2008 Toyota Highlander Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Toyota Highlander
2008 Toyota Highlander Problems
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.
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.
2008 Toyota Highlander Questions
I want to have a new water pump and timing belt installed.
My 2008 Highlander began making a rattling sound 2 days ago. It is very loud when I first start the car and when sitting at a light. Other than the sound the vehicle runs well. No overheating. Not sure what it is.
2008 Toyota Highlander Recalls
The steering column assembly contains electrical connections for the driver's airbag, commonly called the "clock spring". This spiral cable assembly includes a Flexible Flat Cable (FFC). Due to the shape and location of the FFC's retainer, the FFC could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If the FFC is damaged, the driver's airbag could be deactivated. The failure of the driver's airbag to deploy when required increases the risk of injury to the driver. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly to correct this concern.
Toyota and General Motors are recalling certain models because the power window master switch assembly in some of these vehicles was built using a less precise process for lubricating the internal components of the switch assembly. Irregularities in this lubrication process may cause the power window master switch assemblies to malfunction and overheat. This could result in the switch melting or possibly catching fire. Dealers will inspect and repair or replace the master window switch as necessary.
One or both sensors designed to detect vehicle roll angle may fail, resulting in illumination of the airbag waring light and suspension of the roll detection system. If both sensors were to fail under certain conditions, the curtain shield airbag and seat belt pretensioner could be inadvertently activated. Inadvertent activation of airbag components can result in injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the airbag sensor assembly with a new one containing improved roll rate sensors. This recall is scheduled to begin during May 2011.
2008 Toyota Highlander Reviews
This is an outstanding vehicle in nearly every way. Has a powerful V6 engine capable of passing even on hills. HVAC, suspension, etc are all well done. There are only two complaints I have, both in design. One, the wiper on the tailgate window does not flip out -- this makes it difficult to clean the entire window. Second, there is such an air vortex across the rear end while driving that ...