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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4496 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [jrhfla]
Mar 05, 2009 (11:36 am)
I have the exact same problem with my 2005 Highlander. There is a subtle but becoming increasingly loud ,clunk in the steering wheel. I had it checked by the dealer and they advised that there was a TSB on the Camry but nothing for the Highlander and no recalls. I confirmed this by calling Toyota who were quite firm that it was up to me to pay the $550 to have this fixed "if I chose".
The car has been excellent until this year when all four brake rotors needed replacing - rust they said.
#4497 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [iclark]
Mar 05, 2009 (12:10 pm)
You mentioned having to replace all four brake rotors. I just had to replace the rear pads and rotors on my 2006 HL, at only 70,000 km (43,500 miles). My front rotors were badly rusted but they were able to clean them up. Why would rear pads wear out so fast?
#4498 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [bluenose2]
Mar 05, 2009 (12:49 pm)
Bluenose, the dealer advised me that they saw this rusty rotor problem on cars that spend a lot of time at the local ski hill. I am a little guilty on that score but also do a lot of winter driving in the mountains here in BC. The car has 80K km (48K miles) on it. Still these two bills (rotors and steering) come as somewhat of a surprise given Toyota's (over hyped?) reputation.
PS I am a bluenoser as well.
#4499 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [iclark]
Mar 05, 2009 (1:38 pm)
Hi fellow Bluenoser,
Well it is a little reassuring to hear that I am not alone in having this problem, but disappointing nonetheless that Toyota's quality reputation is diminished by this problem, the only one I have had other than the mysterious rattle I hear when backing into my garage. Another person commented on that problem recently. I keep my Highlander garaged, but it certainly does get exposed to salt on the roads in winter. When I leave it outside at the Airport Parkn'Fly for a week or two when I am travelling, the pads are rusted right to the rotors and the vehicle will not move until you give it a lot of gas.
#4500 of 5330 ABS pump for 04 model
Mar 07, 2009 (12:12 pm)
After going to the Toyota dealer for a diagnostics on why the ABS-Brakes came on, and my car was braking after passing 15 miles/hr, they diagnosed that I needed to change the ABS pump for a 2500 dlls cost only. So my doubt is... Which year & model is compatible with my 04 Highlander 2WD 3.3L, because I definitely will try to avoid the original cost and get a used one. Does anyone know which model pump module is compatible.
#4501 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [bluenose2]
Mar 09, 2009 (6:59 am)
The mysterious rattle could be the heat shield.
#4502 of 5330 Re: ABS pump for 04 model [ruben1973]
Mar 09, 2009 (7:02 am)
I had the same thing happen to me on my 2004 2 WD, but fortunately it happened under warranty. Sounds like I was lucky considering how expensive it will be to fix.
Have you had any problems with your sun/moon roof?
#4503 of 5330 Re: steering clunk [tix]
Mar 09, 2009 (7:24 am)
OK, thanks. Will check that out.
Mar 24, 2009 (4:31 am)
I'm starting to get the telltale knocking on turning that indicates a failing CV joint on my 2001 4wd V6 Ltd w ~79,000 miles.
Has anyone had to replace CV joints?
#4505 of 5330 Intermittent Squeaky High Pitched noise
Mar 29, 2009 (11:24 am)
2001 Highlander basic model. I experience an intermittent squeaky high pitched noise. This noise can start or stop when hitting a bump in the road. The sound also stops when I am at a complete stop and starts again once I apply the gas peddle.
Any thoughts to this problem?