Last post on May 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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#443 of 451 Re: Oil Filter change in 2011 Sienna [mikesc]
Aug 12, 2012 (1:46 pm)
I'm not familiar with the layout on the new ones; we have an '03.
But if it's halfway accessible, just get a strap wrench at the auto parts store... even my grocery store carries them.
I don't k now why the factory puts them on as tightly as they do. I spin them on and take them off by hand on both our cars.
#444 of 451 2001 Toyota Sienna LE - Check Engine Light - P0440, P0441 and P0446 Codes
Aug 26, 2012 (4:15 pm)
I have a 2001 Toyota Sienna LE with ~115,000 miles. It has the check engine light ON and is now due for inspection. The codes being read are P0440, P0441 and P0446 pointing to evap problem. I have already taken it to a local mechanic who is saying that he has thoroughly checked the emissions system (using smoke test) and found no leakages or cracks anywhere. He has now asked me to go to the dealer as it requires special diagnostics/tools that he does not have. In the mechanic's words, "you are at the mercy of a toyota dealer now". Can someone please help and advice what I can do to take care of this problem. My inspection sticker has already expired. Also, when I mentioned these codes to a local Firestone service manager, he was aking me to replace three items:
- Purge Valve
- Canister Shutoff Valve
Reading thru the information on the web, I am confused as to which valves are part of the canister and which are seperate from the canister. In other words, do I need to replace all valves seperately or are some of the values included as part of a new canister assembly. Thanks for your assistance.
#445 of 451 2004 Sienna Lower Control Arms/Suspension
Apr 17, 2013 (5:20 pm)
#446 of 451 2004 Sienna Lower Control Arms/Suspension
Apr 17, 2013 (5:20 pm)
4 months ago during routine service, my Toyota dealer found the control arms/bushings to be separated. That was about $400 parts and $1000 labor. Today, a front spring broke, bending the control arms, and destroying a tire. Luckily, this was at slow speed and my wife could pull over safely. Would have been a different story on the expressway at 65 mph. This will be another $2400. So, these 2 repairs are almost 50% of the car's value. I didn't see this issue raised in any other forum discussions. Any thoughts on this issue? Does this sound like just bad luck, or possibly a faulty repair the first time? Should I go ahead with the repair and keep the car, or trade it in. BTW, our dealer has a very good reputation. Thanks.
#447 of 451 Re: 2004 Sienna Lower Control Arms/Suspension [dooper67]
Apr 21, 2013 (9:17 am)
On a 2004, I had not heard anything of the sort ... We had the rubber bushing (insert?) on our 2003 separate as well, when the car was relatively new and barely out of warranty.
Since I never went to the dealer for anything after the purchase, I didn't even try to get a warranty claim honored. I think it was a bad batch of control arms in 2003 -- consumer report's ratings show a black spot for that category for that year only. It would not be unthinkable that the part hasn't really changed for the redesign and the 'badness' carried into the next model year.
The replacement part has been fine; i kept the originals to see if they can be rebuilt... they can... but you need to buy the part for the Avalon... I read that year's ago, can't give you a source.
As far as the spring breaking: That should never happen, but I don't see how they could have caused it during the repair. Either way, you couldn't prove it.
With a car that old -- any car, really -- you need to find a good independent mechanic to handle stuff for you. Develop a good relationship and some trust, and it'll work out for both of you.
#448 of 451 Re: 2004 Sienna Lower Control Arms/Suspension [dooper67]
Apr 21, 2013 (9:31 am)
Did she hit anything? Seems like it would take a lot of energy to break a spring.
#449 of 451 Air Conditioning HUGE Repair Cost!
May 08, 2013 (6:39 pm)
Our 2009 Sienna lost all of its' refrigerant charge. Tech found a leak at front evaporator core with sniffer. Turns out Toyota's new design requires the replacement of a $1300 assembly, plus about $1000 in labor to tear dash out. Don't think I'll get any help from Toyota on this, but isn't it unreasonable to expect a $2300 repair on a 4 year old vehicle? This is our 4th and probably last Toyota. Any similar experiences??
#450 of 451 Re: Air Conditioning HUGE Repair Cost! [greginillinois]
May 08, 2013 (7:47 pm)
Well, you should be upset about the failure in only 4 years, but you would pay the same if it was a Chevy or Dodge. Repair costs and parts prices are through the roof. The parts are expensive, but I would call around for a few other estimates from independents.
#451 of 451 Re: Cleaning the Intake Air Control Valve on 2001 Sienna [wills5]
May 18, 2013 (9:46 am)
We had the same problem with our 2001 Sienna and tried your fix. It works! A couple of hours after, it idled about 300 rpm. it took a day or so for the idle to stay up around 1100 rpm.
A thousand thanks for posting this. We like our dealer & their service guys, but this was great.