is slightly annoying but nothing I can't live with as long as it isn't symptom of bigger problem.
#3046 of 5330 Re: Hesitation issues [tourguide]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:53 pm)
I have had experience with speratic shifting(hesitation if you will) in mt 2005 V6 with 6000 miles. Also as an added bonus my gas mileage is ranging from 13 to 15 MPG.
I took it into the dealer and was told that they had to reprogram the transmission and that I need to drive it for several weeks . They felt that this should end the hesitation problems and could affect the gas milage.
Please offer your opinions.
#3047 of 5330 Re: Anyone else with transmission problems? [splatsterhound]
Oct 06, 2005 (7:43 pm)
Have the same problem exactly; brought it to dealer service, rode with tech. who claimed transmission is computer controlled, continually resets itself each time different person drives it (we've 4 drivers in our family) so no way to stop this from happening; personally think its a huge flaw in the design of the transmission but don't think Toyota will do anything to resolve this.
#3048 of 5330 Re: Hesitation issues [src]
Oct 07, 2005 (3:27 pm)
Toyota has had a Technical Service Bulletin out since June to address this issue:
NHTSA Item #10015488
Title: Engine Control Module Calibration: Transmission Shift Feeling Enhancement.
I brought my 05 HL (3500 miles) into the dealer this morning to discuss this TSB with him.
I had a couple of questions:
1. Has this fix been successful? Answer: In many cases, yes.
2. On my son's 04 HL (which doesn't have the hesitation problem), the car hunts between 5th and 4th gear at freeway speeds (and will drop down to 4th at the slightest touch on the accelerator). It's very annoying, and forces my son to take it out of OD most of the time. My 05 doesn't do this. If I apply the TSB ECM recalibration to my car, will this affect the top end transmission response, creating the same problem that my son has? Answer: Don't know, never had anyone mention this side effect.
Another thing to consider. Once the ECM is recalibrated, it CANNOT be undone (i.e., Toyota will not provide a software download to the dealers that will permit them to go back to the original calibration if you're unhappy with the fix).
Because of this, and because the hesitation on my vehicle is not very bad (much less than others that he's seen, according to the service manager that drove my car), I chose not to recalibrate my ECM (I can always apply the new calibration in the future, if things get worse).
Hope this helps.