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Toyota Sienna Care & Maintenance



  • lxpatellxpatel Posts: 34
    If you have Turanza EL42, according tirerack reviews and a friend who has sienna, it would get about 35-40k on them.
  • vinijinvinijin Posts: 28
    I got 98 Sienna LE with 257,000 miles. I got new timming belt, drive belt, water pump, spark plugs, struts and shock absorbers. What else I need to replace or repair?
    I am thinking to replace this Sienna with new Sienna for the last 2 years, but it just keep going and going. I am also little afraid because I commute 70 miles on each working day. I will appreciate any suggestion.
  • mileage is great, the Sienna is a great van.

    only things I can think of that you did not mention is repacking the rear wheel bearings. Also you did not mention transmission filter/oil change or flush. Do not know which is best.
    I have 90K on our 2002 Sienna van, it has been a great van, only problem has been noisy rear brakes.
    I understand if you complained enough, they would have replaced the rear brake drums with a heavier drum that solves the problem.

    I would buy another one!!!!
  • vinijinvinijin Posts: 28
    Yes, I am flushing transmission oil every 30K miles. I rplaced front passenger oil bearings at 240K. I think I do need rear wheel bearings because sometimes I hear a click sound when I turn left at the rear passemger side wheel.

    Yes, I also have rear brake sound problem. Do you think they have resolved this issue with new model Sienna.
  • yes they have solved the rear brake noise problem. Per my service manager they maded a replacement heavier rear brake drums for the older vans. Cost is $211 + $75 install. On the new vans they placed disc brakes on the rear, solved the problem.

    My wife wants me to get the replacement brake drums if we decide to keep the van.

    What do you mean? I rplaced front passenger oil bearings at 240K.
  • vinijinvinijin Posts: 28
    Actually, I replaced the whole ball bearing hub at 240,000 on front passenger side. I took my van to mechanic to see if I need rear oil bearings. He thinks I don't need right now. I think it is too late for me to replace rear brakes at 259,000 miles.
  • I purchased the new and improved rear brake drums for my 2002 van. It did stop the rear brake noise, but it sure took away a bunch of atti-boys from my toyota van experience. This is the only problem we have had with the van and she wanted it fixed one way or other.
    new drums were $300 installed.

    In manual, it never saids when to change trans oil for std. use. For heavy service towing etc: change every 30K. I changed my at 60K and plan on changing again at 120K.
    Hope this takes care of trans.
  • Who is offering the best price on extended warranties for the Sienna XLE AWD?

    I am getting letters/postcards in the mail and calls from multiple organizations offering extended warranties. Has anyone bought one before from United Warranty Wholesalers or Warranty Activation Headquaters?

    I have read that Warranty Direct also offers them?

    Lastly, can any dealer sell it - even if you didnt buy the car from them? Which dealer do you reccomend?

    Thanks in advance.
  • I'm wondering if a new Sienna still require a break in period. If so, what are the restrictions (1st 1000 miles)? And for daily use, does the car require warming up before going out? I remember my mechanic saying nowadays, new cars don't need this. Is this true of the Sienna?
  • Where do you check the brake fluid level on a 2000 Sienna XLE? I found Power Steering, ATF fluid, etc, but could not find anyplace to check the brake fluid level.

  • brake fluid is in the upper right portion under the hood - under a black cap - remove cap and you will see the fluid reservoir
  • 2002 Sienna van has 90k, when should power steering fluid be changed?

    can I just suck out old fluid and replace.

    Wonder how dealership does this, possible unhook a pump line and pump the old fluid out?

  • I've 2006 Sienna LE with 25k miles.

    During this winter especially when the temp is < 40F the steering gets very hard until the car warms up for 2-3 minutes. It's harder than the manual steering and very noticeable when I try to take out the car from parallel parker i.e. when I try to steer from extreme right to left and shift from reverse to forward.

    Dealer says this is normal for Sienna and recommended warming the van for 2-3 minutes before driving but I didn't notice this problem during last winter.

    Also, I used to get the airbag sign turn on after leaving the van out in the sun during summer but it went off after 3-4 months automatically.
    Any suggestion?

  • mnrep2mnrep2 Posts: 200
    My 06 LE does the same thing. Fluid level is good, so I assume this is normal. As soon as the van warms up it is normal. No worries :shades:
  • I am looking for the third coolent Drain plug. If any one know ,where it located please post a message.
    Thank you
  • 69flh69flh Posts: 10
    I am nearing the 90,000 mile recommended mileage for the timing belt change on my 2002 Sienna. I've heard that if the belt would break on some engines, the engine would be destroyed and I've heard that other engines the only thing would happen would be the engine would quit running. What is the worse case scenario on a Sienna?
  • widriver2widriver2 Posts: 36

    I am bringing my 2005 Sienna mini-van in for 30,000 mile service. I'm noticing the dealer schedule includes many things the manufacturer schedule does not. I know I've read this is a big scam that dealerships do to make extra money.

