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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair



  • bikeman3bikeman3 Posts: 85
    Actually the coolant has to be replaced at 30 k along with a few other things, yes they didn't do her any favors, reporting to the BBB won' help as she approved of the service. Know what you need in advance and only ask for that at time of serv ice
  • tsotsitsotsi Posts: 98
    My maintenance schedule doesn't show the need to change the coolant at 30k miles. In fact, I understand Toyota uses long-life coolant that lasts much longer than the old-fashioned stuff did. It is important to use the same long-life coolant when topping up if it is ever necessary.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    My maintenance schedule doesn't show the need to change the coolant at 30k miles. In fact, I understand Toyota uses long-life coolant that lasts much longer than the old-fashioned stuff did. It is important to use the same long-life coolant when topping up if it is ever necessary.

    That was also my understanding.....
  • bikeman3bikeman3 Posts: 85
    My mistake I have an 03 which requires 30k on coolant, It must have changed in 04 or 05 I switched to gm coolant lastime which lasts much longer. I change evry 60 k
  • aakyeamaakyeam Posts: 3
    I'm almost at 144,000 km and its required to have my timing belt changed...the car is in mint condition and i just got it about a month ago...Do I have to change it at the required mileage or I can run it for a bit longer...whats the estimated cost for changing the timing belt and anything else that goes with it...I'm in toronto and would appreciate any feedback with regard to this...also looking at getting some fog lamps and the bug deflector for car...any advice or I should just get it from toyota or ebay?
    thanks everyone...I'm loving my highlander...
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Well, whatever the cost for changing the timing belt is; it's a fraction of what it will cost you for the valve rebuild you'll have to pay for if that belt breaks - so if it's due, I'd get it changed. You have no consequences if it doesn't break, but heaven help you if it does.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Hmmm, are you sure on that? I thought some Toyota engines were non-interference type engines, meaning if the timing belt breaks, there shouldn't be engine damage.
  • bikeman3bikeman3 Posts: 85
    Just got aprice for my 03 v6 timing belt and water pump which should be changed at same time timing belt, water pump fluid and drive belts 570.00 us plus tax I'm getting it done on Friday 4.25.08 I called 2 other dealers and one was 675 plus tax the other hasn't responded I have about 98000 miles on it and didn't want to push my luck
  • aakyeamaakyeam Posts: 3
    thanks guys for all the feedback.......I luv my HL too much not to take care of it..will get the belts and water pump taken care of when its due...
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Ok, I'm not sure. BUT, if I'm right, I'm right, and I'm not sure that I'm not right, so thought I'd better mention it. :confuse:
  • I checked the 02 highlander V6 engine in the Gates Timing Belt Book and the engine is a 3.0L V6 (1MZ-FE) and it IS an interference engine. Recommended belt change interval is 90,000 miles. So don't let the belt break, or it can cost you big time.
    I changed the belts and water pump myself on my 04 Highlander V6, and it cost me about $150.00 for the parts, water pump, timing belt, alternator/AC belt, power steering pump belt & 1 gallon of Toyota red long life coolant. It was a fulls days work though.
    Good Luck,
    E.D. in Sunny Florida
  • mmm8mmm8 Posts: 1
    how do i remove the headlight lens cover----it is yellowing on the inside...
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Interesting - I thought they almost always yellowed on the outside. In either case, the Healing Hazy Headlamps guide may help you fix it. Assuming there's a way to get the cover off.
  • williams10williams10 Posts: 6
    I checked around for the actuator and the part is only carried at the dealer for $210 with 1 to 1.5 hours to install..otherwise about $450.
  • tivenstivens Posts: 5
    have had the same problem with my 2003 highlander,after fighting with the dealer and contacting toyota corporate,now they say it is the abs accuator,at a price of $2,100 dollars to fix.hope this helps tom
  • nowmannowman Posts: 1
    a friend has a highlander, she says it just stopped. she waited five mins. then she could start it but had no pedal it would just idol. the service man said the three fuel sensors had to be changed for 1500 total. what in the world is he talking about
  • What Model Year? What engine? Find out the NAMES of the sensors and the DTC's that indicated their replacement.
  • jmthreejmthree Posts: 1
    How do you know when struts are bad. My local station says all 4 are bad, which I doubt, but what would be the key sign. I have a 2002 AWD Highlander w 75K of mileage
  • bikeman3bikeman3 Posts: 85
    Struts will usually leak or tires will wear unevenly, I have 98K on my 03 Hgh. and just had it in for state inspection at dealer and everything is ok. Some folks change their struts at 60K as preventive mtc but this usually depends on how long u plan on keeping vehicle Go somewhere else and make sure they are in need of replacement perhaps you can budget for them How much did they quote you?
  • Hey guys. I just bought a used 07 Highlander awd.Is there a website or somewhere i can run a vin # check to see what options i have. Thanx
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I think you can see what options you have after you registered as new owner in > for owners
  • lmcqueenlmcqueen Posts: 1
    I had the exact same thing happen to me and Toyota told me they have to take off the entire ROOF of the car to fix the broken gears on the sunroof to the tune of $3,000 which is like 10% of the cost of the whole car! I wrote to Toyota today and don't expect any satisfaction whatsoever, but whatever Einstein designed this thing should be shot. I'm taking my car to my own body guy and I'll let you know what, if anything, he's able to do for me. I totally agree how bad Toyota's customer service is and to add insult to injury - they charged me $182 to tell me they would have to tear off the roof.
  • tixtix Posts: 27
    So there are others with sunroof problems!! Good luck and please do let me know if you get a satisfactory answer from Toyota or from your body guy. As I think I mentioned in my post, mine said, they won't touch the thing. SO, I am still driving around with mine duct taped shut. its hard knowing how nice it is to have a sunroof, but at least the horrible wind vibrations are hurting my ears anymore.
  • plbaxterplbaxter Posts: 1
    About a month ago I purchased a Highlander Sport, AWD, with the tow prep package. After about two weeks I began to notice a loud rattle in the rear. It typically happens after the vehicle has sat for awhile (such as overnight). After I back up and shift into drive; once I accelerate the rattle starts and last for 3-4 seconds. It will occasionally rattle again if I come to a stop and then accelerate again. But it only does it one or two times. It sounds like something could be loose, but I haven't been able to find anything.

