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Toyota Sienna Care & Maintenance

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  • widriver2widriver2 Posts: 36
    What makes it more difficult is the manual says check fluids instead of when to replace them.

    Also, I do not think the manual says anything about how often to do an alignement. It seems the dealers regularly suggest an alignment.
  • How often does the coolant on a 2002 Sienna have to be changed?

    Is the $100+ dealer coolant change worth it?

    Or is it just as good to empty the radiator and refill every year?

    Thanks!
  • bearcrkrdbearcrkrd Posts: 167
    "Toyota Red" coolant is a 90,000 - 100,000 mile coolant. Some shops have a machine that pumps out the old, but many just drain and fill. A local Toyota dealership told me recently, concerning a 2001 Carmry 4 cyl, they just drain and fill. Just under 2 gallons comes out. They add a gallon of Toyota Red coolant, and the rest water. The Pump is something like $125 - 150 +, drain and fill should be $69.95 or thereabouts. If you don't mind the extra $, 60,000 miles drain and fill should do the trick. I had a 2001 Tacoma 4cyl which I did myself at 60,000. Drained, filled with water and drove around for a few minutes. Repeated twice more. It was very thorough for a backyard job. I still have one gallon left. You want to mix 50/50, and after all that I didn't have to add a full 2 gallons. I believe the Sienna will hold more. That Camry has 108,000 miles and will have the drain and fill done at the next oil change/tire rotation. Did not want to wait this long, but it's not mine anymore and could not get it done sooner.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb water, some european manufacturers say to change it every 2 years no matter what.

    I don't know about the Toyota longlife coolant but the GM ones were giving people lots of problems and it was advisable to change it before the recommended 90K. I just did mine at 45K.
  • Anyone ever replace just the center armrest covers for the two front seats in a 1999 Sienna? Just called a local dealer and the fellow said it looks like you have to purchase the whole armrest - which didn't make a lot of sense to me. Thanks in advance for your help! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd call a local upholstery shop. I bet they can very nearly match it.

    Look under Autos - Upholstery in your yellow pages.
  • hogsettmhogsettm Posts: 2
    What shocks did you get and how do you like them. I was thinking about getting KYB GR-2 gas shocks from tirerack.com for $22 each but don't know anything about them or if they need to be a certian size or length. Appreciate it.
  • pgrunnerpgrunner Posts: 25
    I have a 2008 Sienna bought in Dec '07. It's got about 6K miles on it. I need to get the wheels re-aligned. Someone told me since this should be covered under warranty since the car is still under 12K. Is this true?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It should be under the first year "adjustment" period, so I would think so...
  • robj1robj1 Posts: 10
    I need to replace the brake light bulb for my 2005 Sienna, I undid the two bolts, but the light assmbly still does not want pull off easily. I am afraid to really tug it and break something, am I missing a step here, some unknown screw somewhere or extra step? I miss the old cars, where you just pulled back the carpet or cover and replaced it w/out taking any screws out. Thanks
  • abhaytabhayt Posts: 6
    This morning the Michellin tire on my Sienna burst :mad: on the highway, I have about 22,000 miles on it. Will the warranty cover the rire ?
  • terry2002terry2002 Posts: 1
    Is the 60K recommended service worth it for my 2002 Sienna (now at 66K miles) ? Dealer fee is $400, includes repl. engine air filter, rotate tires maybe spark plugs (tho the guy said I had platinum and didn't need replacement), replace PCV valve and replace coolant. Plus "inspections" of 14 other things. But I managed to dig out the service book from pvs owner. He had 45k service where they also replaced the coolant and air filter. I am ok with a new air filter now, but some of the car sites say coolant is only every 30,000 miles, which means I have a ways to go if that's true.
    Four hundred smacks seems like a lot.
    MPG: This car gets 15 mpg city. Spozed to be 19 according to specs. My 99 Sienna would get me from Indy to South Haven on one tank of gas. Ideas?
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    I have a 2000 XLE coming up on the 120k marker.I had the spark plugs replaced with platinum plugs at 60k. Do they last longer than the recommended 60k change?
  • nybuyernybuyer Posts: 9
    I'm picking up my brand new '08 Sienna this week. :) I was wondering what other owners would recommend as add-ons after buying the vehicle... things that add to the comfort of the van or maintain it in optimal condition.

    For example, carpet floor mats were included in my purchase, but I heard WeatherTech all-weather mats are great. Should I spend about $150 on these mats to keep the van cleaner year round? I do have 3 young boys. But, I'm not sure if these high-end mats are worth it.

    And, what about a cargo liner, side window deflectors, sunroof deflector, etc? Do you feel it's worth it to get these things? Anything else? Do you recommend any specific brands or stores to get the products?

    Thanks for any input.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You could inspect them and re-gap them at 60k again, but plugs are so cheap it's not worth it. Plus you want receipts to prove you did the work for the next buyer.
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    my mechanic at the 60k service charged me 26 a piece for 6 platinum plugs total of $ 156 then he charged me 163.20 for labor so 4 + years ago I paid $ 319.20 to replace my plugs.Daresay was my trusted mechanic taking me to the cleaners here?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That seems a bit excessive. I get Bosch platinums for under $4 a pop.

    Where they Iridium or some premium brand or something?
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    thx for the info.I'll be a lot more careful about getting estimates for this before I get the plugs changed
  • Hi,

    I have a 2000 Sienna. My dealer told me that Toyota doesn't recommend transmission flush. He also said I don't need to change transmission oil filter. What I need is simply to drain the old oil and then refill. Is it true? If so, is it difficult to change the oil by myself? Your help is much appreciated.

    JD
  • How do I change the back 3 sparks plugs [by firewall] on the 2004 Toyota Sienna ?

    Thank you
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