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Toyota RAV4 Maintenance and Repair

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  • do not think it is the fuel pump, I would just make the appt and while there, also mention the TSBs on the fuel pump and that another owner had a tie rod work itself loose and you suspect a suspension defect. They should perform the TSBs anyway.
  • Anyone experiencing a soft knock in the steering wheel when they are turning? It's almost like a a soft click that I can feel and hear, sometimes doing two clicks consecutively in the same turn. More annoying than serious problem at this point, but I don't what it can lead to and it seems to be getting more frequent. Doesn't always happen, seems only on certain turns that there is enough resistence when turning.
  • I have about 83,000 miles and I brought my 2002 Rav4 in for a recall notice (something about software for the check engine light) and the dealer tells me that my trans fluid is dark and needs flushed soon.

    I checked online and there is a cyber coupon for my dealer that offers automatic transmission service (drain and refill trans fluid, type IV transmission fluid additional) for $39.95.

    My dealer tells me that I can't use that because my vehicle requires a Type P (or maybe it was a Type T) fluid, which he claims is the same as a type IV, and basically costs $85 just for the fluid, so the entire cost is $161.

    The dealer tells me that I can't just use the dextron or else after 2 blocks the vehicle will stop running and the transmission will be burned up. He said that the newer RAV4s (2006 and newer) don't even have a dipstick because too many people were topping off the trans fluid with the wrong type of fluid.

    Am I being told the truth? Is this $161 that I need to spend? I am leaning towards spending it.
    That sounds good to me. Is the type IV necessary? How much more should that be. What's the difference?
  • nguptangupta Posts: 5
    I have made the appointment and mentioned the TSB while at the service counter. They dont seem to know about it... very strange. Its Toyota service center !!!!!
    More observations:
    I dont hear any noise when I start the car in mornings.. temp. around 55F. But when the car is parked in hot Sun and temp goes upto 80F, I started the car during lunch.. and heard the noise again. It remained there until night. I hear it everytime I shift from N to D (auto transmission but was just testing) and also while starting from a complete halt.

    Guys, please help me out... this discussion can help others too. :confuse:
  • nguptangupta Posts: 5
    OK. We found the cause. The loud knocking noise was coming due to heat sheild near exhaust system. Thats why it only happened when the car was getting warm/hot from exterior.

    Guys, if you own 2006/2007 RAV4, please be aware of this.
    :(
    Thanks.
  • nguptangupta Posts: 5
    Thanks a lot.

    This is exactly what I found in my 2006 RAV4 limited.
    Toyota must do something about it.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    My 2001 RAV4 owner's manual shows, in Specifications, p.250, under Automatic Transaxle -
    Fluid type: Automatic Transmission Fluid Type T-IV.
    A note below says use only Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV (ATF JWS3309 or NWS6500).

    It also says: Generally, it is necessary to change automatic transmission fluid only if your vehicle is ddriven under one of the Special Operating Conditions listed in you "Scheduled Maintenance Guide."

    I suggest you try another Toyota service department, if there is one nearby.
  • Hi, where can I get some information on replacing this? Is it a simple job to do? My RAV4 does not stay in 5th gear any longer unless I manually keep it there, and my guess is that it would be the pilot bushing that is worn out? Any help would be great!
  • I have noticed that the plastic headlight covers on my 2002 RAV4 are getting cloudy. Is this just to be expected with the passage of time? It makes the vehicle look like crap when viewed from the front. Is it covered under any regular warranty?
  • I have already replaced the tires that came from the factory once and it looks like I will need to replace them again soon. Just curious as to what everyone thinks is the best tire to replace these with.

    Last time I called the dealer and asked them what they typically replace the factory tires with for the RAV4 and they told me a "cooper" tire.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,944
    For a fix (nothing to do with any warranty claim), see this post and the few above it (there's a few more like it around here you can find with the Advanced Search tool):

    bpeebles, "Dodge Dakota Owners - Meet the Members" #344, 5 Nov 2006 7:06 pm

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  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    I've had good success with cloudy headlight lenses on a few vehicles when I polished them with Meguiar's PlastX product, using just a regular terry cloth towel. It cleared them up well and the effect lasted.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why would you think the pilot(***) bearing would cause this.

    The bearing for the tip, seats into the center of the crankshaft, of the transaxle input drive shaft.
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    My 2001 AWD auto trans RAV came with Bridgestone Duelers.
    I replaced them at 31k miles with Yokohama Geolandars, and I liked them for 40k miles. Might possibly go back to them in the future.

    Got Uniroyal Laredos on now, and they're fine so far (<10k miles).

    I expect the dealer would just try to sell you what they carry, whether it is an especially good choice of not.
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    Yokohama Geolanders are standard equipment on the new RAV4s. Strangely, many are complaining about them and can hardly wait to get some wear so they can replace them with something else. Mine seem to be fine on my '06. Maybe I'm just not doing all the sporty driving others are. :)
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Yeah, I've seen anti- Yoko Geo posts too.
    Like I said tho, my experience with them was good,
    and I'd have them again, especially at the
    Tire Rack prices.

    Don't know if it matters, but I use the
    narrower standard tire size, 215x70/16.

    -ss4
  • Your insurance should cover the eng R&R. Had a friend do the same thing to his ford ranger and insurance picked it up.
  • dwpfeidwpfei Posts: 2
    I'm experiencing a knock while both turning left and right, specially at slow speeds such as in parking lots or driveway. Additionally, within the past few days, the steering seems to have loosened - more steering wheels turning and harder to make smooth turns on freeway curves. I'm getting ready to go to a dealer, but would appreciate any insight you have before going.
  • desertguydesertguy Posts: 730
    This from another board:

    "Take it to the dealer and have them replace the lower steering shaft part #45260-42090. The service manager is a good friend of mine, He had the shop foreman check it out for me, He noticed the knock instantly. His recommendation was to replace the lower steering shaft apparently this was the fix for the highlander and preius and even some of the Lexus models. He looked to see if there was a TSB on this but could'nt find one. TSB's on other models recommend replacing lower shafts."

    This appears to be a recognized problem. I don't have it thankgoodness.
  • Get it in to the dealer or your chosen shop asap. Anytime the steering appears to loosen etc. not a good sign and potentially very dangerous if a tie rod or other part of the steering assembly or the mechanism is defective.
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