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Toyota RAV4 Maintenance and Repair



  • Thanks very much dtown for the service bulletin. Going to my dealer tomorrow, so I can make sure he knows about it. Any chance they have another on the front suspension popping noise?
  • Gilvkona, I have been experiencing the same problem with noise and slight "roughness" to the steering wheel when turning - same as yourself at lower speeds turning 60 degrees or so and more. It wasn't there when I bought the car, but gradually developed.

    I had our local dealership check it out, and I while I wasn't exactly told there was nothing wrong, the service guy said there was no Toyota memos on issues with the steering and there was no recommended repair. The service guy also said he tried another 2006 on the lot and found a similar noise. I decided not to press the issue for now since it is pretty slight, but if it progresses I plan to take it back and be a little more assertive about a repair.

    I am very curious about your experience with the dealer on this issue.
  • My wife has a 07 rav4 with the service reminder i.e. maint. reqrd.,but the manual does not tell how to reset.It does say that the light is to let you know it is time for an oil change,but that is all.
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    Have another look. In my copy of the 2007 owner's manual the instructions for resetting the service reminder are at the end of section 1-6.
  • vrockvrock Posts: 3
    Really happy with our two RAV4's. Need troubleshoot help with the '02. It is automatic transmission. Starts, runs fine. When depress the button on shifter, it will NOT come out of park mode. Have tried also turning steering wheel..since have had that kind of lock-up on others of my toyotas. But no dice.

    When I depress the button on that shifter, can hear and feel one click within the steering column. Does not make click when released. Have also tried engaging/disengaging the parking brake. (And of course, yes, I am doing this when car is running).

    Don't have Haynes manual for our current Toyotas since they have needed nothing from me in terms of personal repairs since purchase 3 yrs ago.

    Searched through postings here. GREAT site! :shades:
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The is an electric solenoid that locks the shifter in park until you apply the brake, compliments of Audi. The solenoid may have failed or the brake light switch on the brake pedal may have failed.

    There is a work around to manually actuate the solenoid in the owners manual.
  • vrockvrock Posts: 3
    Thank you for your quick reply! Will try both today after work and let you know how it goes!
    Wisconsin here and 5" snow yesterday on top of ice. 1/2 mile farm/gravelly uphill driveway, no plowing. RAV goes through no problem though. Sweet! ;)
  • vrockvrock Posts: 3
    Thanks wwest! Took several tries before it would "come out of" park. At first, it really seemed as if it would not be the solution. Perhaps the cold weather affecting complete depression of brake pedal. Gut feeling says I should proactively replace the solenoid, but I'll old off on that. Thanks again! ;)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Generally there is a small opening, sometimes with a cover "plate", near the shift lever that can be removed and then the solenoid can be actuated via inserting a key.
  • Does anyone know where the V6 oil filter is located, and do you need to remove a shield of some sort to get to it?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Yes, it is just under, very close under, the front exhaust manifold. A real BEAR to get to.
  • Thanks, is it a conventional screw on filter? I know that previous years had a filter that you just replaced the filtering elements.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I don't know, mine is an "all-in-one', but the most simple way to find out is at the parts store.
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    The four-cylinder uses a regular screw-on filter; on the V6 you just replace the filter element and O-rings.
  • Does anybody know if the 96 rav has a differential that I should be checking the oil in?
    I have a manual for the 96 corolla and it says the three speed auto also has a differential that needs checking. Our rav has a four speed auto. Thanks
  • I own a 2008 RAV4 4cyl 4WD and have noticed now that it's cold, two times now that it has been below 20 degrees, the engine does not shift into overdrive when you start off and hit a normal speed. If you move the shifter over and then shift into OD, it will then shift correctly. Is this a common occurance? Thank you for your assistance on this matter.
  • I'm pretty sure that your car is acting the way it should. The computer wants the rpms to stay up until the ice is warm enough.
  • I have a 2006 Rav4 Sport...and have the same knocking felt in the steering when turning...started off more frequent. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't duplicate it. I've been watching more closely now...and it seems as though after I've had the break on...and then turn...I get the noise. Anyone else having sucess in fixing this with a dealer?
  • Did your service on your Rav4 correct the noice in the steering wheel?
    I've got the same problem.
  • hibeamhibeam Posts: 9
    Yes, I have the same thing, Doesn't do it all the time. especially when you have the mechanic in the car.The dealer said that everything is tight. It is driving me crazy too. I am going for oil change and tire rotation and ask them again.
  • kathrynlee, I have been procrastinating and will not take the vehicle to the dealer until the end of the month. If something happens, I will post something here.
  • The driver side door lock in my 2004 RAV4 doesn't work either by remote or switch inside the door. The dealer quoated $99.00 to open the fron door pannel. Ant parts and labor required to fix the problem is extra.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
  • I posted a few weeks back also with the same problem of some "unevenness" to the steering when turning at slow speeds. Took it to a dealer and they said it was normal for the electronic steering - or at least they didn't have a fix for it.

