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Toyota Sienna Maintenance and Repair (2003 earlier)



  • kp24kp24 Posts: 1
    The rear brakes on my 2000 Sienna have started to squeal at 47,000mi. I told a service rep. at the dealership about the TSB and the replacement drum fix. He said the TSB only applies to cars under the original 3-year warranty and even if my van was found to have the defective drums they would not replace them for free because the warranty has expired. Is there any truth to this? Has anyone replaced their defective drums free with their warranty expired?

    If anyone has instructions and photos of the magnet trick for the squealing brakes, I would appreciate it if you e-mail them to me at moc.oohay@1002inacepk (please read address backwards).
  • The door handle on the passenger side sliding door, 1998 Toyota Sienna van, was broken yesterday. I am trying to do it myself. Where did you get the part from? I am going to order a repair manual as it contains the instruction as how to install the handle.

  • sj1bj1sj1bj1 Posts: 20
    I also have a 2000 XLE. My dealer gave me the same story at first, but then decided to replace my rear drums giving me the parts for free and I paid for the labor to install them. He did this because I had the van in to his shop on every visit and I complained of squealing brakes for years. As it turned out, my front brakes were also squealing and I had them replaced at Midas at 70,000 miles. I now have a wonderfully silent van.
    The magnet trick did not work at all for me and was a complete waste of time. My suggestion is to change all 4 brakes.
  • zz1zz1 Posts: 4
    5k replaced poor quality front speakers $100
    30k trans whine - trans replaced under warranty
    30k service $400
    30k 4 new tires $400
    40k antenna stolen, new mast $40
    55k rt front blinker lens broken $17
    60k service $600
    60k drivers side sliding door button stuck, fixed with WD40
    60k 2 new tires $200
    75k parking brake dash light on at random
    15-20 oil changes with filter $150

    Overall I have been pleased with the vehicle, the trans was cheerfully replaced with profuse apologies (dealer in San Diego). My only complaint is with my local dealer (CA. bay area). I have found that the dealer who wants high ratings from Toyota provides much better service than the dealer who is not interested in ratings by the parent company.

    At the 60K service my local dealer charged for parts that I could verify were not replaced (wheel weights, washer fluid). They also charged for other parts that were probably not replaced (3 light bulbs, gas additive, oil additive). I confronted the service writer who offered to take several $$ off the bill. My concern was more the lack of honesty. If they did not do things that I could check, what about the ones I could not verify (injector service, all those inspections)?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    The 30k and 60k services are rip-offs by the dealers. You can save lots of $$ by not doing this package, just give them a list of what needs to be changed based upon the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual.
  • paysonpayson Posts: 32
    I'm not sure if this will help you or not. Our outside drivers door handle cracked on our van several months ago. We ordered a replacement from Hoy Fox Toyota in El Paso TX. Their price was $17 less than our local dealer. It came color matched to our car,and my husband was able to replace it himself in less than a half hour. I found them on the internet,but placed the order by phone to make sure they sent the correct color. The handle cost $63. Hope this helps
  • zz1zz1 Posts: 4
    For the avoidance of potential warranty issues I pay full price for the 30k and 60k maintenance services. Once the warranty is over it would take exemplary service by a dealer to have me return.
  • zz1zz1 Posts: 4
    Thanks, the button was sticking, WD-40 fixed it.
  • zz1zz1 Posts: 4
    Recently there have been scrunching noises from the front end when I go over speed bumps. The scrunching seems to be linked to the up and down movement of the body. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • I have a 2000 XLE, just crossed 57K. The vehicle has been very reliable with no major issues. We did, and do again, have the brake squeal but that can be fixed. My big concern is the creaking noise when you accelerate or go over a bump / tar strips on the highway. It is coming from the driver side door, and I can't tell if its the driver door or the drive side sliding door. I'm also starting to hear the power door clunk and clank, almost as if it's not seated correctly. Any suggestions?
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    My 01 XLE does the same. It's the slider and both of ours have exhibited the noise at one time or another over the last 3.5 years. It's not frequent, but is noticeable. My dealer can adjust the doors and the creaking goes away for a while but it returns.

    My passenger slider now is acting up, in that when activated, it pops out and stops. I pull on the door handle moving it towards the rear of the van and the motor catches at about the half way mark, closing the door automatically. Next time we're in for service we'll have that fixed. Good thing I have the ECP warranty. A little disappointed that the problem surfaced, though.
  • mike12mike12 Posts: 2
    Hi Lamken. I just bought a 98 Sienna XLE, and I am experiencing the same problem as you described back on this thread. I took it back to the dealership service dept., and their finding was that Toyota had put some weights on the gas pedal mechanism to help reduce the vibration, but it was not good enough on my van, so they further insulated the floor board area around my gas pedal. The added insulation has reduced the vibration, but I still feeling it from time to time (although its much less intense now). The dealership service dept. didn't have any other solution for the problem.

    Have you hear of any better fixes for the problem?
  • Good news. I purchased some shin-etsu grease, (on advice from previous post) available from Honda dealer, $15.00 plus tax. Lubed the slider door seals, and all the door handles and guess what? No more creaking!!
    Thanks to the person recommending shin-etsu. Works like a charm.
  • 2000 XLE with 58K. I have read several posts about the T/C going out and trannys as well. What are the warning signs that this is about to happen? My wife complains about the Sienna not wanting to shift from 2nd to 3rd after sitting all night. It seems to be worse when the weather is cold. I mentioned this to the tech at the dealer while having some maintenance performed, but all they said was this is "normal". That the "tranny fluid needs to reach a certain temperature prior to shiting. This is done so as to not hurt the transmission". Is this true? We keep the van garaged all year. Especially, in the winter. Garage is insulated, finished, etc. I'm not sure I completely buy this answer.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    This is true it is normal - actually, it is done to more quickly warm up the emission control system - less pollution.
  • i have 2001 xle with 60k miles.When i start, the engine is okay, few second after it die.It doesn't happen all the time.Battery is fine.
    Anybody have any idea what's going on before i go to Toyota?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    I don't know if this will help, but you might try turning the key to the on position for 3 or 4 seconds before cranking the engine - this will give the fuel injection system time to "prime" itself.

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  • pn6pn6 Posts: 14
    The check engine light on our 2000 Sienna is on. Diagnostic codes read P1130 and P1135 which translates to:

    A/F Sensor Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 Sensor 1)

    A/F Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 1)

    Has anyone encountered this or have recommendations on what to change?
  • I'm willing to accept that the first time was a "fluke", but it has happened again.

    Dealer is currently diagnosing it, but I'm fully
    expecting the old "Oh well, lucky for you it is still under warranty! No, we don't know why it happened."

    Will keep looking, but hoping someone here knows what's going on. Thanks.
  • My wife & I have a 2000 Sienna with approx. 80k miles. Recently, we've had electrical problems that have stumped many. My wife waits idling for about 20 minutes to pick our kids up from school. When she starts traveling home, each time come physically comes to a halt, the radio & dash lights go out. Once she starts moving again, everything comes back on. When she gets home, the van will not start (simply clicks). I get home from work and jump start the van and all is well for 3-4 days. Then, it starts all over. We've replaced the battery and the alternator. Has anyone experienced this problem or have any suggestions? Thanks
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