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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair



  • Sorry it has taken so long to respond, but I have finally found the issue with my VSC/Trac Control Lights always coming on. I had my 2002 Sequoia in the dealer for a recall part. When I started to leave these lights came on. The mechanic was nice enough to run diagnostics and found that it was refers to the "brake booster pedal force switch". The CODE is C1363. Dealer quoted a price of $936 just for the part. I went straight to CarMax with CODE in hand. They ordered the part and fixed it. All under the warranty that I purchased when I bought the truck :) . I really hope this helps in your situation. (As with some of the other posts I've seen, I have not experience any lose of power.) Good Luck
  • I've been having a brake problem (squeaky noise) with my 01 SR5 4x4. I took it to Firestone many times (because I purchased the liftetime brake package) and then can't still fix the problem. They resurfaced the rotor a couple times and changed the brake pads several times. And I had to purchase another rotor from them.... I think I'm done with Firestone. What would be the best solution for this brake problem? Brake is much heavier than other cars.... Any advise will be appreciated!! Thanks.

    Has anyone tried the anti-sway kits for your sequoia?

    If you have, how is it? really easty to install? big differece before/after installation?

    Any comment will be appreciated!!

  • oxx93oxx93 Posts: 67
    At the end of Feb. I will have had my 2004 SR5 for 2 years. I am approaching 30K miles and when I had the vehicle in for an oil change and tire rotation recently, the service tech said that I have about 4 to 5K miles left on the tires. Is that normal wear for a larger SUV? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks
  • txcptxcp Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me how to reprogram a factory remote for a 2002 sequoia ? I changed the battery and now they dont work

    any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    a long time ago someone on this forum replaced their front rotors with some Tundra slotted and drilled rotors, how did this work are you still out there.

    I have 105,000 on front rotors and will probably need to replace at next brake job. I had to do the rear ones at the last repair as there was some pad failure and it went metal to metal and ruined the rotors.
  • Hi -- new to the site here, but have been a Toyota driver for 22 years -- Picups, Camrys, 4-Runners, Siennas and now our ill-fated 2004 Sequoia.

    We've experienced acceleration issues/VSC lights as well as "Brake" lights since our vehicle was new. Dealer gave us the same answers as I've witnessed on others' input in this site...

    We're going to trade in our Sequoia for another vehicle...any ideas for an eight pax SUV alternative -- hopefully one that is up to Toyota's normal quality standards...
  • I have been having the same problems w/my 2004 Sequoia. I have taken it in to the dealership 4 times and have never had a resolution. This summer they suggested maybe carbon buildup on a cable. Charged me and I am still having the same issues. I have come very close to 2 accidents because I pull out into an intersection or turn left and the VSC trac light comes on and the SUV does not go. Has anyone found a solution?!! I am ready to trade it in.
  • I had a similar issue immediately after having the brakes serviced. I took it back and they discovered that a wire connection on one of the front hubs had come loose... I think it had to do with the abs system, but not sure. Hope this helps.
  • I own a 01 sequoia. Loved it until...we had all the brake problems I see posted, but did get that taken care much more timely than some I see. We had to have transmission replaced in July 05 we have an extended warranty which paid all the $3600 bill but $189. Now it is Feb. 06 and I'm looking at replacing the transfer case at $3600. We were wondering if any others had such problems. We were told at the dealership ours were one out of two with this problem. I can't believe that now that I'm seeing all these other problems.
  • petro33petro33 Posts: 192
    I also have an '01 with 106K miles, no tranny problems at all, in fact no problems to speak of.

    Some of the probles croping up on sequoias are probably due to age of the vehicle, plus those of us with an '01, it was the first year and maby the longevity problems of a first year model are just now croping up!

