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#4029 of 5330 2003 Highlander 4 x 4 VSC warning light and traction control problem
Apr 22, 2007 (3:41 pm)
Hello all....1st time poster here. Was wondering if anyone could help. I have a 2003 Highlander 4 x 4 and I am not sure if the "Vehicle Skid Control System" or the "Traction Control System" are working. The owners manual says the indicator lights for these systems are supposed to come on breifly when you turn the ignition to on, and then they are supposed to go out. Mine never come on at all. Never. The car shows no other abnormalities. The owners manual goes on to say that if the indicator lights do not go come on when the ignition is turned on then you should "contact your Toyota Dealer". Any know what the problem or repair might be? Thanks!
#4030 of 5330 Re: 2003 Highlander 4 x 4 VSC warning light and traction control problem [chris75799]
Apr 22, 2007 (5:17 pm)
I don't know specifically about the standard/optional features on a 2003 Highlander, for the different trimlevel vehicles. Are you the original owner and therefore have the original paperwork? It may be that some of these were optional features.
If not.....a Toyota dealer would have the ability to look up your VIN number, and definitely tell you whether your vehicle has those features installed.
#4031 of 5330 Re: Toyota extended warranty [OHSA]
Apr 22, 2007 (6:51 pm)
If you are buying from a Toyota dealer have them certify the car as a Toyota Certified Pre-owned car. Then you will have a great warranty. If not, dealers will sell you third party warranties but they are usually a rip off. I think only the original owner can get the Toyota Platinum warranty that I have.
#4032 of 5330 Re: 2003 Highlander 4 x 4 VSC warning light and traction control problem [chris75799]
Apr 22, 2007 (7:50 pm)
I am the original owner...and these functions are standard equipment. The traction control system is supposed to automatically engage the four wheel drive when needed. My concern is that I am going to be using the vehicle to launch a boat and I want to make sure the four wheel drive will engage on the boat ramp if needed to pull the boat out of the water. Any other ideas?
#4033 of 5330 EVAP Emission Error Codes
Apr 30, 2007 (5:24 am)
I have gotten seevral codes off the ecu san and I am not sure what they will require to resolve the problem. The codes are:
P0440 EVAP Emisison Control Malfunction
P0441 EVAP Emission Control System Purge flow fault
P0446 EVAP Emission Control Vent Circuit Malfunction
ANyone have an idea what this ,means?
#4034 of 5330 Timing Belt
Apr 30, 2007 (5:25 am)
I have to chance the timing belt on my 2002 Highlander I am being told by the dealer I should also change out the water pump and a few other items at the same time. IS this a standard practice based on the complexity of accessing this items?
#4035 of 5330 Re: EVAP Emission Error Codes [danmac]
Apr 30, 2007 (5:53 am)
Not sure what year your vehicle is, but may be covered under warranty as emissions equipment.
I'd do a look at all of the small vacuum hoses looking for a hose off, hose split, plastic fitting broke, gas cap off, etc. Your charcoal canister might be underneath the vehicle.
Got the Camry 07 service manual out, and for a P0441 (Evaporateive Emissions Control System Incorrect Purge Flow) it says the trouble areas are:
- Purge VSV
- Connection/wire harness (Purge VSV ECM)
- Canister pump module
- Leakage from EVAP system
- Leakage from EVAP line (Purge VSV Intake Manifold)
Edit....sorry, I just realized the 2nd post is from you as well, where you identify the vehicle as 2002. With a quick review of 2002 manual, I don't see any breakout of error codes to trouble codes. Regarding waterpump...yes. For a 6 cylinder fiber belt replacement, it is normal to replace the water pump while they have the front of the engine open. The fiber belt drives the pump, so they are right there and it is easy to replace. You don't want to have to pay a 2nd time to go in and replace the waterpump.
#4036 of 5330 New highlander : brakes
Apr 30, 2007 (7:19 am)
I purchased a highlander 2007 4X4 6 cyl this month. One thing I have noticed is that when I release the brake there is a lot of noise. is this something which will go away with tim, or should I show it at a dealers ? I have driven some 250 miles.
#4037 of 5330 Re: 2003 Highlander 4 x 4 VSC warning light and traction control problem [chris75799]
Apr 30, 2007 (7:41 am)
Probably the easiest thing to check, is to see if you have any blown fuses (there are a number of them in the control circuitry). Check the ABS's, the ECU's (B, IG, etc), and the one for the stoplight circuit. If it's not one of those, I think you're going to need to get it to the dealer. The ABS/TRAC/VSC Actuator, the Skid Control ECU, the ECM, and Sensors (Yaw Rate's, ABS's, Steering) are all part of that function.
One other thing you can test to help in diagnosing......Go out into an empty parking lot and jam on the brakes hard to see if you can get it to skid....see if the ABS is working.
#4038 of 5330 Re: Timing Belt [danmac]
Apr 30, 2007 (9:07 am)
Yep, I did the same thing with my 99 Honda CRV. All Honda dealers recommend it as well. Since the water pump and accessory belts also had to come off when the timing belt is changed, there is no additional labor charges to do those.