The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in his garage when he noticed coolant leaking from the engine. Clean the entire bumper cover with wet sandpaper to remove any contaminants or other imperfections. There should be a recall. Many owners report the same thing on message boards. While there, the lady helping me, in response to my story, told me that her Toyota parked outside had the very same problem! It's oddly shaped but about 6in by 6in with two bolts holding it on. I called my local Toyota dealership and they said there was nothing they could do.
The short block, something about the screws were stripped, that I had gotten a bad engine with stripped screws. We had to be towed because the car could not be driven. While driving approximately 65 mph with the air conditioner on she noticed hot air began to flow from the vents. You will need a 65mm oil filter wrench for the housing. In doing some internet research, I've learned that Camry of the same vintage have also developed similar problems, but it looks like Toyota is refusing to recall the vehicles and fix the design flaw. We will likely sell the car for scrap.
However, that one is hard to get at and to see, one would almost have to be a gymnast contortionist! I would have blown my motor for sure if I was on the highway. The vehicle was not repaired. Replace your defective stock unit with this brand new Replacement Oil Pan. When we bought the car, we felt we could reasonably expect a 250K mileage life. They told her the engine had a blown head gasket. This failure I've come to learn is common for this engine.
The 2003 inline 4-cylinder engine is the model with the bolt stripping problem. As a result, the motor needed to be rebuilt. Therefore, you may experience this problem and you may find the issue after your warranty expired. Turns out that Toyota took so much heat from so many customers that they issued an enhanced warranty for this particular problem basically admitting that the use of the rubber hose was a bad engineering descision. The side-impact airbags are designed to inflate in severe sideimpact collisions.
It's about four inches starboard left as you face the vehicle. . They also had a problem with the catalytic converter also again no recall. Please do something about this and help all of us who bought the 2003 Highlanders recover the money we have spent on repairs to an obvious manufacturer's defective part usage. At this point, the options are thread inserts that may work or a new engine! Engine developed a coolant leak.
I think that going to the dealer is expensive but worth the repeated trips to the local area mechanics. The contact notified the manufacturer who confirmed that the warranty had expired. The driver and front passenger airbags are designed to deploy in severe usually frontal collisions where the magnitude and duration of the forward deceleration of the vehicle exceeds the design thresholjd level. This problem started around Nov. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic for inspection, who found that the engine cylinder, bolt head and the thread were stripped from the cylinder block due to defective material.
This is obviously a vehicle defect and is still hazardous to consumers if they are sick, elderly, or left stranded on the side of the road. The contact purchased an after market metal hose and replaced the defective hose. I don't have the funds for this repair. Vehicle was taken to dealership who advised the water pump was leaking. The vehicle had not been repaired.
Took it to an independent shop and they said it was the crankshaft seal. The vehicle had a head gasket water leak. He repaired the same make, model and year the prior year with the same issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. I have called several dealers and so far no recall from Toyota to fix this problem, although one dealer said there is a memo from Toyota regarding this problem, but no recall! Neither the dealership nor another Japanese auto repair place would consider trying to replace the bolts.
This for sure is a design defect in the Highlander and Toyota will not acknowledge it and help resolve the problem because there has not been a recall. I have never had any mechanical issues with this car since I purchased it two years old in 2005. If I was not such an experienced driver, it is highly likely that a serious accident would have occurred. Should the shops be using dye in the oil to trace the leaks. They are doing a consumption test to see how much we lose in 1000 miles. The 3,000 mile interval is too often. The vehicle was then inspected by a independent mechanic who advised her that the engine bolt was stripped and caused the coolant to leak onto the engine.
To decrease the risk of injury from a deploying airbag, always wear seatbelts, sit upright in the middle of the seat as far back as possible from the airbag modules and do not lean against the door. For my 2008 Highlander Hybrid, 1 remove cool air intake duct seal -- 11 fasteners, 2 remove air cleaner cap sub-assembly two screws and 4 clamps , 3 oil filter is below metal sheilds and oil canister is not visible, so you need to feel for it -- a oil drain path is provided when you loosen the oil canister. While driving at an unknown speed, the check engine light illuminated. I called Toyota national customer service and they gave me this website information to file a complaint I have a claim number if you need it. I hope you can help all of us with this problem.