Last post on Dec 05, 2009 at 9:31 PM
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Toyota Sienna, Van
#2 of 5 not the battery???
Sep 08, 2009 (4:55 pm)
The problem you are describing certainly points to a bad battery. Also the doors acting strangely can sometimes be attributed to a bad battery If this is your original battery, I would go ahead and replace it anyway because the average battery life is 4yrs and you don't want to be left stranded. A starter going bad with only 40k mi is very rare and I would much rather spend the 80-90 dollars for a battery that I know I am going to need soon anyway and see if that fixes the problem rather than 500 for the starter only to learn that it was a bad battery...
#3 of 5 Re: not the battery??? [carbuf1]
Sep 09, 2009 (9:43 am)
You were right on target carbuf1!
Battery was the issue after all, replaced it and everything is back to normal now.
#4 of 5 2002 sienna
Nov 12, 2009 (2:35 pm)
i wonder if any of you encountered this problem first the parking brake light comes on even if the parking brake is not even engaged ,second ,when i start the car , it stalls unless i press the gas pedal? what do thigk of this problem?
#5 of 5 Battery Issue and Now Door Issue
Dec 05, 2009 (9:31 pm)
I have an '04 Sienna XLE AWD with about 68k miles on it. I will admit that i drive it hard, but i am having problems that i dont think should happen to a car that is only five years old.
First, similar to above it takes about three seconds of turning the key for the car to turn on. Is this a problem or just something i have to live with?
Second. I live in Virginia, and it has been on and off cold here the last few days. Today it snowed. Tonight and in the past cold days when i have gone out to the car to open the doors (rear sliding) they have been unable to open. Whether the electric is on or off, the door will what seems like unhitch, and then it will not open or close. The problem is that i can not lock the car because the car thinks the door is open - or if it thinks it closed, lets me lock the car and eventually the alarm goes off when it thinks the door is open. I would think this is a problem caused by the cold, but i have taken the car to vermont on many occasions during the winter (in colder conditions) and never had this problem, even when the car has sat for longer.
I am looking for a suggestion on how to go about handling this. I believe the car is under extended warranty until 70k miles.