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#24 of 48 Re: solara front end hop
Jul 02, 2009 (3:44 pm)
There is Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) out that addresses front end shimmy on some 08 Solaras. Check this out as it may be the root of your problem.
TSB Number:TSB-0106-08 NHTSA Number:10025856 TSB Date:June 11, 2008 Date Added to File:September 10, 2008
Toyota: front suspension- some 2007-2008 model year avalon, camry, camry hv, and solara vehicles may exhibit a steering wheel flutter and/or a body vibration (floor or seats) at highway speeds (approx. 65-75 mph [105-121 km/h]).
#25 of 48 Re: Toyota Solara 2008 - Outside air temp not changing [larryo3]
Aug 07, 2009 (7:00 pm)
Have you gotten this resolved? I have a 2008 Convertible. From time to time the inside termperature gauge does not register properly. Yesterday, when I pulled out of the garage, it registered 80. Made a couple stops. Started up, it registered 82. A couple more stops it finally went to 84. The temperature was in the 90's, as high as 92 at one time. I would have teken it straight to the dealer if it had been convenient. I fear they will only be able to fix it if it is registering incorrectly. Would be delighted to see if you got your problem resolved. thanks.
#26 of 48 Re: Toyota Solara 2008 - Outside air temp not changing [toygal]
Aug 08, 2009 (3:54 pm)
Unfortunately, Toyota didn't come through for me. They said they ran their check on it and saw no problems. They also said it had happened due to the frigid temps we were having at the time. Since it happened all the way from Florida to Illinois, I questioned that and they just got nasty with me. I called their corporate group and they said there was nothing they could do if the dealer can't find a problem. If you have any more luck than I did, I would appreciate a follow-up note. Good luck!!
#27 of 48 Re: Toyota Solara 2008 - Outside air temp not changing [larryo3]
Aug 28, 2009 (1:26 pm)
I have a 2008 Solara. When I got it in August 2008, I noticed right away that the outside temp gauge didn't seem to report the correct outside temp. It would show 66 when the outside temp was 90 using a thermocouple measuring system. I took it to the dealer and they changed the sensor located at the front of the car just behind the front grill, after keeping the car overnight. They reported to me that it was working now. Not! Same problem the next day and for several days. I went back in a week later and they spent an hour with two electronics techs and their computer trying to figure out what was happening and could not find anything wrong. Then another week went by and I went in and got up to the service manager and showed him the problem. In the mean while the service advisor had contacted Toyota Field Service and reported the following back to me.
1. The temp gauge will only change after you have been driving over 16 mph for 200 seconds, and then only by 1 degree. If you drop below 16 mph then the 200 seconds time period is started all over again.
2. If the car has been off for over 1 hour the temp gauge will then report the temp at startup.
3. If the temp at startup after 1 hour is high because of engine heat affecting it, then the gauge will start going down more rapidly to match the actual outside air temp flowing over the sensor.
The service manager and I took a ride on the freeway for about 20 minutes when the reading was started at 76 and indeed the reading increased every 200 seconds by at least 1 degree and sometimes 2 degrees. It was at least 100 that day so for our entire ride the outside temp was still not being displayed correctly, ending up at around 88. The service manager then contacted Field Service again and got basically the same answer. The service manager called me the next day and his quote was "What a piece of poop", but he didn't use the word "poop". Toyota didn't use any programming algorithm that makes any sense and their own Field Service staff doesn't have any good answer. In other words Toyota's answer is "Pack it where the sun doesn't shine".
There seems to be other rules that apply here but I haven't figured all of them out yet.
I hope this helps others understand this issue. Good luck.
#28 of 48 Re: Toyota Solara 2008 - Outside air temp not changing [bill3637]
Aug 29, 2009 (7:18 am)
Thanks for the additional info on their algorithm. I think Toyota should revisit the design of their entire gauge package. I tracked my actual MPG over the span of about 7 tankfulls and calculated my average to be about 25.5 but the AVG MPG gauge said I was getting almost 29. The error was 13+% but Toyota said that was normal - their error range is 15%!! What good are gauges that have 15% error?
#29 of 48 Re: Toyota Solara 2008 - Outside air temp not changing [larryo3]
Aug 30, 2009 (6:53 am)
You are right about the MPG gauge. I have tracked it over 33 fillups and have found that it reads about 2 to 3 mpg's higher than the actual mpg calculated from the mileage and the number of gallons. I also have noticed that the clock is fast. In a month it can gain 1 minute, so I have to constantly keep setting it. In this day and age you would think that Toyota could find a crystal oscillator that could keep this clock accurate. Also the "range" display is always low as to how far you have left to go before you need to fillup. But I can attribute this to being on the conservative side so that you don't run out of gas in some inconvenient location. I guess having been an electronics engineer before I retired I just notice things like this a lot more than the average driver. My last car, a 97 Lincoln MK VIII, had all of these gauges also, the clock ran fast, the mpg's were higher than actual, the "range to empty" seemed to be fairly accurate and the outside temp gauge was a lot more accurate and responsive than the Toyota. But what do you expect from a car company? Electronics have always been a big mystery to all but a very select few within any car manufacturer. At least they have supplied the dealers with a fairly good set of diagnostic tools (hopefully). But then the techs can only replace what the diagnostic tools tell them to replace. And when that doesn't work the techs are completely lost. Module replacement is all they can do.
#30 of 48 2008 V6 Soloara SE
Sep 07, 2009 (11:16 am)
I am about ready to trade my car in. I bought this car a year ago. The problem I am having is the car is hesitate really bad sometime. I haven't found anyone that can help except for one, and that what is happening is when I speed up the shift is changing the same time I go which I am told will get wrose. I like the car and Toyota has just brushed me off and they checked it and told me no one has complained about this problem, and they told me nothing is wrong with me and they were supposed to set me up with a toyota person that specializes in problems well that never happened. Has anyone else has this problem.
#31 of 48 toyota solora se v6
Sep 07, 2009 (1:50 pm)
I know this is a busy board but how long does it take to get a repsonse?
#32 of 48 Re: toyota solora se v6 [crazy3]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Sep 08, 2009 (11:46 am)
The engine hesitation problem has been mentioned a few times in the Solara Forum (you can find their posts by typing "hesitation" into the search box at the top of the Toyota Solara Forumpage. About a week ago, one of our members mentioned that his hesitation disappeared after changing out the air filter: K&N Air Filter.
#33 of 48 Solara Convertible
Oct 12, 2009 (11:37 am)
I have a 2008 Solara Convertible. The heated seats do not stay on - sometimes it takes 50 or 60 miles for them to initially come on. Toyota says that this is normal.
Also, the passenger seat does not bing if the passenger is not wearing a seat belt. Anyone know if this is normal. The book says it should bing. Thanks