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Toyota Sequoia Maintenance and Repair



  • I was under the impression (based on discussion with other owners on forums) that this is 4WD issue. I have an '03 4WD SR5 Sequoia and it does the same thing. According to your experince, though, it is not just on 4WD's.
    I suppose, in any case, it does not matter. I have had it looked at by 2 different dealerships and they say it is normal for this vehicle. It has something to do with the energy release within transmission after a hard stop (??) I don't beleive it's detrmimental to the transmission, however, but it is annoying. :confuse:
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    Definitely don't shoot your nervous wife. Buy her my Lexus GS 300 for smooth happiness. It's for sale, just picked up and Audi A8L. My wife prefers driving the Sequoia (02 2WD / 78K). Some macho thing I guess. <(-;
  • aliminalimin Posts: 80
    Reports from the AP and other sources indicate Toyota is recalling 533,000 Tundras and Sequoias. The recall covers 2004 to 2007 Tundras and Sequoias. A front suspension lower ball joint may have excessive wear; affected owners will be notified by Toyota by mid-February.
  • Toyota to recall 533,000 Sequoias, Tundras
    Faulty component could make vehicles difficult to steer

    Updated: 11:48 a.m. PT Jan 19, 2007

    WASHINGTON - Toyota MotorCorp. said Thursday it was recalling 533,000 Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia sport utility vehicles because of potential steering problems.
    Toyota said the recall involved 2004-2006 Tundra trucks and 2004-2007 Sequoia full-size SUVs. The automaker has received reports of 11 accidents and six injuries connected to the recall, said Toyota spokesman Bill Kwong.
    The automaker said there was a possibility of excessive wear to a front suspension lower ball joint that could make it difficult to steer the vehicle and stay in the center of the lane. Drivers may also notice more noise coming from the front suspension, Kwong said.
    Toyota recalled about 775,000 pickups and SUVs in May 2005 &#151; one of its largest recalls ever &#151; because of similar problems with the front suspension. The recall included 2002-2004 model years of the Tundra and Sequoia.
    Kwong said the company received additional complaints involving newer models of the Tundra and Sequoia, prompting them to issue the recall.
    Toyota, which is challenging General Motors Corp. to become the world&#146;s largest automaker, has aggressively touted its redesigned Tundra pickup as a strong competitor in the lucrative truck segment dominated by GM and Ford Motor Co.
    The first Tundras built at Toyota&#146;s San Antonio plant are expected in showrooms next month. The automaker recently unveiled its Tundra CrewMax full-size pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The large pickup will arrive in showrooms in March.
    With its expansion, the Japanese automaker has struggled with some quality issues. Toyota had 2.2 million vehicle recalls in 2005, but showed improvements last year when its recalls fell to 766,000 vehicles. Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe has repeatedly vowed to enhance quality controls.
    Owners will be notified in mid-February of the Sequoia and Tundra recall and dealers will replace the left and right front suspension lower ball joint at no charge to the vehicle&#146;s owners.
  • wilnerwilner californiaPosts: 34
    how about 2001-2004 sequoias and tundras?
  • I have 2003 sequoia with 57K miles. Recently, several dashboard lights lit up & I was diagnosed as having a failed ABS computer. Imagine getting a call from service to say you have a 3 thousand $$ problem. When you buy toyota, you are suppose to have that situation when you mistreat your vehicle ... not the case with me. I am a 2 toyota owner and my confidence in Toyota quality is definitely shaken. My next vehicles will likely not be toyota.
  • I am not sure 2001-2002,but my 2003 recalled and completed this job early last year. Replace 2 front lower ball joint.
  • Thanks for the reply. We're now having another similar problem. The other day, my VSC/ABS engaged for no reason. I guess I'm going to have a problem with that now also. I really feel there must be a major electrical/computer problem that is causing the break light, rear window, VSC/ABS problems and whatever new ones lie ahead. Very disappointed in Toyota.
  • nomad4nomad4 Posts: 1
    Oh, I just wanted to thank you for posting this! The exact same lights came on last week on our '04 SR5 and I haven't driven it since. My husband is out scraping ice and snow off of the car right now (we haven't used it during the recent bad weather...perfect timing!) so he can tighten the gas cap and unhook the battery for a couple of minutes. My fingers are crossed that this works! Thanks for the suggestion...
  • Mike,

