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#4182 of 5330 toyota highlander 2004 interior temp control
Nov 07, 2007 (3:27 pm)
We bought this vehicle, new, in 2004. It currently has 65,000 miles on it. However, as the weather started turning cooler, we began noticing that the temperature knob on the dashboard does not always work. We have to play with the knob by turning it back & forth and/or pushing in on it to get the temperature to change from cold to hot or hot to cold. Once adusted, it will stay at that tempurature. However, one cool morning, it took me 20 minutes to get the heat to finally run. Our mechanic said he couldn't fix it without replacing the whole kit which is about $600. Does anyone else have this problem? Or can you recommend something?
We have had 3 other Toyota models before the Hignlander & never experienced any problems like this. In fact, we had to have the lighter replaced under warranty. And it has since stopped working again.
#4184 of 5330 Re: toyota highlander 2004 interior temp control [lucky_777]
Nov 07, 2007 (4:41 pm)
Thanks for the recommendation.
#4185 of 5330 power stearing fluid flush?
Nov 17, 2007 (5:02 pm)
just took my 2004 highlander limited (44 months old, 28,100 miles) to get an oil change, service guy came into the waiting room with this thing in his hand that had these dimples on it which had fluids new and old (I thought I was in one of those quicke oil change places), told me the power steering wasn't clear anymore looked like he was showing me vegtable oil, said I needed it flushed, I never heard of this before this is my first toyota.just sold my 1986 ford taurus v6 225,000 miles never had it done on that car and never had any power stearing problems. Has anyone had this service performed? I appreciate any suggestions thanks
#4186 of 5330 Highlander using oil
Nov 18, 2007 (1:36 pm)
I have a 2002 Highlander V6 automatic with 97,000 km. I did not make it to my last oil change. 1,500 shy of 8000 km and need to add 3.3 liters of oil. I am being told that a liter every 1000 is normal.....not likely. Anyone else had similar problems? Toyota Canada may not cover. Dealer says it could cost $5000 for an engine job and there is no test to find problem without taking engine apart.
#4187 of 5330 cup holders - Highlander
Nov 18, 2007 (2:41 pm)
The two flip down cup holders on my drivers seat have broken. Dealer wants $450 to replace and they are not of good quality. I have had little luck in finding a console replacement product to go inbetween seats on the floor. Has anyone else had this problem or have a lead on a quality aftermarket product or web site? Thanks
#4188 of 5330 Re: Highlander using oil [phunter]
Nov 18, 2007 (7:25 pm)
Yes there is a test
you can have an oil analysis done, It will tell you what concentration of different metals that are in the oil. This will help you determine if its bearings valves, rings,etc.
We do it all the time in the aircraft industry. There are many out there(GOOGLE) it should cost you about $50.00. Money well spent for a potential 5K repair.
Hope this helps
#4189 of 5330 Hydro Lock???
Nov 24, 2007 (5:36 pm)
Greetings Toyota owners.
I purchased my HH about April of '06 and it currently has 26,000 mile on it.
I will not bore you with the 10 page dicertaion of what all happened to my car but you are welcome to ask questions as you comment on this thread.
To put it in short form.
HH starts shaking. Owner has it towed to Toyota dealer. Dealer calls and says "Bad gas, not covered under warranty, $285.00" Owner says please fix it. Dealer runs & idles it for 2 days calls and says engine blown, steel parts fly out from under it. Calls in special tech for HH. 8 days later leaves message that cause was hydro lock not covered by warranty.
This looks bad for us. I must guess five to seven thousand for new engine.
On top of this they performed the 30,000 mile service prior to purgeing the gas.
#4190 of 5330 Re: Hydro Lock??? [doug28]
Nov 24, 2007 (6:27 pm)
Hydro-lock is the result of too much liquid, uncompressible liquid, getting into the cylinder. Gasoline as the result of a continuously open injector or water as the result of a blown head gasket.
IMMHO both should be covered under warranty.
Unless you fueled from an old rusty can or with "dirty" gas.
#4191 of 5330 Re: Hydro Lock??? [wwest]
Nov 24, 2007 (8:30 pm)
Nope. Always super-unleaded and with usual brand.
I was notified two days before the news of the hydro lock that during the tear down they found evidence of a vermin chewing on a wire???
Could that cause a faulty injector reading or other wise.
If it was the cause of the misfire would that not be simple to pick up on?
If it were the wire and not the gas and they idle and drive it for 2 days is it my fault?
I'm talking to the manager of the dealer ship on Monday and need to know how to talk.