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Toyota RAV4 Noises and Sounds

pozjpozj Posts: 4
I have a 2007 Rav4 with 10K miles on it.
The car has developed a noise and I am wondering if anyone else has had this issue.
The noise started out to be a faint "scraping" sound. I thought I was dragging the tailpipe on the asphalt. I looked underneath (not lifted) .
There is nothing hanging down . The noise comes and goes , varies in loudness. It now has developed a "screeching " type noise that lasts about 10 seconds. This comes and goes as well.

These sounds are heard (comes and goes)during driving or idling.

The things these noises are NOT associated with are:

no particular gear other than drive..have noticed the scraping sound subtly present during reverse (backing out of driveway.

Location of sound-underneath, sounds like just to the rear of driver seat or towards the back of car.

Any thoughts appreciated.


  • pozjpozj Posts: 4

    backed the car out of the garage this morning...slight scratching/screeching sound. Put it in drive ..VERY loud continuous scratching/screeching noise. continuous.
    Car is being towed in to service station . Won't drive it :cry: :mad: .
    Has this ever happened to you?
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Could be a lot of things...from something serious to as simple as a rock caught in the brake rotor dust's hoping it is a simple thing.
  • pozjpozj Posts: 4
    Thanks for the reply. You hit the nail on the head. It was a rock that was caught in the brake rotor shield. :surprise: PHEW!

    Our roads are atrocious and full of potholes. My car sounds so sweet now. It is amazing what noises it was making from something that simple.
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Cool, glad it was the cheap one ;)

    Yeah, that can make a hellacious noise, you think something important is twisting apart... :surprise:
  • kkrtrekkkrtrek Posts: 51

    WOW! That was one helluva diagnosis--online. Color me impressed.
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    Thanks :shades:

    But you'll note I left a lot of wiggle room in my "diagnosis"...helps the batting average ;)
  • std1std1 Posts: 1
    have not experienced this with my 2007 rav4 se v6.

    but i do get a rattle from the windscreen and also when braking to a stop. the dealer says he can't duplicate these problems.
  • I just purchased a used 2004 RAV4 L package AWD with 45,500 miles. It is my first car and I am unfamiliar with "common vs uncommon car noises" so I just wanted to make sure I was not hearing anything suspicious. I notice this sound, like an "extra rev" as my car (automatic) shifts from 1st to second gear, the RPM gage does not spike up or anything (it moves normally) but I swear I hear this noise and only when it shifts from 1 to 2 or goes from 2 to 1 when slowing down. Its hard to describe but it just kind of sounds like a "higher pitched" residual rev noise.....
  • hockeyeasthockeyeast Posts: 43
    LOL, talk about noises in this gal, but shes been a solid car. 173,000 and going strong!! Swear it's haunted. :surprise:
  • 2002rav42002rav4 Posts: 2
    My wife drives our 2002 RAV4 2WD Limited with 45K miles.

    I hear a very intermittent whistle coming from the dashboard.

    It can happen when starting the car but mostly happens when stopped or right after the car is turned off.
    It sounds just like a human whistle, one note, varied length, increasing in pitch. As if a gas is venting through a reed from the A/C.
    I live on Maui and almost always have the A/C on. I took it to the Toyota Dealer here and they were unable to fix it and never heard it.

    It's very intermittent and might only happen once a day or less.

    Although my wife is enjoying the positive attention (the whistling) she's had enough. :) HELP please.
  • pitkeyspitkeys Posts: 18
    Went to pass a 40mph slow van today. Was in Drive on the AT which kicked down to 3rd. When the pass was completed I pulled back into the lane and let off on the accelerator BUT!!!! The car kept accelerating in 3rd, climbed above redline at 7k and kept accelerating very fast.

    Shifted up to 4th and it kept accelerating. Same deal in 5th. Cruise was off. Fully free motion in accelerator pedal. Pulled it back to neutral and revs pegged at somewhere way North of 8K. By now we're going WARP 10 with lots of ugly blue smoke pouring out the back.

    Killed ignition just before hitting the car in front of us. Drove off the road at hyperspeed, hit the puckerbrush, and luckily got it restrained and stopped without bashing anything.

    Probably slaughtered the brakes and engine both. Haven't seen that much smoke in back ever on a civilian road. Sure smelled bad in the engine bay.

    After calming down the dog(tied down in the wayback), tried to start engine and it ***immediately** raced towards the redline.

    Shut it down and got towed to the dealer. Disconnected the battery, reconnected and tried to start again. Engine races to redline. Shut it off.

    This happens in neutral and park. Obviously nobody dares engage the AT. The drive-by-wire is supposed to have a rev limiter at around 3500 when the AT is in neutral. That's either hoaky or the dealer's wrong about it. And, at least on this car, there is no rev limiter north of 7K (or it also failed).

    Checked for any obstructions around the accelerator. None. NADA!, nothing hanging up the pedal.

    Went to engine and banged my fist on it in frustration. Dealer later started it and it idled the way it should.

    With only 13k miles on this 2007, it's still under warranty. Am waiting to see what the dealer discovers. But I doubt if I'll ever trust this car again and certainly won't let my wife drive at ever again. It's a killer!!!

    We're going to insist that all the electronic controls are replaced at the minimum. Will also do all the sleuthing for engine damage. If Toyota gives any trouble about all of this, we'll be in court with witnesses. This car is a killer!

    This car is very cherry, has never, until today, been off road. Has been maintained by the book, and has never given any trouble until this.