    Has anyone else had or heard of a similar problem?
  • tixtix Posts: 27
    Yes, I had my heat shield come loose, right after I bought my 2004 highlander. and it rattled like crazy. It is in the back,on the passenger side,.
    Good luck with your highlander. My has been nothing but headaches......although I do like it.
  • jilin74jilin74 Posts: 24
    I bought my 08 highlander last week. And starting yesterday, I start to feel that the ride is quite bumpy on local roads. Given that it is Boston and the road is not good, but I still feel that it is more bumpy than just a few days ago. I was wondering whether there is something that I did (not) do during break-in to make it that way?

  • Check the air pressure in your tires, should be no more than 30 psi in each tire.
  • mdhuttonmdhutton Posts: 195
    My HL and I celebrated our two-week anniversary yesterday and this vehicle is everything I thought it would be. One small hiccup though:

    When vacuuming yesterday, I noticed that the cable to release the hood had become dislodged from the back of the flap you pull to release it as well as from the bracket that holds it in place and had fallen loose to the floor. It was a simple 10-minute fix that saved a trip to the dealer.

    Wondering if anyone else has seen the same issue, or what other initial quality comments do you have?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's disappointing to hear. In fact, I'm monitoring the TH forums to see if I want to get one of these for my business, and I'm a big Toyota fan, but the comments are very disturbing.....

    I have had a Mercury Mariner in service commercially for 2 years and 60,000 miles, and never had a problem with it. I may just get another one, they seem to be better built than these Highlanders from the comments I see here.
  • ronnronn Posts: 398
    Sir...if I were you, I would go to the review section, and read all the reviews of the Highlander 08. They give praise, it is the most reviewed SUV on the market at 126 reviews. Out of those, you will find very few unhappy people.
    There are only a few post on this forum that have issues. Most everyone has had great satisfaction.... me included. I have had my Highlander since January. No problems, it is getting great milege etc. You will not find a better SUV in it's class for MPG I have owned all Toyotas, and never had a minutes problem with any of them.
    As far as a Ford way it would be better built. Reliability is not nearly as much as Toyota. Go to Fords post and read those. As i said before IMO I wouldn't have a Ford if someone gave me one.
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