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#699 of 965 Tire Rot (and worse) - what I did about it
Feb 20, 2010 (8:06 pm)
I have a 2008 Avalon that sat in the Long Beach, CA Toyota lot for 11 months even BEFORE it sent to the dealer. All four tires rotted out, both rear pistons sprung leaks, and the seal around my sun roof was failing.
I learned all this NOT from the Toyota dealership who claimed to do a full inspection on the car (nor told me how long the car had sat), but from a Firestone dealership where I stopped to get an early oil change. (at 1,800 miles - just to make sure there were not any metal fragments in the oil).
I went back to a different Toyota dealer, SPOKE WITH THE SERVICE MANAGER, and after some arm twisting, he agreed to make an "accommodation" for me because I was "such a good customer". I had never been to that dealership before.
Lesson: PUSH for what is right. The 11 months of my Avalon sitting in a TOYOTA holding lot was their problem, not mine, and NOT the tire manufacturers fault.
I have since learned that Toyota Service Managers have a lot of discretion on making "accommodations" to customers - even more so in the past month.
Feb 22, 2010 (7:30 am)
Anyone ever have an issue with a window rattle? I have a rear passenger side window that rattles going over bumps when fully raised. Poor seals, perhaps? Any guidance would be appreciated. It's take me quite awhile to isolate the issue...now I what to make it go away!
#701 of 965 Re: Tire Rot (and worse) - what I did about it [daveinmarietta]
Feb 22, 2010 (11:20 am)
D, I assume you are talking about "dry rot", and I am puzzled as to why new tires would dry rot in 11 months, regardless of where they were. What was the manufacture date on the tires?
Did you actually get the tires replaced? At the Firestone dealer or at Toyota dealer, and was there any charge for tire replacement if it actually happened?
A tire dealer recommending tire replacement on a new car with only 1800 miles would certainly raise a lot of questions from me.
#702 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon hid bulbs [kbetts1]
Mar 05, 2010 (12:52 pm)
I have a 2008 touring also. The dash indicator shows high beam but the lights stay on low.. Can I replace the high beam bulbs myself? If so, do you know the lamp number? Is the high beam circuit fused separately and could that be the problem? The highs worked fine until I drove a dark winding road at night and switched repeatedly, after 20 minutes of this they failed. I've heard rumors about the cost of a repair on this at the dealer.
#703 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon hid bulbs [bobbb1]
Mar 05, 2010 (1:00 pm)
I can say this.
I had the low beam bulbs replaced at my local dealer (Under warranty) and it didn't take but 3 minutes per side.
#704 of 965 reasonable?
Mar 05, 2010 (1:34 pm)
How much did they charge you Skip?
#705 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon hid bulbs [bobbb1]
Mar 05, 2010 (4:52 pm)
The Touring has 9011 bulbs for high beam and HID D4R bulbs for low beam. If both of your high beams don't work then it's most likely a fuse or another problem. Take it to the dealer for warranty work.
I took my '08 touring in because the battery wouldn't hold a charge and they said there is nothing wrong with the battery or the charging system.
Fast forward to last week and the battery was dead AGAIN! So I took it in this time for a battery drain problem. They checked it out and said the headlights/parking lights weren't programmed to turn off right and killing the battery. OK.
So I let the car sit for a week and the batter still died. SO.. I started poking around myself and was going to hook up an ammeter to the battery and start pulling fuses until I found where the problem was. BUT, before I did I opened the hatch between the seats and sure enough the light in the trunk was stuck on. Now I'm taking it back to the dealer and telling him to fix the trunk switch. Hope that fixes it for sure...
Ain't cars wonderful.... oh, I just got my recall notice this week too so I'm going to talk to them about scheduling a recall appointment too even though I'm not convinced the pedal is the problem.
#706 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Used [gilseidman]
Mar 06, 2010 (2:36 pm)
What do you think the clickin noise is on my 2008 avalon touring coming from engine. Purchased in Jan 010 with 40,000 still under warranty. I took it to a dealer and they said those types of engines run loud. They said they suspect the VVT-I gear assembly, R&R bank 1 valve cover inspected, all checked normal. It clicks while it is parked while car turned on. It does not make a clicking sound in the morning when I start the car up. I heard Toyota had a service butlletin concerning this.
#707 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Used [lewgeor]
Mar 06, 2010 (5:17 pm)
If there is a service bulletin about this problem your service guy should've seen it & corrected it. If you google Toy Avy service bulletins you can find out for yourself.
#708 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Used [lewgeor]
Mar 07, 2010 (5:35 am)
I really think its the fuel injectors you are hearing. You wouldn't hear it in the morning when the car is on fast idle. However, when the car is fully warmed up and the engine is idling low it is possible to hear that clicking sound the fuel injectors make. I know on my 06 Avalon I could. Also, if it was something wrong with the engine it would most certainly be worse when first started. What I would do is have someone in the car with the transmission in park rev the engine to around 1800-2000 RPM and hold it there. If the sounds goes away it is the injectors (well it didn't go away you just can't hear it anymore over the sound of the engine)