I do remember when I was a service adviser seeing an Avalon come in with this problem. It was such a mess that the service manager got personally involved looking up the TSB. I don't know how someone could miss it, so much oil.
no, because regular oil changes prevent the sludge problem. nothing will prevent this issue other than replacing the rubber line with the improved all-metal part, or some luck.the oil line failure is the 2nd generation equivalent of first generation oil gelling.
It would be replacing potentially faulty part with all metal tube. Parts all together should be around $20. Work shouldn't take more then 1 hour. While Toyota will cover tube replacement under the warranty, after tube fails, there is a possibility of engine damage. Toyota will replace damaged engine as well but I'd rather not deal with that. There is no TSB or recall for rubber hose at this point so Toyota will not preventivly replace the tube with a metal one. :headbang:With all this said....what is the recommended suggestion here for this potential problem concerning the 08 HL's ?
I just hope that doesn't happen to me when I'm out in the boonies. :ugh3: If so Toyota will be getting a big towing bill that they will pay, or else.If this happens to anyone then don't stop, drive till engine seizes. (if car covered under warranty!) Engine damage will be done even after short drive without oil but if engine is not screwed up bad enough Toyota will not replace it.
How bad was to replace VVTi tube in 08HL? Did you make any pictures in process?As I wrote on the original post, I will have installed a solid metal tube on my 05 Avalon that has 43K miles on this VVT hose and also on my 08 Highlander which has 10K miles. I don't want to look under my car every time I park and see if I have an oil spill.
Define late please I don't want this repair!Excellent pix and post from Lucky777.
I have edited my original post for the RAV4 web address. The correct address is http://rav4world.com/forums. See post#134.
The TSB summerwind has posted addressed an early 2005 Avalon oil drip, not hose rupture, leak problem on this VVI line which was addressed by Toyota.
This NEW problem, on the same line, is happening after any Toyota car with the V6 engine, 2GR-FE, gets some miles and age on the vehicle/hose. I am reading on other forums from owners that have this engine that the hose is rupturing on engines with approx 45K miles and up. Pools of oil are found under the car as well as coating the engine. This is not a drip problem. Many owners that have experienced this failure have checked the oil dip stick afterward and NO OIL level shows on the dipstick.
As I wrote in previous post, the dealer will replace the hose after failure, for no cost, if you are still in the 5yr/60k drive train warranty period. This is based on owners failure postings. So the next failure will be "X" miles later, again.
Toyota has installed a new solid, no rubber, metal line on the 2GR-FE engines beginning in late 2008 and all 2009 engines.
Toyota needs to admit they have a major issue with the rubber hose rupturing and replace this line with a solid metal line at no cost to owners. I guess it has to involve safety for a recall. So I guess if you leave a massive, six quart, oil spill on the highway and you or the cars behind you spin out, you now have a safety issue, maybe.
As I wrote on the original post, I will have installed a solid metal tube on my 05 Avalon that has 43K miles on this VVT hose and also on my 08 Highlander which has 10K miles. I don't want to look under my car every time I park and see if I have an oil spill.
Once again, google "Avalon oil leak" and read the horror stories on this engine. The 08 Highlander is next up for these hose failures as miles are put on with no real warning to tell the driver you are spilling your oil fast.
Stop the engine before you do major damage, eliminate the hose or buy a 2009.
I have a build date of 06/08, as soon as somebody tells me how to check I will confirm!I recall from a write up on another forum that Toyota started installing a solid line in April or May of 2008 on new engines. This info has NOT been verified. To know for sure one needs to check to see if the hose exists on their engine. It can be seen quite easily from above.
It's already been told. Read post #1 and look at pictures on post #4I have a build date of 06/08, as soon as somebody tells me how to check I will confirm!
Yeap.It's already been told. Read post #1 and look at pictures on post #4