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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#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.
#4192 of 5330 Re: Hydro Lock??? [doug28]
Nov 25, 2007 (10:04 am)
First, I would ask for the foundation for the "bad gas" statement.
If it is the injector ground side that is switched on and off (most likely) then a bare section getting grounded could definitely result in a flooded cylinder.
#4193 of 5330 Re: Hydro Lock??? [wwest]
Nov 25, 2007 (10:55 am)
I'll pursue the bad gas foundation.
When they told me about the "chewed wire" they told me they didn't think it could blow an engine. I told them it was misfiring for 2 days on their lot and that it might very well contribute to the problem (subsequent damage).
It's a hybrid. We were in reverse in our driveway, after 30 seconds the engine kicked in and was shaking, at that point I shut it off so as not to damage a very expensive piece of machinery. Called tow truck. Had them note that physically the car was without blemish. Sent it over to the experts (roadside assistance gave me choice of 2 closer Toyota dealers). Trusted the experts prognosis (bad gas) then next day got the call that the engine blew while idling.
How do you make a hybrid idle?
If this happened while I travelled to safety along a highway I would be told that I caused the subsequent damage and would have to pay for it out of my own pocket. Who pays when we are careful and service department causes subsequent damage. It was at their suggestion that they would drive it around to get the bad gas out of it.
Not only is the engine blown but so is my mind. I'm no genius but had it not been for super duper warranty I would have looked into "bad gas" and wires (common causes of misfires).
Had they told me It'll cost 1400.00 to thoroughly diagnosis and maybe covered maybe not I would have paid it to avoid a blown engine.
Also, when I went to dealer to pick up rental car the service department was closed. We could, however, walk into lot and see our HH.
Sure enough oil & oil collection mats under the auto. Driver window down (Friday night). Dead battery (dome lights faint). No seat protection or floor protection provided. Grease prints on upholstry. 5 cats sitting under the vehicle. Wife & I put plastic and cardboard over window to keep dirt and cats out. If a rat chewed the wires I figure those cats have to eat something and have a good reason to hang out at the dealership.
Now wishing I had used different dealership.
#4194 of 5330 Interior Dome light bulb change
Nov 27, 2007 (10:03 am)
on my 2002, how does one open the center dome light to replace the bulb. the manual indicates the type of bulb, but does not describe how to replace the bulb in the do-it-yourself maintenance section.