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#5032 of 5330 2010 Highlander abnormal Engine Rev Problem
Jan 19, 2011 (11:37 am)
I have a 2010 Highlander Limited. When I come to a stop on an incline the traction/anti slip light comes on. I was told this is normal, but it happened to me while I was stopped in traffic on a normal grade. I usually shift the car in Neutral while waiting in traffic. All of a sudden the engine raced abnormally fast and I was affraid to shift into drive. I through it into park with my foot firmly on the brake and it went back to normal. Can anyone give me insight as to what may have caused this problem. Could this be related to the abnormal acceleration problem experienced by Toyota in the last year or so ?
#5033 of 5330 Re: 2010 Highlander abnormal Engine Rev Problem [ohmygosh]
Jan 19, 2011 (1:19 pm)
With it under warranty, I would take it in and let them run a diaganosis on it and check codes to make sure they are all uptodate...I have a 2005 and it has cut off totally while driving, they never found out why, thought it could have been tied to auto light usage...those weird anamolies could really be a number of things...stay safe
#5034 of 5330 Re: 2010 Highlander abnormal Engine Rev Problem [ohmygosh]
Jan 19, 2011 (2:30 pm)
"..I usually shift..."
Then you're one in ~ten million.....
You may have just happened to shift into neutral at the very same time the A/C compressor clutch was energized. The engine/transaxle control ECU has learned, over time, just how much to additionally crack open the throttle to accomodate, compensate for, the additional load of the A/C compressor. You threw a monkey wrench into that calculation by "unloading" the engine from the driveline at the same time the compressor kicked in.
#5035 of 5330 Re: 2010 Highlander abnormal Engine Rev Problem [wwest]
Jan 19, 2011 (3:26 pm)
Thanks for ur feedback. That may caused this problem. I am taking it to the dealer as a precaution and will ask about that possibility. That statistic about shifting into Neutral sounds unbelievable. I thought of it as an added safety measure in case someone walks in front of the car it gives you a little more time to react.
#5036 of 5330 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump?
Jan 25, 2011 (2:41 pm)
We are taking our 2002 Highlander, V-6, with 102,000 miles on a 3500 mile trip in March. I have never had the timing belt replaced. I did have to have the engine replaced after 54,000 miles as it was leaking oil badly, but since that, a great vehicle. I just don't want to break down on Route 95. I understand if I have the timing belt replaced, it is a good idea to go ahead and spend the extra $$$ to have the water pump replaced also?
Any recommendations, pro or con, and what would be a rough estimate for that work to be done...something in the $ 400 - $ 600 range ?????
Last big trip we took, the front brakes went and I had to spend $ 600 at a shop out of town to have all new front brakes....on vacation, I don't want that headache again.
Thanks for any ideas anyone has....I am a car illiterate and will freely admit it.
#5037 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump? [tjlamphere]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 25, 2011 (4:58 pm)
Did you get a new engine at 54K miles? If so, then that engine only has 48K miles on the timing belt....
#5038 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump? [tjlamphere]
Jan 25, 2011 (5:03 pm)
I paid about $630 for TB and WP replacement at a Toyota dealer in Pittsburgh 109K miles Both should be replaced. They sometimes have coupons and my dealer had a free loaner car. I now have 133K miles and the vehicle is whisper quiet. It is an 03
Hope this helps
#5039 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump? [kyfdx]
Jan 26, 2011 (5:30 am)
I just spoke to the dealership. The short block was replaced, but the heads were not changed. They received the parts order for that repair, and the timing belt WAS NOT replaced. To do it now, it would be $ 500 for the belt alone and another $ 300 for the water pump...not including tax. So would be about $ 865 for the whole thing. One responder got the whole thing done for much less, so I'll have to shop around.
#5040 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump? [tjlamphere]
Jan 26, 2011 (6:13 am)
I can't say for the HL, but for my 99 Honda CRV, all the Honda shops have a "Timing belt special" where they replace the timing belt, water pump, all the accessory belts, and a free rental car for the day for a set price. The CRV cost me $600+.
I'd say call all the Toyota shops in your area and ask if they have a "Timing belt special" that includes the items I mentioned. The price for the water pump seems high, ask him if that includes labor and how much he's charging for that. It should be zero as they have to take the water pump off to do the timing belt anyway.
#5041 of 5330 Re: 2002 Highlander - Replace Timing Belt/Water Pump? [mikefm58]
Jan 26, 2011 (1:06 pm)
I have an aftermarket shop that I trust that has done our belt+water pump for under $500.