    Since the 07 Sport is drive-by-wire, there probably isn't anything like a gungy linkage, stone stuck in a spring, or any of those hijinks. It's acting like something severely wrong in the electrics. Whatever it is, it is very dangerous and life threatening. We were very fortunate today that we didn't buy it, or hurt anyone else. If this has happened in the city we were headed for, there probably would have been some nasty unpleasantness.

    We have filed a safety alert/complaint with Toyota and the NHTSA. Toyota was blase about it, but the feds are very concerned and say they'll be on Toyota's case immediately. We'll see. Have also talked to ConsumerReports.

    We're supposed to hear from some mucky-muck at Toyota. We'll see.

    In any case we are sending out a warning to all our friends who drive similar Toyotas. We don't want anyone to buy it because of Toyota's flawed drive-by-wire.

    Sincerely hope this doesn't happen to anyone else. It's an adrenaline rush we don't need and you don't want.
  • mexateckmexateck Posts: 9
    Okay, I have this loud hum that sporadically appears from somewhere in the vehicle and seems to be amplified within the cabin. I am not completely sure, but I think the hum is either coming from the power steering unit or the fuel pump. Has anyone else run into this same thing?
  • arupparupp Posts: 2
    Hello everyone,

    I would really appreciate some help if someone could lend it. I own a 2001 RAV4 with 91,000 miles on it. Recently it started making a noise that three mechanics cannot seem to agree on. Here is the description:

    The Noise:

    The car is making a relatively loud high-pitched hissing noise that sounds like it could be either (a) air sucked through a system incorrectly or (b) a piece of metal lightly scraping against another piece of metal.

    The Conditions:

    The car makes the sound only when it is (a) idling (AC on or off) and (b) when the gas pedal is being pushed after it has been not touched (i.e., when accelerating) or when it is coming back to that position (e.g., when I let it go because I am going downhill). In other words, the noise is not there - and definitely not simply overpowered by engine noise - when the gas pedal is pushed down (except for the first few millimeters).

    The Analyses (so far):

    One mechanic thought it was the tensioner or associated belt but replacing both the tensioner pulley and the belt did not fix it. Then he did not know. Another mechanic thought it might be the injection system but was not sure either and suggested living with it for now. One Toyota mechanic thought it was the tensioner at first but then thought it might be air. He later concluded that it was the throttle body that needed to be replaced for 1500 dollars.

    However, the second mechanic could not believe that they could be sure about this - he thinks it might simply be their best guess and merely a "broad attack fix" so to speak. All mechanics seemed to agree, though, that there is nothing dangerous happening and that the car would not be damaged if I ignored the noise. As a scientist, it drives me nuts not to know what it is, though, and of course I am afraid that I will have to spend 1500 dollars one day as we simply cannot afford that with our young son right now.

    I am not sure whether this makes sense but if anyone could help I would appreciate it!

    Thank you very much!
  • Not sure if I have the same problem, but it is the same location. I have a 2003 Sequoia which has been having a RANDOM piercing or screeching noise coming from the floor near the brake pedal. Sometimes it is hard to tell where it is coming from but the Toyota svc. mgr. who witnessed it, thought this was the location the sound was coming from. After leaving it at Toyota dealer for 4 days, they said they could find nothing wrong and was never able to get sound to be heard while they test drove it! Each time I leave and drive away, it starts up to beat the band! At times it seems like it begins or ends when pressing on the brake pedal. At other times, it seems to come from the gas pedal.....hard to tell. I also have had it continue for a few seconds after the engine was shut off! Car seems to run just fine but noise is very annoying and must be stopped. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
  • voovonvoovon Posts: 1
    Hello I've just had the cambelt changed. When idling the revs start at 1500 and go down to 900 after 5 minutes. Car seems noisier than it was before. Can you let me know if this is a normal rev reading please?
  • We have a 2008 Rav4 Limited with V6 and AWD. We have been experiencing a loud humming noise for months. It seems to be coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle is now at the dealer for the 3rd time for the same problem. They are not able to replicate the problem and yet we hear it whenever we get it back. The vehicle was purchased brand new and it's just a year old. We have contacted a lemon law attorney-you may want to check with your state's attorney general's office.
  • nimiminimimi Posts: 249
    If it were I, I would try having the dealer's mechanic ride in the vehicle with me and point out the sound to him before I would divert a lawyer from chasing ambulances.
  • I did have a mechanic ride with me, but the noise occurs randomly and was not heard during the drive. The dealer has had my car on 3 separate occasions each time for a number of days and they never heard the noise. However, no more that 24 hours after we got the car back, the humming noise was present. After doing more research it seems that this "humming" noise at low speeds has been a known problem with Rav 4's and Toyota has not fixed the problem. Trust me, I am not an individual who seeks to pursue law suits, but I feel in this case I need to protect myself and my family. I work extremely hard in the difficult economy and when a product does not live up to the standards/expectations and the company does not rectify the problem than action needs to be taken.
  • I finally was able to do so. Once it made the sound, the head mechanic, in the car, knew it was the brake booster. It was replaced and all is well.
  • rav004rav004 Posts: 2
    well I have just gone to 300 miles on my new rav4 ltd v6 4x4 and now hear a low pitched rattling noise whenever it goes over small bumps just next to my left ear and it seems to come from near the seat belt origin on the driver side door panel or the pillar - and my wife says its also coming from the passenger side as well when she sits there - has anyone else have this issue??? This is my 2nd toyota and the nightmare seems to have started already as my corolla still gives me hell with all the rattling!!!!! guess I have to take it to the dealer now.
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