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#14 of 64 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems
Jul 17, 2010 (8:22 pm)
I have a 2005 Toyota Sequoia that had the Technical Service Bulletin repair for the inoperative rear power window done at about 30k miles. The problem occurred again at about 32k miles. Then the dealer wanted $600 to fix it again. The rear window / defroster / wiper problem has occurred on the 2001 thru 2007 models. It was a simple fix which could have been done at the factory by removing two bolts and a small gear "braking" device that malfunctions. In my opinion, this issue should have been a factory recall, but it seems Toyota continued to install these defective parts and let the dealer fix the problem later. If you were one of the unlucky people that got caught after the warranty period, like me, they don't care. I drove my Sequoia for two more years before looking on the net and finding the 4/28/2010 Toyota Technical Bulletin. You can find it here:
I was able to fix my power rear window problem and the inoperative wiper/washer and defroster. I set up a website with photos and notes to show how I did it. I hope this helps.
By the way, I am really upset with how Toyota has handled this problem.
#16 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems
Aug 11, 2010 (2:25 pm)
Thank you for posting this info....Unfortunately I feel the same way.....
My dealer is asking for $1,005.00 to fix the back window/defrost/wiper issue, on a 2007 model and I'm only 31 days out of my waranty with only 19K miles on board and just like you've mentioned, nobody cares, Toyota's main office or the local dealer.
#17 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [sgoodson]
Aug 22, 2010 (10:55 am)
Thanks very much Steve. I have had off and on rear window failure for the past 3 years. sometimes it worked great sometimes wouldnt move once closed. failure kept getting longer and longer and i decided to try to fix it. I have owned my 02 since it was new and it is babied. dealer tried to hit me for $800 2 months after they hit me for $600 to replace the crappy rear latch handle that fell off in my hand. Anyway your photos and the Toyota PDF were of great help. My 7 year old son and i took about 30 minutes to get this working 100% with no money, first time a repair on this thing was free. Otherwise dont know about you but my sequoia is bulletproof as long as i keep replacing brake pads and tires and oil changes. thanks again and take care.
#18 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [skimode]
Sep 05, 2010 (4:09 pm)
Steve, A most excellent tutorial on how to fix this. I have a quote from the largest Toyota dealership in San Diego for 975$ to replace the ECU and window motor. Your info had it nailed down perfectly (especially about resetting the ECU, turning on and off the rear defroster) . I had to remove the faulty 'break' part. Total time about an hour and I am hardly a mechanic. Thanks again.
ps There is a good youtube video on how to replace the rear door latch. When it rains it pours.
#19 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [sgoodson]
Nov 18, 2010 (3:52 pm)
Steve, My 2002 Sequoia rear window stopped working about 6 months ago and I've been delaying the repair due to the cost. After reading your post I removed the "braking" mechanism and then re-set the ECU module, now it works perfectly ! Thanks for saving me $600.
#20 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [sgoodson]
Dec 13, 2010 (10:01 am)
I really appreciate the time and effort you put into this in order to help other folks out.
#21 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [skimode]
Dec 15, 2010 (6:18 pm)
I own a 2002 Sequoia and starting having problems with rear tail over 5 years ago. When the vehicle was covered under warranty they took care
of it. Well now its my problem. The rear gate does not open, window does not go up or down. The rear wiper does not work. the dealer wants over $1000 just for parts another $600-$700 for labor. This vehicle should have been recalled. The rain gets into rear regulator and now everything is rusted. I am in proces of buying used parts and will have friend fix it myself. Dealer knows its a problem but refused to address it. I refuse to sell it until I fix this problem. Any suggestions would be helpful
#22 of 64 Re: 2005 Sequia Rear Window Problems [sgoodson]
Dec 20, 2010 (11:37 am)
I seem to be suffering the same problem that is being addressed in this thread but it appears that sgoodson's website at piranamedia.com is not accessible; I keep getting a 404 error.
Is this information still available?
If not, from what I am reading, it appears that I do not necessarily need to do what the toyota tsb says, namely replacing the ECU; is this true?
In the absence of any data from sgoodson's website, does anyone have any other hints?