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#5181 of 5330 Toyota Highlander 2012 v6 First oil change
Dec 04, 2011 (7:16 am)
My new highlander was delivered from another dealership with 1kmi oil change sticker. The dealer I purchased truck from said I don't need to change it until 5kmi and also said my truck comes with synthetic which can be changed every 10kmi.
Should I change it at 1kmi?
Also, my truck calls for 0w20 but I stocked up with 12 or so gallons of 5w30 synthetic. Can I use 5w30 instead (Pa area)?
Also, what's the shelf life of synthetic oil?
#5182 of 5330 Re: Toyota Highlander 2012 v6 First oil change [nikon5400]
Dec 05, 2011 (11:20 am)
The shelf life of synthetic oil is at least as long as dino oil... meaning, you will expire before the oil does.
Using the heavier weight oil could mean 1/10 less mpg. If you live in a very cold climate, that oil could make it marginally more difficult to start in the morning.
Change it at 5K if you want to be overly cautious. I change my HL oil ever 10,000 miles (just approaching 120K now) although I COULD be going over twice that mileage between changes.
I've been using synthetic since about 1978.
#5183 of 5330 Vibration in steering wheel
Dec 20, 2011 (4:27 pm)
I iust installed 4 new Michelin ltx m/s2's on my '05 Highlander. While driving 70+mph why does my steering wheel vibrate? I'm very uncomfortable when this happens.
#5184 of 5330 Re: Vibration in steering wheel [05highlander05]
Dec 20, 2011 (6:38 pm)
Try rotating the tires side-to-side. If that doesn't solve it, try doing a regular tire rotation. If that doesn't solve it, are you running on the factory stamped steel wheels or the factory alloys? If running on the stamped steel wheels, try switching to the alloys.
#5185 of 5330 Re: Vibration in steering wheel [05highlander05]
Dec 20, 2011 (7:26 pm)
My guess is that they didn't balance one or more tires correctly. I'd first take it back and have them double check the balance on all the new tires.
Dec 20, 2011 (8:09 pm)
My dealer did it. My guess was the balancing too. If I don't drive high miles should I do an alignment? Here in WI theres alot of potholes in the winter so I was gonna wait until Spring.
#5187 of 5330 Re: Vibration in steering wheel [05highlander05]
Dec 21, 2011 (5:03 am)
Other than the balancing, not sure on the vibration but I willl tell you that I put some of the higher quality Michelins on my 04 Highlander. When I first put them on, I could feel a sort of "clunk" when I turned sharply right or left. Had it checked out. Couldn't find anything; garage thought that since the tires were softer for the better ride, they were giving on a sharp turn and that was what I was feeling. The edges became slick in no time and I needed new tires at 20,000 miles on them. (I think the 04 was the first year there was quadra-track so I always thought that had something to do with it.)
#5188 of 5330 Re: Vibration in steering wheel [abby1313]
Dec 21, 2011 (11:59 am)
Probably unbalanced, I always recommend General HTC Tires. Better price better ride. Check out tire rack for consumer comments.
As for the clunking sound check to see if any service bulletins were issued by Toyota, I seem to remember something about that.
I have an 03 HIGH/ 148K miles
The Goodyear tires stink, would assume Michelin would be great.
I have found that calling around on tires works. You can save 30-40 bucks per tire
Dec 21, 2011 (3:00 pm)
Now let's say I bring it back to get re-balanced and they also check the weights, but I run into the same problem? What's else could it be?
I also changed the battery recently and my Highlander just barely turned over yesterday. Could it be something like the alternator or it might need a fuel injection cleaning?
#5190 of 5330 Re: Balancing [05highlander05]
Dec 22, 2011 (9:21 am)
When batteries are replaced, it is standard practice to verify the proper charging voltage with (at least) a multimeter.
If you had the battery replaced and they didn't check, 'bad' on them.
If you replaced the battery yourself and didn't check, you need to verify that the alternator is working.
"Barely turning over" has absolutely nothing to do with how clean the injectors might be.