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Toyota Avalon Climate Control Questions

Anyone have info. on how to change the air conditioning filter located behind the glove compartment? thanks
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  • hello52hello52 Posts: 11
    According to the Avalon Repair Manual, you remove the five screws holding the glove compartment in place (be aware of any wire connections); Remove the filter cover, pull out the filter, and replace with a new one, then reassemble.
  • deluxcardeluxcar Posts: 47
    I have been looking over my paper work involving the two times I changed the AC filter.
    The first time was on October 3, 2000; parts $39.92, labor $68.00 and $2.00 tax for a total of $109.92

    The second time was on August 1, 2002; parts $52.43, labor $15.00 and $2.72 tax for a total of $70.05.

    Why the big difference in material (part) cost? The service manager did not have a good answer, but after I insisted that installation should be no more than 10 minutes (advice from a poster two years ago) he agreed to charge $15.00.

    The big benefit for me this time was the mysterious disappearance of the rattle in the glove compartment area. The car was initially rattle-free but after changing the AC filter the first time an annoying rattle suddenly appeared. Although I had suspected that was the problem the technician thought otherwise. So please ask your service technician to be extra careful in installing the AC filter.

    And avalon123 for $15.00 I would rather have the dealer do the install rather than suffer through a rattling cacophony.
  • Any Avalon owners out there has similar whining noise from the AC compressor ? It happens when the weather is HOT; around 90 F with air condition on Auto. When I turnoff the air condition, the noise stop.However it seems even with the noise, I still have cooling. The noise is most annoying around slow speed (10-30 mph).
  • gaylecvgaylecv Posts: 4
    I have the same noise with my 2000 Avalon. I have 33000 miles on the vehicle. I have not taken it to the dealer for this problem. What has your dealer told you? The only other complaint I have is a wind noise from the drver's door.
  • I have 16000 miles. I took the car to the dealer on Friday but the temperature is only 78F on that day and the whining sound is so faint that the dealer ask me to bring it back on a hot day.
    Other than the compressor noise, my car is very quiet.
  • We also have a 2000 Avalon with the compressor whining noise (35000 miles). Our dealer installed a new compressor which did not help. The last time we had service they "adjusted the hoses" which only helped the problem for a very short time. Anybody have any suggestions.
  • I have a 2002 Avalon with 6,400 miles on it. Just recently we have a musty smell coming from the vents. I'm sure this is not normal. Any suggestions why this is happening ?
  • To those owners who posted messages about "Compressor Whine" on their 2000 Avalons:
    Have you considered checking the Alternator on your cars ? I had a similar problem with my 2000 XLS, and it turned out to be a defective Alternator! When they finally agreed to replace it, the noise disappeared. Since the Alternator and A/C are so closely linked, maybe that is your problem. Good Luck.
  • norm1936, Thanks for your suggestion. Can you elaborate what kind of alternator defect ? Were there other symptoms in addition to the compressor noise ? I will take my car to the dealer tomorrow because the temperature is going to hit 90F again.
  • To yuedwardh:

    The dealer first balked at changing the alternator. So I logged on tothe Toyota website and wrote an inquiry about the noise. Sure enough, I got a call from the dealer in 4 days, saying that they will change the alternator without charge. All the repair manifest said was that it was "a defective alternator" but did not specify the nature of the defect. You should try the same method in getting Toyota's attention. Good luck.
  • dp42dp42 Posts: 2
    Thanks Yuedwardh, I could have written your post - exact same description as mine. 2000 Avalon AC whines even louder at hotter outside temps and slower acceleration! I wonder if Toyota is not aware of problem but just not telling. I am going to ask about alternator like norm1936. Sick of hearing this whine.
  • jagoodejagoode Posts: 2
    99 Avalon with 50,000 miles

    1. Heavy Mold Smell in AC ducts
    2. AM/FM Preset Buttons on Radio just falling off from normal use

    I have had the "Evaporator" cleaned and serviced-$100. This initially removed some smell, only it came back after 2 days of AC use in muggy San Diego weather. I bought the car with the smell a year ago, never really used the AC and thought it would dry-out and dissipate over time. Now I am getting sick, physically. Any ideas on extent of problem or if work done was a farce? Does the entire duct system need to be cleaned and is this something covered in typical warranty? A year ago they just told me to use Ozium spray in the ducts. A few months ago I was told to always use "Recirculate". Then I was told I needed to have the Evap cleaned. WTF?

