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#2822 of 2954 Catching up maintenance on a used Highlander!
Apr 08, 2009 (1:03 pm)
I'm a noob, but have surfed Toyota Nation and this website to answer most of my questions. Recently bought a 2002 Highlander 2WD 4cyl with 87K on it. Light dings, clean underneath, no obvious problems.
Oil and Brakes look good and are easy.
Q1: According to horrible maintenance schedule (hard to read), ATF to be changed at 120K. I thought I should go ahead and have it flushed with T IV or Amsoil. Yes/No?
Q2: Need to replace coolant. Any silicate free (red) okay?
Q3: Is the PCV on top of the valve cover or head? Want to replace.
Comments: Learned through extra research that THIS 4cyl was not prone to 'sludge' (YAY!), that the AC filter is behind the glovebox, and that the G0DDA&*^N "Drive Shaft Bolt" that needs re-torquing every 5K miles per the manual is hogwash.
Q4: Did I miss anything?
#2823 of 2954 Re: Catching up maintenance on a used Highlander! [badbill11]
Apr 08, 2009 (1:04 pm)
Forgot: I also learned that I have a timing chain that is "maintenance free" until the cows come home!
#2825 of 2954 2008 Highlander speedometer error
Apr 08, 2009 (7:43 pm)
Just would like to confirm if my speedometer error is the same for all base model 2008 Highlanders. My GPS shows 66.5 mph when the speedometer reads 70 mph. The error is 2 mph when I'm traveling 30 mph. My guess is that the Sport and Limited read correctly with their larger wheels/tires. Could anyone confirm with your GPS? Is there any easy dealer fix to correct this error. I like to drive 70 on the freeway and now I have to plug in 74 mph.
#2826 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander speedometer error [jsgb]
Apr 09, 2009 (12:50 pm)
My limited is off about the same (19" alloys w/ Toyo tread)... around 66+/- MPH on the Nuvi and 70 on the dash.
I usually just set the Cruise to the GPS when on long hauls. I do fear that it shows more miles than actual though. Suppose we could calculate this to be about 101.5 miles on the ODO per 100 real miles traveled.
Since I keep 'em for 10ish years, I don't care much.. although I just crossed 13.3k ODO miles after about 20 months of ownership (job change, lots of rentals, etc.. long story). Maybe I'll get 15 yrs out of this one...
#2827 of 2954 Re: Catching up maintenance on a used Highlander! [badbill11]
Apr 10, 2009 (7:31 am)
Retorquing the drive shaft bolts would not have applied to you anyway since you have a 2wd Highlander.
#2829 of 2954 Re: Dashboard Creaking/Tapping Noise [gooutside]
Apr 14, 2009 (3:06 pm)
I have the same noise as you have. It seem to occur more when the car sits out in the sun on a cool day. It is very annoying. It never seem to happen when I take it to the dealer.
#2830 of 2954 Tire pressure sensor
May 24, 2009 (5:17 pm)
i'm a new member. I was searching for a forum regarding tire sensor pressure.
I bought a used 2008 highlander (not a highbrid) with 26000km on it. So far the suv is working good and i don't see any problem and i already put in 4000km.
The only problem i have is about tire pressure sensor light which is showing again for the second time.The first time, i had the dealer to reset after replacing one of the sensor. Now it came back again. i'm trying to reset after pumping the 4 tire with even pressure except the spare tire which i didn't bother to pump it.
Question: Do i have to pump the spare tire with even pressure to 4 tires?
Question: Is it possible to disable the indicator light? Can i ask the dealer to disable it?
Can someone in this forum teach me how to reset and detail instruction what is the best thing i have to do.
I was always thinking ,what if my warranty finish i will always go to the dealer and pay.I don't think it is good.
Please help me on this issue.
Thanks in advance..
#2831 of 2954 Re: Tire pressure sensor [cavite]
May 25, 2009 (4:22 am)
I have Highlander -2008-Limited and experiencing same issues. Dealer tells me the sensor is very sensitive and not much they can do. Yes, it can be disconnected if you wish by the dealer. Be sure to also check the tire pressure on the spare tire too.
Tire pressure does fall when weather goes from one extreme to the other. Living in Michigan, I can attest to that fact. Pressure reset button is under the dash just to the right of steering column. Kinda hard to find the little button. Directions can be found in owners manual. After I found it the first time, I used a red "Sharpie" pen and placed small red dot under the dash to point me to the area this "little" reset button can be found. During summer, no issues with pressure light.
Bought my vehicle new and so far, I like it a lot... Have owned it about 1.5 years.
Hope this helps..