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post #76 of 408 Old 12-22-2008, 09:50 PM
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Just found out that the 44psi the mechanic put in are the max tire pressure allowed per the tire manufacturer. What a dope! And so I deflated the tires back to the Toyota recommended pressure of around 33psi.
33-34 is about right. 44 is the max for the load rating and would be absolutely incorrect. Handling would be terrible (not enough tire on the road) and the ride would be very stiff.

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Highway steering performance question

I just bought an 09 hybrid, fully loaded.

it is a very nice truck. I did notice one thing that I thought might be less than spectacular.

The steering seemed to need correction a lot at highway speeds, like it was not holding dead center.

Is this something anyone else noticed?

It was a little windy.

I have the Toyo tires.
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USA Tow Package Install & Spare Tire

Ever since the dealer installed the tow package, I have a problem winching up and down the spare tire because it hits the tow's rear bracket. Winching down the tire is not so much of a problem because I can kick the tire to the side of the bracket. But winching up is a problem because kicking the tire doesn't work as well and so I had to ask someone to lay down on the floor and guide the tire as I winched it up. So now installing the spare becomes a two-person operation which can be a problem for some of us My question is does anyone else have this same problem? I wonder if it is a tow installation snafu or a design oversight?

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Welcome to the site...not sure I'd call the HiHy a truck, but whatever. There are sevevral possible reasons for the steering issues you have. What is the condition of the road (it could simply be tracking), wind certainly can effect it as well as new tires, balancing and alignment. I do not have this issue FWIW.
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I also noticed the same understeer with my HH '08. I don't have this problem when driving on the same roads & highways with my Bimmer or Ford Escape or Mazda MPV. So I know its not the roads I think its an issue with Toyota cars because I had the same problem with my '89 Camry. BTW, I also have the Toyo tires with the HH.
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I also noticed the same understeer with my HH '08. I don't have this problem when driving on the same roads & highways with my Bimmer or Ford Escape or Mazda MPV. So I know its not the roads I think its an issue with Toyota cars because I had the same problem with my '89 Camry. BTW, I also have the Toyo tires with the HH.
First things first, make sure the tires are at 33-34psi COLD. Also, see if the behavior is different when it is not so windy.

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First things first, make sure the tires are at 33-34psi COLD. Also, see if the behavior is different when it is not so windy.
I had them cranked up to 42 - trying for the best mileage.
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I run my tires at the recommended 33 psi. After getting off of the highway they are running +2 psi per tire (except for the spare).

As for which is which? Each tire has its own sensor so it CAN tell the changes in tire pressure. The TPMS is there to provide early notification that a tire is deflating (slow leak or puncture....or?) -- and is not exactly "spot on" so to speak .. anyway, you can determine which is which (if you just really need to know) by letting the air out of each tire and looking at the TPMS for the pressure to change. ONLY do this is you have an air compressor handy and BE SURE to air them all back up again before travelling

I purchased an accurate tire pressure gauge and keep it in my car at all times. I check my tire pressures regularly. I found that the TPMS and my gauge were not exactly the same. I trust MY tire pressure gauge and use the TPMS to alert me in case there is a change in the tire pressure of one of the 5 tires.
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Please forgive me for being "inquisitive" -- but do you have that many flats that you need to winch up/down your spare tire so often? I realize that this isn't your point, but as I said .. I'm inquisitive?

To your point, if this is an issue that was not present prior to the installation of the rear hitch, I would take it back to the dealer if you think that there is a problem with the installation. I too have the Toyota rear hitch (although mine is factory installed). I must admit that I have not had any occasion to winch the spare up/down.
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I had only one flat and that was before the rear hitch install. The other two times I winched it down was after the install when I checked it out and then after I showed my buddy the problem. And yes I will go back to the dealer about this problem.

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I had them cranked up to 42 - trying for the best mileage.
More than likely that's your problem...not enough tire on the road. 42 would not be good for tire wear either.

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I had only one flat and that was before the rear hitch install. The other two times I winched it down was after the install when I checked it out and then after I showed my buddy the problem. And yes I will go back to the dealer about this problem.

I have the OEM Toyota hitch installed. This hitch has no problem with spare tire clearance as it was designed by Toyota. I remove the spare every 5000 miles to use it in the tire rotation.

The aftermarket hitch that your dealer installed is much less expensive but doesn't fit as well, as you have found out. You may want to negotiate with the dealer to install the OEM Toyota Hitch if the hitch interference bothers you.
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Have the dealer check the wheel alignment. My Highlander wandered similarly at highway speeds and the alignment was way off.
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I must admit that I have not had any occasion to winch the spare up/down.
Sorry to jack the thread, but you should be rotating the spare every 5000 as don r is doing...it is in the manual.
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Tire Issue - Help Needed

I have a 2008 Highlander Hybrid Limited with about 8500 miles. Today I noticed some very strange issues with my OEM tires. These are the Toyo A20 245/55/R19.

The only way I can describe this is flaking or cracking of the tires. This seems to be happening on the outer and inner tread, not the center tread or the side wall of the tire.

I have a couple of questions on this as I have not seen this before:

1 – Is this normal for this tire?
2 - Is it safe to drive on these tires?
3 – If this is not normal, are these tires defective? Will the tire warranty cover the repair here?

I have included a picture to show the damage.

Thanks in advance for any insight here.

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