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Toyota RAV4 Maintenance and Repair



  • oxwoodoxwood Posts: 2
    Thanks for that additional info. So sounds like a wedge in the pillar trim is a temporary solution. I'll have to try that since I'll be going on a lengthy road trip as well. I will contact the dealership in the upcoming weeks but from what I gathered from your posting it doesn't sound promising. Please let us know how the visit with your dealership went. Thanks, ox
  • folkepalmfolkepalm Posts: 4
    I'm 6'4" and have the V6 Sport. The manually operated driver's seat provides more room than the Limited Rav4.
    I just made an 1800 mile trip and had no comfort issues.
    I have not had any windshield cracks and have the 3M clear bra so I don't have any stone chips.
    Good Luck!
  • cjrush5cjrush5 Posts: 1
    I am having the same issue. This post is dated, have you found the location of the oil filter?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
  • risarisa Posts: 14
    Where did you buy your 3M clear bra? I would like to get one for mine. How much it cost?

  • ihammerihammer Posts: 75
    My 2006 Ltd. V6 4x2 RAV4 makes the same droaning noise as has been mentioned by ofelia and silveravin in earlier posts.
    I took it to the dealer yesterday and was able to ride along with a master tech while he checked for the noise. Sure enough the car started making the droaning noise so the tech was able to hear it. After we got back to the dealer's service garage, I left and he checked the car out and could not pinpoint the noise/problem. It was after 5PM and the service writer told me that I could take my car and that the tech would talk to an engineer at Toyota in the morning (6/27/06) about the problem and that the service writer would get back to me today (6/27/06). He called me about 5PM today (6/27/06) and told me that the master tech had talked to Toyota engineering and they have had other complaints re the same droaning noise problem. They are working on determining the cause so that they can create a TSB (technical service bulletin) so that the noise can either be reduced (no thanks!) or eliminated (I would hope so!). I was told to sit tight as there is no ETA for a fix. They are supposed to contact me when Toyota creates a TSB, but also told me to stay in touch with them.
  • jarekjarek Posts: 24
    I read on Edmunds that Rav4 has ice cold AC. I doubt. I collected my Rav4 Sport 4x4 2.4L this week on Monday. So far I have made 200 miles driving mix highway and off-highway conditions. I am satisfied overall however there is one flaw. AC does not blow cold air but rather mild cool. In a country where I live temperatures reach now around 110F with humidity varying between 60 and 80%. Pleasant for sauna lovers J.
    One could say - yeah 110F and he wants cold AC. Well, my second car is new Camry with the same engine. AC is there really ice cold. Anybody has encountered the same problem? Should I expect more out of my AC?
  • risarisa Posts: 14
    Same here, A/C is not enough, I don't think it would get ice cold specially here in Texas so hot in summer. Sometimes I wonder if the back passengers would get cold air at all. I only feel mild cool when I pointed the vent air to myself, even if you put it in max A/C. Wonder if A/C is to small for this vehicle?
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    I even have to adjust the AC knob to III (the 2nd largest level) in order to have a cool comfy cabin...;

    BTW, my car also starts giving that droning noise on and off. My feel is that it happens when the car gets hot.... Even when the AC is turned off, the humming noise is still there :confuse: . I am reluctant to bring it back to the dealer.
  • ofeliaofelia Posts: 10
    I am glad that the droaning noise does exist not just in my imagination and is a problem Toyota has to acknowledge. As I mentioned, they replaced the gas tank/line and somewhat eliminated the noise, but every now and then...I hear something similar to the noise I heard in the beginning but dissapears.

  • ofeliaofelia Posts: 10
    I have to put my AC on the highest setting to really get cool. It's been hot here in California lately but even then, I think the AC is not enough. By the way, I posted LCD problems on my stereo, anybody have similar problems?

  • alinlalinl Posts: 8
    I have the same problem with the LCD. Disappointing for a Ltd car with upgraded sound system. I will go to the dealer soon.
  • gpurkgpurk Posts: 13
    The volume knob on my JBL stereo would not turn up or down. I turned off the radio and it turned it back on and it started working again. Anybody have that problem?
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    What a coincidence. I had exactly the same problem today. But by simply turning on or off the radio it didn't work in my case. Eventually the volume symbol appearred and started being adjustable again after I touched the tone/balance knob, etc. Man, I was driving at the time. I thought somebody had touched it somehow.
  • ihammerihammer Posts: 75
    Thanks for your reply. I'm sorry to hear that you still sometimes hear the noise - even after they replaced your fuel tank/line. I printed out your message regarding your dealer having replaced your fuel tank/line and silveravin's message about experiencing the same droaning noise and gave it to them when I took my car in so they were aware that other people were having the problem and also I wanted to give them a hint about a possible fix. They didn't want to do anything to my car until they hear from Toyota engineers. Hopefully they will figure out what the problem is and come up with a fix for it. In the meanwhile I am glad that I took my car in - I can't live with that noise forever!!.
    Also, I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but I called Toyota corporate to inform them of the problem and got a case # from them before I took it to have the dealer look at it. The dealer told me that the service tech who looked at my car also got a case # for my car from Toyota. If you haven't done so I recommend letting Toyota corporate know because the more complaints they get about the problem, the more likely and the sooner they'll address the issue. By the way if your repair takes more than 8 hours you are entitled to a loaner vehicle and some dealers will give you a loaner even if you just have to leave the car for several hours for them to look at it. I got a loaner from my service center while my car was there. The number for Toyota customer relations is (800) 331-4331 and you choose option #6. I'll keep you & silveravin posted!
  • I would hear the droning during hot weather while waiting at stoplights. Sounds like noisy radiator cooling fans to me. :confuse: I usually just drown out the sound with the radio. I'll just have the dealer evaluate the noise during my next oil change for my 06 Sport V6 2WD.
  • nifty56nifty56 Posts: 279
    What has the radio got to do with the subject "Re:AC Efficiency" :confuse:
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    It's not the cooling fan. The other day I started my car and heard this humming noise (The car was driven earlier). I openned the hood and saw the fan was still, no motion.
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    good catch, boy! Trace to the root, please. ;)
  • ihammerihammer Posts: 75
    You're right - it's definitely not the cooling fan. I thought that's what it was the first few times I heard it in my car, but I realized it was something else because it is on too much of the time while I'm driving to be a fan. It's interesting that you mentioned that "the car was driven earlier", because my car doesn't always make the droaning noise the first time I drive it each day. It almost always starts making the noise when I start the car again after making a stop somewhere and then it is pretty much on constantly. I am waiting to hear from Toyota corporate as to what it is and when a fix might be coming.
  • You could be right. However, I only hear the droning when stopped or driving slowly/parking. Once my RAV is above 10mph, the noise is gone. BTW, aren't there TWO cooling fans for the radiator. Hopefully my dealer will determine the exact cause of noise and eliminate it.
  • atom164atom164 Posts: 10
    I saw your question about windshield cracks... I've had my 06 Rav 4 Limited Edition since January and last Saturday the rear window simply blew out with no explanantion whatsoever. It was sitting in my driveway since the night before. No precipitation in the area nor traffic. other windows were opened about 2 inches to promote air flow. Temperature was around 80. Contacted Toyota :cry: ...nothing yet. I'm thinking questionable workmanship, dimished quality? Any suggestions from anyone?
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    I kind of feel the same way like yours and Justfloorit's about when the noise occurs.

