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#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?
#385 of 460 Re: Might work for the golf ball [MaryTN]
Aug 03, 2009 (4:35 pm)
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it but it did not work. I think the ball might be into the muffler.
#386 of 460 Re: Might work for the golf ball [mom2boys1]
Aug 04, 2009 (7:09 am)
Kids these days...
I guess once it's hot enough the golf ball will melt in the muffler. Per wiki:
They usually consist of a two-, three-, or four-layer design, (named either a two-piece, three-piece, or four-piece ball) consisting of various synthetic materials like surlyn or urethane blends
Not sure if any of those will damage the metal muffler as they melt. Or if the fumes will be toxic?
Any chemists around? What happens to surlyn and urethane as it melts?
#387 of 460 Re: Might work for the golf ball [ateixeira]
Aug 04, 2009 (7:40 pm)
Talked to the Toyota guy today and he says it shouldn't be an issue even if it is in the muffler but could make some funny noises. I drove the van today and thankfully didn't hear a sound! It is interesting about the golf ball melting. I guess only time will tell.......
#388 of 460 Is it Worth Keeping?
Aug 09, 2009 (8:10 am)
My 2004 sienna (at 78,000 miles) is scheduled to have the windshield wiper motor replaced that will cost $1200. and now the brakes, the rotors, pads, shims must be replaced ($430), Resurface rear rotors ($145), replace the timing and drive belts ($585) at a total repair cost of $1300. Is it worthwhile to repair this van or trade it in and get a new car? Note: I have less than a year before the van is paid for.
#389 of 460 Re: Is it Worth Keeping? [blue_tiger]
Aug 09, 2009 (3:38 pm)
Simple answer: Keep it.
Most of those repairs are wear and tear- brakes, rotors and belts- that need to be replace at that interval anyway. Spend the $1300 in maintenance costs and the van will treat you well for a lot more miles.
I'm guessing that the $1200 number is a typo, since online sites list a new motor at <$100. If it's not a typo, take your van to another shop because that one is ripping you off. The wiper motor is not a normal wear and tear item and an unfortunate premature failure that we'd rather not have; at the same time these things happen in this less than perfect world. If that is the only expense outside of normal wear and tear, then don't get too worked up about it. A new car every 5 years is a waste of money with the depreciation as you drive off the lot will setting you back more than $1300.
#390 of 460 Re: Any recommendations after buying a new Sienna? [nybuyer]
Aug 12, 2009 (5:31 pm)
I added the WeatherTech hood stone shield and the side window deflectors immediately after purchasing my Sienna on May 01, 2009. Previously installed the same for my '05 Highlander.
The all-weather mats followed right after I realized that the carpet mats in the CF package were a lighter grey than my carpet and were backed with an open cell foam.
After mats got wet the foam started to disintegrate and adhered to the carpet. Mats on '05 Highlander and previous vehicles all had a solid rubber/vinyl backing.
I use an old sheet instead of the cargo liner and have just ordered an Intera tarp from Costco.com which will protect the seat backs and sides if a lot of dirty gear has to be carried. Tarp seems easy to fold and store.