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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair

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  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    Have you done any leather treatment. It is important to keep them in good condition as I think they as more likely to suffer abuse from the sun than regular cloth seats. I treat mine with Lexol about every two months, as mine is always parked outside in the California sun. Maby you had different leather in your Acura, was it parked differently? Or as Toyota has noted, if they are willing to pay, you got a bad batch of leather!
  • I have an '01 4X4. When cold or just starting off, I've noticed a rhythmic noise from my front differential, which goes away if I engage 4WD or after 10 minutes in 2WD. I can also feel the vibration through the accelerator pedal. Is this a normal condition - should I be worried about it? It's a hassle to get it to the dealer, but will if it's a problem. I'd appreciate some input.
  • My toyota sequoia 2002 at 37000 miles battery suddenly went dead. Installed new battery and VSC OFF light and VSC TRACK light illuminated. I performed a diagnostic check with code reader and there are no faults noted and the system passed even though the vsc track and off lights are still on.I was wondering if after changing the battery if the VSC needs to be reset? Any ideas would be gladly appreciated.
  • I have an '02 Sequoia and have been experiencing many of similar problems with my VSC and trac lights going on during "normal" driving conditions. My TRAC lights also go on in the cold/higher altitudes as I have seen others post. This problem was originally diagnosed by Toyota 2 years ago as a Steering Angle Sensor problem, but they said it must just be the computer! I am so frustrated at dealing with this for over two years that I am ready to take Toyota to arbitration. Any help with TSB's and/or other useful websites would be most appreciated. Also, has anyone else taken Toyota to arbitration over similar matters? Please advise. Thanks.
  • I have an '01 not an '02 Sequoia!
  • 03' Seq Ltd. Whenever I am accelerating between 25 and 40mph, thre is a loud "Click" that comes from the dash. Sounds like an old-style "relay" switch (pitch UP - pitch Down). Only happens once, until I slow to below 25mph, and accelerate again....another "CLICK - click". Anyone else having this problem?

    Also - I'm annoyed that the Front map lights don't illuminate when you open the door...just the rear map lights. Dealer says Models without Sunroof have front maplights set to illuminate when doors are opened, but with Sunroof it doesn't work. Can anyone else validate? Thanks.
  • gkatz1gkatz1 Posts: 296
    The clicks are the VSC system doing a self-test.

    I had a 2002 w/o sunroof and the map lights did not come on with the doors, only the dome light.

    My 2004 has the sunroof and, yes, it is very annoying that the rear ones come on and the front ones don't.
  • 03' Seq Ltd. Whenever I am accelerating between 25 and 40mph, thre is a loud "Click" that comes from the dash. Sounds like an old-style "relay" switch (pitch UP - pitch Down). Only happens once, until I slow to below 25mph, and accelerate again....another "CLICK - click". Anyone else having this problem?

    Also - I'm annoyed that the Front map lights don't illuminate when you open the door...just the rear map lights. Dealer says Models without Sunroof have front maplights set to illuminate when doors are opened, but with Sunroof it doesn't work. Can anyone else validate? Thanks.
  • Read the book. Then change the setting.
  • SadToyotawoner,

    Can you be more specific please? What
    setting" are you referring to changing? I did read the book and talked to the Dealer, who was no help.

    Do you know a fix?
  • I've been having the same VSC/Trac light problem intermittantly on my 2002 Sequoia for 17 months. The last 6 months, it's been more frequent, and I've been to the dealership 7 or 8 times for repairs. Toyota sent out a service tech to perform their final repair attempt, and the light came on the next day. He tried again, this time replacing the "power brake booster". So far, no light...but we've gone for as many as 17,000 miles at one point with no light after a repair. Six repair attempts in 6 months is too many, so we filed for arbitration. We have our arbitration hearing in two days. Good luck with your truck...and keep good records. Toyota has been trying to settle for the past week, but the terms haven't been acceptable yet. I'm hoping this isn't an issue with the '03's and the '04's, since there's not many alternatives on the market that appeal to me. If we get another Sequoia, I'm keeping iron-clad documentation just in case it's a problem with no solution.
  • All,

    As i had previously posted in this forum, I too had the VSC light issues. After several attempts, mostly dealing with the Speed Sensors in the wheels, they finally replaced the speed control computer. It required a call to their 800 number to open a case, but was quickly addressed once open. So far so good, but I've only got about 7k miles on it.

    Also, the clicking is the self diagnostic check for the computer and the interior lighting scheme can be adjusted. I recall reading in the manual how to do it.
  • jbb4jbb4 Posts: 4
    I had a similar problem with the front differential on my 2003 Sequoia, the problem was fairly common with Sequoia's early in 2003. If you refer back to posting for Jan-March of 2003 (pages 12-14) you will see alot of references to the problem you describe. Mine was finally resolved by replacing the differential. I have had no problems since.

