By chance, does anyone have an idea of what could cause a 2005 Toyota Highlander to totally die while driving? We got it new in 2005 and only started doing this a few months ago. They ran checks today and got nothing. Only issue with vehicle has been with a few bulbs in front of vehicle going off and on sometimes, so they are having us drive with the autolights off (my wife usually keeps it on) to see if it happens again. Wife is worried becuase basically they are sending us out on the highway to see if/when it happens again; when it does it goes from working fine to 100% dead, we put on hazards and move to side of road and vehicle comes right back on , with no warning lights or sounds.
Not AF related, but hey will are all airman right? and this involves my wife and kids....thanks
As suggested in another post, start with the keys. If too many keys on the ring isn't the issue, check the key types. If you have two separate car keys (different cars) on the same chain it could be causing magnetic interference; essentially passing bogus messages to your on-board computer.
Try separating the keys, as the keys have electronic chips inside. In some cases it like using one remote to operate two remote control cars, "one car will work fine, the other car will not be in your complete control (bad signals). Garage door openings can also cause interference.
The mechanical locking mechanism inside the key hole may also be damaged, meaning the key could slip out of proper alignment.
In light of recent publicity about Hurricane Katrina, ever think of the chance that you bought a previously-flooded vehicle?
A diagnostic check might help - I have seen something similar and the culprit was a coil sensor. If the motor shuts down with no warning and without sputtering, your issue is most definitely electrical; nothing coming on the warning banks indicates that the motor is shutting down via a means that it "thinks" is deliberate.
Check your coil wire first, but it does sound like it could be an ignition switch issue.
This is a recurring problem at Offutt. Within 5 miles of STRATCOM and Offutt, numerous cars and trucks will not start, including mine. Numerous garage doors open and close for no reason on Offutt and Bellevue. One retired AF colonel who owns a caddy and I have complained to the auto dealers, STRATCOM and Offutt about the strange electronic occurrences. The Omaha newspaper did an article on these issues, but the STRATCOM and Offutt leaders had the story killed.
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