    Here are some of the items:

    Automatic Transmission Flush and Fill. The manual just says check this fluid.
    Differential Service-manual says for 4WD and manual trransmissions
    Brake Fluid Change-manual says INSPECT brake lines and hoses

    How often do these fluids really need to be replaced if the manual just says to inspect them. This will add $300 to the service.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, if you have a FWD van then cross off # 2 completely, there would be no rear diffy to service in the first place. AWD vans would indeed have a seperate fluid change for the rear diff, but not FWD.

    30k is a bit early, I think you can easily go to 60k and still be covered by your warranty.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    ALL dealers of all makes suggest more service than is contained in the Owner's Manual. I have followed the Owner's Manual with 2 big exceptions: I have the oil and oil filter changed more frequently and the tires rotated LESS frequently.

    BTW, I had the tires rotated the first time on my 2006 Sienna yesterday at 19,851 miles. Based on wear measurements, 40,000 miles is the expected maximum on the OEM tires compared to 55,000 miles on the 2002 Chrysler T&C OEM tires.

    I am 100 % satisfied with my Toyota dealer service department. Quick, reliable, NO-pressure service.
  • pjksrpjksr Posts: 111
    My 2002 Sienna has 118,000 miles. I've not yet replaced the timing belt, but have looked at it, for what that's worth, and it looks nice. I'd researched replacement a while back, and found that several Toyota "techs" had never seen a broken belt, and thought 90k was a very conservative replacement period. Again, for what that's worth...

    I did need to replace my power steering and generator belts, though, after experiencing noise from my generator. New belts, no noises. Easy to do yourself.
  • widriver2widriver2 Posts: 36
    What makes it more difficult is the manual says check fluids instead of when to replace them.

    Also, I do not think the manual says anything about how often to do an alignement. It seems the dealers regularly suggest an alignment.
  • How often does the coolant on a 2002 Sienna have to be changed?

    Is the $100+ dealer coolant change worth it?

    Or is it just as good to empty the radiator and refill every year?

  • bearcrkrdbearcrkrd Posts: 167
    "Toyota Red" coolant is a 90,000 - 100,000 mile coolant. Some shops have a machine that pumps out the old, but many just drain and fill. A local Toyota dealership told me recently, concerning a 2001 Carmry 4 cyl, they just drain and fill. Just under 2 gallons comes out. They add a gallon of Toyota Red coolant, and the rest water. The Pump is something like $125 - 150 +, drain and fill should be $69.95 or thereabouts. If you don't mind the extra $, 60,000 miles drain and fill should do the trick. I had a 2001 Tacoma 4cyl which I did myself at 60,000. Drained, filled with water and drove around for a few minutes. Repeated twice more. It was very thorough for a backyard job. I still have one gallon left. You want to mix 50/50, and after all that I didn't have to add a full 2 gallons. I believe the Sienna will hold more. That Camry has 108,000 miles and will have the drain and fill done at the next oil change/tire rotation. Did not want to wait this long, but it's not mine anymore and could not get it done sooner.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb water, some european manufacturers say to change it every 2 years no matter what.

    I don't know about the Toyota longlife coolant but the GM ones were giving people lots of problems and it was advisable to change it before the recommended 90K. I just did mine at 45K.
  • Anyone ever replace just the center armrest covers for the two front seats in a 1999 Sienna? Just called a local dealer and the fellow said it looks like you have to purchase the whole armrest - which didn't make a lot of sense to me. Thanks in advance for your help! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd call a local upholstery shop. I bet they can very nearly match it.

    Look under Autos - Upholstery in your yellow pages.
  • hogsettmhogsettm Posts: 2
    What shocks did you get and how do you like them. I was thinking about getting KYB GR-2 gas shocks from for $22 each but don't know anything about them or if they need to be a certian size or length. Appreciate it.
  • pgrunnerpgrunner Posts: 25
    I have a 2008 Sienna bought in Dec '07. It's got about 6K miles on it. I need to get the wheels re-aligned. Someone told me since this should be covered under warranty since the car is still under 12K. Is this true?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It should be under the first year "adjustment" period, so I would think so...
  • robj1robj1 Posts: 10
    I need to replace the brake light bulb for my 2005 Sienna, I undid the two bolts, but the light assmbly still does not want pull off easily. I am afraid to really tug it and break something, am I missing a step here, some unknown screw somewhere or extra step? I miss the old cars, where you just pulled back the carpet or cover and replaced it w/out taking any screws out. Thanks
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