Last post on Sep 09, 2012 at 9:12 AM
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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#17 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [leolion9]
Nov 24, 2011 (3:29 pm)
leolion9, what are the weather conditions, is it cold? also is the vehicle garaged?
#18 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [leolion9]
Nov 27, 2011 (10:19 am)
I could not figure out the cause of the vibration on my 2009. It just stopped vibrating when I reached apx 500 miles. Some think it may have just been the transmission learning my driving habits or it had a breaking in period. I haven't had any issues since and have had it since Sept 2009. There is still a little worry in the back of my mind that it could happen again and possibly cause problems. Let me know if you find out anything on it.
#19 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations
Nov 27, 2011 (5:26 pm)
Thank you ndl2napa and ccacta for your response.
The weather is getting cold here in Chicago and I thought it could be a reason. But as ccacta said, the vibrations have come down to a bare minimum as I crossed 500 miles. They gradually tapered off and are almost non-existent now. Hopefully this will not repeat.
Otherwise, I think the vehicle is good value for the money. Love the JBL sound system...
#20 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [leolion9]
Dec 16, 2011 (7:51 pm)
I recently bought 2012 Highlander SE. I have 300 miles; I noticed that after starting car, when I push brake paddle to put it in the drive, I hear small rattle kind of noise coming from under the hood. It goes away when start driving but if I keep pressing brake paddle and car is in the P gear then it keeps producing rattle noise for minute or two and then it goes away. I read manual and it says noise due to ABS, VSC, TRAC, EBD etc. I hope that is the case.
It is annoying to hear this in new 36K vehicle. Does anybody else have this experience?
#21 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [toyotacust1]
Dec 16, 2011 (9:37 pm)
I hope your symptom is because of what is described in the manual and goes away. I can understand how bad it feels in a brand new vehicle.
In my case - around 500 miles the car became super smooth - but the vibrations / grinding feel came back - more severe now. This roughness can be felt when the vehicle is parked or in motion. Unfortunately, I was not able to replicate the problem at the dealership - only a slight vibration was felt and the technician said it was normal and there is nothing that can be done. The complaint was documented.
I noticed that there is humming / vibrations even with the engine off - in the accessory mode! I plan to take it to a different dealership and see if they can diagnose the problem.
#22 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [toyotacust1]
Dec 17, 2011 (10:31 am)
Just think of it as an aircraft pre-flight inspection/test, check the overall functionality prior to "take-off". You don't need to discover those items are not functional "after the fact".
#23 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [leolion9]
Dec 18, 2011 (11:46 am)
It may be motor noise for gas leak check. Toyota manual says that you can hear this noise after five hours when car is parked and it is normal. May be such things are kicking off at various times.
Yah, please take it to other dealer, you have 3 years to get this fixed.
#24 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [toyotacust1]
Dec 19, 2011 (9:01 am)
The motor noise you are referring to is near the rear of the car and is only noticeable outside the car, car not running, in a quiet garage.
#25 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [wwest]
Aug 31, 2012 (12:26 pm)
My 2005 which I owned without problems for 3 years has just started this vibration which I feel through the steering wheel. It's quite strong with a noise that sounds like a helicopter rotor. when I pull over and turn the wheel both ways all the way and start up again it stops. It does it sporadically at different times of day, at 25 mph up to 60 mph, all weather. We've had it to the dealer 3 times, the last time we left it for 2 days and they never felt it and have no idea what it is. At this point, I'm afraid to drive it and cannot sell it. Can anyone help?
#26 of 26 Re: 2012 Highlander Vibrations [tototoo]
Sep 09, 2012 (9:12 am)
could be rotor run out. Or, a bad tire? a cord may have snapped in the tire. also, there might be something loose in the front suspension.
since it goes away when you turn the wheel all the way to the right and left, has anyone considered that the steering rack is going bad, or that the power steering pump is broken? hope that helps. RR70