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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair



  • jisjrjisjr Posts: 2
    Just had the same thing happen on my '01 LTD. Dealer looked up under the handle to the liftgate and said that a little plastic piece which connects the handle to the cable had broken. Ordering the piece Monday and hoping it is an easy fix.

    Had to really squint to see the break.
  • stein1stein1 Posts: 2
    I also have a cracked manifold gasket in my 2001 seqouia and called Toyota to complain. I spoke to the rep who said he never heard of any complaints before about this. I found that hard to believe seeing about how much this problem has been written about on this site and others. I also told him about the VERY common rear window proble and again, never heard of any complaints about that either. It seems that unless we as owners contact Toyota and complain about these problems they are able to say they know nothing about them. This is a very expensive repair that seems to affect this truck and Toyota should either do a recall or address this issue. If anybody else has had problems this is the number to call : 18003314331. Press option 4 then option 3 then wait to speak to a rep. Hopefully they will address this and reimburse those of us who had to replace this part.
  • manamymanamy Posts: 4
    I'm in the same predicament. I think my father in law actually broke my rear door latch by slamming the door. But he was loading some groceries that he had bought for my wife! Anyway, I have talked to a couple of dealers about this latch and the only way to get the door to open is to remove the back panel which they say is very difficult. I may try to remove myself if its going to cost$400-$500.
    As to the tire, the hole is located on the sill. You may be able to look under and see if it could be cranked down from underneath the car. :lemon:
  • The lock actuator broke. Couldn't get the spare down until that was fixed so you could get the rear hatch open to get to the crank hole. Sure not as handy as GMs thru the bumper crank hole. My buddy says you don't EVER want that to happen again. He put a screw in the plastic piece to reinforce the cable and lubed and greased everything good. Charged me $280 and I gave him $300.
  • manamymanamy Posts: 4
    I am amazed that there is not a hidden cable that you could pull as an emergency to get the rear door open. I will be honest, I like the truck but the repairs for it are very expensive. It may be time to try an american car again. For $280, if you are located near Chicago I will have you guy fix mine too!
  • manamymanamy Posts: 4
    yes mine was just out of warranty and had to come up with $2000. :lemon:
  • jisjrjisjr Posts: 2
    Had the same problem on my 2001 LTD. Saved myself $350 for a new motor by having the old motor taken apart and the contacts on the brushes wiped clean. Apparently, with little or no use, the contacts may form some rust on the surface and prohibit any 'real contact' between the surface. Once cleaned, the rear windows opens and closes beautifully.
  • My 2003 4WD Sequoia SR5 makes a noise when I turn to the left at 10-30 MPH between a 1/4 and 1/2 turn of the steering wheel. If I'm going slower or faster, or make a sharper or more gradual turn it won't make the noise. Turning to the right doesn't make the noise either. It makes the noise whether in 2WD or 4WD modes. It is a metallic sounding "rhythmic" noise that is related to speed. In other words, it is faster at 30 MPH than it is at 10 MPH. The dealer looked over the front suspension completely but found nothing wrong. We replaced the front tires since they were ~75% worn, but it made no difference. Any suggestions?
  • I have a 2005 sequoia Sport model. This model came equipped with an air suspension system. Every time I go over a speed bump or small bump in the road it feels like my rear suspension bottoms out. The dealer told me that this is normal due to the air suspension, but I refuse to believe that this is the feeling of a almost new rear suspension. Anybody have any issues like mine. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks...
  • dgutdgut Posts: 12
    My 2001 sequoia has done the same thing. In 2004 is when the problem first started. The VSC lights would come on and beep and we would loose traction briefly at random times (small bumps, trying to get out into traffic quickly). Sometimes the VSC warning lights would come on and stay on for days. We brought it to our local dealer and were told nothing was wrong, possibly a malfunction of the yaw rate sensor but it was functioning normally. It was mostly an annoyance until 8/18/06. 3 hours into a 14 hour road trip the VSC lights came on and there was beeping, again annoying but scary. We had just had the car into our dealer for a check engine light on 8/3/06. As usual, they said everything was working fine and that it was probably just a loose gas cap. Which we had heard several times before when the check engine light was on. We arrived at our destination, parked car for about 1 hour. Drove about 1 mile when the VSC went into total activation in traffic. This incident was different than before. Like your wife my husband had no way to stop the vehicle. The brakes do not work when this happens and all power to the engine is cut. All you can do is try to get off the road. We were almost rear ended and we had to go up on someone's lawn. We brought the car to the local dealer (Columbia, SC). $191 later, we were told it was just a sensor problem not a equipment failure and the part would take 3 days to get. Service rep advised us to drive vehicle back to CT and have sensor replaced there and that it was perfectly safe to drive the vehicle. That was a mistake! We were going 70 mph on an interstate in heavy trailer truck traffic when the VSC went into total activation for no reason. We could have been killed if we were not in the right lane and had a shoulder to get onto. When the shoulder ran out we were 1 foot away from a guardraid in front of us and about 1 foot away from passing trailer trucks going 70 mph. It was terrifying! We drove home slowly in the right hand lane. The next day I made an appointment with our dealer. I drove very slowly on all back roads. About 2 miles from dealer VSC went into total activation AGAIN. This was the first time I had experienced this. It had happened to me before briefly, but this seemed to go on forever. I could not stop the car! I was coming to an intersection with a Stop sign. Luckily I got under control and was able to stop. When I arrived at the dealer I told the service people to "keep the car, I don't want it anymore!". I left the car there and had the dealer bring me home. I am waiting to hear from a Toyota rep. We have had many other problems with this car, tires, brakes, exhaust manifold, rear hatch (3 times), check engine light comes on all the time, A/C, and one time we had our tires rotated at dealer and a couple of weeks later a wheel stud broke off because all of our lug nuts were loose! We could have been killed in that one too. I will never feel safe or trust Toyota Service again. I want to tell anyone with a Sequoia to be aware of this serious safety risk.
  • I've been thinking about these issues and the dangers that seem to be eminent. Have any of you thought about having the data retrieved from the computer's memory on your vehicles ? Automobiles with today's technology should have the capability of tracking everything these vehicles do; does anyone know if I'm on the right track here ? I'm wondering if a local dealer could print off a report from the computer's computer ?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    Tracking issues came up earlier this week on the Straightline blog:

