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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2004 Toyota Avalon

2004 Toyota Avalon

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2004 Toyota Avalon Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine. Replacing the failed oxygen sensor should correct this concern.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

On higher mileage vehicles, an engine misfire may develop and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a failed ignition coil. It is not uncommon to replace all the coils when the first one fails in order to prevent return trips to the repair shop.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.

Engine -- Verified

Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.

2004 Toyota Avalon Recalls (Recent)

Engine, November 9, 2011

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The amount of adhesive applied between the inner and outer parts of the crankshaft pulley may be inadequate. If this is the case, the outer ring may become misaligned and/or not properly rotate with the inner ring, causing an abnormal noise and/or illumination of the Check Engine Light. In some cases, the power steering belt could come off resulting in a loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the crankshaft pulley and replace it if necessary.

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Suspension & Steering, September 7, 2010

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Toyota is recalling 2000–2004 Avalon models due to improper casting of the steering lock bar, which may cause the bar to crack or even break. If the bar breaks, the steering wheel will lock, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering lock device free of charge.

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2004 Toyota Avalon Questions and Answers

Mauricio, 2004 Toyota Avalon, Plano, TX

the cd player will not let me listen or eject any cds. is there anything i can do?

Roulette, 2004 Toyota Avalon, 3.0L V6, Redlands, CA

Passenger door lock was sluggish (it took 2 or 3 clicks) and finally quit working entirely. Now I have to operate it manually. Acts like it needs lubricant. But where and how?

Roulette, 2004 Toyota Avalon, Redlands, CA

On my 2004 Toyota Avalon, the front passenger door lock was sluggish (it took 2 or 3 clicks to open or lock) and finally quit working entirely. Now I have to operate it manually. Acts like it needs...

white horse, 2004 Toyota Avalon, 3.0L V6, Stoughton, WI

I have a heater fan motor that is causing alot of noise on high fan. Where do I locate this motor and cage?

carpone, 2004 Toyota Avalon, 3.0L V6, Baltimore, MD

I recently slammed into a pot hole and flattened both tires on the drivers side and destroyed the front struts. What brand of struts does toyota recommend I use for my particular year make and model

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2004 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Bought this one used with 114,000 miles. Have had nothing but continuous expensive repairs. Love the looks of the car, both inside and out. Love the ride and all the conveniences but hate the expense. From papers left in car, new price was $35,774. I paid $7900. Have paid out about $7500. Which means I paid over $15,000 for a car that list at 12,000.

this car is like a Camry XLE from later years...solid as can be...

Wish I could afford a new car jap junk made in non-union assembly plants.
Whats with the brakes?

Bought our car new Oct ’03. My wife picked this car over any other car, mainly for its roomy back seat and comfortable ride. At the time I didn’t even know that Toyota made a model called the Avalon. I have come to like this car for its overall economy in MPG, maintenance and great ride. In 53,000 miles we have replaced 4 tires and the rear brakes. It’s not a head turner, nor a tire burner, but it has been (and I hope it continues to be) a very good value. I have had 20 plus cars so far, some new, some not so new and the only one I liked more was our Cadillac ETC, it was a head turner and tire burner. It was also tens of thousands of dollars more than the Avalon.

In summary: the items I like are good quality/cost-to-own, comfortable ride, and classy looking interior. The items I don’t like are the plain looking exterior styling and lack of power. It seems that both of issues have improved in newer models.

A Very Solid Car

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