Category Archive: Toyota / Sienna

ABS Actuator/Computer

Car Information:
Toyota Sienna
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 6 Cylinder 3.0 Liter
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: The Brake, ABS, and Tire Pressure lights are on. An initial diagnostic test stated LF wheel speed sensor had to be replaced. Lights never shut off. I took it to Courtesy Toyota who also diagnosed the van and later stated that the ABS Actuator/Computer had to be replaced. The cost is $2,000. Is there another alternative other than spending that much money? Can I still drive the van? Thanks for your help.

Answer:
Greg we would need to scan the system our self. Personally, I don’t think we have ever replaced an ABS module on one of these so they don’t go bad often. If it is defective and needs replaced, due to the cost and excellent track record of this part, I would suggest we install a used one and the repair (if needed) would be a fraction of the price!

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Issue/Question: Thanks for your response. Please understand where I’m coming from. I’ve gone to 4 different mechanics, all of whom have scanned my vehicle and gotten the same results: C205, C210. According to Courtesy Toyota, all the sensors are good and so are all the wires.

Can you give me a ball park figure as to how much it would cost me to get a used ABS module and/or a rebuilt one? (By the way, the receipt I have on hand states an ABS Actuator part# 44050-08050.) I have no problem going to you guys if the price is reasonable. Thanks again.

Answer:
I also ran this by one of my technicians and he stated he had one doing the same thing about a month ago and he found corrosion in the connector at the module. He cleaned the connector and installed dialectic grease, and it has not been back. Usually when a module has a major failure it will no longer communicate with the power train control module, it will simply say no communication. If the module has power and ground, it’s dead. In this case it’s storing trouble codes! The C 205 is a signal problem with the left front wheel and the C 210 is for the right rear. Now one must ask them self could this be caused by a corrosion problem at the connector? (Absolutely).

If your module is dead and we cannot bring it back to life, we can get a used one and installed with the system flush. You will be looking at $1062.00 I know it’s still a lot of money, but the good news is this module is supposed to only have 20,000 miles on the vehicle it came off. The salvage yard also stated they have had this one forever and never sold one. We also checked with Toyota and according to their parts department they do not stock this part and had no record of selling one.

Magic Mechanic
1432 Lee Road OrlandoFL32804 USA 
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ABS Module

Car Information:
Toyota Sienna
Year: 2003
Engine Size: 3.0L V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: Brake, ABS, and Tire Pressure lights are on. Initial diagnostic test stated LF wheel speed sensor had to be replaced. Lights never shut off. I took it to Courtesy Toyota who also diagnosed the van and later stated that the ABS Actuator/Computer had to be replaced. The cost is $2,000. Is there another alternative other than spending that much money? Can I still drive the van? Thanks for your help.

Answer:
Greg we need to scan the system our self. Personally I don’t think we have ever replace a ABS module on one of these so they don’t go bad often. If it is defective and needs replaced due to the cost and excellent track record of this part I would suggest we install a used one and the repair (if needed) would be a fraction of the price!

Fluid Change

Car Information:
Toyota Sienna LE
Year: 2007
Engine Size: 3.5L 2GR-FE
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question:
I have almost 100K mi on my van and have not had any trouble with the transmission. But I am concerned that the fluid has never been changed. I was wondering if you think I should change the fluid or leave it as is. It is dark but does not smell burned. I was planning on simply draining the fluid from the pan and refilling it. (about 4 qts from what others have told me.) Do you have a better way of changing the fluid? What type of fluid do you recommend I use to refill it with?

Answer:
Your plan sounds good to me I would use Amsoil synthetic ATF.

Toyota whining noise

Car Information:
Toyota Sienna
Year: 2004
Engine Size: 3MZ-FE 6 cyl. 202 cubic inches
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
We heard a whine when accelerating between 30 and 50 mph. The pitch starts low then transitions to very high before suddenly ceasing. It is louder outside the vehicle than inside. The whine has an electronic character vs. mechanical, like electronic noise from an alternator, but we have the radio turned off. Had transmission oil changed 2,000 miles ago and the whine stopped. Car shop said trans oil was clean with no debris or discoloration. The whine has now returned. The van has 80,000 miles.

Answer:
A noise of this nature can be caused by an alternator, power steering pump, or a restriction in the transmission cooler system, a restricted transmission cooler could be the problem and a flow test would be recommended.
Larry

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Sienna SRS dash light blinking

Car Information:
Toyota Sienna
Year: 2006
Engine Size: 6 cylinder
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
SRS dash light is blinking. Does this mean the srs system has malfunctioned?

Is this a dealer type issue or can your shop diagnose and repair?

Answer:
We use the Launch system for computer diagnostics on late model Toyota’s it give us the ability to scan your computer system, read historic and live data, and we can also reprogram your computer if necessary. the Launch system is considered a vehicle specific scan system for Toyota.

After we diagnose the system failure we will give you a call and give you an estimate for the safety restraint system repair, it could be anything from a multi function switch to a occupant seat sensor.

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SRS Light

Car Information:
Toyota/Sienna
Year: 2006
Engine Size: 6 cyl
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
My SRS dash light is blinking. Does this mean the SRS system has malfunctioned? Is this a dealer type issue or can your shop diagnose and repair this problem?

Answer:
We use the Launch system for computer diagnostics on late model Toyotas. It gives us the ability to scan your computer system, read historic and live data, and we can also reprogram your computer if necessary. The Launch system is considered a vehicle specific scan system for Toyota. After we diagnose the system failure we will give you a call and give you an estimate for the safety restraint system repair. It could be anything from a multi-function switch to a occupant seat sensor.

For professional auto repair & services in Orlando you can call our shop today at 407-629-2661.

Which Oil Is Better?

Car Information:
Toyota/Sienna
Year: 2006
Engine Size: V6
Trans: Automatic

Issue / Question:
When I have my vehicle serviced up North, Toyota uses Mobil 1-5-30 synthetic oil. When I have it serviced in Florida, Toyota uses Gasteroil 0-w-20 synthetic oil. Which is the better of the two?

Answer:
To make matters even more confusing we use 0-W-30. Of course, that’s Amsoil. We beat the cold pour point with the 0-W and the 20 by using the 30. Amsoil is the only one that makes a 0-W-30, the 20 is just too thin for Florida summer driving. Use either the 5-W-30 or preferably the Amsoil 0-W-30. Note: We only change the Amsoil every 10,000 miles.

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