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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair



  • What happens if Im no longer under warranty? Out of pocket?
  • Brake fluid is good, and brakes work perfectly. It would only come on when I would put on the heat inside the car. Now its on forever. Ive already got it diagnosed and that is what they came up with. I just need to find out what kind of warranty the parts and labor come with.
  • jwtjwt Posts: 2
    Hello. I have a Sequoia 04 and while driving on any road conditions at any time I may get a 'thumping' sound, almost like flat tires and it will get louder and louder until I pull over and stop. I have logged each time and have no solutions, either does Toyota dealership. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated Thank you. jwt
  • swilcoxswilcox Posts: 1
    Have you found the problem yet? I have a 2001 Sequoia and have had the same problem for 2 years. I called Toyota and complained as I was just about out of warrenty and they have been doing repairs on it for two years - at their cost - my inconvience - since then. It actually hasn't come on in a few months, so they may have finally figured it out - but it was just luck. We've switched brake pads, etc., and the latest was a sensor in the brakes. I loved Toyota's and still have high hopes for this one - but now my back door won't open! 700.00 later the mechanic is fixing it. They just don't build them like they used to.

    Let me know the fix on your vehicle, if you have one.
  • sullyaksullyak Posts: 30
    I have read several posts regarding tires. My dueler HT's only lasted 30K miles as well. I did a great deal of research and determined that paying more for high quality tires was worth it. I bought goodyear fortera silent armours which got great reviews on I couldn't be happier with them. They are much quieter and grip great in wet and dry conditions.

    Hope this helps.
  • boslaw71boslaw71 Posts: 7
    Can anyone recommend a good place to buy this part for a 2002 Sequoia (or do I have to go through the dealer)? Based on posts on this board, seems like it's fairly common for the handle to break, and I don't want to pay $250-$300 to replace it if I can do it myself. I've scoured the web and this is the one part that I can't seem to find.

  • dylandondylandon Posts: 3
    Hi, I have a 2003 Sequoia SR5, the rear amp located underneath the center console. I removed my JBL system. If you need an amp, maybe I can help you.
  • superducsuperduc Posts: 2
    I don't have the TSB anymore. A good dealer should let you look at it. The item you may need is a "Body Electronic Control Unit" to eliminate the problem. TSB #EL007-03 or I think the part # is 89221-0c023. Good luck. used to have all of the Toyota TSB's for free but now you have to buy them...Shame on you money hungry SOB's at Alldata!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    You can get TSB summaries in the Edmunds Maintenance Guide, including ones for the Sequoia. Alldata never, afaik, gave you anything but the TSB title info for free.

    Steve, Host
  • I had a good local mechanic do the job for $120 including the part. Good luck! By the way, the dealer wanted $300+ for the job and would not even order the part until they took the door apart. He is now off my list forever.
  • sullyaksullyak Posts: 30
    Could you please tell me what the outcome of your bright light indicator problem is. My indicator just went out on my 01 Sequoia. I took it to the dealer and he said that it was a bulb that burned out and that it would take one to two hours of labor to replace it. This doesn't sound right to me.

  • gaphgaph Posts: 3
    Hi, I have a 2001 LTD with 100,000 miles with no problems to speak of until now. There is a vibration-thumping(bearing like) noise only between 37-43 miles per hour. It disappears when I have a load or put into 4x4. Dealer is waiting until it gets louder,they think its coming from the transfer case. Suggestions please. Thanks.
  • amber8amber8 Posts: 1
    I also have just started noticing a tapping noise upon start up on cold morning. By cold I meant in the mid thirties or lower. I live in Brentwood Tennessee an we have a wide range of temperatures over the year. This is the first time I have noticed the tapping noise and I bought the Sequoia 2002 new.

    Winter befor last I had to use the 4X4 to get up and down our drive. The front end came apart and tore up the front differential and transfer case. It was under warranty and Toyota repaired it under warranty.

    Otherwise I have had only minor things like a door click/snap noise on the driver door when opened plus the trunk hand-strap broke off.

    There is a sliding noise under the dash in the area of the radio, which reminds me the radio/CD player was replaced by Toyota.
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    At 30,000 miles I replaced the spark plugs with Bosch 4 prong platinum. Now have 69,000 miles. No problems. Easy to do on the Sequoia. I also use bosch 4 prong platinum plugs in my last 2 Lexus.

  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Got 50K out of original dueler HT's running 36 psi. Noisy and lousy traction. Recommend and use Michelins on all my vehicles. Have 20K on replacement Michelin LTX one size oversize on the Sequoia. Can't see wear with 20miles and very smooth and quiet. Since new the MPG is at 18.4. On the road at 70/75 it stays above 20 mpg. Around town about 17. Run K&W induction and Bosch 4prong platinum and Castrol 5w30 synthetic. Don't know if any of that helps but it makes me feel good.

