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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair



  • I have been seriously looking at buying 06 Highlander 4x4 V6. Has anyone had any problems to report yet? Any words of wisdom or advice? Thanks
  • This topic has been discussed in the past but has anybody re-programmed their HVAC so the recirculation isn't automatically default when temp. requires it?
    BTW, it's an '04 HL Limited.

    I told my dealer that it can be changed in the CBest setting but they were clueless on how to do it.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks guys/gals! :P
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    "they were clueless on how to do it. "

    My service advisor said: "it can't be done..that's the way it is"
    NOT! It IS done!

    I insisted, and they called the shop foreman, who knew how to do it.....I'd ask your dealer again, or see a different dealer. It takes only a couple of minutes, they hook up a hand held device to port under the steering wheel (I think thats where it is) and select the proper option on their screen. Very simple, I understand.

    I DON'T have the recirc come on automatically anymore....YEAH! you can also.

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The A/C, climate control system designers have been making this mistake for as long as A/C has been used in cars.

    It is highly typical that in these instances, hot day, bright sunlight, closed car, the interior atmosphere will be significantly hotter than the outside air. What is puzzling to me is while automatically switching the system to recirculate, forcing the A/C to deal, cool, the superheated air within the vehicle, the owners manual often recommends lowing the rear windows during the early drive to exhaust that HOT cabin air.

    Obviously the more proper procedure would be to initally leave the system on fresh airflow, maybe turn the blower up a bit to quickly exhaust the HOT airflow via the (typically smallish) exhauster port, and then once the inside air temperature is near the outside, switch to recirculate to increase the A/C efficiency, reduce the A/C load, and conserve fuel.
  • No serious problems or anything like that with the HL -- go for it! It's a great car, the 4x4 handles itself in snow admirably (after replacing the factory tires with some that have good snow traction). It's a car people fall in love with!

    (The HL is very dependable generally although some posters have experienced a few problems: minor interior rattles, wind noise, steering wheel clicking/rubbing noise, excessive engine vibration when idling, engine/drivetrain vibration at highway speeds, brake rotors warping, and engine hesitation when suddenly flooring the gas pedal while going 20-35 mph -- if you don't notice any of these during the test drive then you should be ok.)
  • does anyone one know how i would go about getting information on repairs made on a factory warranty. i am looking at a used 04 highlander(v6 moonroof,fog lights) in new york with 14000 miles and the nissan dealer that has it offered it to me for 21000 dollars seems to good to be true i have the vin # car fax checks out ok.. but i was wondering if i could get a vin check for all repairs made under warranty through toyota? is this private info or can i just stroll into a dealer and ask for it? i really dont wanna buy a money pit any thought comments? thanks a lot
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    It depends on the dealer but if you go to a Toyota shop with the VIN and tell the service writer you are thinking of buying it, they may be willing to pull up the repair history and tell you about it, or give you a print out of some sort. They should have access to the service records no matter which dealer did the work.

    Steve, Host
  • jrhflajrhfla Posts: 13
    The "clunking" sensation started at about 45,000 miles. It has become more pronounced by the week. My car now has 52,000 miles. It started as a very subtle sensation in the steering wheel when turning corners at normal traffic speed - side to side motion. As it worsened, it became more pronounced. It then also started occurring when accelerating and braking suddenly - backward and forward motion. The steering wheel also feels loose.

    In another posting here, a reader mentioned that his dealership replaced his steering column shaft assembly (part # 45220-48150). This is the same part that my dealer has ordered for me. I will get the repair done on Feb.23.

    The estimate given to me is $250 for the part and $250 for labor. This is only covered by the 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty so I'm stuck paying for it.
  • I'm new to this site, so please forgive me if this has been addressed already. I purchased my 2005 Highlander in January 2005 with the NAV System. I noticed that a lot of street names were wrong. I question my dealership about it and they told me that I have the most recent version, which is version 04.2. They said I would have to wait until the new version comes out next year. So I patiently waited until January 2006 and the new 5.1 version is now out. I drove a 2006 model with the new 5.1 version and what a difference. The street names are correct. I told the dealership, but they want me to pay $250.00 for the new version. I don't think its fair that I have to pay to fix something that was wrong from the get go. Can anyone please give me some advice on what I can do. No one will help at Toyota. I called everyone. I spoke with all the Managers. I spoke with Toyota directly and no one will help. They said pay for the new version or too bad. Please, if anyone can help. let me know and thank you to all.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Welcome! Here's a helpful suggestion, when you scroll up to where it has the page numbers, there's a small box for typing and it says search this discusstion next to it - - you can type in any words in there to find out if others have been typing those words. For example, I typed in "navigation problems" and there wasn't anything about wrong streets. Well, if Toyota HEADQUARTERS told you if you don't pay, leave us alone, not much can be done unfortunately.