    I have had this same problem with my 06. What did you do to get it fixed? Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do to fix it?
  • Help - I have had this problem 3 times with my sequoia and it's in the shop now. They have replaced the computer in the back and it's fine. They have replaced the front computer and 2 weeks later, the lights went on again and I could not drive it forward. The ABS light stayed on and I had it towed there to Toyota in Moline, Illinois. They said this is highly uncommon and they cannot find the problem. It always happens after I have had it in 4 wheel drive the previous day or that day. It's still in warranty for 5000 more miles and then I'm worried. Please let me know what you all have done. I need some help on this one. I don't want to take it back until they have fixed the problem.
  • To fix the rear window, they replaced the computer and motor for it. For the brake light coming on, I have no answer and it seems neither do they. AS far as the ABS thing though, I found out that there is a Toyota Technical Service Bulliten(TSB) that was issued November 28, 2005 that addresses it somewhat. The TSB is number DL001-05 is titled "Rear Axle Bearing Noise" and applies to the '04 to '06 Sequoia. One of the problems it addresses is "intermittent activation of ABS, VSC, and/or TRAC systems on dry flat pavement while driving. VSC/TRAC light flashes intermittently." This problem is covered under the powetrain wattanty for 60 months or 60,000 miles and if you bring it to toyota, they will fix it. I'm guessing that since your ABS light stayed on, perhaps whatever they fix for the above could help your problem. It's probably worth mentioning to them to check. HOpe this helps.
  • This seems to be weather related but I don't know what might be sticking. First thing in the morning the VSC / TRAC light as well as the parking brake lights come on. Drive it for a while, shut off the truck and start it right back up. VSC / TRAC stay off. Sometimes the brake indicator goes out sometimes it stays on.

    Where should I start looking?

  • I just noticed what looks to be water dripping from what appears to be a connector in the firewall. The connector is inside the engine well, in front of the passenger seat. A picture of this is posted on my website here:
    The car has 49000 miles. This just showed up today. I do plan to take it in for repair, but wonder if it is okay to drive.
  • Thanks for your suggestions. You seem pretty knowledgeable on this subject. What year is your sequoia?
    I will give this info to the service tech that is working on it. I appreciate it.
    How do you find the TSB reports? Are they online???
    Thanks again
  • My Sequoia is a 2005. The TSB reports can be found on line. Some sites require a fee, but if you search enough, you can usually find a site where someone posted them. Some can be found on under their "safety station" tab
  • Since I am just now seeing this post, I wanted to let you know that I have seen similar issues on my 2003 Sequoia. I have had a Wheel Speed sensor and Yaw Rate sensor replaced, both as a solution to my ABS and VSC dash lights coming on. The lights came on a third time but the issue corected itself once the car was hooked up to the diagnostics and the codes reset. If you read the TSB verbiage, the solution for one of the codes (can't recall the exact code)is to replace the expensive microprocessors that control yaw or wheel speed. That's a pretty expensive fix for keeping the dash lights from glowing!! Toyota would not cover the expenses in my cases.
  • Guys/Gals,
    I'm looking for people who have had experience with Sequoia's. I just purchased 2004 Sequoia Limited 4x4 with 60K miles turned in on a lease. I had a 2004 4Runner and was looking to trade up.

    The dealer didn't offer me an extended warranty, but after looking at prices ($1400-$2000) for additional 3-4 years of coverage, I'm wondering if it's really worth it to make the purchase now.

    I have driven a lot of miles in the past, but have changed my lifestyle and hope to take at least another 4 years to get to 100K miles.

    I've had the Sequoia for a week so far and I have noticed that the ride of the vehicle isn't as good as I had hoped. I dropped it off this morning at my local dealership to review the recall on the front lower ball-joint, to see if that is causing some of the problems I'm experiencing. I have also noticed a substancial amount of noise and vibration occurring at speeds of 50-75mph and I don't believe it's because of the tires (new Yokahama's + just had it balanced and alligned...or so the dealer claims).

    My question is this: Should I consider the extended warranty or is it something that would be better spent somewhere else?

    Thanks in advance to all who answer!
  • Did you ever receive any responses from this?

