Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises Problems of Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander owners have reported 2 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Highlander based on all problems reported for the Highlander.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2014 Toyota Highlander 1
Failure Date: 07/22/2015

Purchased vehicle 5/26/14. At first had a popping noise from right rear break; took to dealership stating could find problem, so lived with it. At 10,000 + miles dealer found front breaks warped, so had them replaced. Around same 10k + miles dealer had to drop engine to replace leaking oil found around timing cover area, stating factory install did not allow proper sealing. On 7/22/15, @ 12,748 miles noticed oil leak same area, and informed by dealer that engine has to be dropped for the 2nd time to repair oil leak. Above does not include other issues such as replacing middle row cup holder and front passenger seat recushion. Sounds like I purchased a 2014 Highlander limited considered a lemon. My three previous cars - '06 avalon; '02 4runner; & '90 4runner never had extreme issues, such as the 2014 Highlander.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2003 Toyota Highlander 2
Failure Date: 04/01/2004

My 2003 Highlander limited 6-cyl. 4wd vehicle has a loud audible clicking noise (sounds like valve lifters ticking) eminating from the engine since I purchased the vehicle new from page Toyota in Jan '2003. The clicking noise is only present when the engine is running. The clicking noise is always audible but the volume decreases as the vehicle reaches normal operating temperature. The clicking noise is very loud when the vehicle is cold. The clicking noise frequency increases with increasing engine rpm and decreases with decreasing engine rpm. The Toyota red holman customer service representative stated that the clicking noise is normal and can not be reduced or eliminated.

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