Last post on Sep 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#153 of 167 Re: heating-cooling system of my Highlander [dex_alain]
Sep 10, 2011 (9:55 am)
I had the same problem with my 2005 Highlander. Googled it and tons of people had the same issue. If you take it to Toyota they tell you they have to replace the whole board which costs about 1k. In actuality it is just that two of three wires coming to the control button has come undone because they are too short. You need to just have them resolder on the other side and it works like new. Cost me $40.00. I can't remember the site but if you look hard enough you will find it where a guy give you detailed instructions on how to fix it with pictures.
#154 of 167 Re: 2011 highlander a/c blows warm [sillymama]
Sep 10, 2011 (10:50 am)
Did A/C improve at all after repair? You might want to ask your dealer to let you compare any other new HL cooling with yours, see if any difference. I have a 2008 HL and A/C might take few minutes to cool off if car seats for long time on the sun. I can feel cold air coming from the vents pretty soon though, whole cabin space might take time to cool off if it gets really hot. If you live in hot climate then you should have chosen optional rear A/C when you bought the car.
#156 of 167 heating andair condition
Jan 29, 2012 (11:04 am)
The control switch will not move the tempture up or down it's stuck at 65 degree. i check the hex nut and it tight.is it time for a new control switch?
#157 of 167 Re: heating andair condition [cjr053]
Jan 29, 2012 (9:23 pm)
model year? I have a '05 and initially I had the same problem that was remedied in msg #155. Problem occurred again this winter and it turned out that the "blender door" control is broken. It controls how wide to open the door (underneath the dash) to blend the warm/cool air into the cabin. Right now, I have a stiff wire propping the door wide open to get me thru a Chicago winter. I only get one temperature control HOT or OFF. Not sure if this is your problem, but it's my experience with lack of temperture control.
#158 of 167 Re: heating andair condition [cjr053]
Jan 31, 2012 (6:25 pm)
I have a 2001 Highlander, when i turn the knob the tempture doesn't change it stay at 65 degrees. i think i need a new control.
#159 of 167 Not cooling well, so added freon, made it worse
Jul 01, 2012 (5:19 pm)
The A/C in my 2007 Highlander was not cooling as well as it used to, so I added freon. As it was going in it made loud noise that sounded like pressurized air releasing from the lower part of the compressor facing the lower front part of the car. This loud noise occurred for a second or so, every 10 seconds. The A/C does not blow cold air now. If anyone can let me know what to try next, it would be appreciated. Thank-you.
#160 of 167 replacing overhead ac vents
Feb 27, 2013 (4:07 pm)
Overhead vents are broke, how do you get the rear overhead ac vents out, to replace, 2009 highlander
#161 of 167 Air Conditioner/Heater Problems
May 02, 2013 (10:34 am)
Had an appointment scheduled for tomorrow with my local Toyota dealership because I was having problems getting my 2005 Highlander's AC to work. After deciding to check and see if anyone on the Internet had posted a similar problem, I was very glad that I did. On my way to lunch I removed the control knob to check out the hex nut that was mentioned on here and sure enough it was loose enough to spin around. I tightened it with my fingers and my AC and heater work beautifully now. This 56 year old granny is proud of herself. Thanks for this blog and the helpful information all of you posted. I was really scared to see how much I was going to have to pay to get my car fixed.
#162 of 167 Hot air from A/C - tried reccs - still happening
May 22, 2013 (3:19 pm)
So we have a 2003 HL with almost 100,000 miles - still runs great and this has been our only major problem. About a year ago the AC started blowing hot air even when the "coldest" temp was selected. We took it to our mechanic who said it was the "blender door" but he had done a temporary fix to make it work for now - in an attempt to save us some cash and get through the summer. (We are in AZ by the way).
Then it broke again in December and he replaced the blender door. Has been working fine until today. Now I get HOT air, no matter what. Tried taking off the control and looking at the lug nut - that is not the issue.
I am taking it in tomorrow - will tell him about the fuse length issue mentioned above - am I better off just taking it to a dealer and having them replace the panel? I know it's $1k, but that's cheaper than the new HL Hybrid I really want (and cannot afford right now).
Just wondering if there are any tips to give my mechanic or whether he can even do the panel replacement - I just want it FIXED - and done right so I don't have to drive in AZ without AC!