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#5203 of 5330 Front Brakes Good For 45,000+ Miles ???
Jan 27, 2012 (5:47 am)
I just took my 2002 Toyota Highlander in for a tripcheck...my front brakes have about 43,000 miles on them...I thought sure they'd need to be replaced. But my shop said the rotors are a little rough, but not bad enough to replace...and the brakes have between 30% and 40% of the pads remaining. Now, my rear brakes have been replaced twice in the last 50,000 miles.
How can this be???? This is an AWD vehicle...do front brakes last that much longer ???
#5204 of 5330 Re: Front Brakes Good For 45,000+ Miles ??? [tjlamphere]
Jan 27, 2012 (10:44 am)
No, I'm not sure why you'd have different wear on the back than on the front. My 2001 Highlander is also AWD with the V6. I replaced all of my original pads, front and back, last summer at 80,000 miles. And then, only because the brake material on the inner pad on the right front wheel had disintegrated, which I'm told sometimes happens when they get old. All of the remaining 7 pads still had at least 1/8" of material on them; the wear sensors hadn't begun squawking.
When your mechanic replaced your rear brake pads, twice, did you get the old parts back? If so, do you remember how much brake material was left on them?
If indeed the rear brake pads needed replacing, I would think a reputable shop would have suggested further diagnosis to find out why they were wearing out faster than the front. Based on my experience and what I've heard from others here, the brakes should be wearing more-or-less evenly front to back.
#5205 of 5330 Re: Steering on 2012 Highlander [dano22t]
Jan 27, 2012 (11:16 am)
Toyota seems to be having, historically, problems of overheating the new electric power steering system. Overheats and then drops back into derating mode, less stearing effort help.
May have reduced the "normal" power assist level to alleviate the above instances.
#5206 of 5330 Re: Front Brakes Good For 45,000+ Miles ??? [retropia]
Jan 27, 2012 (11:24 am)
"..inner pad on the right..."
Very common problem, caused by a stuck or sticking caliper slide pin, replace and/or FULLY lubricate.
#5207 of 5330 Re: Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0174 [jrfiero]
Jan 27, 2012 (11:37 am)
"..mountains....in the snow..."
Did you happen to notice the Trac system or VSC activating?? More than once or twice..?
On the RX or HL without DBW engine dethrottling during a trac or VSC event is accomplisheded via EFI fuel starvation. No way to close the throttle plate so the HOT oxygen sensors see PURE oxygen for brief period(s). That appears to somehow have an adverse impact on those sensors for some period after and a CEL is not altogether unusual.
Generally clears within a few drive cycles.
I have had instances of dirty MAF/IAT sensors throwing a diagnostic of only one lean bank. So I would first clean the MAF/IAT sensor elements.
#5208 of 5330 '05 Highlander V6 maintenance intervals
Jan 28, 2012 (8:11 am)
I'm coming up on 80k miles and wanted to get an idea of what maintenance needs to be performed. I don't prefer dealer packages because you pay them to just "check" things. Can anyone give me a guide to follow and what fluids should be changed at certain intervals for every 30,60,90k?
#5209 of 5330 Re: '05 Highlander V6 maintenance intervals [05highlander05]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 28, 2012 (2:39 pm)
The Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide will tell you what Toyota recommends be done and when. Same info that's in the owner's manual.
Dealers like to up-sell stuff. You may decide you need some of those "extra" services, but you're right. You should tell the service writer what you want done, not ask for a "90,000 mile service".
Confessions From the Dealership Service Department
#5211 of 5330 Changing Caliper
Jan 28, 2012 (9:50 pm)
How much is to change the rear break caliper, pads for 2006 Highlander,.. parts + labor...
My dealer is asking for $700 including tax
#5212 of 5330 30000-mile Service Maintenance on 2009 Toyota Highlander limited
Jan 29, 2012 (8:48 pm)
I recently purchased a used 2009 Toyota Highlander limited with 26000 miles. I currently have 27600 miles on it. I called local toyota dealership here in Plano, TX for a quote on getting the 30000-mile recommended service and was quoted $540. Recommended service at this mile include oil and filter change, air filter change, carbin filter change (dealer sells for about $17.00), then a bunch of check this and check that. Is $540.00 about right for this service?
I called another foreign car repair shop and was quoted $181. I asked what they check and they repeated everything on the toyota's manual for 30000 mile service. Is there something to gain by paying extra to have this service done at toyota?
Toyota service guy even told me they flush coolant or brake fluid but that service is not recommended at 30000 miles. Can somebody with 2nd generation H/L give me their opinion on this? I want to save money but also want things done right. The other repair shop have ACE or something certified technicians and have been around for over 25yrs.