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#14838 of 14955 Re: TSB to correct transmission issues in 05 Avalon [okie34]
Sep 26, 2010 (1:24 pm)
Finding the correct Toyota "fix" for a particular vehicle problem is almost like a game of hide and seek with Toyota.
The VVTi oil line replacement only came out after a couple of model years of catastropic line failures (loss of all engine oil) that were simply not addressed. The irony of this recall is that Toyota is still replacing the original rubber line with another rubber line (the accountants won, I'm sure), when all Avalons since mid 2008 have metal lines from the factory. Toyota has an exact fix, replacement metal line in their parts system that could be installed. Some V6 vehicles, notably Lexus and RAV4s, had the OE metal line as early as 2005.
I have a 2007 Avalon with a dealer installed metal line, the TSB reprogram for '07 transmissions, and a complete new pedal assembly. I think it is a very nice automobile with lots of room and great gas milege!
#14839 of 14955 Re: TSB to correct transmission issues in 05 Avalon [popsavalon]
Sep 27, 2010 (7:43 am)
Interesting about the rubber oil line. I need to check mine to see what was put on it during the recall fix. Is it visible after the big silver cover is removed from the top of the engine?
#14840 of 14955 Re: TSB to correct transmission issues in 05 Avalon [okie34]
Sep 27, 2010 (5:07 pm)
It is not necessary to remove the engine cover. Raise the hood and look at the left rear side of the engine right next to the shock tower, there will be a 3/8" metal line and fitting connected to the end of the rear cylinder head. This line turns straight down for about 6" and goes behind a black plastic shield on it's way to the bottom of the engine. If you can see any rubber hose before the line goes behind the shield, you have the "rubber" line replacement.
For a look at the all metal line, just check any 2009 or later Avalon.
For the bizarre "it's not a problem" history of failures leading to this recall, Google toyotav6oillinescandal.
#14841 of 14955 Re: TSB to correct transmission issues in 05 Avalon [popsavalon]
Sep 28, 2010 (5:59 am)
Thanks, I'll take a look at it.
#14842 of 14955 Re: TSB to correct transmission issues in 05 Avalon [okie34]
Sep 29, 2010 (7:28 am)
Sure enough, it's the rubber line.
#14843 of 14955 Re: steering problem [fiveaces]
Oct 11, 2010 (11:55 am)
I had the steering column replaced under the recall about 2 years ago on our 2005 Avalon. Since then there has been a creaking or similar noise while steering at slow speeds. I took the car back to our local dealer and they said the same thing, that the shaft may need to be relubed. Estimate was anywhere from $150.00 to $600.00. I contacted Toyota Canada last year and they said see your dealer. This car has approx 55000 Km or 33000 miles. I have never owned a car that had to have the steering shaft re lubed or replaced. Took the car to another dealer last week and they tell me that the steering shaft may need replacement at a cost of $1400.00. WTF? This should really be done at Toyota's expense as it certainly should not happen on a $42000.00 car with low miles. I plan to call toyota again this week and have a few words with them. My next car will not be a Toyota.
It has been reported by many other owners on www.mycarstats.com.
Check it out?
#14844 of 14955 Re: '06 Avalon- O2 sensors and intake manifold replacement for $1,800 [Modad55]
Oct 20, 2010 (11:41 am)
loose clamps on air intake rubber mounts of aqir flow sensor.
#14845 of 14955 Re: steering problem [gladiator99]
Oct 20, 2010 (3:54 pm)
I agree and so, SUE, take them to small claims court. Can you contact the OWNER of your car store, this was the first person I would speak to. ME, I'm a letter writer, I would blast this car store in EVERY local newspaper and make sure you use the word ALLEGED on every accusation or charge.
#14846 of 14955 Re: steering problem [jlsexton]
Oct 20, 2010 (7:10 pm)
Today I called Toyota to see if they have considered whether to cover the cost of this repair or offer some assistance, however the customer service rep said that there was no answer from the people who make the decision, Now I have a real dilema as I will have the Avalon in storage from Oct 25 to April 1 2011. I mentioned this to the claims guy who said he will try to get an answer for me shortly. I live in BC Canada, and we will be wintering in Arizona for 5 months. Hopefully I will get this resolved before we leave our home here. If they refuse to pay up for the fix, I will then consider my options. I write pretty good letters and I may consider a lawsuit in small claims also.
Thanks for your suggestions.
#14847 of 14955 2007 Avalon Rear Window Shade Motor
Oct 21, 2010 (10:44 am)
The motor for the rear window shade in my 2007 Avalon activates when I put the car into reverse (after the car has just been started only) even when the shade is already lowered. I guess the way it's designed is to check if the shade is up and if the shade is up then the motor engages and automatically lowers the shade upon putting the car into reverse. When the shade is already down the motor activates and makes a loud clicking sound for about 20 seconds. It sounds like to motor is running and clicking on gears but not doing anything. I'm sure this is not good for the motor or gears. I called the dealer and several Toyota repair shops and none of them have seen this problem before. I want to know if it's something in the shifter or in the shade motor mechanism. Has anyone else had this problem and how much did it cost to repair?