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#5134 of 5330 '11 Toyota Highlander ==> Difference between cross-bars and no cross-bars
Sep 05, 2011 (7:02 am)
Will there be a difference if I have the dealer-installed cross-bars removed from my brand new 2011 Toyota Highlander 4WD Limited? I thought I hear a distinctive gush of wind at highway speeds since I took delivery of the vehicle. So I thought maybe the removal of the cross-bars will make the wind noise disappear.
Turns out that the cross-bars cannot be removed easily. Better if the dealer removes it.
I don't intend them use them and if I do, I'd like to use the Thule brand instead.
Let me know what you think.
#5135 of 5330 Navigation bypass allows for dest entry while in motion
Sep 05, 2011 (7:04 am)
Vehicle info: 2011 Toyota Highlander 4WD with Navigation. Nav DVD disc version 10.1
Have you ever used the Navigation bypass to allow for DEST input by passenger while the vehicle is moving?
#5136 of 5330 Re: '11 Toyota Highlander ==> Difference between cross-bars and no cross-bars [hondaowner56]
Sep 06, 2011 (8:50 am)
Those crossbars adjust easily. I moved both of mine as far back as they would go and the wind noise disappeared.
#5137 of 5330 Re: '11 Toyota Highlander ==> Difference between cross-bars and no cross-bars [phrosut]
Sep 06, 2011 (12:45 pm)
That's what the dealer in Massachusetts where I bought my '04 had done. All of the Highlanders on the lot had the crossbars together at the rear of the vehicle. They said it was to minimize wind noise.
#5138 of 5330 Re: '11 Toyota Highlander ==> Difference between cross-bars and no cross-bars [herzogtum71]
Sep 07, 2011 (3:40 pm)
Something I should have mentioned in my previous post about these bars:
The bolts that hold them in place can be removed easily and quickly. I learned this from other HL owners that have had theirs stolen, and when I moved my bars back I replaced those stock bolts (that are made to turn by hand) with regular bolts that'd take a wrench. I still have the stock ones should I ever need them.
#5140 of 5330 08 Highlander with water on the floor
Sep 25, 2011 (3:09 pm)
08 Highlander Ltd (gas, 62K): Discovered water on floor after IRENE blew through PA in late August. Took it to the dealer and they blew out the AC drain line as possible solution.
Drove 2 hours through driving rain a couple of days ago and just discovered carpet in front is saturated on both sides again.
Anyone have experience with this before I send it to Toyota to tear my car a part looking for the source??
Thanks in advance.
#5141 of 5330 Re: 08 Highlander with water on the floor [btac]
Sep 25, 2011 (4:29 pm)
Usual reason for this is water overflowing from the air intake area. The inlet grill between the windscreen and bonnet can accumulate dirt and fine leaves which clog the drains in this area. Water that should normally drain through these outlets then enters the care through the passages intended for air flow.
If you can get under the car, there should be a small rubber hose on each side, draining down from the chamber. If you have a compressed air hose, you can jet this backward and clear the lines. Alliteratively you can make up a small hose (I made one from 4mm irrigation hose connected to a hose fitting) and feed this up with a water jet to flush out the line.
As routine maintenance, make sure the grill between the bonnet and windscreen is kept clear of leaf litter, especially if you regularly park under trees.
#5142 of 5330 Panasonic battery in '05 HL-75k miles
Sep 29, 2011 (4:27 pm)
I bought my Highlander brand new in 2005. It now has 75k miles.The original battery is still in it made by Panasonic. Should I replace it or just keep on using it. I had some battery tests done and they all show that it is still fine. I don't think I can find this same battery, but if i can I will stick with this same one. Any other battery recommendations?
#5143 of 5330 Re: Panasonic battery in '05 HL-75k miles [05highlander05]
Sep 29, 2011 (6:20 pm)
OEM white Panasonic batteries really good but really hard to come by unless you get one in a new car,. Battery that you have close to the end of it's life but still might last for another year or two. I'd keep an eye on it and if any low battery symptoms develop replace it immediately. You can also get it tested every few months at any auto parts store. If you you want to play safe then get it replaced before winter season. There is a lot of replacement battery choices, it's an endless topic on it's own . I like Costco batteries, they are not very expensive and perform well.