1996 Toyota RAV4 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Toyota RAV4
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1996 Toyota RAV4 ProblemsReplace EVAP Canister to Correct EVAP System Problems
The Evaporative system may have problems with the vapor canister releasing charcoal pellets that plug the vent valve. Typically a Code P0441, P0442 and P0446 will be set. The key code is the P0446 which is a vent valve electrical failure. The proper repair is to replace the entire canister with all the valves as a unit. This is located on top of the fuel tank and is expensive. Our Technicians tell us that for awhile Toyota was covering these problems, but this may have changed. It would not hurt to call the dealer if this problem occurs to see if Toyota is still helping with these repairs.
If the vehicle will not crank over, the most common problem is the starter, which tend to fail at about 100,00-125,000 miles. Sometimes it is only the starter solenoid contacts, but often the complete starter (including solenoid) needs to be replaced.
At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.
1996 Toyota RAV4 Questions96 rav 4 oil light came on an it shut down the vehicle an it won't crank back up (1 answer)
It didn't over heat or anything
It appears that I need a heater core replacement.
The description of the symptoms are spot on for my car.
Toyota has quoted me about $2,000.
My car is 19 year old, but I can't afford to replace it, yet. Any useful information will be appreciated.