Last post on Oct 04, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#4 of 13 Re: 2001 Highlander oil leak by the transmission [wlblack]
Feb 03, 2009 (8:34 am)
I would just keep an eye on it but it would be nice if someone having hands on experience with the Highlander would jump in here.
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#5 of 13 Re: 2001 Highlander oil leak by the transmission [tidester]
Feb 04, 2009 (9:15 am)
I don't have a HL but an '01 AWD RX300 which I strongly suspect has the same engine and configuration.
When I change the oil and filter I always run the engine up to operational temperature first to make the oil more free flowing and hopefully catch more of the particulates still in suspension.
I always use a funnel during refilling and am careful not to fill so fast that the oil overflows the valve cover intake opening. After I put 4 qts in I start the engine and let it run for a few minutes then wait (take this time for clean-up) for the oil to drain back down and check the level and then add the last quart and a tad. 5.3 qts, right..??
#6 of 13 Re: 2001 Highlander oil leak by the transmission [wwest]
Feb 04, 2009 (12:35 pm)
Thanks,W! That sounds like a good procedure.
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#7 of 13 Re: 2001 Highlander oil leak by the transmission [tidester]
Feb 05, 2009 (3:18 pm)
Thanks for the suggestions.
#10 of 13 Re: WARNING! 2008 Highlander Oil Leak [tarugs]
Feb 07, 2012 (9:18 am)
I would FIRST make pretty damn sure it isn't the oil filter, or oil filer gasket, that "I" put on that isn't leaking due to improper installation.
How did you manage to get your car out of the Firestone shop without paying a bunch of "upcharges"...? Or did you refuse them and the Firestone tech took his revenge..?
#12 of 13 2013 Highlander Oil Leaks and possible consumption
Jul 24, 2013 (8:20 pm)
Car will make its 4th visit in 6k to the dealer... 4 months old.. first time they thought it was at the filter cartridge... then it was on an oil cooler line with an o ring problem... then it was the upper pan gasket... that was 250 miles ago and now down 1/2 quart in a week... beginning to wonder if they have any idea what it really is but it was leaking but not on the floor... and if it is not leaking now... it is a consumption issue... ready to invoke the lemon law on this one and get the zone rep involved pronto...
#13 of 13 Re: 2013 Highlander Oil Leaks and possible consumption [ctah78]
Oct 04, 2013 (2:26 pm)
My Toyota Highlander 2008 just went thru 4 oil consumption checks, and before I could finish with the 4th check, the car rattled upon startup. Had it towed, pulled the engine cover and found oil sledge build up around the valves. Said this was new to them for this year. Well 2001 & 2002 had the sledge recall, so maybe they did not get the problem fixed. Extended warranty said they would cover the engine replacement, but of course not a new or rebuilt one, just a used one. You really need to stay on top of this because the oil consumption check MUST be done and recorded, this is important. There were no signs of leaks and nothing out the tail pipe until the day before it rattled, and saw more white stuff coming out the back then usual. Make sure you really push this. The problem with 2001 & 2002 class action went out 8 years after purchase.