Last post on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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Toyota Avalon, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#952 of 965 Re: Headlights [thall9]
Jun 17, 2013 (10:02 am)
The problems Toyota had with the 2008 Avalon headlights were with the daytime running / high beam bulbs. The bulbs have been redesigned and no longer shatter in this application. I had several sets shatter and replaced myself - too many miles for the extended Toyota warranty on these. (Toyota was replacing the entire headlight lense assembly to deal with the broken glass from these shattered lights.) The hid low beam bulbs have not been a problem. If you have some mechanical ability you can easily change these.
Both of my low beam hid headlights started flickering at one time or another and I eventually replaced both. I purchased identical HID's off of the net. To date I have only replaced each bulb once. The current general high beam bulbs have been in for the past 3 years. I have 222K miles on my 2008 LTD. No other problems - it is a great car and will give you many, many more miles of carefree driving.
Jun 17, 2013 (4:51 pm)
I love the car and I think want to keep it, wondering if driving without the daytime lights would help this problem.
#954 of 965 Re: Headlights [mlingga]
Jun 17, 2013 (5:12 pm)
Can you help me understand are you saying you just replaced each of the lights and that resolved the problem. I took the car back for them to resolve the one light that went out. If I could get them to replace them all that would be ideal.
#955 of 965 This May Help
Jun 19, 2013 (5:04 pm)
Toyota: Service bulletin..tsb..0044-10 Rev 1. I found this online and called 2 of my local dealers and they said if I am having a problem bring it in and it will be no charge. However they did say I have to be having a problem they will not replace if I am not..currently I am not he said it was good for 10 years or 120,000 miles....hope this helps we are all in this together.
#956 of 965 Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires
Jun 26, 2013 (2:44 pm)
I recently replaced the original tires on my Avalon 2009 XL (Bridgestone Potenzas) with Michelin Primacy MXV4 because these were so highly rated and supposed to give a smooth ride. Well, these Michelin tires ride like bricks and one feels every surface roughness or irregularity. I've double checked tire pressure and it is correct (29psi). The Michelins have ruined the very soft ride that Avalons are known for and which was one of the things I liked the most about my car. Has anyone else had same issue or experience with these tires?
#957 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (3:33 pm)
I have an '06 Avalon Touring with 210,000 miles on it and have run the Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires on it for at least the last 30,000 miles. I've found the ride to be great. Smooth with excellent handling. I normally run my tires at 35psi, for no other reason than that's just what seems to work for me. Still have the original shocks/struts. Not sure why your tires are not giving you the ride you want. Could be the suspension or could just be a bad set of Michelins, which would be very rare. Not sure about this set of Michelins but I know that my last set were directional and had to be installed in pairs on the correct axle/side of the car. So, a couple of things you might want to check on. Have a good front end man check the suspension and make sure the tires were installed correctly.
#958 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (4:43 pm)
My 1st set of tires after the original Michelins were Primacy MXV4. I have a 2008 Ltd. Smooth, quiet ride - these lasted 117,000 miles. I now have 30,000 + on my second set of Primacy MXV4. Same results as before - I keep 35 - 36 psi in these.
#959 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [carlupi]
Jun 26, 2013 (4:57 pm)
Those are typically outstanding tires so it's not the tires unless you have a bad tire pressure gauge or tires that sat in the warehouse so long they got hard. You can check the DOT code production date as follows....
In the example:
DOT U2LL LMLR 5107
51 Manufactured during the 51st week of the year
07 Manufactured during 2007
Hope you get it figured out as bad tire are really annoying on an Avalon.
#960 of 965 Re: Problem with Michelins Primacy MXV4 tires [rfisher66]
Jun 27, 2013 (2:28 pm)
Thanks for the info (also to others who responded). I am going back to Costco this weekend to check the problem out. I know it is not the suspension because just one week prior to geting the tires my Avalon went through a major service at Toyota dealer and everything was OK. I noticed the harsheness of the ride immediately after getting the tires but thought it was probably overinflation. Adjusting the psi has made no difference. I'm hoping it is just a case of getting a set of bad or old tires.
#961 of 965 Re: Headlights [urspider76]
Oct 03, 2013 (6:43 am)
Wife owns a lightly used '08 XLS w/ 45K mi. with a dead LH high-beam light, I'm OK with minor repairs and I do not understand this entire issue. The only daytime running lights I've noted are the little, inboard, amber ones costing peanuts, so why are we all talking about daytime running lights contained w/in the high-beams? I'm not even sure about whether those are HIDs, except to know that the HIR-1 bulbs are pretty much obsolete (at a cost of $46 apiece!) and have largely been replaced with some much cheaper 9011s..
She rarely uses her brights and none appear to have exploded or damaged their housings. I don't get it, except to know that trying to replace her dead high-beam bulb is sure to make me remove the battery. The dealer wanted $100 to do this job and I think that it smells. After cycling all the lights, my impression is that the little amber guys are her daytime running lights and that the brights are not; also, that the discussion about that does not apply. Am I wrong?