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Toyota Sienna Care & Maintenance



  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    AVR typically means amps voltage resistance test to change out an alternator or battery.
  • mikeaz2mikeaz2 Posts: 1
    Just want you to know that your answer is still helping out here! I spent $100 on the "official" Toyota manual when I bought mine in 2000 and it gives very little info on exactly how to do this. Got it off in minutes after reading your post :D
  • Took my 04 Sienna LE in for a recall and of course the technician suggested the following considering the vehicle had 14,000 miles: rotate tires/alignment, replace air filter, replace "vent" filter. I couldn't get the work done that day because of childcare but after I got home I recalled the salesperson where I bought this van telling me that the A/C filter was washable. I then went on a Toyota Parts Site and found a filter that was described as "good for up to 50,000 miles/washable" which made me wonder why that wasn't suggested to me at the dealership (how the heck would they make money??!!). I got out my 2004 owner's manual, turned to page 456 and handed it to my 15 year old son. He removed the filter & brought it to me, I picked out some debris, then rinsed it in the kitchen sink, filled up the sink with some dishwashing liquid, swished it around for 2 minutes, rinsed it well again, set it in the window to air dry and my son replaced it the next day. What a chore! They were ready to charge me 55.00 for that job! I know I'll probably have to replace it eventually but I'll search on a parts website (and even settle for a generic--it just filters the air!). I found one for 18.40 but shipping was 10 bucks but you are still close to half of dealer replacement. Wash the thing and go out to dinner with the savings! ;)
  • Our 2004 Sienna take 5 quarts!
  • After I replaced the battery on my 2001 Sienna, the "PWR Door" light on the console stays on. Should I use the same procedure?
  • Our 2002 Sienna LE has 42,000 miles. Recently when we brought in to the Toyota dealership for an oil change, they tried convincing us that the spark plugs needed to be replaced after 30,000 miles. When I let them know that I knew it had Iridium spark plugs, they backed off and left us alone (from trying to rip us off).

    Suggestions at what mileage the Iridium plugs need replacing ?

    Also, any other suggestions on things that need replacing as preventative maintenance besides the basic fluids and filters? A nice mechanic at the dealership said the PCV valve every 15,000 miles, which I have been doing.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    toyota canada says replacing the plugs at 96000kms (60k miles). for both Platinum & iridium. but i seem to recall that the iridium can go a bit longer. at any case the platinum plugs (98-00) needs to be changed at 96000 kms.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    the sunroof needs a reset (there apparently is a procedure in the manual) after a battery disconnect. Maybe the pwr door needs the same.
  • WHen do i need to have the oil changed on the 2005 Sienna for the first time?
  • Hi everyone,

    Probably by the end of this year, I will need to get a 60,000 mile service on my Toyota Sienna CE, Year 2001, according to the driver's manual.

    I checked out Edmunds' maintenane guide and it said that the cost for this should be ~$110 + tax. I called a Toyota dealership that wanted $360 + tax. I called different independent autoshops. Prices ranged from $340 to $180 plus tax.

    What are your experiences and costs in getting for a 60,000 mile service?
  • It depends on how you drive. You need to read your automobile's maintenance manual -- it will tell you in great detail.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    If you are like me, the time interval is more important than the mileage. We have only 2287 miles on our 2006 Sienna...but that will change quickly with a few round trips to Disneyland. :shades:
  • Hello All. I have a 2000 Toyota Sienna. I cannot figure out how to take apart the brake lite lens on the hatch so I can replace the brake lite. I did remove the 1 screw to loosen the lense but cannot get the lens off. I would appreciate help.
  • Hi,