    I have the '06 Rav4 Sport.

    Clearly, this is not an isolated problem.
  • Maybe some oil in the lock in the side of the door will help....worked on our 96 RAV...just be sure not to get any oil on any platics, it can discolor them. I have had this problem in my Camry on and off, it does not work and then just before I get to the dealer it starts working again. No doubt it will fail right after my 7/75 runs out!
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I had the same issue but it is front passenger door ... posted below!
  • kst1kst1 Posts: 22
    I have a 07 2WD 4-cylinder RAV4. On my way back from work, my instrument panel lit up for a couple of seconds. The engine malfunction, VSC, airbag lights stayed on. I shut off the RAV when I reached home and started it but those light stayed on. Took it to local Toyota dealer and the service manager suspected a loose gas tank cap. Well, they cleared the codes and siad that it was a temporary communication failure between the computers. Anyhow, he said that it should not happen again. Well, guess what the same lights came on again and have stayed on. Will have to take it in next week. Anybody experienced this scenario?
  • cuapecuape Posts: 1
    thanks your info was acurate in the section 1-6 it shows how to do it. you have to turn the ignition to on, and trip A. hold the button while turning the ignition off and then on, the lights will flash and then it will reset , release the button when the light is gone.
  • I use a Toyota RAV4 2006 model. Sometimes after parking the car for about 5 minutes and I want to start it back, the engine refuses to start. The car uses the keyless ignition, the light on the button turns green when pressed but it doesnt kick the engine. Also I notice that when it does this, the break pedal is always very stiff. it has done this 3 times now. What can be the problem?
  • ttaylor6ttaylor6 Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 RAV4 and in the 10 months I've owned the car I've had three cracks in the windshield. The first one happened right after I bought the car - a rock hit the windshield and it was pretty bad so I had it replaced. Not 3 weeks later another rock "barely" hit the windshield and caused a chip which I had filled. 4 days after having that filled another rock hit it and is bad enough that I'll have to replace it.

    Has anyone heard any more on this or had any luck with the dealership owning up to the fact that there is a stress problem with the windshield??

    Looking for suggestions!
  • ldgomezldgomez Posts: 1
    Your Sunglases are likely polarized, as is the LCD cover of the radio and clock display. Unfortunately, the result is that it obscures the LCD screen to the point where you can't read it. You might notice the same problem with ATM machines, and LCD watches and even the windshields of some cars. The only practical solution is to get sun glasses that are not polarized.

    A more technical explanation is that the axis of the polarization of your glasses is rotated 90 degrees with the axis of the polarized screen that you want to see. The net result is that the light waves are cancel. A cool experiment to do is to look at the screen while you tilt your head to 90 degrees of your driving position. As you rotate it, you will see how the screen becomes clearer as the axis of polarization in both your glasses and the screen get aligned. This is common with polarized glasses and one of the reasons airplane pilots usually do not use polarizes lenses.
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