Last post on Jul 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM
You are in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid
What is this discussion about?
#44 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [400e]
Dec 01, 2009 (9:27 am)
You are a smart guy 400e. What you experienced from that dealer is the typical marketing ploy used in the automotive repair/service industry.
I have followed the manufacture's recommendations for maintenance on my '07 HH and have had ZERO problems in 117,000 miles. When you replace your air filter, dont forget the cabin air filter behind the glove box.
#45 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [400e]
Dec 01, 2009 (1:36 pm)
It is difficult to find and get to the oil filter in the HH. On the '07 you must remove the full width plastic shield by removing 8-10 plastic screws/bolts. Once the shield is removed, finding and changing the oil filter is a snap. Then you have to replace the damn shield. My last Subaru had a sliding hatch in the shield which made it really easy.
#46 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [rodonnell]
Dec 01, 2009 (4:44 pm)
Thanks, Ray! Very helpful comments. Glad to hear you've had good success, and I wish you many more trouble-free miles.
#47 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [stevegold]
Dec 01, 2009 (4:49 pm)
thanks for that tip, too. One weekend I did take off that plastic shield to see how accessible the filter is, and just as you say, there it is.
Do you use an oil filter wrench that fits snugly on the end of the filter (50 mm or something like that, if I recall)? I will need to get one of those.
I used to have an old Mercedes - one of the best features of that car was that the engineers designed the engine so that you could do oil changes from above, using a dipstick tube that sucked oil out that way, and the oil filter was reached from above too.
#48 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [400e]
Dec 01, 2009 (6:24 pm)
Toyota and most auto stores sell a rigid, cup like oil filter wrench that requires a socket handle to operate. Do not use a fabric wrench as it will crush the oil filter if it is on too tight. My guess is that most mechanics that do oil changes do NOT bother to replace the filter because it's too much work and you'll never know. That actually happened to me, by me. This was the third oil change on my wife's '07 HH and the very first time I actually changed the filter. I would have remembered had I ever taken off the shield.
#49 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [stevegold]
Dec 01, 2009 (7:44 pm)
Would be an interesting "experiment" - to mark the filter inconspicuously, take the car to have an oil and filter change, and see if the filter was actually replaced...
#50 of 53 Re: 30K service - what is really needed? [stevegold]
Dec 07, 2009 (1:04 pm)
There may be some differences that prevent this but I have always changed the oil filter on my '01 F/awd RX300 from the top, even after warming the engine to operating temperature for easier oil flow and particle/debris suspension.
My RX gets oil, oil filter, and air filter every 5-7000 miles and the pollen filter inspected and changed "as needed", now at ~80,000 miles. The ATF was drained and refilled, twice, days apart, at ~40,000 miles due to the transaxle design flaw and hasn't been changed since. But just to be on the safe side I do check the ATF condition, odor and appearance, at each oil change.
#51 of 53 70K service
May 14, 2010 (11:12 am)
I have a Highlander-2005 which needs 70K service.
beside general inspection, I was told that they will change oil, rotate tires, change cabin filter and do fuel injuction services. Cost $300-$350.
Is this sound right? Can I service it somewhere else cheaper?
your input is appreciated.
#53 of 53 2006 THH engine won't start
Jul 27, 2013 (8:45 pm)
Once I crank the ignition, everything works: dash, nav, sound, seats, moon roof...everything works fine. Except the engine won't turn over. In fact, the blinking red security light indicating the theft deterrent system is on, won't turn off. I checked all the fuses and they're all fine. I'm trying to avoid a huge dealership repair bill. Any ideas?