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#4406 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [ft20]
Oct 13, 2008 (3:12 pm)
I know this thread is from several months ago,but if you're still reading it,I want to say that I am having similar problems with Toyota's unresponsiveness. I have a 2002 Highlander,V6 AWD,purchased new 6.5 years ago,which just turned over to 62K miles. Although the car is performing well,I am told it is leaking transmission fluid AND also slowly leaking P/S fluid,requiring a torque seal replacement,a new P/S pump,plus an alignment. The total cost for all this is over $2300! I had done every maintenance,lube,etc. on time,with the Toyota service people;the car had never been driven off-road or been in an accident,etc. I am really disappointed,because I had bought the big story that Toyotas are such solid,reliable cars.I've never had any car that just fell apart this way,when still at such low miles. I asked Toyota to assist with these repair charges,and they basically replied, "Awwwww....too bad. But we won't help you." Now I plan to write a letter to Jim Lentz's office,but doubt it will do any good,since the regional mgr.has already said no help is forthcoming. Their position is that I'm out of warranty,so it's my bad luck. I've told them that I had originally been so excited to be buying a Toyota because of its great reputation for being well-made,and believed that a well-cared-for Toyota would last a good many years without major problems. I guess this is my first AND last Toyota. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
#4407 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [patreezia]
Oct 13, 2008 (5:32 pm)
You can buy, and refill, a lot of ATF and PS fluid for even 10% of that $2300 invoice.
#4408 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [patreezia]
Oct 13, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Next time buy a FWD instead of an AWD. That may help with the transmission leak problem. You said you were "told" that the fluids were leaking? They must not be too bad if you didn't see it yourself. Look for signs of leakage where you park your car. Add fluids as needed for now. If the leaks get severe, then consider repairs. You said you were also "told" you needed an alignment? How good or bad is your steering or does it drive OK? Is the steering wheel straight? Does it pull left or right? How are the tires wearing. Any excessive tire wear on the inside, outside or tire tread feathering? I would not believe what I was told without strong evidence to substantiate such repairs.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
I've got a 2004 HL Limited V6 Auto FWD with 110,000 miles, and it's almost perfect.
#4409 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [patreezia]
Oct 14, 2008 (5:57 am)
I too was "told" by my Honda dealer that my '99 CRV with 135K miles was leaking anit-freeze, brake fluid from the master cylinder, and oil from the valve cover gasket. Yet when I check these fluids, which I have done religiously since owning it, I've NEVER had to put any of those fluids in and also have never seen any of those fluids in my drive way.
Someone else explained it best to me. As a car ages, the seals do get "some" leakage. When I looked at my master cylinder, I did see what appeared like seapage around it, yet it was still full of brake fluid. Now, could it start leaking like a crazy? Maybe. But I wasn't about to sink a grand or more in to the vehicle.
The others here have given good advice. Just check these fluids once or twice a week and fill as needed. I'd bet you won't put hardly anything at all in. Also if you park in a garage, put some card board under where you park and check this for any drips.
And don't waste your time trying to get Toyota to ante up. The O2 sensor went on my son's Tacoma when it was 3K miles and one month off of warranty and they wouldn't help. They just referred it to the dealer who wouldn't return my calls. I currently have four Toyotas in my household and will NEVER own another one. Between the quality issues I've seen and the arrogant dealers being a royal pain in my arse, they can go pound salt before I buy another one.
#4410 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [mikefm58]
Oct 14, 2008 (9:14 am)
The O2 sensor should have been covered under federal emissions warranty, which runs longer than basic warranty.
#4411 of 5330 Re: Transmission Leak Update [typesix]
Oct 14, 2008 (3:55 pm)
I tried that, the emissions warranty is spelled out in my manual and confirmed by the dealer. It was out of warranty.
#4412 of 5330 2005 Highlander Air Filter
Oct 31, 2008 (7:08 am)
I have always had the engine air filter checked/replaced by the service dept. But for the life of me when I look under the hood I can not find where the engine air filter is located. There is no way that it is behind the radiator. I do know how to change the cabin air filter. the owners manual does not show or tell me how to change the engine air filter. So can anyone please tell me or even supply a photo of where it is in the engine compartment? thank you.
#4413 of 5330 Timing belt for 02 HL
Oct 31, 2008 (12:25 pm)
I u/s the timing belt should be replaced around 90K. I have a V6 AWD w/ about 93K. I wondering if someone can tell me what I could expect to pay to have the timing belt replaced and are there other belts that are included in this. AND is there anything else that should be done at the same time as the timing belt because of convenience, for example the water pump. Any help would be much appreciated.
#4414 of 5330 Re: Difficulty of timing belt change? 2004 Highlander V6 [electricdesign]
Nov 07, 2008 (6:07 am)
Thank you very much for your picture diary. I just changed the belt on my 2003 highlander, and your pictures were VERY helpful E.D.!
I second the point about needing the right tools and experience, it's not a job for the faint hearted or inexperienced. I found I needed a number of different lengths of sockets - not just extensions, and I needed to use my wobblers to get at a few of the tougher bolts.
I have a couple of tips to add:
My haynes manual said to remove the steering pump. I found this too difficult - too hard to get at all the bolts through the pulley with the engine in the car. Instead I found I could move the bracket that tightens the belt to get it out of the way of the various bolts I needed to reach - the ones on the timing belt cover, and the belt tensioner. Bit of a fiddle to get the tensioner out with it there, but it did come out.
For that annoying aluminum bracket bolted and held with studs onto the block, the one in the way of the timing belt. I didn't have to remove the studs to get it off (I didn't have that stud remover, what is that E.D.?). I found that by jacking up the engine from the pan, then using my body weight on the chassis, the engine would move up slightly. This gave just enough room around the frame to slip the bracket off the studs. Whew! Replacement is the reverse of disassembly .
#4415 of 5330 2008 SRS Warning Message
Nov 08, 2008 (8:16 am)
I have had my HLmtd since Memeorial Day. This past week is the first time that the SRS warning light and message has been coming on while driving. At first I was able to get it to not stay on by restraing the car. I guess the 'hard boot' worked for about 2 days. Now that soes not seem to do the trick.
My search on the internet and other boards has uncovered this issue with past years Highlanders and past years other Toyos. So far the local service managers have not been helpful, I have an appointment on Tuesday, telling me anything about this.
Can anyone shed some light on this for me.