    Car buyers must be told of black boxes

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  • I have a 2003 sequoia with 29,900 miles.. Dealor says the 30,000 mile check up is due, with a cost of $560.00...I have been faithful with oil changes when required and had to install new brakes a few months back..the truck is running great.... But to pay $560.oo for a check up..Is this 30,000 mile check up worth it... I am wondering if 2003 owners with more miles than 40,000 have had there check ups and are they runnning into problems because they did not get the check up at 30,000.. the service center expressed the importance of this 30,000 for draing of fluids and someting about the fuel pump... thanks in advance for your commments...
  • arslanarslan Posts: 36
    My 03 Sequoia has about 57,000 miles. I've changed the brake pads and turned the rotors twice; the tires were replaced once, from Dunlop to Michelin; one tranny flush at 30,000 miles and regular oil changes at 5,000 mile intervals. Other than the common nuisance problems noted above, my SR5 continues to run smoothly.
  • Was wondering if anyone of you may have the same noise as my 02 LTD 4WD. The intermittent buzzing noise occurs when I turn my engine off and it can be heard from the rear driver side wheel well. It goes away after 15 minutes.

    What could it be? Rear AC?

    Thanks in advance for you response.
  • Your problem sounds almost identical to our experience. We had trasmission replaced in 2001 Sequoia at about 90,000 miles. We purchased this vehicle used and Toyota Certified. Now here we are 4 months after transmission was replaced and truck is doing the same things as before lurching, slipping out of gear, etc. We had it towed to another Toyota dealer who says we need transfer case. Service person also said, "Did you know you have 2 different size tires on your truck?" He added, "This can cause transfer case to go bad." I'm suspecting that it can also cause transmission problem. Now I want to know how Toyota certified my vehicle with 2 different size tires.
  • dgutdgut Posts: 12
    Dealer ran computer diagnosis and concluded the Yaw Rate sensor and steering angle sensor would both have to be replaced at a cost of $1,070. Toyota has refused to help us out in any way even though this malfunction could have cost us our lives. Dealer trying to help us. We have reported this safety concern to NHTSA. Found same problem on another 2001 Sequoia on the NHTSA web site reported in Nov. 2003. They too lost control of vehicle at 70 mph on interstate. If any one else has had this problem with Steering Angle Sensor, please reply.
  • Toyota Certified means taking a trade-in and wash the exterior of the car and vacuum the interior and putting it right back on the lot for sale.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    The trade-in must have less than 85,000 miles on it and be less than six model years old to be certified. The 160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection probably does include a wash and vacuum.

    I'd be curious to know what size the spare is - or maybe it's a real Krispy Kreme donut? :shades:

    More here - Certified Used Vehicle Programs. I'm assuming you're still within the 7/100 limited powertrain coverage?

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  • Service manager now says that he made an error - tires are all the same. Of course he told me this right after I had all 4 tires replaced. They had about 9 months worth of tread left.
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