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#4715 of 5330 Re: Help! Hatch Latch Stuck-2007 Toyota Highlander [grammar]
Jan 01, 2010 (5:19 pm)
Duct tape some blanket and cardboard on the INSIDE of the rear hatch door under the glass. This will give some protection to the door panel for the next step. Then have an assistant lay on their back in the back of the vehicle and try to kick the hatch door open with their boots, as you try to unlock the door. The jarring and vibration may be enough to open the latch. If that is does not work at first, you might try pushing the hatch IN from the outside, THEN try to kick it OUT. It may loosen the blanket material enough to allow the latch to open.
#4716 of 5330 Re: Help! Hatch Latch Stuck-2007 Toyota Highlander [electricdesign]
Jan 02, 2010 (5:44 am)
Then, when (not if) that doesn't work, call your glass guy to replace the rear glass and an ambulance for your assistant who's put his foot through it and is bleeding.
#4717 of 5330 04 highlander caliper problem
Jan 02, 2010 (8:10 am)
driver side of the vechicle was shaking like the wheel was out of balance, so i went to the shop. they raised on the lift and spun the wheels and driver side wheel did not spin and i was told that caliper is jammed...and i need a new caliper...is it a correct assumption? if i need new one...would i be able to rebulid it or is it just cost and time effective to replace it new one?
#4718 of 5330 Re: 04 highlander caliper problem [coran2maxq]
Jan 02, 2010 (9:24 am)
Rebuilt calipers are so inexpensive that rebuilding yours, even DIY, is not justified.
If you're stuck for coins then replace the brake pads, depress/apply the piston back and forth into the caliper several times, and wait and see if it sticks again.
But be sure to thoroughly clean and lubricate the caliper guides/slides/pins also.
#4719 of 5330 Re: 04 highlander caliper problem [coran2maxq]
Jan 02, 2010 (10:04 am)
The previous message was correct until I looked up the price of rebuilt calipers at autozone.com. For the highlander it is $60 and for my 2002 Astro they're $16. There no listing for a rebuilt kit (front) at the Autozone site but they might be available elsewhere. If you never have done one before, rebuilding them at first time can be intimidating and to really really make it easy a small air compressor is handy to force out the piston from the caliper. All in all it is better to buy a rebuilt. I've done both and here is a problem that is hard to correct. Most of the time a stuck or hung up caliper is cause by corrosion. The rubber boot or seal around the top ring of the piston is probably crack allowing water to get behind it there by causing some corrosion on the surface of the piston. The corrosion or rust gets between the piston and the O-ring of the calliper and it will build up so the piston cannot be pushed back by the back pressure after you take your foot off the break pedal. You can remove the rust with a emery cloth (not sand paper) or steel wool to polish it up but from my expierence this area on the piston will always rust again. A remanufactured unit will polish the pistons far better or replace the piston and clean up the caliper bore.
#4720 of 5330 Bluetooth phone with Nav
by rl newbie
Jan 03, 2010 (1:12 pm)
I have tried several different phones with my 2009 Highlanger (w/NAV) and the Bluetooth connection quality is pretty bad.
If you have used a Bluetooth phone and have the NAV, would you please let me know if you too have people complaining about the connection or if it is working fine for you.
I need some ammo if I'm gonna insist that mine is defective and needs repair.
Thanks in advance.
#4721 of 5330 Re: Battery life? [lmacmil]
Jan 04, 2010 (7:27 am)
I have an '03 Highlander Limited V6 FWD w/50+K miles. Love it, drives like new, no odd sounds, no rattles, no squeaks, no wind noise, NO problems at all. I finally replaced my OE battery last week after 6.5 yrs and discovered only one cell was bad. Since I too didn't want to take the chance of having a dead battery, I had the dealer install the same OE battery. Who can argue with 6.5 yrs on an OE battery? And it was still working
Tires, another story. The OE tires suck!!! Even the tire guy at Sams wouldn't sell me a set he had in stock. Ordered a set of Michelin's (don't remember which ones), they have ~15K on them and look almost new. I rotate them twice a year (only drive ~8K/yr now that I'm retired.
I bought a Hyundai Azera 2008 w/25K miles just a month ago and wish I had bought another Highlander, but, didn't want 2 of them in the family just for the sake of not having 2 in the family
I love my Highlander and cannot convience my wife to give it back and her drive the Azera.
#4722 of 5330 Re: Bluetooth phone with Nav [rl newbie]
Jan 04, 2010 (4:52 pm)
I have an '08 Highlander w/NAV and a Verizon Wireless Blackberry Storm smart phone. The only comments I've had are that I sound like I'm a long way away from the mic (near the homelink buttons on the ceiling console.) If I make a concerted effort to inflect my voice that way during conversations, it's much better.
#4723 of 5330 Re: Bluetooth phone with Nav [mdhutton]
Jan 04, 2010 (7:00 pm)
I've had 3 portable GPSs and 5 or 6 different phones and according to my wife, they all sound like you're far away and the mic pics up all the road noise too...... can't speak for any factory or indash units.
#4724 of 5330 Re: 2008 H/L Ltd Dash Rattle [grammar]
Jan 05, 2010 (10:22 am)
I had the same annoying rattle (closer to a "buzz" IMO) on our '03. On a very long trip I was able to finally figure it out:
When it starts, use your fingers to lightly press on the plastic piece(s) on the rear of the steering wheel at the bottom. That is, on the bottom of the wheel, when the noise is happening, lightly pull the bottom of the wheel backing toward you.
Learning what made the noise was the hard part.
I plan on some little dabs of clear silicone at the edge of the wheel and the backing plate, maybe 4, and stuffiing some foam rubber between that backing plate and the steering column while the silicone cures.
Unless someone suggests a better idea.