    I would like some advice on what people have done recently with new tires, I replaced the origionals with Mich cross terrain at 36K miles and they have lasted till now (70K miles), I am going to replace them again but wondering if there is any other recommendations. I live in Folsom CA, no snow, 2 wheel drive, I tow a 6,000 trailer.
  • My airbag light started to flash, I took it to Toyota
    Dealership. They said the curtain airbag was bad and charged me $400 labor to replace. The airbag light continued to flash. They said it did not flash when they replaced it,testing it before putting my Sequoia back together. They said maybe a wire got pinched by the tech putting it together, but after them having it for 9 hours, I had to leave with it and bring it back another day. Now they call and say its the wiring system, and would be another $1000 to fix it! Has anybody had this problem? Everybody I talk to says airbags should never be bad? Any suggestions?
  • raymurraymur Posts: 29
    I would say if it ain't broke don't fix it. Not many owners are getting 70,000 miles out of a set of tires. I only use Michelins and I would suggest that from your experience you should too.
  • replaced with cross terrains and my wife left on a trip with her friends to LA and Vegas, also replaced front brakes, I forgot how new tires make the vehicke run smooth, she called sunday and said she got 17 MPG going down I5 from sacramento to LA, Just about the most I ever got on this car...
  • I had a similar issue. My alarm would go off when unlocking the doors. The problem was intermittent. The dealer could only get it to go off a couple of times but had no answer so they replaced the remotes. This did not help. I did some searching on the web and found a Toyota Service Bulletin sent to the dealers addressing this problem, a bad alarm ECU (computer module). I printed the TSB and told my dealer to order the part. Part #89221-0C023. When it came in they replaced it and I have never had the issue since. That was back in April 2004. Hope this helps.
  • Just this past weekend I had to replace a tire after a flat. Tireplus said I needed all the Bridgestone Dueler HT
    tires replaced, on original on my 2004 Sequoia SR5 4x4 due to tread wear. I had 31,000 miles on them. Maybe Toyota should invest in tires rated for a SUV that weighs soooo much.
    THEN, the Dueler HT "type" is no longer available, so
    purchased 4 new tires for close to $500, which are "newer"
    Dueler H/T, which has newer tread (less gap in tread pattern) for a quieter and smoother ride, and rated at
    60,000. Hummmm, we'll see. -H.
  • Since Toyota wont give details on warranty claims overall,
    I'm interested in other Sequoia owner warranty claims.
    1) Rotors warped - dealer shaved and rotated
    2) battery kept dying - dealer found bad cell - replaced
    3) left tail light bulb burned out - dealer replaced

    NOW anomolies dealer hasnt resolved.
    1) sticky ignition - turn to start position, and starts,
    but switch sticks there and keeps starter on, has happened
    3 times ( have to manually turn key off to stop)
    NOTE: I have a '06 Tundra DblCab 4x4 with same problem)
    2) Thump in transmission (feels like being rear ended) after driving on HiWay for a while and take exit ramp and stop NOTE: same issue with my '06 Tundra - many similarities with my Sequioa and Tundra.
    Dont get me wrong I love Toyota, owned them for 23 yrs,
    esp: 4rnr and pick-up, just noticed more issues since they
    are manufactured in US, instead of Japan.
  • Hello, I have a 2005 Sequoia and am having the same problem with the thump in the transmission (feels like being rear ended). My 2005 has less than 6000 miles and I purchased less than year. It has been to back to dealership at least 6 times because of other problem. As you can imagine I am not very happy with it. I wondering if you have anyone repond to the transmission issue or had it looked at.

  • I have a 2005 SR5 with less than 6,000 miles on it. I noticed when I come to stop I feel a thump in the transmission or what I'm thinking is the transmission. It feels like someone has rearended me. Did you noticed anything like that when your transmission problem started? Any clue as to what this might be if it's not the transmission.

