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Sham mechanic installed and messed up my 2008 Toyota highlander water pump. Took to dealership to check when coolant seemed low: Here is what the dealership is saying.
Found drive belt soaked and coolant leaking from missing bolt. Also found 2 other aftermarket bolts in where water pump bolts into timing cover that are stripped out. The technician found that an attempt by other repair facility was made to repair one of the bolts by using tape. Three threads are now damaged.
Correction is to replace timing cover. The total would be 3100.00
Is this the only options for securing three bolts on a water pump? The price seems to be quite high.
Analysis and suggested solution please.
A/C light (manual system) in my 2004 4-cylinder Highlander started flashing two times on the drive back from Evansville to Bloomington. Has anyone else had this happen? Each time I was able to push the button to turn it off, and then I could turn A/C on and off as normal. The owner's manual says on page 242: "If the 'A/C' button indicator flashes, there is a problem in the air conditioning system and the air conditioning automatically shuts off. If this happens, take your vehicle to a Toyota dealer for service." This was a 120-mile trip entirely in heavy rain. The directional knob was set to half defog, half floor. So the heated air was coming through the A/C. I'll call the dealer on Monday next week, but I'd like to know in advance what the issue might be.
Thanks. I tried to search the forum but I wasn't able to narrow it down to Highlander with the new format.
@herzogtum71 , this post may help.
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Thanks, Stever. That's the same issue exactly. I hope it's an easy fix that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
Regarding searching, I couldn't figure out yesterday how to search within "Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair" as I had done in the old format. Today I discovered that you do this via the magnifyig glass to the right of the discussion's page numbers.
Exactly right, I should have mentioned that.
The magnifying glass shows up in a lot of places so you aren't just limited to searching this discussion.
And if you go to the Forum link at the top left of the page, there's a search box with a down arrow in it. Clicking the down arrow lets you search by post title, date, author, etc.
Good luck with the fix!
The key here is "HEAVY RAIN". If the belt gets wet, like if you drive through a puddle, or water splashes up on the belt somehow, the belt can slip, which can make the light flash. My 2004 does it once in a while, no problem for me because I know what it is. I just reset it. If it happens often, you need to get a new serpentine belt put on.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
lennon2 The threads in the timing cover are easily fixed by using a heli-coil repair kit. It amazes me how they try to screw you over with such simple stuff! This is one of the most basic of all mechanical things that every mechanic knows.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
eenglish99 said:Some old issues with 2002 Highlander:Problem #1 Excess oil consumption. I used 9 quarts of oil driving from Mass to Florida. No smoke no leaks. See my other detailed post but the FIX is just don't drive over 65; no oil consumption; drive 75 or 80, massive oil consumption.G'dayWhat you are describing sounds like a failed PCV Valve as the oil consumption is only occurring under high engine loads. Hence oil mist is being blown from the crankcase into the inlet manifold. Have it checked and replaced as neededRegardsGraham
Some old issues with 2002 Highlander:Problem #1 Excess oil consumption. I used 9 quarts of oil driving from Mass to Florida. No smoke no leaks. See my other detailed post but the FIX is just don't drive over 65; no oil consumption; drive 75 or 80, massive oil consumption.G'dayWhat you are describing sounds like a failed PCV Valve as the oil consumption is only occurring under high engine loads. Hence oil mist is being blown from the crankcase into the inlet manifold. Have it checked and replaced as neededRegardsGraham
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