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#4202 of 5330 Highlander Transmission Leak
Dec 14, 2007 (10:17 am)
I have a 2005 V6, AWD. I bought the car used with just 10000 miles on it. I have maintained it according to the owner's manual and have not abuse it in any shape or form. During an oil change at 62000 miles, the mechanic told me that there is a transmission fluid leak. I did some research on my own and found out that there is a TSB out for the transmission fluid leak on this model/vin. I can forward a copy of the TSB if anyone wishes to have it. If you read the bulletin, it becomes quite clear that the there is a faulty transmission seal that is prone to failure and Toyota has recently change the seal. They are essentially hoping that no one will have this problem and even if they do, it would be outside the warranty period, as in my case! To make the long story short, took the car back to the dealer, they looked at it and sure enough is the seal that is mentioned in the TSB that has failed. The dealer quoted me a price of $1300 to have it fixed. The repair would have been covered under the 60K power train warranty but since my car now has 63K, I am basically SOL. I just called Toyota last night to ask for their assistance but not getting my hopes up. I think it is unfair for a company to know about a problem and not stand behind their product. I will keep you posted on what I hear back from Toyota.
In the mean time, if your 2004-2006 highlander is under 60K, please check for this leak problem. Beware
#4203 of 5330 Auto-locking question?
Dec 14, 2007 (11:20 am)
I was sitting in my '03 HL Ltd the other day waiting for a co-worker and listening to the radio. Expecting her to arrive shortly, I turned the key off but still just sat in the car waiting. After a few minutes, the car made a short beep and the doors locked.
I mentioned this to my wife (her car) and she confirmed "don't ever leave the keys in the car, sometimes it'll lock itself".
Last night we get home and are unloading some things from the HL. A couple of doors were open. The car started the long beep, like you are trying to lock it with remote but a door is open. First time it's happened like this (and we've owned the car since Oct '02). I closed the doors and the long beep stopped. Opened the doors again to finish unloading and after a few minutes, got the long beep again. Finished unloading, closed the doors and went into the house. I specifically DID NOT lock the doors. I DID watch to see that the dome lights went out since I had gotten those "open door" long beeps. I've always been concerned about killing the battery because the dome lights didn't turn off (like if a door wasn't all the way closed. I'd rather they turn off when the door closes rather than waiting a minute or so, because by then we are out of sight of the car and wouldn't know if the dome light remained on all night.)
This morning all the doors were locked.
Anybody have any ideas of what is happening, or what has changed?
WWest? You are pretty familiar with the programming of these things. Did we inadvertently do something? Or is something in the computer hardware or software failing (we still have the extended warranty)?
#4204 of 5330 Re: Highlander Transmission Leak [ft20]
Dec 14, 2007 (12:20 pm)
This is interesting, I have a 04 6 cyl AWD with 64,000. How can I get the TSB? or find out what VIN no's are affected. Thanks
#4205 of 5330 Re: Highlander Transmission Leak [miatablue]
Dec 14, 2007 (2:54 pm)
Drivetrain - Fluid Leaks From Transfer Case Vent
TRANSMISSION & CLUTCH
TRANSMISSION FLUID OR GEAR OIL
LEAK FROM TRANSFER CASE VENT
'04 - '06 Highlander (AWD) & Sienna (AWD)
June 11, 2007
Some 2004 - 2006 model year AWD (4WD) Highlander or Sienna vehicles may display a transmission fluid or gear oil leak from a vent on the right side of the transfer case. The leak is from the transfer RH (right-hand) bearing retainer No. 2 oil seal. Production improvements have been implemented to prevent this condition from occurring. Follow the repair procedure below to replace the RH bearing retainer No. 2 oil seal assembly.
2004 - 2006 model year Highlander (AWD) and Sienna (AWD) vehicles produced BEFORE the Production Change Effective VINs shown below.
2AZ-FE (4 cyl) JTEHD21A*60043493
3MA-FE (6 Cyl) JTE*P21A*60167377
Hope this helps.
#4206 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [phrosut]
Dec 14, 2007 (5:28 pm)
Other than the possibility that a key button got pressed in your pocket (has happened to me.) I don't have any ideas.
#4207 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [wwest]
Dec 14, 2007 (5:46 pm)
I know that the key on the fob WASN'T depressed on at least two of the three instances I just had happen because the keys were in my hand and not my pocket and I wasn't pushing any buttons. That the fob was accidentally pushed while in my pocket was the first guess I had that evening at home, so I pulled it out of my pocket and then a few minutes later got the same beep. Then locked sometime after that when the keys were hanging in the house.
It COULD be a malfunctioning fob, I suppose. We have another and if this happens again I'll switch fobs.
STRANGE to say the least but if that's the only problem I have with this car, and so far it is, provided it's actually a problem and not just some programming that decided to change parameters, it only requires we don't ever leave the keys in the car. We shouldn't do that anyway.
#4208 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [phrosut]
Dec 15, 2007 (1:38 pm)
I have no idea if this affects it or would have anything to do with it...ever replaced the battery(ies) in the key fob(s)? Do they need to be? Only reason I thought of it is I've discovered some cordless phone handsets, when the battery's crapping out, can start randomly 911.
#4209 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [webgood]
Dec 16, 2007 (5:33 pm)
NO. Never changed to fob battery. For another car, one even went through the wash cycle. Didn't give them a thought and waited 'til they ceased to function.
Gonna change the battery this week. Whatta good idea. Dang battery is 5 years old and has been used daily.
#4210 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [phrosut]
Dec 16, 2007 (5:42 pm)
Maybe your keyfob wasn't depressed, but was your wife's? In her purse? This happened to me once.. was driving down a highway and the (panic) alarm kept going off (very startling to say the least)... had to pull off and figure it out.. turned out to be the keyfob in her purse....
Just a thought!
#4211 of 5330 Re: Auto-locking question? [toyseeker]
Dec 17, 2007 (11:45 am)
Thanks for the tip toyseeker.
The first time it happened (while I was just sitting in the car) my wife was 40 miles away tho.