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#141 of 167 Re: Detailed Instructions for Intermittent A/C Issue [pktloss]
Mar 30, 2011 (9:06 am)
Many thanks to Devalcourt for his excellent instructions. Just repaired my son's heat/ac control on his 2006 Highlander Limited for only a $75 charge by my TV repairman for disassembling the control box and repairing and soldering the broken cable wires (he replaced them with longer wires). One caution: it is easy to drop the socket for the 10 mm bolts down in the console...also the bolts themselves! I lost a socket down in the console and never was able to find or retrieve it. But it seems to be causing no problems...not even a rattle! Use a good socket that snaps on the driver - I was using a cheapo that did not snap on. Also use a piece of double stick tape placed over the end of the socket and push the bolt head into it. By the way the Toyota dealer wanted about $1000 to repair it - $800 for the board and $200 labor. Look on automotix.net if you need a used board.
#142 of 167 Re: Detailed Instructions for Intermittent A/C Issue [rld66]
Apr 13, 2011 (9:33 am)
I wrote to Toyota about this issue and their response is, after your warranty expires, TOUGH-S--T!!
They also said that they don't consider all these posts worth their time and effort, they will only act on issues brought up by their dealership service departments. So, if you had the problem, and fixed it without taking it to the dealer, the issue will never be addressed.
#143 of 167 Re: Detailed Instructions for Intermittent A/C Issue [sungsoon]
Apr 13, 2011 (9:45 am)
Typical corporate arrogance, DENY DENY DENY. I had the same experience with a new 06 Tundra that had 3 tires that were out of round when I bought the vehicle.
I doubt they would issue a recall since A/C and heater controls are not safety issues. Toyota has become no better and no worse than other car companies. They really don't care.
#144 of 167 Re: Detailed Instructions for Intermittent A/C Issue [mikefm58]
Apr 14, 2011 (8:59 am)
A/C and heater controls CAN be a safety issue, windshield defrost/demist/defog mode.
#145 of 167 2001 Toyota Highlander: A/C quits at low speeds
Apr 28, 2011 (7:08 am)
I have a 2001 Highlander. Manual A/C controls. Currently, I am experiencing a situation that the A/C quits at low speed or idling at a stop. I am tipped off that the A/C is "off" when the green indicator light on the A/C button starts flashing.
I can immediately "restart" the A/C by pressing the A/C button twice. Once to turn off and once to turn back on. Once on, the green indicator light is steady "on". However, as soon as I slow down again, the light begins flashing and the A/C quits.
If I am traveling at a constant moderate speed, the A/C stays on.
"Restarting" the A/C always seems to work...but it is a nuisance to have to keep doing it...especially in city driving.
Also, the temperature with the A/C on seems to be plenty cool.
#146 of 167 Re: 2001 Toyota Highlander: A/C quits at low speeds [bison88]
Apr 28, 2011 (7:35 am)
A/C compressor drive belt or clutch slipping.
#147 of 167 Re: a good way to thank you for helping me [cps2698]
Jun 19, 2011 (4:06 am)
Same here. When the a/c on my '05 Highlander started acting up(and of course the car is out of warranty), I got really nervous. I could see a repair bill in the thousands of dollars. But out of curiosity, I googled to see if there were similar reports of problems with the a/c on Highlanders. Turns out there are more than I would care to know.
But anyway, I took this posters suggestion of checking the temperature control knob. Was it loose? YEP. Gently remove the knob by pulling the knob away from the panel. OK. Do you see a hex nut on the metal post that the knob attaches too? YES. Is it loose? YEP. Then tighten the nut until it is secure. OK. Re-attach temperature control knob. OK. Test running the a/c by turning on the fan. Is the temperature control accurate? YES!!!!!!
Thank you so much for posting. I was getting ready to take it in to the mechanic. I can only imagine what they would have diagnosed and charged me for!
Lesson to this story: Do your research BEFORE resorting to the repair shop. The internet is a wealth of information. Take the least invasive approach first, and if that doesn't provide the results you seek, then proceed to the next step.
#148 of 167 heating-cooling system of my Highlander
Jul 13, 2011 (3:20 pm)
Highlander 2003 with 267000km, 4 cyl. Whether you put cool air or air condition, while driving it sudently swith to very hot air. Either I take the air condition off and on again or I switch the knob from coolest to warmest and then back to coolest, and everything comes back to normal. Hate to do that, but it's the only way I found. Am I the only one? Any idea to solve the problem? It may appear one , twice or even three times on a run of 50 km.
Thanks if there is a genius among us !!
#149 of 167 Re: heating-cooling system of my Highlander [dex_alain]
Jul 13, 2011 (5:58 pm)
Read the post just before yours.
#150 of 167 Re: EZ Airconditioner fix [ryan99]
Jul 17, 2011 (9:34 am)
May be late in day for this one, but I had same problem, and pulleed the knob cover off from the dashboard, that controls the temperature. The nut was loose holding the variable switched to the dash, and shorting out below. Tightended nut, put knob back on, works great...Dan