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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#3791 of 5330 Re: Sludge Lawsuite? [ocg35man]
Nov 21, 2006 (8:14 am)
I have a 2002 AWD Highlander Limited with 155,000 km on it. I heard a lot about this "sludge" issue with some V6 Toyota engines (I believe 1998-2002).
When I took the car from the dealer (it had 143,000 km on it back then) the engine sounded OK to me and really I didn't notice anything that I should worry about. But couple of weeks after, I noticed the oil level drops about 1L every 2,000-3,000 km. Then I started to hear some knocking from the engine, especially when it's cold. I got the car with no warranty (brilliant!!) and now I'm having nightmares thinking about the engine failing on me on the highway.
#3792 of 5330 I am sick to my stomach. New 2007 Highlander
Nov 21, 2006 (9:23 am)
After owning a Corolla with 200,000 miles on it, with no problems in 11 years, I went out and bought the 2007 Sport, based on Consumer Reports review which was great. After reading the board, I am sick about this. At 200 miles, I have significant engine vibration in the steering wheel and gas pedal, and I am feeling the transmission upshift surge while stopping. All this for a $31K vehical? Does anyone have case numbers I can take to my Toyota dealer on these issues, or should I just pay someone to torch this vehical right now?
#3793 of 5330 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound
Nov 21, 2006 (11:36 am)
I own a 2004 Highlander with 25,000 miles. When I turn *right*, I hear clicks and receive mechanical feedback through the steering.
I read about similar complaints with V6 Highlanders. Do the V4 and V6 Highlanders use the SAME steering assembly?
I am also going to write to NHTSA. I believe if you dont write, you have no right to gripe...
#3794 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [vrm]
Nov 22, 2006 (5:45 am)
I had the same thing on my 2005 at almost the same mileage. Take it in to the dealer and they will fix it.
#3795 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [billran]
Nov 22, 2006 (5:55 am)
Billran, when you say the same thing, what do you mean? Vibration, or clicking in steering?
Also, what did they do to fix?
#3796 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [garywi]
Nov 22, 2006 (6:01 am)
steer click knock at low speeds and when backing up and turning- u joints bad in the steering shaft- dealer replaces intermediate shaft
#3797 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [garywi]
Nov 22, 2006 (6:08 am)
Exacty what edh says above. A slight clicking that can be felt in the steering wheel when turning at low speed. I could feel it also while going forward at very slow speed as well. They will probably have to order the part which will take a few days, and installation takes a couple hours.
#3798 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [billran]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:40 am)
I am typing this from the dealership. There is a Toyota TSB regarding this problem.
"Steering Intermediate Shaft Noise"
TSB Notice date July 20, 2006 covering Camry, Highlander (04 and 05 model years) and Solara.
Toyota has developed a new intermediate shaft to address the clunk, pop or knock type noise when turning the steering.
If your vehicle is out of warranty, you may have to pay for the repair. Good Luck!
#3799 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [vrm]
Nov 22, 2006 (7:58 am)
Would you be able to offer an opinion on the steering wheel vibration that I have been writing about?
1500-2000 RPM in any gear except 5th, pronounced vibration in steering wheel.
My Corolla has a smoother ride right now.
#3800 of 5330 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [garywi]
Nov 22, 2006 (10:23 am)
Hi Gary, Unfortunately I can't offer much on your vibration issue. I had a four cylinder Camry years ago that had a lot of vibration in the steering wheel. And, when I test drove the four cylinder Highlanders I also detected a bit of vibration when stopped. I have had my 6 cylinder AWD for 2 years now and 30K miles, and have never had any vibration at all. I know a couple other people with these cars and they have never mentioned it either. I think what you are experiencing is not typical for 6 cylinder Highlanders, and hopefully a dealer could isolate and fix that issue. Sorry I cant help you more. Good luck.