    This is not the first probelm I have had with my sequoia. It's been in the shop at least 6 times in less and I have only had it for 7 months. I have issues with sulfur dioxide leaking into the cab which does have a "tsb" for that now. They had to replace all of the exhaust system and then broke the manifold and replaced that as well. I am glad that I still under warrenty and purchased an extended also. The A/C blower had to replaced after that and last week it was in the shop for week for electrical short in seat. Its also been in the shop for some minor things radio not picking up a signal (which had to be replaced). The rubber around the window was folded under. All this and its not even time for the 2nd oil change. As you can probably tell I am not happy with my sequoia and would advise anyone not buy one. I have own several toyota's but right now I don't know that I would ever buy another one. Maybe I just have a lemon.
  • edongedong Posts: 1
    Hi superduc
    I have the same problem with my '01 Sequoia. Sometime, when I unlock the doors using the remote (specially in winter time), the alarm would go off. Can you send me a copy of the TSB or point me to where I can get one so I can show it to my Toyota service center? Thanks...
  • toyotatoystoyotatoys Posts: 118
    I just had the starter replaced on my 01 SEQ with 83K. I'm disappointed because I have had 9 Toyotas in a row (including one Lexus) and this is the first vehicle where I had to replace a part before 100K. Maybe I'm somewhat spoiled, but I really expected it to last much longer. Otherwise, the vehicle still hums and purrs like it always had.
  • baglebagle Posts: 5
    i have a sequoia that i purchased used and have had it in to the dealer ship 2 times for the sounds like famous tick. i made them tear it down to check the lifters and there reply is that they are set right that the toyota motors just are noisy. they also told me that toyota specs are that they want them just a little loose for performance. i call bull but what am i to do. so i have the same problem. and i am also searching for a solution. so if you hear any thing let me know. it driving me crazy i will not be able to get used to it.
  • baglebagle Posts: 5
    does any one out there have the solution for the noisy 4.7 v-8 toyota motors, is it normal? like they tell me it is? every time i get in it and drive all i can hear is the ticking. and it just drives me crazy :mad:
  • Hello to all, I've been trying to find out info about what could maybe be the problem with my Sequoia. I bought the car in 2004 and have had the following problems. My VSC/TRAC OFF and ABS light are constantly on now and have been for about 4 months. Usually they would only come on when I would have the heat on for a while then I would turn off and re start the car and they would dissapear. I had it diagnosed when I took it in to get the defective recalled Ball joints replaced and the dealership came up with the conclusion that the YAW Sensor as well as both Master brake cylinder pressure sensors needed to be replaced for roughly about $903.00. The lady who assisted me said she called Toyota to see if maybe they could do something about this problem but of course they didn't. Since then the drivers inside door handle broke about a month ago, sometimes the gas gauge reads empty after putting gas in the car but slowly rises up with time. This usually only happens if we let the tank get close to the empty mark. The oil pressure at highway speeds sits at about the 1/4 mark and as soon as I let go of the accelerator it will start to climb. Oil pressure will stay in the normal range at about 65-70 mph but anything more than that and your sitting at 1/4 mark. At idle it will sit at its normal range and when I accelerate it, it climbs but slowly. Sometimes my brake light would come on but go off after I turn off the car then re start it. But by all means the brakes and the car drive and operate perfectly. honestly cant justify how 3 sensors associated with the same thing can all go bad at once unless there is some kind of short circuit or something. I've read various post regarding the VSC/TRAC OFF and ABS light and differentnt methods that have been used to fix the problem but I just dont know which to go by. I just dont want to spend all that money and then keep on having continuous problems with the lights. If anybody can help or give some advise it would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!
  • brittdadbrittdad Posts: 1
    Hello Everyone,
    Great board. I love my 2003 Sequoia Limited and would buy another but it has a few problems. Like many I have a small amount of rust starting to show on the bottom drivers side corner of the rear hatch. My rear license plate lights have also decided that they are tired of working. Any ideas? If it is something very expensive i have decided to try to live in denial as I just paid off the note on this. I have 66k on the SUV and I am relatively good with tools so maybe I can fix it myself. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks from Boston
  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    The easiest thing to do is check the brake fluid. As the brakes wear the fluid level drops, and when it get to low those lights all come on. I would check that first, and if low top it off.
  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    You need to go to a Toyota Dealership because there is a TSB on the fuel gauge, and a TSB on on oil pressure gauge. Both should be fixed under warranty.
  • 2toyotas2toyotas Posts: 104
    That reply was for you.
  • Hi Everyone. First time here and thought it would be a great place to start. I have a 2003 Limited with the JBL system. Only upgrades I have is a 10" JL sub (stealth)and the amp that is hooked up to the front speakers.

    Well recently when i drive the back speakers go out or have a high pitch whine and it almost sounds like it has a loose wire. Anyway I took it to my local radio guy and the speakers were fine. He was thinking it could be the factory AMP that runs the back speakers. Well I went to my local Toyota dealer and beacuse I have a gold warrenty the factory amp is no covered. They told me just the amp was around $500. They also gave me a number of a salvage place to get the amp.

    Here is my question...where is the amp located and how am I sure its the one that drives the back speakers?


  • Anyone know where i can find out where the rear speaker AMP is located?
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