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Toyota Highlander Maintenance and Repair



  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    How much they charge you ?
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    This is what I found from another forum. Check every 15K miles if you are towing …

    I did all service at the dealer. They never mentioned to me about changing this. Their next recommendation is timing belt package. If you are not towing you really don’t need to change it. An excellent time to change gear oil is when the differential has to be drained for axle service.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "..smells funky..."

    As in mould/mildew..?

    Microbes BREED downstream of the filter, mostly on the DAMP surfaces of the A/C evaporator. No good solution other than disabling the A/C except for actual cooling needs/requirements. Mine remains disabled throughout the wintertime months.
  • I have an 04 Highlander Limited.
    I have searched this forum on the re-torque issue and when it's mentioned, the strand goes off into something else so I never found an answer.
    The owner's manual lists having this done every 15,000 miles and I don't think I've ever had it done. Usually the dealer recommends a plethora of things to be done when you take the car in for an oil change but has never mentioned this item. (I check the manual and usually ask for what I want rather than asking for a "check up" but somehow I've kept not addressing this item.)
    So has anyone had this done on a regular basis? Should I get it done this oil change?
  • I have an 04 Highlander Limited V6 3.3. L 4WD all time

    "change limited slip differential oil, if equipped" is listed as an item to be done at 60,000.

    How would I know if I'm equipped with this item and if so, what do you know about having this replaced? Something I should do as part of maintenance schedule at each 60,0000 miles?
  • grahampetersgrahampeters AustraliaPosts: 1,785

    This is not what you want to hear but the maintenance schedule defined by the manufacturer is accurate. Car makers genuinely detail the required maintenance and inspection points to minimise breakdowns.

    That is why modern cars are so comparatively trouble free. This is especially the case for Toyotas which are famously reliable, if maintained properly.

    That is not to say that there will not be occasional breakdowns, particularly on high mileage vehicles. However, using the manufacturer's recommended maintenance and inspection schedule is the optimal method for minimising long term cost.

    And just in case you are doubtful, understand that this is the wallet talking; I am a CPA and am familiar with overall Total Cost of Operation of many vehicles. Those which are routinely maintained in line with manufacturer's schedules are cheaper overall. That is why fleet companies insist on drivers having their vehicles maintained, by the book and prefer to use manufacturer trained service staff.


  • problem is now in winter when I turn my heat on and I turn on the windshield can I get rid of this horrible musty smell?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Prior to learning to, and how to, disable the A/C during the winter months the only luck I have ever had was ALWAYS lowering the windows slightly each and every night to allow the cabin and A/C plenum to dry out more completely.
  • Just was surprised that not only had I not picked up on and asked for this to be done but that Toyota also hadn't suggested it. (I have 150,000 miles on it) Just thought that sometimes down the road, they find this kind of thing gets "off" when done and therefore they don't suggest doing it.
  • I had all four of my brake pads changed & my rotors were turned at 60k (for the first time!). I now have 78k miles. Dealer claims squeaky brakes are normal especially when the HL is outside all day or parked when t rains snows etc.. As I drive the brakes don't make that sound. But the first few minutes of driving it's horrible and very annoying. Has anyone had the same experience?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Brake rotors will develop a layer of rust, lite layer, of rust, sometimes it seems in mere minutes. But mine give more of a grinding sound until that bit of rust is "wiped" off.

    To prevent squeal I DIY my brakes and ALWAYS chamfer the leading and trailing edges of the brake pads....these days some pads even come already chamferrred.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    Yes.. it did happen to mine after changing front pads @50K... I went back to the dealer .. mechanic cleaned the rotor... now its fine.. he said its due to dust.
  • Is there a way I can get rid of it without taking the wheels off?
  • None that I've heard of.

    (from another 05 Highlander owner with +107K miles)
  • tsotsitsotsi Posts: 98
    edited February 2012
    I suppose there might be some brands of brake pads that are more prone to squeaking than others, but in general, Highlander brakes don't seem to squeak or squeal if the pads are installed properly. Some years ago Honda and Toyota (and probably other manufacturers) started recommending coating the back side (definitely NOT the friction side) of brake pads with brake grease, wherever they come in contact with other brake parts.

    I have been following their recommendations for years and have never heard a hint of squeak or squeal from my brakes. As mentioned, rust makes kind of a grating sound and that is different. I would assume that the dealer mechanic either forgot to coat the pads with grease or installed some kind of funky parts.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    I don't know... I paid premium price for the break service.. so they did spend another 30 minutes to take the whole thing out to clean... Toyota Pads are semimetallic. According to consumer reports " These pads are more durable and have excellent heat transfer, but also wear down rotors faster, can be noisy, and may not perform optimally at low temperatures. "
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    If your brakes are making a squeal that annoys you so much when you first start driving, then something is wrong. They simply shouldn't do that, and it is almost certainly the installation that is at fault. Did they do that when the car was new?
    Mine didn't, and they didn't when I replaced the pads with Toyota original equipment pads, using the brake "grease" (which is an anti-vibration, anti-noise insulating compound) per the instructions.
    Just because you paid a premium, or a dealer did the work, doesn't mean they did it right.
    Insist they fix it.
  • j06j06 Posts: 90
    I had it fixed after a week.

    How long your front pads last ?
  • jrfierojrfiero Posts: 123
    "How long your front pads last ?"

    I replaced them at over 68K, see post 4367. They had 3mm friction material left, so could have gone quite a while longer, the wear limit is 1mm.
    I replaced them because the VA safety inspector was giving me a hard time about them.
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