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#73 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [ashleydee]
Oct 14, 2009 (5:03 am)
I'm having the same problem with my 2003 Highlander, the Check Engine light keeps coming on. We've paid over $400 to have the 1st oxygen sensor fixed just a month ago, now the dealer is saying the 2nd one is out, another $400. Where can I find details on this recall - does it affect my model? I have an 8cyl AWD, thx for any help, this seems like an expensive issue.
#74 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [eanders]
Oct 14, 2009 (5:38 am)
do you know what the error message is when your check engine light comes on? if it says something like "emissions" then it's possibly the same problem i had.
call the dealer and give them your VIN number, ask if there were any recalls for your vehicle.
since the day i had mine fixed, i haven't had my CE come back on! thankfully!!
#75 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [ashleydee]
Oct 15, 2009 (6:43 am)
When the 1st sensor blew in August, it was the heater circuit, bank 1 sensor 1, error msg PO135. Yesterday it was the heater circuit, bank2 sensor 1, error PO155. In checking online it seems only the 4cyl models were recalled, I have a 6cyl. I contacted the GM at the dealership yesterday to plead my case; the Svc Mgr seemed indifferent in resolving the issue. If each one of these sensors costs $400 to fix, with 4 of them in 2 "banks", that's a conceivable $1600 cost repair for each bank, yikes! Of course if they are not fixed, I'm learning it could be even more expensive if the catalytic converter is affected. WIth only 71K miles on this car, I feel I'm not getting that famous Toyota dependabililty.
#76 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [eanders]
Oct 16, 2009 (5:01 am)
1. If they're charging you $400, go somewhere else. Its a simple job and doesn't take any Toyota-specific knowledge or tool.
2. There are only 3 on the V6, despite what the manual says. Bank 1 is the rear exhaust manifold, Bank 2 is in the front manifold, and the third (post cat) is after the converter just before the muffler.
3. Please see posts 4360 and 4362 in the Maintenance and Repair forum.
4. There is no recall for O2 sensors. Someone posted a general comment that there was, but was not able to provide any detail.
#77 of 116 Toyota Highlander Maintenance Light
Nov 05, 2009 (8:22 pm)
My son changed my oil in my 2005 Highlander, but I have forgotten how to get the light off. Can someone please tell me?
#78 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [jrfiero]
Dec 05, 2009 (9:18 am)
Back in September I had an O2 light also. The sensor, with a discount, cost me $250.00 at the Toyota dealership. Two days ago I got another light. I hope it's on the other (there are 2) bank. In any case, I ordered the sensor, a Bosch (OE) #1521 from Amazon for $109.00. I like the price. Since it is also the front sensor, I'll probably try to replace it myself. It's supposed to be an easy job? I'll need a special wrench and 'anti-seize' stuff for the treads.
Oh yes, and this is relevant. The time-to-change interval on these sensors is 100,000 miles. I had my first failure right after 100k and this second one at 105k. So, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.
#79 of 116 VSC and CEL during 16 degree temps
Jan 08, 2010 (8:11 pm)
A first for me. I am mindful I switched fill ups from an Exxon to a Shell station and am running a 2001 Highlander 4wd with about 128k miles. Codes were checked and an indication that a service/tune up is due since there are misfire issues.
Please respond to the cost of a service for the problem at hand and one mechanic said that the service may be a bit pricey since the intake manifold has to come out...(Note: this is what I think I heard)
If the timing belt was replaced at 68k when is it due to be replaced again? Words from the wise are appreciated.
#81 of 116 RE: Toyota CEL [grthinker]
Jan 19, 2010 (5:36 pm)
I recently had the check engine light come on my 2001 V6 Highlander. When I read the code, 1130 which corresponds to an oxygen sensor, I was concerned but cleared the code, hoping it was some spurious reading. Unfortunately it came back before I had driven a mile.
I then read as much as I could find on the web about this problem. To cut a long story short, I found that cleaning the MAF Sensor with an aerosol cleaner and adding a new air filter solved the problem (I hope). I have now driver about 160km (100 miles) with no problem.
I found that the backside (away from the air filter side of the sensor was filthy and my theory was that it would therefore take a greater airflow to cool it to the reading that the on-board system wanted. In turn this meant that the engine was running lean, hence the code 1130 reading.
So I would encourage anyone who has a problem like this to first try the cleaning the MAF sensor/change filter routine. It takes 10 minutes to do and costs very little – under $30.
#82 of 116 2003 Highlander CEL
Feb 07, 2010 (9:00 am)
Since Toyota is dealing with mass recalls have you considered contacting them regarding the CEL on your Highlander? I read in a previous thread that there was a recall on O2 sensors but no one contacted me and my vehicle is registered with Toyota so how did I miss that? I've taken my car to a Toyota dealer to fix the O2 sensor and no one stated there was a recall.
This seems like the best time to bring this to Toyota's attention. I'm tired of shelling out all this money for a CEL fix (oxygen sensors on bank 1 & 2) that hasn't addressed the problem, clearing the codes so my CEL can go off. I can't tell if it is something serious or defected.
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