    On my passenger cars I typically get 70K to 75K miles on rubber. Again Michelins. Now running the new Michelin Hydroedge which looks good and feels good. I Drive fast and keep pressures up around 36 psi which I believe helps my fuel mileage.
  • zooms01zooms01 Posts: 1
    My wife and I are looking at buying a 2002 Toyota Sequoia with 70000 miles. I have been reading about a lot of people having major problems with Sequoia’s. Are these isolated incidents or are they common. In your opinion with 70000 miles are all the bugs worked out or is trouble yet to come. I just find it hard to believe they are all having these problems as it was rated very well by Edmunds and Consumer Report. Thank you for your time and any feedback, you can also email me at

    God bless
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    We love the Sequoia. I would buy another in a flash. My recommendation is to check the service records to see what updates have been made. The two big ones seem to be the lower ball joints (about a $1500) job here in Arizona and the Brake update, (again about $1500).

    Check out all the basics and good luck.
  • That's really good MPG. I have never been above 18MPG on the highway. How are you figuring the MPG? Manually or using the trip computer? And is your Seq 2WD or 4WD. My trip computer (2002 model) is consistently 1.5MPG optimistic.
  • sullyaksullyak Posts: 30
    I have a 2001 Sequoia with 48,000 miles on it and it has not been in the shop except for routine maintenance. If you read other threads on Edmunds I think that you will find that the Sequoia, as well as other Toyota vehicles, have much lower rates of problems than comparable vehicles in their class.
  • usonrjusonrj Posts: 2
    My Wife and I are looking at a 2003 Sequoia with 61,000 total miles. It was not at the lot when we were supposed to finalize the deal. It was at the dealer having work done due to a recall. I noticed complaints about thumping sounds from owners. The recall work was replacement ball joints. Could this be the problem with the others making bumping or thumping noises? The rear window did not work and was supposed to be repaired. Is this another problem that is unique to the Sequoias?
  • usonrjusonrj Posts: 2
    Toyota is now recalling some models replacing their ball joints. This could be the sound you are hearing. We are looking at a 03 which has that problem and dealer repairs.

  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    My 2002 2WD Limited that had no bumps or thumps, nevertheless had the lower ball joint factory update at no cost and replacement of a rear window motor again at no cost. We love our Sequoia. Will buy another as soon as the kids have the money to buy this one. I may be driving the 02 for a long time.!!
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Agreed the computer is about one mpg optimistic. Reads 18.8 on the computer since new. Manual calculation shows about 18 around town and 21 to 22 on highway. I drive fast but have an raw egg under my accelerator foot (figuratively speaking) when it comes to accelerating. I notice when my daughter drives it, the mileage drops by 1 or 2 mpg. Tells you something. Mine is a 2WD. Don't need the 4WD since I was raised driving on mud, gravel, ice and snow when we couldn't spell 4WD. As long as I can disconnect the stupid micro chip control that cuts out engine power at EXACTLY THE WRONG TIME we get along just fine!
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Tooheeldrive .......... Regarding gas mileage I should also mention these changes. I run a K&N Intake system, Bosch 4 prong platinum sparkplugs, Castrol 5W30 Synthetic motor oil and my Michelin Hydoedge tires (one size over standard) at 36 PSI. Whether any of this helps gas mileage I'm not certain except for the 36 psi in the tires. The rest makes me feel good. Good driving!
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Hey guys,

    I need some advice. My Sequoia has just hit the 30k mark and I was wondering about the 30k service. After looking at the brochure for the recommended service for the Sequoia at 30k, it seems that the only worthwhile things that they are going to do is: oil/filter change, air filter change, and replacing the spark plugs- all for the discount price of around $250.00 ;) I can do the air-filter change by myself since it is relatively simple.
    I was wondering what others here recommend getting done at this juncture. I think the oil change and spark plug replacement is important to do. However, by just asking the dealer to do these 2 things by itself would be cheaper than getting the "30k service."
    Also, does anyone recommend getting a coolant as well as transmission service done too at 30k miles?
    I live in Florida and drive in medium-heavy traffic conditions. Any help would be appreciated.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    Where did you find information on the brake update? I looked on Edmunds and didn't see one for the brakes?
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    I'll pull my receipt and reply with the details. It will be saturday. Harbo
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Are you a natural mechanic or gearhead?
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    Not at all, why do you ask?
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    If you are a natural mechanic (desire, patience and the manual [Chilton or whatever], then doing the sparkplug changes (not needed at 30K miles in my opinion)oil and oil filter changes can be rewarding and inexpensive. Rewarding because it gives you a continual better feel for your vehicle.

    If on the other hand you might screw it up, then by all means see your friendly dealer.

    Good luck ....... Harbo
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