2012 Highland Trouble Starting


Asked by Mar 12, 2015 at 01:57 PM about the 2012 Toyota Highlander SE V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

For about four months or so, my 2012 Highlander has been on and off hesitating to start.  It seemed to be brought on by the very cold (under 32F) weather, but it did it just this week when it was in the mid-60s.  I'll turn the key in the ignition, all of the lights and dinging will start, and then it will not start to turn over.  Nothing happens.  No hesitation, nothing.  I'll turn it all the way off, turn the key back on, let it ding for 4-5 times, then turn it over again.  Sometimes this take 3-4 tries, others it turns on the second try.  Sometimes it starts right away with none of this ritual.  I took it to the dealer about six weeks ago.  They said that the battery was fine, but had corrosion and they cleaned it.  That didn't seem to work.  I'm going back for an oil change on Saturday and to have this issue checked again.  I'd love to be able to tell them of someone with a similar problem and a solution.

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Hi MandyT; I'm having the same problem with my 2008 Highlander V6. When it happens, I'm finding I have to put my foot on the ignition to get it to start. A coworker suggested I try some fuel injector cleaner to see if it helps.

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