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#262 of 298 2003 Avalon XLS Needs a tune-up?
Apr 01, 2009 (7:37 am)
Hi, I have a 2003 Toyota Avalon XLS with about 73K miles on it. I've had it 2 years and haven't done anything to it, but get oil changes new tires and new brakes. It was my grandmother's and she took good care of it and I got it when she passed away. I'm thinking I should probably have it "tuned up" or something, but, of course, am worried about getting ripped off. Can anyone suggest what I should get checked out the next time I take it into the shop for an oil change?
#263 of 298 Re: 2003 Avalon XLS Needs a tune-up? [kathym3]
Apr 20, 2009 (3:06 pm)
Look for the car manual and follow the instructions for the changes required at the mileage that they state for the type of driving that you do. My 1995 Avalon required a timing belt change every 60,000 miles. It also recommended a change of spark plugs at 100,000 miles. You should also check when the coolant, air filter, fuel filter and PC valve should be changed. There also may be a cabin filter to be changed. Do not do anything that is not recommended in your manual. I have 160,000 miles and the car runs and looks like new. Also recommend washing the car and waxing it on occasion.
#264 of 298 Windshield wipers
Apr 22, 2009 (3:21 pm)
Hi everyone! I own a 2003 Avalon XL (maybe XLS, can't remember) well anyway, when I turn my windshield wipers off, they stop right in the middle of windshield. Plus I notice when I turn on my heated seats, I am starting to get an awful smell. Another thing, I notice rust around where my tires are. Should I go get this professionally removed and repainted? I remember having a 1984 Toyota truck and the engine ran for ever but body was falling off.
I have over 100,000 miles on it. (sadly still owe another year). Will be wiser next time when buying a car. Will definately have a down payment!
Any help appreciated. Thank you.
#265 of 298 long term maintenance
Apr 23, 2009 (7:45 am)
I bought 2009 within the past month. The manual gives no service schedule for brake and transmission fluid. Any guidance on that? Thanks for all input.
#266 of 298 wipers and ventilated seats
Apr 23, 2009 (7:50 am)
I am very pleased with the new 2009, but have two minor concerns / questions.
1. The wiper on drivers side has some streaking at the point of attachment to the arm, which happens to be my sightline. This is a brand new dealer installed wiper blade. My first set of blades had a problem and were replaced. Has anyone else had this problem or others with the wiper blades?
2. The cooled seat does get cold, but not as fast as my neighbor's car (not a Toyota). Any other complaints on slow seat cooling?
#267 of 298 Re: wipers and ventilated seats [1lotlizard]
Apr 23, 2009 (8:21 am)
The seats are not "cooled." They are heated and ventilated.
#268 of 298 Air bag light is blinking...
Apr 25, 2009 (8:21 am)
I have a Toyota avalon 98 and the air bag light is blinking. Is there something I can do to reset it?
#269 of 298 Re: long term maintenance [1lotlizard]
May 06, 2009 (5:41 pm)
I have the 2008 Avalon Limited and there is no schedule for brake or transmission fluid. There is also no dipstick for the transmission. I would follow the instructions in the manual and leave those things alone. You could check the brake reservoir visually and add fluid if low for any reason but it is not likely. It may become lower as the brake pads are used up and should be checked when you do a brake job. I have never drained and replaced brake fluid in my 1995 Avalon and I have 160,000 miles on it.
#270 of 298 Monroe Sensa Trac or KYB GR2
May 15, 2009 (6:07 am)
Hello. I am going to be replacing the struts on my 2002 Toyota Avalalon XL. I am trying to decide between the Monroe Sensa Trac strut and the KYB GR2 strut. The car has a lot of shimmy at high speeds. I prefer a more comfortable, smooth ride. I am older and not looking to make this in to a sports car. Just want to restore the ride to the way it was when I bought it. Any help with this decision is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#271 of 298 Re: Monroe Sensa Trac or KYB GR2 [bigroz8000]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 15, 2009 (6:14 am)
Before you start, what do you mean by "shimmy"? If you mean you can feel the steering wheel moving back and forth, that's not struts, that's wheel balance most likely, or a bent rim, or out of round tire.
if you mean the car wanders around the road, new struts might help that but this is often an alignment or front end bushing issue.
Bad struts will give you a "wallowing" feeling (pitching, moving side to side, bouncing up and down) when braking, going around turns, or over bumps. In other words, bad struts show up when the suspension is under some stress.