1997 Toyota RAV4 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Toyota RAV4
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1997 Toyota RAV4 ProblemsIdle air control motors may become carboned up at 100,000 miles
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.
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.
1997 Toyota RAV4 QuestionsWhY won't my brake lights go out after engine is off (1 answer)
Brake lights are staying on after I turn off car.
I checked the EFI fuses and relays, but I couldn't hear the fuel pump make any noise when I checked it out. Is this common to happen if you run out of fuel?
Cruise control quit, then would not start next morning, jumped thought it was battery, lights shinning but not on, changed fuse, it started, would not engage out of park, no radio, wipers or break lights. Never had problem before. Just changed brake pads a week ago, should have no effect.