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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair



  • I would get the oil changed between 4 and 5000 miles. Look at your service book for recommended intervals . Follow the book or find them online at Some dealers try to sell increased "visits" and I don't think you need to do that. Just follow the book. :)
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Like Nissan said, follow the recommended schedule in the back of your owner's manual religiously and you can't go wrong. BTW, your first recommended service is an oil change and tire rotation at 5000 miles.
  • After the "oil maintenance required" message popped up in my Multi-Information Display, I had my dealer to do oil maintenance last Saturday. On Sunday and Monday the alarm went off for 4 times. Every time I had to use the remote to stop it. It never happened before in my 18 months of ownership. Just wondering whether this has to do with the visit to the Dealer.

    Any reply / information will highly be appreciated.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I have driven about 3750 miles in my new 09 highlander after having bought it last May. when should i take it for my first service?

    Read and understand your owner's manuals, that information is in there. If you're not familiar with it and you go to the dealer for service, you will end up having all kinds of un-necessary maintenance done.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    Your dealer should reset it for you during service. Mine always has.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I think he means the intrusion alarm...
  • Does anyone know how the side mirror defrosts work or have a schematic? My driver's side mirror doesn't heat up and I can only find 3 wires going to the mirror - which seem to be for the adjusting motors.

    Apologies if this is a repeat - I thought I'd asked this before but couldn't find my original post.
  • Sorry, I should have been more descriptive. I meant Burglar or intrusion alarm.
  • I have a 2008 highlander. Hopefully it is the same.The manual says.
    1. On cars with manual air conditioning system. Turn on the rear window defogger. it is located on the bottom right of dash
    2. Cars with automatic air conditioning system also turn on rear defogger. This shows !!! plus mirrors on control..
    Both run about 15 mins & shut off

    Hope this helps
  • How much?
    What engine size?
    Base or Limited?
    Smoked in?
    Any body work?
    Power seat?
    JBL stereo?
    Steering wheel radio buttons?
    Cloth or leather?
    etc. thanks :D :)
  • this might be a repeat send to you
    close to book value
    yes, every way
    no, regular Toyota single CD player/radio
    cloth, tan/beige/camel whatever
    dark red paint
    I'm too tall for this car, it operates flawlessly, newish tires on factory alloys
  • I just had my rear left and right wheel bearing replaced by my dealer this week.

    My Highlander is a 2004 with 66500KM.

    The Left side was so lose and loud that they did not discover the right side until they test drove it after replacement of the left side, then they scheduled me to replace the right side.

    I have extended coverage so it was covered, but apparently it would have cost me big time.

    Sounds and runs great now, hope these bearings last more than 60000km
  • Hi from Russia:
    Sorry for the potential repeat, but I skimmed this forum over all topics raised about whining at speed and failed to find a suitable remedy.
    I bought my 4WD 2.4 - 05HL couple years ago with 25Kml and have now 57Kml. At about 40 Kml I began to notice some annoying whining sound from under the car at 35-45 km/h speed regardless of AC on/off and at any AT selector position except for the R and N – neutral. In my case the whining does not change with engine RPM and car turnings that makes alternator belt and wheel bearings being innocent Replacement of fluids in transfer case, rear differential and automatic transmission did not eliminate the problem. As of now, I suspect that transmission is to blame since sound comes off instantly when I set up selector to N. Sound sometimes is variable (something like “whioo –whioo-whioo”) especially when I take my foot off the gas and coast within the above speed range.
    I would appreciate any suggestions and experience in this acoustic issue.
  • edhedh Posts: 246
    when car is cold spray the underside of the car and all running gear with water to see if the noise change
  • I did it with silicon spray the other days - no change in whining sound. I wash my car regularly from underside also due to salt used in our northern area - no change also.
    Nevertheless, thanks for reply.
  • hello...did you ver find out the problem...I'm having the same noise.

  • rzepa1rzepa1 Posts: 55
    Anyone replaced cabin filter yet ? Is it behind the glove box ? If so, how one goes about removing glove box ? I have 2008 HL.
  • byumgrbyumgr Posts: 14
    Open the glove box completely. Push inward on both sides at the back and you should be able to lift out the glove box to get at the cabin filter.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    I am planning to suck the brake fluid out of the master cylinder reservoir of my 2004 Highlander and refill with fresh. I know it would be better to bleed the system but that's a hassle and over time the fresh fluid will mix with the old fluid and refresh it somewhat. I can repeat the process in a couple months and refresh it again.

    There's a "strainer" (for lack of a better term) in the opening of the reservoir. I can't quite tell how it's attached but it doesn't respond to a light tug nor is there anything obvious to grab to get it out. Has anyone removed this and if so, how does it come out?
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,756
    Upon closer examination, I see that the strainer can be removed by lifting it slightly and rotating about 1/4 turn.
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