    I also had an issue with the VSC lights. After several attempts, my problems were resolved by Toyota re directing and insulating some ground wires. I have had no issues since the repairs were made in April of 2003
  • groobashgroobash Posts: 6
    I just bought a loaded Silver Sky 2002 SR5 2WD yesterday. At 28k miles it has many of the same problems...VERY poor leather seat durability, truck pulls to the right, wheel doesn't return to center, VSC/TRAC lights on, crappy stereo sound...but my wife and I absolutely *love* the truck, and I'm hoping most of this can be fixed under warranty if I can hunt down the TSB thingees.

    It was traded in the night before for a new Escalade, and hadn't been made ready for sale yet. It was the end of the month so they were hungry for a sale to meet their quota, and being a Cadillac dealer they didn't wanna deal with the Toyota. It was due to be sold to a Toyota dealer the next day. We got the same price. ;)

    Has anyone had any luck getting Toyota to recover their leather seats or anything? The ones in my truck look like it has 100k+ miles on it. In fact, when I first opened the door I thought it was a very high mileage vehicle until we checked the actual mileage.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi. :)
  • groobashgroobash Posts: 6
    BTW...if anyone has a good source to locate the full TSBs online, could you please email a link to groobash@excite.com? Thanks much...I appreciate it. :)
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,014
    0patience over in "Technical Service Bulletins" Feb 21, 2004 7:09pm on the M&R board may be able to help you.

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • jbanvillejbanville Posts: 20
    I think you all are mistaken about the manual containing info about being able to change how the front interior lights illuminate.
  • kw6kw6 Posts: 26
    The ones on my 2003 SR5 were coming on. Got a new computer installed and so far, so good. Took a while to get the computer, it was backordered. They read the code and ordered the part.
  • raymurraymur Posts: 29
    I have a 2001 SR5. I've had my share of the annoying problems, including the air conditioner fiasco. My problem is this, When the gas tank gets below 1/4 full I hear what sounds like a bullfrog sound eminating from the gas tank filler tube. I've been to the dealer numerous times and they cannot find the cause. My 36,000 mile warranty is just about up so i would like to get this problem solved. Anybody have anything similar?
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    I have same gas tank problem but only in hot summer weather. Don't let it get lower than one quarter empty! I just live with it, it does not do it all the time and when it does all you have to do is loosen the gas cap and the noise goes away.
  • Last month we rec'd our '04 Limited, which included the Rear Audio option (but not the DVD system). We were told by the salesman, and it SAYS IN THE MANUAL, that the system will work with the Toyota wireless headphones. After buying a pair of the Toyota headphones, they didn't work. Went to the dealer: they said headphones were defective and ordered replacements (they were out of stock). Week later, return to dealer. Parts guy says they must "install" them or else I must pay for them and warranty will not. OK, so I wait the necessary hour until the service tech comes to me and now says they had checked with the Toyota tech desk and they said the manual is wrong...my vehicle is not equipped for wireless headphones; the rear audio will only work with wired headsets. GRRRRRRRRRRRR

    Anybody else have any experience with this?
  • gasr5gasr5 Posts: 7
    gKatz1 can you please send me the info for aglinment you talked about in 603, dc_orton@yahoo.com THANKS.
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    There was a similar experience with the heated seats in "01 I think the manual said it comes with the leather seats option when ordered on the SR5 but when you got it there was no heater included, sorry the brouchure was wrong was the answer!!
  • gkatz1gkatz1 Posts: 296
    Just built this new computer and I haven't gotton the email working yet, but I have the specs for you.

    For Sequoia 4WD

    camber: +0.25 degrees
    caster: +2.75 degrees
    total toe: +0.08 degrees

    These numbers are within factory specs just more specific.
  • gasr5gasr5 Posts: 7
    Thanks gkatz1, I have an 04 2wd sr5 that is pulling to the right and I have had trouble with wheel balance. 17in wheel pkg #2, I will give this to the service tech and see if I can get it fixed. will keep you posted.
  • gkatz1gkatz1 Posts: 296
    I had the same issue with my 2002. Thses specs did the trick. Much better straight line stability. Good luck. If you can get a "road force balance" if they have the machine.
  • groobashgroobash Posts: 6
    are specs same for 2WD? Thanks!
  • gkatz1gkatz1 Posts: 296
    2WD is a little different.

    camber: +0.25 degrees
    caster: +2.75 degrees (4WD) or +3.00 degrees (2WD)
    total toe: +0.08 degrees
  • See Gil's post # 29. I have a 2003 with the same characteristics. Is this common to all? If not, have others encountered and corrected this issue?
  • wipwip Posts: 2
    I just bought a new 2004 Sequoia 4WD SR5. I noticed a hum/vibration coming from the front of the vehicle at about 40 MPH. It went away after the vehicle warmed up or I put it in 4x4. I researched this on this site and discovered many had the same symptoms on their 2002's and 2003's. Well, it still exists on the 2004's. I took it to the dealer last week (the tires needed balancing too). Dealer couldn't duplicate (warmed up. They also said they hadn't heard of this problem. Hard to believe after reading previous posts here. Mostly an annoyance now, but am worried about future problems.
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