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2002 Toyota Highlander problems

 
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SS4U2 SS4U2
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 03/13/07
02:38 PM

I have a 2002 Toyota Highlander which I purchased new. Today I had to replace the Heater HVAC unit ($700) because the knob broke on the inside and my AC was blowing hot air Blush I had the car there yesterday and told them to just "fix it" with service telling me they didn't know how long it would last (i.e. month, 2 years, etc). How about 1/2 day???

A couple of months ago I took the vehicle in because of a squeeking noise I thought was the brakes (they had done those a few months earlier). I had to take to service several times and finally I'm told that the front axle needs replacing at a cost of $1200 Frown  Which I didn't have done. So far, so good!

Maybe it's me, but I thought Toyotas were supposed to last forever, not just 5 years before I had to start making major repairs.

Has anyone had any issues with similar/like problems above?  

PorgeKid PorgeKid
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 03/30/07
07:13 PM

I also purchased a  new 2002 Highlander with a V6.  The heater initially started only to blow hot air but only ten seconds after it was turned on Eventually it stopped blowing hot air and only blew cold air.  Today Toyota told me for $915 the computer will be replaced.  Mad  

sk8r sk8r
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/07
Posted: 04/11/07
05:10 PM

I also have a 2002 Toyota Highlander with the same problem!  When I turn the AC on the heat blows.  I have not brought my car in to be fixed yet because of the cost involved.  When I turn the temperature dial back and forth, the AC will eventually stay on until I go over a bump then it goes back to blowing heat again.  I'm not looking forward to a summer with no AC!!!!!  

iceman138 iceman138
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 10/08/07
12:06 PM

Hi All, don't ask me how I stumbled upon this thread, but I had the exact same problem with the heating system a few months ago and could not find any useful information on it.  I have a 2003 Highlander (non-Limited) and was rear-ended.  When I got the car back from the body shop, it would only blow hot air.

I took the dash apart and removed the HVAC control unit to see if I could figure out what was going on.  I had noticed that the retaining nut that was holding the temperature knob in place had come loose, so I looked there first.  It turns out that the 3-wire ribbon cable that they use to make the three connections from the knob (potentiometer) to the circuit board had gotten brittle and cracked, in effect disconnecting the knob from the circuit board.  I soldered 3 new wires in and it works great again.  

It's just a very poor design by whoever made this unit.  I think the wires are pretty frail to begin with, then the knob got loose, and the rear-end collision was probably just enough to snap the wires.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to let me know.  

Gidz08 Gidz08
New User | Posts: 33 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 11/04/07
08:12 PM

Icon QuoteSS4U2:
I have a 2002 Toyota Highlander which I purchased new. Today I had to replace the Heater HVAC unit ($700) because the knob broke on the inside and my AC was blowing hot air Blush I had the car there yesterday and told them to just "fix it" with service telling me they didn't know how long it would last (i.e. month, 2 years, etc). How about 1/2 day???

A couple of months ago I took the vehicle in because of a squeeking noise I thought was the brakes (they had done those a few months earlier). I had to take to service several times and finally I'm told that the front axle needs replacing at a cost of $1200 Frown  Which I didn't have done. So far, so good!

Maybe it's me, but I thought Toyotas were supposed to last forever, not just 5 years before I had to start making major repairs.

Has anyone had any issues with similar/like problems above?


Its a Toyota and toyota's reliability sucks right now!!!  <img src='/_siteconfigs/_global/images/community/bbcode/mad.gif'>

Therefore, no surprices here
 
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PFJGOOFY PFJGOOFY
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 11/07
Posted: 11/05/07
11:56 AM

