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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair

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  • I don't want to loose this thread. There are too many of us having this problem to let it go and we are getting new members everyday that might not be aware.

    So file a complaint if you are experiencing the hesitation problem with the '04 Highlander here;
    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

    Click on "secure submissions" and fill out the simple form. When you get towards the end of filling out the form, you'll be asked the component. Click/highlight "POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION." Some have posted under "VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL" so file where you want.

    Thanks
  • Does anyone know if the 02 or 03 3.0L V6 Highlanders have the hesitation problem that some people are experiencing?

    Thanks
  • I've read with great interest the postings on this issue. I had a 2001 Highlander, with no problems, and now drive a 2004 with no sign of the problem. While I'm convinced it's a significant problem in some situations/with some cars, I'm wondering if there isn't some point to the explanation that drivers need to adapt to the new acceleration technology. To me, it may be the equivalent of the change to anti-lock brakes. Those of us of a certain age grew up slamming the brakes. With the new brakes, this action disarms the anti-lock system. We've adjusted to pumping instead. I also think the break-in period is significant. The owner's manual warns against full-throttle acceleration during the break-in. I wonder if this is part of "training" the software. Just a few thoughts. I really love the Highlander and hope the problem can be resolved for all that experience it.
  • You have it backwards. The non ABS brakes had to be pumped on slippery surfaces to keep the wheels from locking and causing a skid. The ABS does this "Pumping" very fast and keeps the wheels turning just enough to prevent the lock-up, so the driver has a better chance of maintaining steering control. The proper way to brake with ABS is to push hard and steady, and DO NOT PUMP.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Post 1973 has it right. Do not pump ABS brakes.

    The dealer spilled some oil from the last oil and filter change, on my 2004 V6. It ended up in a groove in the shield under the front bumper and dripped on the garage floor. While I was cleaning this up from the shield I tried to find the filter. OK, I give up. Where did Toyota hide the oil filter on the 3.3 V6?
  • Yes, where is that oil filter. I looked under the HL once with a flashlight but did not see it. I'll bet it is a [non-permissible content removed] to replace and I usually do my own oil changes.('04 3.3 V6)
  • Yes, of course. Thanks for clarifying my early morning, pre coffee error. The concept, I think, remains, however, that as technologies change, so must our driving habits--and even instincts.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Is very well hidden under the exhaust manifold in the front facing side of the V6.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Thanks! Just found it. What an impossible thing to get at.
  • tommyg12tommyg12 Posts: 158
    I too have read the hesitation postings with great interest. I currently own a '01 Highlander also. After 38k miles, I just had my first problem: leaking rear main seal. I dropped it off for repair on Monday night, and was pleasantly surprised to find that my loaner is an '04 HL-v6 with 11k miles. I've put about 300 miles on it since, trying to produce the hesitation. I cannot. Can someone shed some light on how one might duplicate the problem? Acceleration so far is impressive.
  • jcorjcor Posts: 1
    Found this site after seaching the web on this issue. My 05 V6 2WD Highlander has 1-2sec hesitation when coasting at 10-20mph then accelerating. It's so un-nerving that my teen will not drive it because of the hesitation. It's certainly annoying and possibly dangerous particularly at intersections and turns with oncoming traffic. I plan to bring it up as a major issue at my upcoming 1000mi service, but want to be prepared for the service mgr. After reading all the posts on this, I'm still confused. Is there really a "fix" that Lexus has for the 05 Rx330 that would work on the Highlander, or is this just speculation. Does Toyota or Lexus acknowledge this problem even exists? Has anyone had this problem sucessfully fixed by a Toyota dealer? If so, what was done? Thanks.
  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    My 03 V6 FWD does not have the hesitation problem. In fact, my 03 Highlander, with 25,000 miles, has absolutely no problems.
  • The filter is a pain in the a$$ to get to from the engine compartment but there is a easier way if you feel like doing a little modification.

    What I did was cut a square hole in the black air deflector under the the bumper. "Eye ball" where the filter is in relation to where you will cut and cut a 5 inch square out. This plastic is very soft so a utility knife will do the trick. Get some speed nuts (4). Speed nuts are made for thin metal and are "U" shaped. They have a hole on one end and a off center hole on the other to "grasp" the threads of a sheet metal screw. Drill (carefully) 4 holes in a little at the corners from where you cut the plastic out and slip in the speed nuts so the holes align.
    Next get a piece of sheet metal, 6 inch square. Drill (again carefully) 4 holes in the sheet metal that will line up with the speed nuts you installed. Sand and paint the sheet metal black. After drying, screw four sheet metal screws though the holes into the air deflector and you are done.

    Now you have an easy "covered" access hole to remove/install the oil filter.
  • I don't want to loose this thread. There are too many of us having this problem to let it go and we are getting new members everyday that might not be aware.

    So file a complaint if you are experiencing the hesitation problem with the '04 Highlander here;
    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

    Click on "secure submissions" and fill out the simple form. When you get towards the end of filling out the form, you'll be asked the component. Click/highlight "POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION." Some have posted under "VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL" so file where you want.

    Thanks
  • Just remove the plastic undertray...it only takes a few minutes once you get the hang of it. This will allow you to wipe down the oil filter mount flange,wipe down all oil drippings, and do a quick visual inspection. We have a 2002 V6 fwd.

    At least the highlander is fine with regular oil...my '03 turbo passat needs full syn oil...using mobil 1 euro 0-40wt oil...
  • The filter, at least on the '01 V6 AWD with tow-prep package, can be accessed from the top with minimal hassle IMO. Just reach in on the left side of the radiator (as you face the engine compartment) with the filter wrench, unscrew the filter, turn it upright, and carefully pull it out. (If changing when engine is hot (oil drains more readily), throw an old towel over the radiator and exhaust manifold to avoid burns.)
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    It appears that the 2004/05 3.3V6 has a more hidden location for the oil filter than the 3.0V6. The manifold obscures the location on the 04/05. I will let the dealer change it. Thanks to all those creative people who came up alternative ways to reach the filter.
  • edhedh Posts: 246
    the basic question is how does the dealer do it - tthey probably remove the plastic panel - easier with car on lift
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    I doubt that the dealer removes the plastic panel, because that is where my oil spillage was collecting, in the groove at the bottom of the panel. They must have a special wrench that reaches up into the hidden location.
  • Well I just checked my '04 V6 Ltd with tow package and you ain't taking it out on the left side of the radiator. The 3.3 must be different than the 3.0. I can reach in on the right side and feel the filter which is well hidden BUT, there is plenty of room to get a wrench on it and to pull it out the right side from the top. Thanks for helping me to locate it.
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