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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2002 Toyota Highlander

2002 Toyota Highlander

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2002 Toyota Highlander Problems

Engine -- Verified

When changing the air filter, it is easy to knock off a hose on the air filter housing, which is part of the emission control system. If the vehicle is driven with this hose disconnected, the Check Engine Light will illuminate.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

A problematic center airbag sensor can cause the airbag malfunction light to illuminate.

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.

2002 Toyota Highlander Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 7, 2004

Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES HAVE A CHILD PROTECTION LOCK (CPL) SYSTEM ON BOTH OF THE REAR SIDE DOORS. WHEN AN OPERATOR OF THE VEHICLE CLOSES THE DOOR VERY HARD WITH THE CPL LEVER SET TO THE LOCK POSITION, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE LEVER MAY CONTACT THE BODY PANEL, CAUSING THE CPL LEVER TO MOVE INTO THE UNLOCK POSITION.

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Engine, August 23, 2002

Summary: ON SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THERE IS A BREATHER HOSE THAT ATTACHES TO THE NOZZLE OF THE ON-BOARD REFUELING VAPOR RECOVERY (ORVR) VALVE, WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE TOPSIDE OF THE FUEL TANK. THE BREATHER HOSE IS ATTACHED WITH A CLAMP, WHOSE "TABS" FACE IN THE UPWARD DIRECTION. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS CRASHED UNDER THE NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (NCAP) TEST (I.E., 35 MPH FRONTAL BARRIER CRASH), THE CLAMP "TABS" CONTACTED THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BODY DUE TO MOVEMENT OF THE FUEL TANK, CAUSING THE NOZZLE TO BREAK.

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2002 Toyota Highlander Questions and Answers

tmac4166, 2002 Toyota Highlander, 3.0L V6, Angier, NC

The brake lights will not work although all of the taillights function properly including turn signals and reverse lights. I have already replaced the brake light switch and the fuse appears to be...

jimixxx, 2002 Toyota Highlander, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, San Jose, CA

I just bought the SUV in January. I checked the AC while buying the car and it was blowing cool air. I didn,t use it till about 6 weeks ago. It, wasn't working so I took it to a oil changing/g...

taxtech, 2002 Toyota Highlander, 3.0L V6, Far Rockaway, NY

The following occurs:
1. relatively thick cloud of bluish smoke from exhaust mostly on ignition;
2. sluggish and loss of power on acceleration;
3. engine oil must be replaced after 25 miles o...

bobp51, 2002 Toyota Highlander, 3.0L V6, Hackettstown, NJ

Checked fuses and they are all good, incidentally the for fuses, 2 headlights, locks and panic are in a cluster. I can hear the contact switch clicking in the car when I hit the lock button but not...

garrifulio, 2002 Toyota Highlander, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Chula Vista, CA

My highlander has under 100,000 miles on it. I just got back from a smog check, and while my car passes all of the emissions tests, it failed because the computer has not finished all of its monito...

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2002 Toyota Highlander Reviews

Great car but there are few rattles in the interior and it rides/handles like a minivan. Very roomy with large cargo area. Pleasant interior.

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