    I have a 2001 Sienna. I need to get the spare tire out, but don't know how. The spare is located under the car, near the rear bumper. I don't have a manual. :cry:
  • nmnsiennanmnsienna Posts: 1
    there is a tiny little flap in the carpet very near the latch in the trunk. the wheel nut wrench from your toyota tool kit should fit the bolt under this flap. turn it anti-clockwise and your should see your spare tire drop down as you turn it. you will need to turn it until the tire sits on the ground before you can remove it from the hanger.
  • keithlcakeithlca Posts: 13
    I assume you mean the third brake light on top. Recently, I have to replace my 99 Sienna's light also. The problem is that the foam insulation melted onto the car's body. I almost want to just break the plastic cover. With cooler head, I insert a thin piece of metal to loosen the cover. If it's not for the melted foam, that cover should fall right out after removing the 2 screws.
  • essennessenn Posts: 7
    Could someone pls direct me to info on 05' sienna maintenance schedule?

  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 1,221
    Hi, essenn,

    Just input the information for your Sienna here:

    Maintenance Schedule


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  • 69flh69flh Posts: 10
    60,000 miles on my 2002 Sienna and ready for a plug change.
    How difficult is this? I understand the back bank is difficult. Any tricks or suggestions would be appreciated.
  • 69flh69flh Posts: 10
    How do you remove the front rotors on a 2002 Sienna?
    I need to replace the brake pads.
  • I have a 2000 Sienna. The dealer told me today that I need to have the rear brakes cleaned & adjusted. He was vague on what "cleaning" meant. I thought the rear brakes were discs. Has anyone had this done, or have any info? The van is getting old enough that I'm afraid the dealer will be dinging me for something every time I go in. Any info would be appreciated
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    i think it depends onm the model.the CE definitely has drums.

    cleaning might be removing everything and spraying some brake cleaner or something similar.
  • dexadriadexadria Posts: 1
    How did you replace the rear shocks in 5 minutes. I was looking on line and saw a complicated involved procedure to change them.
  • I was out test driving the 2006 Honda Odyssey today and the saleman told me that the Toyota Sienna required 91 octane. I test drove the Sienna last week but the salesman never said anything about this. Does anyone own the 2006 Sienna and/or know if 91 is required vs. 87 octane??
  • We just bought a Sienna at the end of June. Almost all the Honda dealers told us that must be in their training manual. The Sienna owner's manual says that it takes 87, but that you might consider using higher octane for better performance. Some people on these forums have reported some engine knocking with the lower octane, while others have had no problems. My father-in-law successfully uses 87 octane in his Lexus SUV, which supposedly has the same engine as the Sienna.

    We did a quick calculation to compare the difference in gas cost over 100,000 miles. We were comparing 89 to 87 octane, at a price difference of $0.10/gallon. Using 89 octane only equated to $300-400 additional cost, spread over 100,000 miles. This was no where near the additional $1500-2000 that we would have spend to get an Odyssey EX (instead of a Sienna LE, package 3). We decided to take our chances with the Sienna since it had a lot to offer at a great price.
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 373
    Have had my Sienna for several months and have only used 87. Never heard one knock or hesitation. It has plenty of power.
  • beernutbeernut Posts: 329
    Read the manual. Believe what it says. Tell those Honda salesmen to get a life.

    Consider the following: I can't say what the Honda will do because I try ignore them as best I can, but I can tell you that the Toyota, given a consistent supply of fuel over multiple tanks, will not knock with lower octane fuels. In lay terms, it senses knock and adjusts to eliminate it (understanding that all cars have a very small, usually imperceptible, knock all the time). If you change from 91 to 87, you will likely have some knock for a while, but it will go away - that's normal. If you stay with your grade and try to stay with the same supplier as best as you can, you should not have a problem.

    PS... I found Honda salesmen to largely be full of it.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    I have used 87 octane for 17,000 miles on my 2006 - runs great. I use 85 octane in the mountains - runs like a charm.
  • if anyone can tell me, please.
    I am planning to buy a 2003 Sienna LE in the next few days,
    2-nd row captain seats
    3-rd row 50/50 split bench
    if I remove the captain seats, does the bench anchoring gears fits in the 2-nd row?
    also, the captain seats in the 2-nd row fits in the 3-rd row location?
    Thanks in advance,
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