I have a 2002 Highlander and have had the same problem with the hot/cold knob.  I brought it in to the dealer yesterday with the heat coming out, they told me it would cost $805.00 to fix it.  I thought they were crazy, seeing they said there have been alot of complaints about the same problem.  When I left I had no hot air at all.  I tried turning the knob back and forth which always worked before they touched it.  I went back in and told them I had no heat now.  They said I would have to get it fixed and there was nothing they could do for me.  This morning I called the manager and he said he would split the cost with me $400.00, I said I had heat to get me through the winter time and now I don't, and I don't have the money right now to fix it.  I have to go back this week so they can set it to hot for me again.  Why wouldn't they have done that anyway.  It's getting cold out.  I think that's their way of making money.  When will they issue a recall???? Hopefully soon.  

bimmer98 bimmer98
User | Posts: 79 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 11/06/07
07:04 AM

5 years is not bad...  

khchatman khchatman
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 12/07
Posted: 12/13/07
07:36 AM

I am so happy to find this thread..I too have a Toyota Highlander (2003) with the same issue of hot air blowing through the vents. There is hot air coming through even when the controls are turned off. I was told that it is an electrical problem and that it would cost me $627 to get it fixed at the dealership. I really don't want to spend that type of money at this time, so I am debating on waiting a couple of months. Does anyone think that this will have any negative impact on the rest of the vehicle?  

deb54 deb54
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/01/08
07:28 AM

I purchased a Toyoto Highlander new.  2002.  I had the same problem with the Ac blowing hot air.  Repair cost me nearly $900.  I have a little over 54,000 miles on my car and now it is using excessive oil.
No oil leakage anywhere.  Am told I have a major engine problem, Approximately $5000 to replace engine.
I have had regular oil changes at the dealership where I purchased my car.  Anyone having the same problem?  

hammatime hammatime
Enthusiast | Posts: 303 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 01/01/08
06:55 PM

WOW!

What a nightmare!

Thank you iceman for going above and beyond so the others here know what's happening.

There may be basis for a recall(or a class action suit) here in that the units are failing because of a poorly designed switch.

Well,so much for ever buying a Toyota suv.

deb54,if you have had service at the dealership only,you may have a case for a claim against Toyota on that engine.  

ptinio ptinio
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/19/08
02:47 PM

HELLO ALL!!!!

I too have a 2002 toyota highlander v6 and had the no heat problem  Shocked

well, its a bad design from toyota or more accuratley by sumitomo industries  Mad  that made the motherboard.  

BEFORE YOU spend $900 on that new HVAC, please check out this thread from toyota tundra solutions forum and thank a guy named WIZZER.  I also noticed that someone did the work on this forum, it works!!!

the Fix will not affect your car, just be careful during the solder and don't burn the motherboard  Laugh


heres the link that has a more detailed instructions on how to do it.

http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/highlander/32217-heater-quit-sort-of-2/

i did the fix 2 weeks ago  and took it to tahoe and reno and during the snowstorm that ensued, i thanked god that it works!!!  

Have had no problems ever since.

p.s.  the link has photos too!!!

KEEP THAT $900 AND say &#@$$! U toyota  Tongue

have fun  Grin  

bighorn6942 bighorn6942
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 01/08
Posted: 01/26/08
01:19 AM

SORRY TO SAY BUT iT SOUND LIKE YOU NEED TO FIND AN HONEST SERVICE CENTER. I have been a mech. for life and, It all sound to me like smoke... Your wallet in there hands...  

donp donp
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 02/14/08
06:51 AM

yes, I''e been struggling with the same AC problem. I have a 2002 Highlander.    I noticed the AC/cut of in the summer, then the heat in the winter. It took a wile to figure out that turning the heater control knob would restore the AC or heating. I figured "I can live with this, its just a noisey pot. Now the  knob is wobbly and this does not work so well.

$700 -$900 is a jaw-dropping rice.  Do I have to pull the dash to change this thing?


I have over 100,000 miles on my 6 cylinder Highlander, No oil problems I can speak of.  

allbs1 allbs1
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 02/15/08
08:11 AM

Does anyone have a part number for this?  

donp donp
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 02/08
Posted: 02/15/08
05:21 PM

I've made my problem better by removing the dial and tightening the nut that holds the potentiometer.  

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