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#4953 of 5330 Problems with Toyota Highlander Drive Shafts
Aug 12, 2010 (6:59 am)
I smell another Toyota recall. Just found out that my 2005 Toyota Highlander needs to have the drive shaft replaced, after only 80,000 miles on the roadó estimated cost to repair is $1200.
My mechanic called a Toyota dealer for the part and the parts guy said, and I quote,"These Toyota Highlander drive shafts are FLYING OFF THE SHELVES!"
I've been doing some research and have found that people are saying that there are "poorly engineered drive shafts" in some of the trucks.
Toyota is only admitting to the Tacoma drive shaft issues.
Is Toyota keeping secrets?
Add this one to the recall list, Toyota!
#4955 of 5330 Re: tire pressure light [jay369]
Aug 12, 2010 (8:13 am)
First generation Highlanders do not use pressure sensors in the tires, the tire monitoring system reads rpms from abs wheel speed sensors.
Aug 13, 2010 (9:39 am)
I have 3mm in the front. 2mm in the back. How many miles can I get out the pads that is left? My dealer has a $400 specia. Side shop is $300 with Toyota parts.
#4957 of 5330 Re: sensors [05highlander05]
Aug 13, 2010 (10:35 am)
If you are mechanically inclined, I would do it myself. You can get a good quality ceramic set of brake pads for 40-60 bucks. It isn't really that hard if you have the tools. Just remember to think "Safety First". I wouldn't go under a car without jack stands and laying down a wheel underneath for second support. There are pretty good videos on youtube you can watch how to do it. It usually takes me 10 mins to replace each pad. I don't mind doing a total of an hour work that saves me a lot of money. Good luck.
#4958 of 5330 K&N filter smooths my shifts
Aug 16, 2010 (8:01 am)
I'd like to report on the effect a K&N engine air filter has had on my '05 4 cylinder Highlander. I'm not dismissing one poster's comments on the possible effect of the K&N oil on the MAF sensor, but I did check with some K&N users and only one (who thought he had over-oiled his filter) has had the MAF sensor cleaned. If I do have trouble with my MAF sensor, I will report on it.
I had no great expectation of noticeable improvements in power and/or fuel economy so I was surprised to feel my Highlander is more responsive and lighter feeling with the K&N. The biggest change is in how much more smoothly it shifts now. Four cylinder Toyotas like mine have always drawn fewer complains about shifting than 6 cylinder models, and I have been pretty satisfied with mine. But there is one circumstance -- when pulling out on the road in front of my house and then giving it the gas, calling for a downshift, when the transmission seemed to take a long time making up its mind. Not only that, but worse, it almost seemed like the engine lost power before the shift, making the whole process slow, jerky and annoying.
Honestly, I can still feel a delay when my Highlander shifts down under those same circumstances, but the delay is shorter and, best of all, there is no feeling of slowing down before the shift. Under normal driving conditions the shifts are much smoother -- almost completely unnoticeable -- and my car feels more responsive. It is no sports car -- my other car is a Miata (which I also just fitted with a K&N) -- but it does feel lighter. Okay, seat-of-the-pants impressions are not always right, but I am sure of the improvement in shifting.
My feeling is that Toyota mapped the ignition timing (and possibly cut-off) and fuel injector settings while the engine and tranny were on a dynamometer with a less restrictive than stock air supply. The restriction of the stock air box and filter just throws the timing and fuel setting slightly off kilter. If I remember right, even a brand new OEM paper filter doesn't perform as well as the K&N.
I am not a K&M salesman and don't want anybody to buy one on just my say-so. If you feel that your shifting could be improved you might think of talking to car enthusiasts who are likely to experiment with things like K&M filters. If they are as satisfied as those I talked too (and I am), you can make up your own mind. I have no idea what effect a K&N filter has on a 6 cylinder Highlander.
#4959 of 5330 Moonroof problems
Aug 18, 2010 (9:08 am)
I have a Highlander Ltd. 2008 (certified pre-owned). Recently I had some troubles with the moonroof. I hardly ever use it, but the last time I did the moonroof went bizzerk. When you pushed the slide open button, it popped up and vice versa. I took it to the dealer. The car had little over 50,000 miles. First I was told that it was covered, then that it wasn't because of the mileage. They told me it would cost about $300 to repair, only to call me two hours later that the price just went up to $700 because of a more serious problem - something about cables. I argued about the little use and that this should not happen on a car that's only 3 years old. Long story short, the dealership agreed to cover the cost just this time. Now I am wondering if they messed up the moonroof, because the last time that I was stuck in a major rain storm I saw water droplets forming around the rubber edge of the moonroof. This is the first time I have noticed it in the two years that I own this car. The next service I mentioned this issue to the dealer and was told that they checked the problem and it's perfectly normal to have a "few" droplets to come threw and that the car has a "drip tray" to collect the water. This is the first time I heard such an absurd thing. Is there such a thing or are they just pulling my leg? Anybody having the same problem? Thanks.
#4960 of 5330 Re: Moonroof problems [krb1]
Aug 18, 2010 (11:25 am)
I bought a 2003 HL new in late 2002. After following this forum since then, I've seen posts of problems enough with the moonroof.
We didn't particularly want a moonroof, it was just in the car we bought. We may have opened it a half-dozen times or less in the last 8 years and haven't opened it in the last 5 years because of the "cable problems" I've seen posted here. I intend on keeping this car past 300,000 miles (only 105K now) and don't want to have the moonroof sealed with ductape (prior post on this forum). The HL moonroof seems to be one of the weakpoints of the vehicle.
#4961 of 5330 2002 Highlander-AC temp control problem....
Aug 18, 2010 (7:53 pm)
The cool air will only come on when the temperature control is at 65 degrees. As soon as I dial in 66 degrees the air switches to hot air. I just replaced the broken ribbon wires on the temp control switch. Any thoughts on what is causing this?
#4962 of 5330 Re: K&N filter smooths my shifts [tsotsi]
Aug 19, 2010 (7:34 am)
Let me secretly swap out your K&N for an OEM filter and my bet is you wouldn't know/detect the difference. The only difference the K&N might/could possibly have is at WOT since otherwise the throttle plate itsself is the major intake restriction.