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#375 of 460 2001 Sienna timing belt
Jun 07, 2009 (3:03 pm)
If the timing belt fails on a 2001 Sienna XLE at highway speed of approximately 70mph, will it harm the engine components such as valves, etc, or will the vehicle simply lose power and come to a controlled stop? I have heard that the 2001 Sienna has the type of engine that will survive a timing belt failure without causing any other engine damage. Is this correct?
Also, I have just turned 100,000 miles on my 2001 Sienna. I know the maintenance manual calls for timing belt replacement at 90,000 miles. My local Toyota dealer is telling me that the timing belt on my 2001 Sienna should last for 300,000 to 400,000 miles or at least 15 years. My van is running perfectly right now. Should I believe what the dealer is telling me, or should I have the timing belt and water pump replaced now at 100,000 miles?
Thanks for any help.
#376 of 460 Re: 2001 Sienna timing belt [laman400]
Jun 19, 2009 (12:56 pm)
Get the belt and pump replaced according to the schedule - which it appears you have already passed the 90k point. An engine always "is running perfectly" when the belt breaks. Belts and pumps are cheap compared to an engine replacement of 5-7 thousand $.
By the way neither of these parts lasts to 300,000 miles.
#377 of 460 Battery Size Difference ???
Jun 21, 2009 (7:55 am)
I have a 2004 XLE FWD, and I just replaced the battery. From everything I could determine online, 24F is the correct size. Based on good reviews in Consumer Reports, I bought the EverStart Maxx 24N at Wal-mart. Only after I got it home and started installing it did I realize that it's about half and inch smaller in depth (front to back), and thus the top bracket is way to big. I used some wood pieces to make the bracket fit tight, but was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I can't remember ever having this problem before with other vehicles. Should I be concerned?
I went on-line and found the specs for the BCI Group Numbers, but they list the sizes as "Maximum Overall Dimensions", thus I guess smaller is acceptable.
Thanks for any advice anyone has.
#378 of 460 Re: Battery Size Difference ??? [thksnow]
Jun 22, 2009 (11:58 am)
Funny thing is once I had the opposite problem - the battery was just a tad too big.
I think you'll be OK as long as nothing works itself loose. Check it each time you check the oil.
#379 of 460 2007 Sienna Struts and Steering Rack
Jun 25, 2009 (9:07 am)
I just had the struts replaced, under warranty, on my 2007 Sienna XLE Ltd AWD. The left front strut was making noise and Toyota advised that upon inspection they found a leak in the right front strut also. In addition, the steering rack was leaking. The car has slightly less than 19000 miles on it. Toyota told me that they verified that the problems were "factory defects" and covered under warranty.
Does this make sense to anyone? Anyone else experience this kind of problem with a supposedly super-reliable vehicle such as the Sienna?
#380 of 460 Re: 2007 Sienna Struts and Steering Rack [crestonave]
Jun 25, 2009 (9:36 am)
Don't complain, I'd be glad they covered it, no questions asked.
Don't tell them about your side job as a minivan rally racer. LOL
#381 of 460 Re: 2007 Sienna Struts and Steering Rack [ateixeira]
Jun 29, 2009 (5:31 am)
I had the same problem with Sienna 2004. As I drove it out brand new from the Toyota dealer in 2004 and got it in front of the driveway, I noticed an oily patch under the front left tire. I checked and saw it was coming from the strut.
I took it back to the dealer who with a smile had the strut replaced under warranty.
Recently, in april 2009 after 80K miles I started hearing a persistent knocking sound in the front left side. I checked the strut and found what looked like a leak. Took it to Toyota who said the strut had leaked and needed to be replaced. They said it will cost "between 355 and 800$" because they may have to change other parts related to the strut.
The problem is they did not have the strut in stock. They had to order it. We have been waiting since then and no replacement strut has shown up yet. They called me this morning to say the part is still backordered and that they dont expect it soon !!! I think I am going to go to a local garage and get an OEM intalled except you have to do both sides when you change for another brand of struts
#382 of 460 Re: 2007 Sienna Struts and Steering Rack [zzzzzz982000]
Jun 29, 2009 (7:33 am)
I was gonna say, it's out of warranty so just get some Monroe Sensatronics installed at your local shop. You can probably do both sides for that price.
#383 of 460 Golf ball stuck in exhaust pipe
Aug 03, 2009 (2:42 pm)
My son threw a golf ball up into my 2009 Sienna exhaust pipe and we cant reach it. Turning the car on and gunning the engine didn't send it out. Any ideas on how to get it out and is it dangerous to drive? Thanks.
#384 of 460 Might work for the golf ball
Aug 03, 2009 (2:48 pm)
Have you tried a shop-vac? On a steep hill?