2003 highlander water pump replacement?

2003 highlander water pump replacement?

Posted in the Toyota Highlander Forum

JonR

San Jose, CA

#1 Nov 26, 2008
I have a mechanic I've trusted for years. I took my 4cylinder 2WD in for winter tuneup. He said 1/3 of my coolant was gone and the water pump was leaking.
$500 later I ask: does this seem unusual, especially since I never noticed the temperature guage any higher than always?
William

Greensboro, NC

#2 Jan 22, 2009
JonR wrote:
I have a mechanic I've trusted for years. I took my 4cylinder 2WD in for winter tuneup. He said 1/3 of my coolant was gone and the water pump was leaking.
$500 later I ask: does this seem unusual, especially since I never noticed the temperature guage any higher than always?
The same thing just happened to my 2003 4 cyl. Highlander. I made the mechanic give me the old water pump and sure enough you could see a small crack in it. Also cost me over $500.00 and I'm still riled about that.
Erik

Huntsville, AL

#3 Jan 24, 2009
My water pump went out at 100k cost $600 at the dealer to replace.
Lynn

Charlotte, NC

#4 Mar 23, 2009
Erik wrote:
My water pump went out at 100k cost $600 at the dealer to replace.
My dealer just quoted me $550 for water pump and timing belt as 90,000 maintenance. Listening to you folks, sounds like this is a good proactive repair? Thoughts?
udidwht

Memphis, TN

#5 Apr 12, 2009
Lynn wrote:
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My dealer just quoted me $550 for water pump and timing belt as 90,000 maintenance. Listening to you folks, sounds like this is a good proactive repair? Thoughts?
You just got taken...The 2003 Highlander has a timing chain not a timing belt. There is no need to replace a timing chain.
2003 owner

Kansas City, MO

#6 May 6, 2009
Only the 4 cylinder 2003 Highlanders have a timing chain. The V6 models all have timing belts.
Lynn

Charlotte, NC

#7 May 6, 2009
udidwht wrote:
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You just got taken...The 2003 Highlander has a timing chain not a timing belt. There is no need to replace a timing chain.
Gosh you guys are quick to jump.... My mistake, it has a belt, no chain ok... either way the question was more to do with the price and the need.
archebald23

Fremont, CA

#8 Dec 1, 2009
most mechanic tell worse than the actual problem just to quote higher prices, that is why i resorted to do-it-yourself, but worse happened, i misinstalled my
[url=http://www.autopartswareh ouse.com/water_pumps~pop.html] Water Pump[/url], so i had to return it.. lol.. lesson learned, trust your mechanic, no matter how high his price is.
eddieboyxyz

Lynnfield, MA

#9 Jul 7, 2011
My 2006 Highlander 4 cyl water pump went at 55k miles, dealer replaced under warranty. My second water pump is on its way out at 95000 miles, my trusted mechanic is doing this one. Definitely something sub standard with these water pumps!
2004owner

Saint Petersburg, FL

#10 Aug 12, 2011
I have a 2004 6 cyl highlander. DEFINITELY replace the timing belt at around 90k as the manual says...my Ford Focus ruined the engine because I didn't replace it and it went while driving.
That is too much for a water pump though. They cost about $125 from the manufacturer. My awesome mechanic put a new one in for me when I got my timing belt replaced along with a rear windshield wiper, rear taillight, alternator belt, power steering belt, oil change, and coolant for $515.00. Granted he's really awesome and doesn't over charge. I got a quote from Tuffy's for the timing belt and water pump only for about $900. Ridiculous.
David in Central Texas

United States

#11 Jun 19, 2012
I have the 2006 Highlander V6 model and the water pump started leaking at 90,000 (bearing failed and a slow leak began). I held off as long as I could (another 10K miles) before I did the job myself. The dealer is not overcharging as this is a 5 hour or longer repair with $250 of the estimate going for timing belt, water pump, idler pulley and tensioner pulley. You would be surprised what has to be removed just to get at the water pump. The manual even says to gain access to the cams (another hour of labor on top of the normal), but most mechanics will wiggle the water pump out without doing this step. I just couldn't afford the $600 labor charge, nor was I sure any professional mechanic would be as attentive as I was during this week long repair. You have to have the right tools, or at least borow them, and be good at sequence of events. The real question that seems to come up with Highlander owners is the premature failure rate of the factory water pump. The manufacturer is Aisin and they are far better than the cheaper ones available at retail auto parts stores. Trust me, you don't want to save $50 on a water pump and have to do this repair in one year when the cheap one goes out.
ecp3886

Dayton, OH

#12 Nov 1, 2012
My Toyota Highlander has only 37,000 miles on it. It is a 2003 limited model. Is it normal for a water pump to go out at 37,000 miles. My SUV sits a lot. I am retired and I do not drive much.
I have always changed the oil at regular intervals. I have been kind to my car. I am not a lead foot. I drive slower than other people at times. The Toyota Dealer said I have a leak and the water pump may be the culprit. THe dealer ship is charging me 700 dollars to replace the water pump. Am I being taken. Should I get a 2nd opinion.
big-o-

Melrose Park, IL

#13 Jul 27, 2013
Please If possable how many hours labor to replace a water pump on a 2008 toyota highlander 3.5liter v6, thank you.
Big John

United States

#14 Aug 6, 2013
Replaced water pump/serpentine belt with the help of a friend (took 4 hands and 5 hours, trust me!). Not much room and the alternator needed to be unscrewed and moved to get it out.

Good news....less than $100 for parts!!
Big John

United States

#15 Aug 6, 2013
oh...2003 4cyl
deedee

Maple Grove, MN

#16 Sep 6, 2013
Does a 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited have a timing belt or chain? Just replaced my water pump 2 years ago and now it needs to be done again. I wonder if a Toyota part would have lasted longer.
Ting

Bellevue, WA

#17 Sep 14, 2013
08 Toyota Highlander at 47 plus milage.

My mechanic noticed a coolant residue at weep hole.

It's unusual for 47,000 plus miles my water pump needs to be replace. Toyota must be putting a sub standard water pumps to make money. They should upgrade or change who ever the manufacture is. Toyota please stop doing bad business out of the water pump. Toyota owners are noticing this kind of problem. And your giving us a bad impression on Toyota. Giving us a second thought of not buying a Toyota.
APAGAN

Hallandale, FL

#18 Oct 28, 2013
Lynn wrote:
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My dealer just quoted me $550 for water pump and timing belt as 90,000 maintenance. Listening to you folks, sounds like this is a good proactive repair? Thoughts?
IF it is a 2003 4 cylinder Highlander it has a timing chain not a timing belt, probably does not need replacement. Timing belts do need periodic replacement, timing chains not so much. Replacing the water pump for $550 while not cheap beats the heck out of having it fail and blowing a head gasket and paying several times that when water gets into your block.
kyei edmond

Europe

#19 Nov 21, 2013
i am mechanic send me how to timing 4cylinder highlander chain
Jackson

Litchfield, NH

#20 Sep 24, 2016
Good thing about owning a 2003 highlander and a bunch of camry's over the years reinforces the fact the my grandcherokees and Volvos are way better built, and made to last. Toyota is now the ford of the 80's

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