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#4930 of 5330 Re: 60k maintenance questions, dealer vs following list [mikefm58]
Jul 27, 2010 (8:09 am)
I am getting ready to go in for an oil change. I usually look in the maintenance manual and only ask them to check anything that is specific to that time frame excluding what they always do without being asked..(If you ask, they charge you to do it as in "I want a 120,000 mile check up) I actually have over 130,000 miles on my 2004 V6 Highlander Limited. It is 4 wheel drive and I do some light towing: trailer with kayaks) The 120 check has several different things that I didn't do then. One was the replacing of limited slip differential oil. In one of your answers, I see where you said that it is in a closed system so I'll eliminate that. Below is the online schedule I referenced from the Toyota site that someone else mentioned in this forum (I love this forum!)
Replace engine oil and oil filter 1
Replace limited-slip differential oil, if equipped (4WD)
Replace spark plugs 2
Re-torque drive shaft bolt
Replace engine air filter
Replace cabin air filter (if equipped)
Inspect the following:
Automatic transmission fluid
Ball joints and dust covers
Brake lines and hoses
Brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs 3
Drive shaft boots
Engine valve clearance
Exhaust pipes and mountings
Front differential oil
Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses
Fuel tank cap gasket
Radiator, condenser and/or intercooler
Rear differential oil (except 2WD)
Steering gear box
Steering linkage and boots
Transfer case oil (4WD)
Additional Maintenance Items for Special Operating Conditions:
Driving While Towing
Replace front differential oil
Replace rear differential oil, including limited-slip (except 2WD)
Replace transfer case oil (4WD)
Replace transmission fluid or oil
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis
Driving in Desert or On Dirt Roads
Tighten nuts and bolts on chassis
1) Reset the oil replacement reminder (MAINT REQD) light after replacing engine oil, if vehicle is equipped with this light.
2) Required under the terms of the Emission Control Warranty.
3) Inspect thickness measurement and disc runout
Can you give me info. on replacing the spark plugs; as far as I can tell, the car is running okay. (the footnote says this is required due to emissions standards) And also on re-torquing drive shaft bolt. There are several things listed under the inspect part that is not usual: example drive shaft boots.
So my overall question is when I go in for the oil change, what would you ask for additionally to be done or inspected?
#4931 of 5330 Recent Highlander Maintenance Quote
Jul 29, 2010 (8:23 am)
I was just quoted $650 to have all my fluids replaced except the engine oil and radiator fluid in my 2003 Highlander. They said labor would be four hours!. I'm no mechanic, but four hours needed for differential, brakes, transmission, power steering fluid replacement? Remember no radiator or engine fluids. Seems high to me. What do you think?
#4932 of 5330 Re: Recent Highlander Maintenance Quote [highlanderfan]
Jul 29, 2010 (9:28 am)
Yes, that does seem high but I'm sure it's because of the book rate that is probably an hour or so labor for each item.
#4933 of 5330 Re: Recent Highlander Maintenance Quote [highlanderfan]
Jul 29, 2010 (2:32 pm)
A couple of years ago, my transmission was acting up so I checked with them on changing the fluid. I remember it being expensive; maybe over $200. They also wouldn't do it on a Sat which meant a day off work so I went by and picked up the supplies from them; again well over $100 and took them to my little local garage. Local garage told me he didn't have equipment to "blow" the system out as Toyota said had to be done. So I told him to drain it and replace fluid. He did and I've had no problems since. Was able to return half of the fluid to Toyota for a refund. Toyota actually takes an equal amount of the fluid and flushes it thru the system before they refill it. I understand why running a bit thru the system might be a good idea but several quarts just sounds exhorbitant and certainly not environmentally friendly.
#4934 of 5330 Re: Recent Highlander Maintenance Quote [highlanderfan]
Jul 30, 2010 (9:21 am)
You're being HAD, Royally HAD...!!
#4935 of 5330 Re: Recent Highlander Maintenance Quote [wwest]
Jul 31, 2010 (7:45 am)
Thanks, I thought this was out of line. They want $250 just for a trans flush and fill.
#4937 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander oil consumption [kenabr]
Aug 02, 2010 (5:48 pm)
EXACTLY what is / has happened to our Highlander--except the replacement of the PCV valve. I believe you, I would just like an explanation why that would be. I have recently found out I might be a victim of the "sludge/oil gelling" issue and this is the FIRST time I heard what YOU are suggesting. Most of our miles have been "local" and this issue came to light when my family was almost stranded 1600 miles after a full oil/filter change. Just completed a 1200 mile trip (from 60-73mph) through parts of Illinois and Missouri and consumed 6 quarts of oil. All is recorded with various Toyota dealers, but that was not good enough for our local dealer. He wants us to come back in 500 miles and check. This would be a "God-send" if this is really the cure for our 2002 with, now, 90000. I keep hearing more and more about the "gelling" issue, but the front valve cover was pulled and showed no obvious sludge. I was ready to invest in all synthetic oil and start changing at every 3/3 though Toyota maintains 7,500 is the standard. If this proves out, I will owe you the best dinner I can provide ! ! ! By the way, why did you suspect the PCV!?
Why doesn't my "plugged-in" dealer know about this???????????????????????? If this problem has existed for a while wouldn't seals, or SOMETHING be damaged?
#4938 of 5330 Any feedback?
Aug 05, 2010 (8:58 am)
I just ordered a K & N filter element for my 4 cylinder Highlander and wonder if anyone has any comments. The local dealer raised his price on stock filters to the point where a K & N seems like a bargain and many people claim they also perform better.
During the last service the dealer service adviser also mentioned that it appeared that my water pump had been leaking and it was probably a good idea to replace it. On the 4 cylinder it is a much easier job than on the 6, but I don't see any point in getting it done until it is leaking a significant amount or getting noisy. Again . . . any ideas?
#4939 of 5330 Re: Any feedback? [tsotsi]
Aug 05, 2010 (10:17 am)
Be careful about having them mess around with your water pump. It could just be your condenser. Check your radiator if you are losing water. That is the sure way of making sure if your water pump is leaking. Just remember not to uncap your radiator while it is hot. I got a 2nd degree burn on my arm 16 yrs ago because of my stupidity. By the way, I've had my share of nightmare with the toyota dealership. They seem to be all passive aggressive. GOOD LUCK.