    I went to my dealership yesterday to have my car serviced for the first 5000 miles. I mentioned the droning noise to the receptionist and he did admit hearing that too. He thinks that's from the fuel pump. After the service, he told me that one of the two technicians who came to my car did hear the humming noise. They therefore checked other cars and they heard the same thing; namely, it's normal. So, to let Toyota know the issue and wait for a "dotting letter(?)" for dealerships is all that what we can do.
  • ihammerihammer Posts: 75
    I can't believe they are going to pass the droning noise off as NORMAL! I had a 2004 RAV 4 before I got my 2006 and it never made that noise. In fact none of the other cars that I've had, including Toyotas and Lexus ever made a noise like this either.
    That's interesting that when you took yours to the dealer for the 5000 mile service one of the guys said he thought it was from the fuel pump. There is one other 2006 RAV 4 owner (ofelia) who's car had the noise too and they replaced her fuel pump, but she says she still hears the noise sometimes.
    Today after driving around with the droning noise happening most of the time, I got home and when I put the car in reverse the tone/pitch of the droning noise changed and it changed again when I put it in park. So I shifted back and forth from park to reverse several times and with each gear change the droning noise got higher or lower so I am worried that it may indicate a transmission problem. Ofelia had first thought it was a transmission problem too.
    Anyhow, I am going to continue to frequently call Toyota until we get some action from their engineering department on this because I just can't buy their position that since other cars do it too it's NORMAL! Since other cars do it too, the more likely scenario is that Toyota is going to have a recall issue or at least a Technical Service Bulletin should be issued setting forth the nature of the problem and a fix for it. I have filed a complaint with the National Highway & Transportation Safety Board since I am worried that the noise could indicate a transmission problem or could indicate that some part is wearing out on something because of the almost constant droning noise. Who knows if there is a safety issue involved???
  • jarekjarek Posts: 24
    Should recirc switch on automatically on Ravs equipped with auto AC? Has anybody experienced it? If so then under what conditions it happens?
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    Your finding is really significant! Salute!
    I am going to check into it with mine next time when I hear the noise.
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    It seems like that the dealership tech easily forgets cancelling the blinking maintenance light after service. I went back and the receptionist did it for me. In case you like to know, the procedure is:
    --Put the odometer at trip A; Then while press the knob turn the car key to ON (but not start the car). He said you will see some light bars floating from one side to the other indicating it's doing something). That's it.
  • johan1johan1 Posts: 21
    About: "when I put the car in reverse the tone/pitch of the droning noise changed and it changed again when I put it in park. So I shifted back and forth from park to reverse several times and with each gear change the droning noise got higher or lower"

    I tried and didn't really notice a difference. The humming tone remained the same to me. By the way, I hear it while I am in the car and when I step out, I only hear the quiet engine. I was on a market parking lot when I checked this.
  • ihammerihammer Posts: 75
    Thanks for the reply. I also don't hear the noise when I get out of the car and try to hear it - only inside the car. As fars as the shifting from park to reverse issue, I should have mentioned that the droning noise doesn't always change when I do that shifting. It did that when the mechanic was checking it while I was with him and has done it a couple of times when I shifted back & forth from park to reverse, but it is not consistent. I guess the inconsistency is part of the reason the mechanic couldn't pinpoint the problem. Anyhow, I'm going to call Toyota corporate again tomorrow to see if I can find out about any progress their engineers might have made toward solving the problem.
  • charles64charles64 Posts: 13
    I have been reading the posts about the droning noise with interest. I have a 2006 4wd 4-cyl limited with about 5300 miles. I recently noticed a noise that may not be the same as the droning noise others have reported. When I am in reverse or drive at low speeds, I hear something that sounds more like a grinding noise from the rear (rear wheels?). This noise gets louder when I apply the brakes. The noise seems to go away after a few mins of driving....

    Have others experienced this noise?
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    Is there a special technique involved with re-covering the Base Rav4 spare tire? I simply cannot get the cover back on around the bottom. I have the elastic positioned correctly on the top and bottom.

    Also, any suggestions for a lock? I was thinking about simply placing a locking lug on it.
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