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Toyota Highlander, Transmission, SUV
#241 of 315 highlander leak
Jan 10, 2010 (2:47 pm)
I have a 2002 Highlander Ltd, which I bought new and have taken good care of. About 14 months ago it started leaking transmission fluid. Toyota did a very expensive repair (about $2000),to pull the tranny to replace a seal. Now it is leaking again, transmission fluid from the same place. Would welcome any suggestions. I really like this car,and was hoping to keep it a lot longer. When it developed the first leak it had only 61K miles on it. Now it has 74K. Help!
#242 of 315 Re: Highlander Transmission shudder [marty53]
Jan 11, 2010 (9:51 am)
Well i have 2400 miles on my 09 Highlander and the shudder has disappeared completely. It seems like it took this milage to wear the clutch plates in. Only complaint know is a piece of plastic that rattles on cold mornings, Live in the northeast and it has been very cold, hopefully this will go away with time and warmth.
#243 of 315 Transmission shudder
Jan 11, 2010 (5:13 pm)
" I was able to recreate it by going up hill at low speed "
In the words of a famous American, "Don't do that."
These are great engines and want to run. Give them a little gas going up hills and if it downshifts, it downshifts, but at least the engine doesn't lug.
Lug = strain, shudder, ping, etc.
My father (hey, he's 88 today) would thump me on the back of the head if I lugged one of his cars up a hill. Engines don't run well at low rpm's.
My '10 Limited has 40 miles on it and the computer hasn't learned my driving habits yet. The same thing happened when I started driving my father's '06 Avalon with 6400 miles on it. It ran fine when I drove like he did.
#244 of 315 transmission kick when decelerating
Mar 20, 2010 (12:20 pm)
Anybody found a solution for the transmission kick when decelerating? I get this kick exactly when I get down to 20Km\h and the car decelerates from above 50Km\h. This won't happened if at 60Km\h I use the Over Drive OFF.
I took my Highlander 2002, V6 3.0L to a Toyota dealer and I told them about re-flashing the ECM. They flashed this one and the Transmission Control Module for only $70. I could not believe that, but still, the problem was not fixed.
#245 of 315 Re: transmission kick when decelerating [rpanait]
Mar 20, 2010 (1:41 pm)
Mine is the same model HL, same version. I had many troubles with the tranny and was only after I made a complete tranny oi replacementl, I mean about 11 qt to Valvoline semi sinth oil, that all issues went out.
Mi advice is to stay away from toyota dealer, in my case they have not found any solution other than the regular oil and filter of the tranny. No way to solve troubles in that direction. I have almost 10 K miles after that operation and everything is fine.
#246 of 315 Re: transmission kick when decelerating [rpanait]
Mar 21, 2010 (9:22 am)
Your HL is FWD, or at best F/awd, and the transaxle MUST upshift in order to lower the potential for loss of directional control as you reach low speed and should the roadbed be slippery. For this very same reason it will not downshift into 1st gear until you come to a full and complete stop.
So that feeling of being bumped lightly from behind as you slow to a final stop is actually a safety measure.
#247 of 315 Re: transmission kick when decelerating [wwest]
Mar 22, 2010 (4:43 am)
My HL is AWD. Is this kick going to damage the transmission? This is what I am afraid of...
#248 of 315 Re: transmission kick when decelerating [rpanait]
Mar 22, 2010 (7:21 am)
The "kick", assuming we're talking about the low speed upshift, makes it easier on the transaxle.
#249 of 315 02 Highlander makes whirring noise
Mar 26, 2010 (9:16 am)
02 Highlander FWD 4 cylinder makes whirring noise when driving in 1st gear, then noise disappears in 2, 3, 4th gears. please help me
#250 of 315 Toyota Highlander Sport '09 - Transmission Issue
Apr 06, 2010 (6:50 am)
I have had my toyota for 1 year - 24,000 miles... 2 times I have encountered a problem when accelerating from 55 MPH to 60 MPH. When I go to 60 MPH, the RPMs revs past 4RPMs and can not go faster. I would stop, put car in park then back into Drive, and it fixed the problem. Dealer could not recreate problem. My concern is that my warranty will expire this year as I drive a lot and don't want to get stuck with a bad transmission.
Anyone else have this problem or could offer me suggestions?