    But even if others are having this problem, it's set up like that in the system so it probably can't be changed, unless you buy a better one. Best of luck :)
  • Thank you on the suggestion for finding the information and thank you for your insight on my problem. I appreciate your response.
  • hylynerhylyner Posts: 216
    Before abandoning your nav unit, you might want to inquire if it can be reprogammed by the manufacturer with the current database. (Garmin, Magellan, etc) Most satellite based nav devices have that capability, and manufacturers offer database updates for a small fee. $250.00 is a ridiculous amount--most charges for updates are in the $50.00 range. I think your dealer is not being truthful. Besides, It seems odd that you were'nt advised of update options when the vehicle was purchased.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    No problem - my pleasure! :) I enjoy helping people that are kind!
  • Thank you (hylyner) for that information. I will look into it. I appriciate all the help I can get with my situation.
  • I'd be pretty steamed too if I had to pay $250 to get the street names to appear correctly -- seems to be a software bug or just corrupted data in the earlier version. A long-shot but if there are any HLs left on the dealer lot with the old version, verify the street names show up wrong there too. If not, then the problem may be with your unit only and thus they should be compelled to fix it. Otherwise you might try arbitration if your purchase contract stated problems are to be resolved via this route -- if the street names are wrong, that it obviously isn't working correctly seems to be a sound argument to me! Also try another dealership if you haven't done so already.

    Good luck and keep us posted!
  • jrhflajrhfla Posts: 13
    Repair completed on Feb.23. $490. (The part was $240.) My HL drives like when it was new. At least the repair fixed the problem. I'm still very disappointed with Toyota that I had to replace part of a steering column. The service manager said that Toyota is using a universal joint in the steering column now and it wore out. I've never had to replace a steering column in 37 years of owning cars - and I've owned all brands. It's probably worth writing a letter to Torrance.
  • It turns out my problem was also a rear main seal oil leak. The dealer said it would be a $1000 job, but covered it under the powertrain warranty even though I was at 62K miles. They gave me warranty coverage due to "goodwill" and it has been on road for less than 60 months.

    The service manager put two techs on the job and they completed it in a day. But, I am going to have to take it back in because the gear shift lever is stiff. When moving the lever it is hard to tell if you are in neutral or drive due to the stiffness.
  • wtpd150wtpd150 Posts: 7
    Thank you (landdriver). That is a good idea to check other HL's at the dealership with the same version and see if they have the same problem. I will be doing that. Thanks again.
  • tommyg12tommyg12 Posts: 158
    That's great news, I figured that "goodwill" would kick in. After my repair the shifter was very loose, but it took only a few minutes for the tech to correct it. Yours is probably just needing a linkage adjustment.
  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    You could keep an eye on ebay. There's one out there now going for $150. Of course if you wait another year until after the next version is released, you'll be able to get version 5.l for much cheaper.

    How were street names wrong? Were the names completely different? Usually I find that newer streets are missing but rarely see wrong street names.
  • i have to disconnect my battery does the stock radio in a base highlander 2004 have security coded radio? thanks
  • wtpd150wtpd150 Posts: 7
    (mdchachi)...I did see the one on eBay. I emailed the seller and he told me it works in Prius and doesn't know about a Highlander. I checked with my dealer and they are idiots. They don't know what any of the numbers mean. Their response is, they don't deal with the Nav Units that much.
    Regarding the street names, a lot in my area are different on the NAV unit than what they are suppose to be. So something is definetly wrong. The 5.1 version has the names correct. And my dealer won't do anything for me. They stink! But, thank you for your response.
  • My 2002 4-cyl highlander has CEL on. Diagnostic code is P0141. Can you please tell me which oxygen sensor has problem that needs to be replaced? How many Oxygen Sensors do my Highlander have? I just got an Oxygen Sensor replaced last Sept.
    Thanks for your help!
  • mckeownmckeown Posts: 165
    P0141 is a rear oxygen sensor heater malfunction. The heater is internal and the rear sensor must be replaced.
    Your 4 cyl has 2 oxygen sensors. One just off the exhaust manifold called the 'front' sensor. The other after the catalytic converter called the 'rear' sensor. Front and rear refer to their placement before or after the catalytic converter.
    V6's have 2 catalytic converters and 4 sensors, 2 front and 2 rear. On these they distinguish by calling them Bank 1 and Bank 2. Bank 1 being the side with cylinder 1 exhaust manifold, namely the side toward the front of the vehicle.
  • Thanks for your info. As I mentioned, I have 1 Oxygen Sensor replaced last Sept. According to Toyota dealer, the one that was replaced was the O sensor (on the right side) for Cylinder 2 & 3. Is that right? Does P0141 mean the same Oxygen sensor or the other O sensor?
    Thanks for your help!
  • mckeownmckeown Posts: 165
    O sensor, O2 sensor, Oxygen sensor, Air/Fuel sensor, Air/Fuel Ratio sensor...All different names for the same device.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Well not exactly...

    The "oxygen sensor" downstream of the catalytic converter is now used to detect a failure of the catalyst.
  • braking steering in snow. my wife's highlander refuses to turn in snow it simply goes straight. the tires are bridgestone duelers, and have plentyof rubber on them. Not only the same with stopping. it goes rigth to abs and will not stop. It is the worst I have ever driven. The tires might be too worn for traction but again there is plenty left. Its just goes straight no matter what steering imput. and speed doesnt matter either, even at a very slow speed it does it. There was approx 2" on snow on top of slush. I have never had this situation.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I have noticed, that with roadbed conditions in the extreme, extremely slippery, the ABS becomes so active just before coming to a stop that it simply doesn't come to a final stop, just keeps creeping slowly forward until you apply massive force to the brake pedal.

    But I suspect that is as it should be. The ABS system is "telling" you that there is not enough traction to even stop the car safely, let alone braking and stearing simultaneously.

    Time to park it or install snow chains.
  • rblelandrbleland Posts: 312
    Sounds like a tire problem to me. Install 4 new snow tires on the HL and I'll bet it handles just fine in snow. All Seasons, even new ones, are NOT snow tires and should not be used as a snow tire.
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