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#3798 of 5314 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [billran]
Nov 22, 2006 (8:40 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 5314 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [vrm]
Nov 22, 2006 (8:58 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 5314 Re: 04 Highlander V4 - steering click/knocking sound [garywi]
Nov 22, 2006 (11:23 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.
#3801 of 5314 Just drove an identical V6 Sport
Nov 22, 2006 (1:19 pm)
I went to the dealer, and drove an 09 Sport, just like my 07. The 2006 has much less vibration in the steering wheel.
I also noticed, the power steering in the 2006 made the wheel easier to drive and turn, less heavy feel than my 2007. I also noticed that the 2007 got up through the gears more easily, passing into 3000 RPMs in basic city driving. My 2007 never gets above 2400.
Any thoughts on these observations?
#3802 of 5314 Re: ABS & VSC lights on - v.annoying! [luvmycar1]
Nov 26, 2006 (9:43 am)
I have a friend with a similar problem. The dealer told him he needed to replace the processor (~$2500) so he took the fuze out for now. Did you ever find a solution?
#3803 of 5314 Rough noisy engine when cold
Nov 28, 2006 (11:48 am)
I just picked up my '07 Highlander V6 Limited yesterday. Love it! The car only had 6 miles on it. I've only started it cold twice so far but both times, I noticed that it seems a bit rough and noisy until warmed up, at least compared to a Camry. Could this be because the engine is still so tight?
#3804 of 5314 noisy engine
Nov 28, 2006 (1:05 pm)
Yes, my engine is rough. Please go drive and notice engine vibration in the steering wheel between 1800-2000 RPM. Also, notice the sloppy transmission shifting especially at lower speeds. My 07 goes into the shop this week.
#3805 of 5314 Re: noisy engine [garywi]
Nov 28, 2006 (1:43 pm)
Unfortunately the sloppy or hesitant transmission shifting has been around for some time now. Our 2004 V6 Limited had this malady from day one with no lasting fix. I hope you can learn to live with it. The rest of the vehicle was A1, except for a clunking noise in the steering column, but there is a fix for this.
#3806 of 5314 Re: noisy engine [garywi]
Nov 28, 2006 (2:08 pm)
Has anyone offered any explanation for the engine roughness? It is the old Camry engine. I don't see why there would be a difference.
#3807 of 5314 Re: I am sick to my stomach. New 2007 Highlander [garywi]
Nov 28, 2006 (6:06 pm)
I purchased my '06 Highlander Jan. 2006. I have been reading about the transmission issues for months and have been having many of the shifting/upshifting/hesitating problems as other members have. I gave my tranny time to "learn" how I drive,I think 11 months is long enough.I took it to the dealer today, they called me 2 1/2 hours later to tell me that I needed a new transmission!! They gave me some vague answer as to what was wrong with it.They just said it was slipping or something.
I am all freaked out about it so I asked all kinds of freaked out questions like:What does this do to the value of my vehicle? and the answer was that only me,the service writer and Toyota know I had a new transmission put in.Now that's an honest service writer. I asked if the tranny problem had any negative impact on my engine? No answer.I don't know if I should be up in arms about this or just shut up and hope the new tranny makes for a smoother ride.They said my new, not rebuilt tranny was coming from Jacksonville and would be installed Thursday.Any input would be appreciated.Thanks.