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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#5287 of 5315 Re: Changing Caliper [allen59]
Aug 31, 2012 (4:49 am)
I paid about $ 550 to have this work on my rear brakes, plus new rotors installed, at an independant repair shop on my 2006. I also just had the front brakes done again at the same place for about $375 (no new calipers).
This seems to be a real weakness on the Highlander.
#5288 of 5315 Re: Changing Caliper [bluenose2]
Aug 31, 2012 (4:58 am)
south carolina private garage that uses toyota oem parts
new oem pads all around,
2 new front rotors Japanese made but not oem
#5289 of 5315 toyota highlander 2008, airbag light blinking
Sep 08, 2012 (8:38 pm)
Hi, looks like my Toyota Highlander is error prone, its the second time in 2 months where for no reason known to me, yet another warning light went ON, that is, the Airbag warning light in the odometer!! It goes off every time I switch off the engine, but comes on, after a little while! Could any of the owners who have had a similar experience give me a quick inexpensive solution, please do not refer me to a dealer, as I have seen solutions as easy as sticking paper clip into the srs plug and after a series of turn on and off of the ignition, the light goes off! Saw it on the youtube, unfortunately it was for Honda and Acura cars only, wonder if there is a similar solution to my Highlander 2008, any one please share experience, thanks.. Azi
#5290 of 5315 Re: toyota highlander 2008, airbag light blinking [azi]
Sep 09, 2012 (4:47 am)
find a private mechanic who has a scanner.
#5291 of 5315 Sold it, bye, thanks.
Sep 10, 2012 (5:31 am)
Well, I've sold my 2001 Highlander.
Since this is the discussion in which I posted most frequently, thought I'd say goodbye here.
wwest, et al, thanks for all the info. I'll point the new owner here.
Hopefully some of my past posts will come in handy for others.
#5292 of 5315 Re: 2012 V6 Highlander Steering Clunk [highland6]
Sep 22, 2012 (9:04 pm)
Any one else having issues with their new Highlander's steering? Since the dealer replaced the intermediate shaft at 500 miles the steering clunk is much reduced. However the steering now has a slight high frequency vibration feel even on smooth road surfaces and at any speed. It is almost like their is not enough grease in the steering box to dampen the vibrations coming from the wheels. I do not want to waste more time at the dealer until I know exactly what is wrong with it. Now has 6K on the ODO.
#5293 of 5315 Re: 2012 V6 Highlander Steering Clunk [highland6]
Oct 13, 2012 (8:06 am)
We have had a similar problem since buying our 2012 Highlander Limited AWD in June. It now has 7K miles. The steering clunks about 1 out of 10 times and only when turning to the right. Been back to the dealer 3 times and they are unable to reproduce. It is driving my wife crazy! Her friend bought a 2WD Highlander 2 weeks later. It had the same issue except it clunked going both directions. Again, the dealer was unable to reproduce. She got so frustrated she took it back and got a Sienna. It may or may not be a safety issue, but Toyota has a real problem that they need to address. I know that we will not purchase another Toyota product unless we get some resolution on this one.
#5294 of 5315 Re: 2012 V6 Highlander Steering Clunk [bclayton1]
Oct 23, 2012 (2:12 pm)
Intermediate shaft clunk is pretty common across many Toyota. This is a design flaw and I can't understand why it is still present in current design. Good news it is relatively easy to fix. You can search on the web, there are Toyota TSBs with repair description. There is no need to replace intermediate shaft. There is a special inexpensive grease syringe kit and grease needs to be injected in the intermediate shaft. This is easy DYI project. There is even easier fix approach on the web. Intermediate shaft needs to be disconnected from the steering wheel, then compressed and decompressed 10 times to re-distribute grease inside of it, and re-assembled. I did this fix on my 2009 Camry a year ago and it is still clunk free. My 2008 HL never developed clunk problem. I understand your car is still under warranty, so go talk to the dealer and request them to re-grease intermediate shaft . I don't understand why they are giving you so much grief over this simple issue. If your dealer will not cooperate find another one who will. I don't know if there is a TSB specifically for 2012 HL but intermediate shaft has same design across many different Toyota models and production years.
T-SB-0296-08 September 16, 2008
Steering Intermediate Shaft Noise
2006 Highlander HV
2004 – 2005 Highlander
2004 – 2006 Solara
2005 – 2006 Avalon
2003 – 2006 Camry
Some customers may hear a clunk, pop, or knock type noise when turning the steering wheel left or
right. Use the following procedure to lubricate the intermediate shaft and address customer concerns.
Remove, Lubricate, and Reinstall
Grease Kit 04007-76133 2 Cylinders (4 g)
Grease Kit 04007-76248 5 Cylinders (10 g)
#5295 of 5315 serpentine belt
Nov 08, 2012 (9:57 am)
I have a 2002 V-6 4WD Highlander with 74K miles. I am wondering about the likely service life of the serpentine belt, and also of the timing belt. What is your experience with these parts? Thanks for your information.
#5296 of 5315 Re: serpentine belt [soco4]
Nov 08, 2012 (7:38 pm)
I just had the timing belt, water pump, serpentine belt and some seals replaced on my 2005 V-6 4WD Highlander. The manual calls for only replacing the timing belt at 90,000 miles (my was at 93,000) but it makes sense to do the others at the same time as the timing belt as the engine is already apart. Most dealers will recommend this and to me, it made sense. Your year may be different so I recommend checking the manual for when to do the timing belt. Don't let it go though - some engines can be severely damaged if the belt breaks while you are driving. For reference, I shopped around (Toyota dealers only) and, with a coupon the whole thing was about $830 - included new radiator fluid and I believe 2 of 3 engine seals. Btw - I found in my area that all you have to do is mention a coupon and the dealers will take 10% off their starting price for the job. There seems to be some debate also about replacing the idler pulley and tensioner pulleys while they are in there. This added $300 to the cost so I let the dealer inspect them and left them alone when the dealer said they were fine. Hope this helps.