    Radio... come-on. You mean to tell me that a 4 year old car's stock radio button are going to break and fall out of sockets when you touch them?

    Other that Suspension problems, Small cosmetic flaws, and rotting stench making me very ill. I like the car. The pick-up is great. The roominess, they reliability. Maybe I was meant for a Buick?
  • ghtecghtec Posts: 3
    Just bought a 98 with 77K miles and everything was working fine when I test-drove it. Well, sure enough, after just 3 weeks, the climate control system won't work at all for several days, then returns to normal again for a while(can only be TSB AC00599). Called local Toyota dealer to get a price to fix it and got stonewalled. They said each car is different and would have to be diagnosed.(at $70/hr). Can't the dealer take my word (and research) at face value and do the fix? Should I try another dealer? Help!
  • mcclearyflmcclearyfl Posts: 149
    TSB's run the gamut from a TSB that almost amounts to a recall to TSB's that address very specific technical issues based on feedback from service departments. A TSB might be issued to clarify how to change a bulb -- this does not mean that the bulb is faulty in that model. Unless you have access to services that print out the contents of a TSB, an owner can be misled by the title.
  • farrizfarriz Posts: 10
    Recently a month back when I switched on the AC there wasn't enough cool air. Hence I took it to an independent mechanic who said that he will charge it with gas added with dye hence we will know where the leak is from. A month later again there wasn't enough cooling and the mechanic looked at it and showed me that the gas is leaking from the AC Condenser and hence it needs to be replaced. The Toyota condenser costs $450.00 and generic brand costs $234.00.Total cost including labor for generic is $415.00 I have 79000 miles on this car. Did any one of you had this problem. I do not think this will be covered by warranty since I do not have extended warranty.
  • afblumafblum Posts: 1
    I purchased my 2003 XLS four months ago and everything works great except that I have to set the climate control temperature to 80 F before I feel any heat flow. I only really get hot air when I set it to HOT. Every car I have owned before (including my '99 Avalon XLS) would provide heat in cold weather at a 75 or lower setting. The dealer service manager claims that there is no way of adjusting the climate control and that this is normal. Has anyone else had this experience and is there any way of correcting this problem?
  • On my 2002 Avalon, I have to set the temperature on the automatic climate control at 25 degrees Celsius for comfort... the setting should be 20 degrees Celsius! When I asked the local Toyota dealer to re-calibrate the system, he replied that it is set at the factory and cannot be re-calibrated! Therefore, it looks like we are stuck with having to use high temperature settings for optimal comfort. It's not a big deal - just a mild annoyance!
  • kicker9kicker9 Posts: 56
    My 03 XLS climate control works as afblum and skyhawk5 does, I just find a comfortable temperature and set it to that # , what the actual temperature reading is, is really immaterial to me. I do like the fact that the system keeps a constant temp. level.
  • My new 2003 Avalon is fine except that I cannot seem to get the temperature regulated properly and end up constantly fiddling with the controls. It either produces heating or cooling and never seems to settle down. I always have the two sides tied together so the problem has nothing to do with the separate controls for driver and passenger. Anyone else with a similar problem? Any suggestions? Thanks.
  • The heater in my in-laws 1998 Avalon does not vary in intensity when you try and change the 4 way blower speed control. It sustains the same amount of air whether it is set at a low or high setting. I checked the under the dash fuse and it is OK. There is no check engine light coming on. I know there is a relay under the hood but I could not tell which one it is. I checked inder the glove compartment and removed the plastic shield. The only thing I found was a small amount of oil on the shield under the blowerfan motor. Also there was some oil on the wires above this shield. I do not think it is the heater core because there was no anti-freeze present. I suspect the motor could be going bad, but why would heat still be coming out the duct even at a very low rate. This is an automatic climate control system. Any help would be appreciated. thanks danbeth
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