Last post on Feb 03, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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Toyota Highlander, Toyota, SUV
#2930 of 2952 Re: I got rid of a 2008 highlander after 18 months of ownnership [dowlingdc]
Jun 07, 2010 (7:12 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2008 HL -- the alarm kept going off randomly while parked and turned off. (It was inevitably in the middle of my son's soccer games!) Toyota couldn't diagnose it. One day on a whim, I looked under the hood and noticed some small rubber plugs near the front frame (close to me), and two of them had come out of the frame and were laying loose near the holes where they belong. The plugs are supposed to dampen the contact between the hood and the frame. I reseated the two loose plugs, and closed the hood... and NEVER had the alarm go off again.
I think I got this notion from a post somewhere that said if the hood wasn't properly closed, the alarm could trigger... (??). It worked for me. I hope it helps you, or others.
#2931 of 2952 Re: Recall Completed [squeedo]
Dec 30, 2010 (8:48 am)
I have a 2008 HL, 59,400 miles. I had a loud noise coming from the front end. The dealership replaced the bearing and hub.
This fell under the 5 yr 60,000 mile powertrain warranty. The dealership fixed for free. They said normally it would cost about 900 bucks!
#2932 of 2952 Strange black specks/particles found inside the car
Jan 03, 2011 (3:05 pm)
I have lately noticed that the surface of the inside of the car has frequently black specks of dirt (?). It is not dust. I dust the car from time to time, but this is the first time I have noticed these specks. I have the car little over 3 years. I suspect that they get in through the vents. I pushed the "circulate botton" on so the vents would stay closed, but that botton keeps shutting off on it's own - I believe due to the inside temperature.
I am wondering if anybody else has this problem. I am not quite sure where to look. I have another 1600 miles before my 70,000 mile-service. The filter was (as per the dealership) changed at 60,000 miles. I wonder if the filter is loose or inefficient. I don't do any work on my car, but have the dealership handle it. However, I am starting to think that perhaps they don't always do the work that they say they did.
I appreciate any feedback/info regarding this issue. Thank you.
#2933 of 2952 Re: Strangle black specks/particles found inside the car [krb1]
Jan 03, 2011 (2:50 pm)
Curious, is it like a charcoal soot, plastic, paper etc? Are you sure they are coming from the vents and not from the environment when you open and close your doors/windows?
If you're sure its from the vents, you may wish to check your cabin filter which is located behind your glove box. I believe the instructions on how to get to it are in your manual....it is fairly easy...I replaced my filter this past August and it took 10 minutes. Something may have fallen into your vent from outside and is somehow making its way past the filter. You may be able to vacuum it out. If not, then I would have your dealer or a reputable mechanic check it out to ensure particles are not coming from something breaking down in the vehicles HVAC system.
#2934 of 2952 Re: Strangle black specks/particles found inside the car [luck11]
Jan 03, 2011 (3:18 pm)
Thank you for responding so quickly. I think it is more like plastic. It does not smudge on the skin, but it is hard to get it off (it's pretty fine). I park in the garage and have the windows shut due to the call weather. When the weather was slowly changing and I had to use heat in the morning but A/C in the afternoon, I smelled a weird, sort of musty smell, but I am not sure if that has anything to do with my current problem.
I started to study the manual and it does not sound too bad. Of course, I am always worried about breaking a part.
#2935 of 2952 Re: Strangle black specks/particles found inside the car [krb1]
Jan 04, 2011 (10:41 am)
"anti-microbial chemical" evaporator
#2936 of 2952 Fan Bearing Going Out??
Jan 26, 2011 (5:27 pm)
We have had some serious cold weather in the teens and when I went to start my Highlander one morning we had this weird humming in the dash. Sort of like a jet engine revving up before take off. Not that loud obviously but as I turned the heat up or down that controlled how intense the noise was. I am scared to find out how much that will cost to get that fixed. I am guessing some sort of bearing in the fan has gone out???? I have not taken it to the dealership yet as I am waiting to point it out on my next scheduled oil change. Has anybody else had this problem and if so, any idea of cost to repair???? Thanks.
#2937 of 2952 Re: Jack / Jackstand Points [toyseeker]
Apr 19, 2011 (5:52 pm)
I am also looking for an answer to this. Has anyone found out what the best method is to rotate the tires using a floor jack and jack stands?
#2938 of 2952 Front brake job
Apr 19, 2011 (5:56 pm)
The front brake pads on my 2008 Highlander need to be replaced, and I am inclined to do it myself. Has anyone done this, and if so do you have any details, or do I need to buy the shop manual to get torque specs, etc.?
#2939 of 2952 Re: Jack / Jackstand Points [moline]
Apr 20, 2011 (9:25 am)
Many Toyota dealers offer tire rotation for $9.99 when you have an oil & filter change for $24.99, so why bother to do this work yourself and damage something.