    I just purchased a 2004 Limited off a lease and it doesn't have the remote either. I didn't realize it was necessary to operate the DVD entertainment until I put in a DVD and I couldn't get the screen to come on. I looked on Ebay and found a remote for around $100, but I stil think it's a complete rip-off. emZ270090085000QQihZ017QQcategoryZ79834QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    I'll go without before I blow that on a remote.
  • I would see what it covers. I don' t think the driveline itself will fail you but little things like electrical and sensors will start to reak havoc and none of that is covered. Mine is starting to ride rougher and noisier in the last 5K miles. I am trading it in before I really start to pay.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You should also have a look at Extended Warranties.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I just called the parts desk at my dealer to ask about a remote. He quoted me $264.00 for the stinking thing!!!!

    I nearly blew a gasket.

    Back to square one....Maybe BestBuy can help me out with aftermarket remote?

    Anybody tried that?
  • It's starting to sound to me like an extended warranty isn't a bad idea after all.

    I guess from your experience it would be a good idea for me to get one considering it covers me for another 4 years or 50K miles. That will get me well over 110K miles.

    $1400 for the Gold protection warranty on my 2004 60K Mile Sequoia Limited.
  • I just recently purchased an 02' Limited with a moon roof and yesterday noticed water dripping from the edge of the drivers side headliner against the front window. I am not sure if it is leaking from the roof and running down or if somehow it is coming around the front window seal. The front window says Toyota on it so I am assuming if it was replaced it was by Toyota. Any ideas where this water could be coming from. Also I would like to pull out the radio and was wondering if anyone could help by telling if the plastic front is held in by pins (if so where are they located) or screws. Thanks alot. Todd
  • Water might leak from the rubber gasket of the roof rack between the top and the base of the rack.

    For the center console, there are 2 screws inside the vent hole. If you push this vent windows face up, you will see 2 screws (one in each hole) after you take this screws out, this center console can pull out easily
  • rhaydelrhaydel Posts: 1
    The back door will not open. The handle is not stuck but seems to not be connected to anything. How do I get inside to look at it? Thanks
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    You need to pop the inside panel off. Prying with something larger and flatter than a screwdriver, and you can see the rear door mechanism.

    You don't say if the handle will move. If it moves and does not open, chances are the cheap little plastic connector to the handle is brokern. If it does not move (probably break if you exert some pressure), you may be able to shoot some silicone lublicant into the pivot points on the handle.

    In my case the connections to the rear latch were broken. I needed to find and pull the cable release after removing the panel inside the rear door.

    Good luck .......... !
  • trapper51trapper51 Posts: 27
    I have an 01 Limited from 12/00 with 160,000 mostly trouble free miles - have had the Diff replaced and seals twice, and had leaking intake manifold replaced just 300 mi under expiration of 100k add-on warranty. Yes - Radio needed help early on, Highlander's is better in my estimate. I get 60-90k miles on brakes if I use Toyota brand - mostly highway. I use Mobil-1 and change every 12k miles and filter at 4-5k. To someone asking if an add-on warranty is worth it - yes yes yes - everything on this car is expensive, and at $95 / hr shop rate - thats only 15 hrs of labor over the next 3-4 yrs. If you have another brand SUV you know thats a no-brainer.
    My question - my wife's Highlander has superior headlights to the Sequoia - does anyone know if they are interchangable, or, what is a comparable make/model? As I mature I find my night vision needs more help yet the Highlander still lights up my MA. country nights real well. I also know there is a way to 'polish' the cloudy headlamp covers to get the clarity back - this is on many web sites and works for any vehicle. But I am looking primarily for more candlepower, tks
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    With only 80K on my 2002 I feel like a "piker" and am encouraged by your 160K. I change Castrol Syntec 5w40 each 6,000 miles and thought I may have been stretching it a bit, although some of the latest German vehicles are recommending as far out as 15K.

    Regarding headlights, you might check PIA, perhaps through the Anything Auto website. Some of the latest mega lumins replacements are there.

    A question for you, what radio modifications worked well??
  • harboharbo Posts: 136
    What is the best way to pop off the panel above the mirror that houses the interior lights and garage door and mode buttons without breaking the plastic?
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