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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair



  • iclarkiclark Posts: 2
    I have the exact same problem with my 2005 Highlander. There is a subtle but becoming increasingly loud ,clunk in the steering wheel. I had it checked by the dealer and they advised that there was a TSB on the Camry but nothing for the Highlander and no recalls. I confirmed this by calling Toyota who were quite firm that it was up to me to pay the $550 to have this fixed "if I chose".

    The car has been excellent until this year when all four brake rotors needed replacing - rust they said.
  • bluenose2bluenose2 Posts: 10
    You mentioned having to replace all four brake rotors. I just had to replace the rear pads and rotors on my 2006 HL, at only 70,000 km (43,500 miles). My front rotors were badly rusted but they were able to clean them up. Why would rear pads wear out so fast?
  • iclarkiclark Posts: 2
    Bluenose, the dealer advised me that they saw this rusty rotor problem on cars that spend a lot of time at the local ski hill. I am a little guilty on that score but also do a lot of winter driving in the mountains here in BC. The car has 80K km (48K miles) on it. Still these two bills (rotors and steering) come as somewhat of a surprise given Toyota's (over hyped?) reputation.

    PS I am a bluenoser as well.
  • bluenose2bluenose2 Posts: 10
    Hi fellow Bluenoser,

    Well it is a little reassuring to hear that I am not alone in having this problem, but disappointing nonetheless that Toyota's quality reputation is diminished by this problem, the only one I have had other than the mysterious rattle I hear when backing into my garage. Another person commented on that problem recently. I keep my Highlander garaged, but it certainly does get exposed to salt on the roads in winter. When I leave it outside at the Airport Parkn'Fly for a week or two when I am travelling, the pads are rusted right to the rotors and the vehicle will not move until you give it a lot of gas.
  • After going to the Toyota dealer for a diagnostics on why the ABS-Brakes came on, and my car was braking after passing 15 miles/hr, they diagnosed that I needed to change the ABS pump for a 2500 dlls cost only. So my doubt is... Which year & model is compatible with my 04 Highlander 2WD 3.3L, because I definitely will try to avoid the original cost and get a used one. Does anyone know which model pump module is compatible.
  • tixtix Posts: 27
    The mysterious rattle could be the heat shield.
  • tixtix Posts: 27
    I had the same thing happen to me on my 2004 2 WD, but fortunately it happened under warranty. Sounds like I was lucky considering how expensive it will be to fix.
    Have you had any problems with your sun/moon roof?
  • bluenose2bluenose2 Posts: 10
    OK, thanks. Will check that out.
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    I'm starting to get the telltale knocking on turning that indicates a failing CV joint on my 2001 4wd V6 Ltd w ~79,000 miles.
    Has anyone had to replace CV joints?
  • lttownielttownie Posts: 1
    2001 Highlander basic model. I experience an intermittent squeaky high pitched noise. This noise can start or stop when hitting a bump in the road. The sound also stops when I am at a complete stop and starts again once I apply the gas peddle.

    Any thoughts to this problem?
  • Fan belt? How many miles on the belt? You should replace around 90/100k. I just replaced mine on my 03 at 89k.
  • woodstocwoodstoc Posts: 6
    Any advice on how to get the connector apart on the Bank 1? I can only get one hand up or down there and haven't quite figured out how it comes apart. Some trick or tool necessary? :confuse:
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    See message 4360, which includes comments on needing two people to get that connector apart.
  • gplantegplante Posts: 1
    When I start my 2001 Highlander (cold) the idle speed goes to about 1500 and stays there. What can I do to fix the problem? I'm pretty mechanical.
  • webgoodwebgood Posts: 95
    If it doesn't start dropping steadily while warming-up, you'll need to have a tech (Toyota service or a knowledgeable, properly equipped foreign make service) adjust the cold idle speed. There's no little throttle linkage adjusting screws like on your '65 4-barrel V8. It's all electronics now. Regards, BGood
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    See message 4391 re Idle Speed Control Valve. My problem was high warm idle on a V6, and it had just started getting an erratic cold idle.
  • Car has not been starting consistently. Tow truck comes out, starts for driver. Last time out noticed the air filter housing was detached and clips missing. I have it assembled and temporary clips on but the four small tubes were removed (not by me but by the driver). I am looking for a picture or other guidance as to which tube goes where. Any suggestions? Help?
  • steves8steves8 Posts: 11
    I read the messages on this site about sunroof repair costs and thought the world was ending. My '05 66k miles developed a broken sunroof after it had been slid all the way back. It would move forward a inch then automatically return to full open position. Local garage (a great place) estimated $1500 to repair. Most of that cost was headliner removal. They also said call the dealer to see what they say. Dealer said for $110 we will look at it, we can't say anything more, bring it in. I asked if they could just close it, and, what could the max cost be? They wouldn't answer. So, I asked the local guy to fix it, they then said they wouldn't do it and referred me to Custom Upholstery and Glass. I took it there and they closed the roof (perfect fit) within 20 minutes and charged me $20! Ha! the local garage charged me $50 just for their estimate. Custom also said I should try to find used cables (they showed me chewed up broken cable from my car) and they would charge $100 to install them, good as new. Shop around, my friends. Custom quoted me $1900 cost for all new parts, from the dealer.
  • tixtix Posts: 27
    You are a lucky person. Anyone I took it to, and I have friends who work for repair shops said they would not touch it! But I just may try the upholstery place. Its been how many years now? and I am still driving around with a duct taped sunroof and when ever anyone asks how I like my highlander I am not afraid to tell them - not very much (but it is really just because of the sunroof, but that was enough to turn me off Toyota. I will never buy another one. I have to drive this one into the ground because who will buy a used car with a duct taped sunroof......
    Thanks for sharing your solution. Its worth a try...
  • Hey y'all, just brought home my 09 HL Limited, V6. Traded in an 07 Camry so I know about where the oil filter should be. What plastic do I have to remove to find it on the HL. Thanks.
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