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#135 of 298 Toyota Avalon Maintenance
Sep 11, 2005 (4:43 pm)
I purchased a 2001 two years ago used and have put 20000 miles on it.. It runs beautifully however comments about gelling have recently caused me to switch to synthetic oil. I change the oil religiously. My question is: at 50000 should I have transmission fluid changed, brake fluid flushed, radiator flushed? Also, I recently had the check engine light come on. The dealer said to tighten the gas cap. I cleared the code and drove the car to Florida and back(3000 miles). The light came on when I got back to NY at the end of the trip. It appears that it is coming on when it is cold outside(under 60 degrees). Possibly I am running lean. Should I have the injectors cleaned. I hesitate to go to the dealer for diagnosis. They seem to deal with replace and pay instead of diagnose. Also, I have heard nothing about the 8 year warranty....how do I verify I have it on this vehicle?
#136 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [adirondack1]
Sep 11, 2005 (4:54 pm)
adirondack1, i hope your living in the NE and have the opportunity to enjoy autumn up there!
can't comment on your scheduled maintenance since i don't own an avalon. what does your manual say at 40 and 50K? did you have these things done?
i'm curious, you managed to clear a CEL code thrown by the OBD system. How'd you do that, with someone else's reader? did you pull the code(s)? now that it's on again, you might want to pull the code(s) you have stored now, and see what they mean.
#137 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [user777]
Sep 11, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I cleared the code by disconnecting the negative battery cable for 30 seconds. It works very nicely.
#138 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [adirondack1]
Sep 12, 2005 (4:13 am)
i do a tranny & coolant change every 48k kms so it might be a good idea. I think Toyota also recommends it.
#139 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [adirondack1]
Sep 12, 2005 (5:33 am)
No problem with the oil gel... mostly due to poor upkeep by the owner. Use good oil, change the filter, don't worry. Synthetic is not necessary but many who post here use it and all seem to like it.
Change the transmission fluid at 36k miles or less. A flush is better as you get all the fluid, not just part of it. But it might not really be necessary. I do it anyway.
Brake fluid and coolant are discussed in the manual but 4 years sounds long enough for both of them. Keep the gas cap tight and read the error code again. Injectors may be fouled due to low annual mileage and cold weather. Maybe.
Enjoy the Avy.. I'm on my second one. Great cars.
#140 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [adirondack1]
Sep 12, 2005 (8:36 am)
now that you've got the light again, why not go to the local automotive parts store and see if they'll read the code(s) for you. maybe interpreting the code(s) will help you determine what's happening when the ambient is cold.
#141 of 298 Re: Toyota Avalon Maintenance [adirondack1]
Sep 13, 2005 (8:02 am)
We live in the same area, only I am on the other side of the Adirondacks near Ft.Drum, NY. Own a 02 Avalon with 73K on it. Here is my take, similar but not exact.
1. Use synthetic oil only in the winter. Change it at 5K intervals.
2. Tranny change at 40-50K, and a full change including filter 80-100K.
3. Brake fluid should be changed, regardless of mileage every 3 years.
4. If you put on 20K like I do, then why not change the water pump, timing belt and radiator fluid ALL at the same time. Timing belt should be done at 80-90K, just about the time the radiator fluid needs changing, the two V belts, and ya might as well do the water pump too cause they are right there.
5. Buy some inexpensive steel Toyota or similar steel wheels and use winter tires on all four. Much surer during the winter time.
#142 of 298 Outrageous bill padding
Sep 15, 2005 (12:03 pm)
Our Camry has been an excellent car in every respect. Outrageous bill padding caused us to part company with the Toyota dealer.
The car was in the service department for a $150 inspection and oil change, notwithstanding the necessity for some inspection items was suspect. Front and rear brake inspection was included. Simply looking at them inspects front disk brakes. Inspection of rear drum brakes require wheel and drum removal. The service manageress approached me with a grim look on her face and told me the carís brakes required cleaning, at $50 extra. Front disk brakes require no cleaning. Cleaning rear drum brakes with the drum already removed consists of dropping the drum on the floor upside-down from about 12Ē so the brake dust drops out, and blowing out the brake assembly with an air hose for a few seconds. In fact, most of the dust drops out when the drum is removed. I asked her if I looked like I had just fallen off a turnip truck. She looked a little sheepish. I havenít been back since.
We recently replaced our second car with an Acura. Early indications are the Acura dealer has an equally impressive but unnecessary inspection regimen. Iíll put up with it during the warranty period, but then itís sayonara. My theory is the cars are so good Toyota and Acura dealers have to cheat to achieve acceptable service department profits.
#143 of 298 Oil Filter for 2005 Avalon?
Sep 26, 2005 (3:52 pm)
Got underneath my car last weekend to change the oil. Draining the oil was no problem, but I looked high and low for the oil filter and never could find it. Wal-Mart sold a Fram filter for the car (same as my 2003 Avalon), but where is the filter? I saw, under the car, something that looked like an oil filter adapter, but it was capped off, and the way to take it off was witha a square key, kind of like an allen key but square instead. Is this the filter area? Is it simply the element that needs to be changed? The Toyota maintenance manual says nothing about an oil filter.
#144 of 298 Re: Oil Filter for 2005 Avalon? [sixpacktr]
Sep 26, 2005 (7:52 pm)
Welcome to the world of filters from long ago, now making a comeback. No more spin-ons. The square hole is for a square drive..to remove the whole thing. The filter is inside. Another member can give you the exact details..but you had it right, the filter element is inside and not really visible. A prior generation filter will not work. Hope this helps....