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#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?
#251 of 315 Re: Toyota Highlander Sport '09 - Transmission Issue [kskellin]
Apr 06, 2010 (7:36 am)
Well, I'm not sure. I have an 09 HL Sport with only 4k on it. When did the problem first occur? It seems that today with all the computer controlled functions on an auto these kind of weird situation happen more often.
My guess would be that the Rev/RPM limiter is acting up. This prevents the vehicle from going faster then allowed. For example, if your vehicle is capable of going 130mph that does not mean you can go that fast. A rev limiter of governor would limit your top speed to say 112mph. In your case this device may be malfunctioning do to computer error. Just a guess but you may want to have your dealer check it.
#252 of 315 Re: Toyota Highlander Sport '09 - Transmission Issue [kskellin]
Apr 06, 2010 (8:44 am)
That might be SOP if you can get to 60MPH within a short time from starting the engine COLD. The transaxle will not shift into OD until the catalytic converter is up to operational temperature.
My RX300 is garaged and yet it will not shift into OD until I have driven about a mile.
#253 of 315 THANKYOU EDMUNDS Toyota Highlander hesitation addressed.
Jun 09, 2010 (4:42 am)
This site is wonderful! This is what you call consumer advocacy and protection! Information is power and safety!
Got Toyota to address my hesitation problem because of the info i got here!
I have a 2008 Highlander. A few months after purchasing my vehicle, I noticed a hesitation in the car auto shifting in lower gears..very dangerous when trying to get onto the highway. Got worse as the year went by.
I took it into my dealer 5 times ( so that i could have a paper trail) in the last 2 years and got the same old story that there was nothing wrong. I knew they had no intention of addressing my problem till the recent fiasco Toyota car deaths has had to deal with. Toyota the company is responsible for this denial. (The dealership I bought my car from has wonderful staff and tries hard to accommodate.)
I read what could be done here, took it into my dealer, told them what i read and that i would NOT take no for an answer on fixing this--re program the computer!!!!
Last week the mechanic took me for a test drive with his laptop and reprogrammed the cars computer and my Highlander drives like new! Funny thing...He knew about this problem all along!
THANK YOU to all of you GREAT PEOPLE out there that share info!!!!!
Jessie on Maui