Is the timing belt the same as a "chain belt"? The chain belt on my other Toyota's used to shut the car down and I once I had to call a wrecker to tow. My 2005 Highlander has approx 70,00 mi. Will I get a warning?
Also, automatic transmission occasionally jerks under some accelerating conditions.

Codes PO441 and PO446. Best guess as to repair cost. Recommended mechanics in my area. Thanks!!!

Recently, I noticed an odd situation with my AC -- when the dial for tempearture is rotated all the way for the coldest temperature, the air comes out HOT. If I rotate the dial "one click" clockwise, it comes out cold, but NOT as cold as it did before. What is wrong with the AC unit?

How much does it cost to have a timing belt replaced on a Toyota 2002 highlander in the Ohio Akron/Canton area?

Can't figure out our to release tension so I can peplace the serpentine belt

Last night in the middle of the night my headlights came on and will not go off. Have had them on auto. Pulled the fuse for lights still stay on, can only turn off by removing neg from battery.???

I drive 75% freeway, 25% city, no towing or dessert(ie no extreme conditions) - it is likely that at 70k mi. the fluids for Power Steering, and front and rear differentials needed to be replaced? the service came to ~$400. Manual seems to suggest you do these only if driving in ext. conds.

I have ABS brakes and I notice a mild pulsating thump when I step on the brakes firmly. Is there a maintenance procedure that I should have done to eliminate this? Thanks.


Any idea of what might cause the engine to skip when sitting still or in 1st gear? I have replaced the fuel pump, filter,& spark plugs. What should I try next?

Please help:
My 2003 Highlander will be fine one day and bad another. I warm it up in the morning and it doesn't idle down...matter of fact it races higher and higher. Sometimes I tap the gas and it is ok. Sometimes I cut it off and try starting it again. The engine sometimes will rev up and down quickly until I cut it off, then when I go to turn it back on it will turn on but cut off immediately unless you give it gas. Help please. This problem has stranded me before. Also, when I am driving, it feels like it wants to accelerate when I am pressing the break to slow down...it is fighting me!

how long until ecm is reset for drive cycle

Air conditioning stopped working, the A/C button began blinking and AC began making very loud noise. The estimate we were given states that the compressor, clutch, receiver driverand expansive value all needed to be replaced and the dash would have to be removed to access necessary parts. Is this correct?

just had my 90000 service and this is one of 4 services they recommended along with brake fluid flush, power steering flush, fule injection and throttle body service.


Hey Pat,

I need to get the timing belt and thermostat replaced. Your web site estimates $244-$303 for the belt and $108-$161 for the thermo. The thermo seems about right but the belt seems very low. What do you think?


Just started since front brakes where replaced less than two weeks ago

The power door lock on my drivers door is not responding. All other door locks work properly. What is the likely cause of this problem and how much will it cost to repair?

Purge Control Valve

I have a 05 Toyota Highlander with a 6-cyl. engine. I am coming up on the 90,000 mile timing belt replacement. Does the water pump have to be replaced at the same time?

Thank you.

Is it necessary to do a fuel injection cleaning at a certain mileage? My 2004 Highlander has approx. 90,000 miles on it now.

My 2003 Highlander has 109,000 miles on it and I've noticed a considerable change in the ride and handling of the car in the last year. At speeds above 35 mph it sways when I hit bumps and generally feels sloppy and sometimes out of control when simultaneously hitting a bump and driving on a tight curve such as a highway exit ramp. My Toyota dealership mechanic said to restore the ride,I would need to replace the shocks and struts but when I took it back in to replace they told me it did not need it. I even test drove with a service manager who assured me that the ride was not like new but that I did not need new shocks and struts. He did not test drive it above 30 mph however. How do I determine if the ride quality is due to struts and shocks and why would the dealership be so hesitant to replace them?
Thank you.

As I understand, all i have to really do is drop the pan and replace the gasket and filter. Should there be silicone added to the gasket and are there any major problems i should run into?

how much to flush and replace engine coolant?

how much to flush and replace transmission fluid?

accelerator responce is very slow, Engine does not rev up right away. what is the cause? Car has about 50K miles on it.

2003 Toyota Highlander with 56,000 miles. When I shift from park to reverse and back out of the parking spot, no issues. Then I shift from reverse to drive and as the car takes off there is a clicking noise briefly heard from the engine. Hoping this is normal; I just purchased this vehicle used so I am still getting accostomed to it!

The backs of my front seats have a plastic panel covered with fabric. The fabric and pocket are coming off and I'd like to take the panel off to recover them. I've tried pulling it off, pushing it up/down but can't get it to budge. I don't want to break anything so I'm wondering how I can get them off.


The SUV is in good shape; however, it's 9 years old with 98,000 miles on it. Now, the glove compartment has locked up on me and will not open! It has my license in there and I'm unable to drive with this massive inconvenience!

My wife backed into something and crached one of the reat taillights. How do you remove the entire assembly?

Hi Pat Mannion,

VCR and Engine Light On, DTC P0128. A shop said to replace the thermostat. Their data had it opening 176-183 F, maybe it is not completely closing. They also recommended replacing the ECM and maybe the ECT sensor. What do you recommend?