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 Problems

Idle air control motors may become carboned up at 100,000 miles
The idle air control motors tend to become carboned up at around 100,000 miles and will cause a start and stall and/or stalling at stop sign problems. Many times these valves can be cleaned, however, the sure bet is to replace the idle air control motor and clean the throttle body.
Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages

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.

Engine Won't Crank Due To Starter

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.

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1997 Toyota RAV4 Questions

WhY won't my brake lights go out after engine is off (1 answer)

Brake lights are staying on after I turn off car.

My car ran out of fuel, and when I refueled it it wouldn't start. (1 answer)

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?

Think it is electrical problem, how do I trace this? Fuses changed, and looks ok (1 answer)

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.

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1997 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

at 94,000 miles my '97 Rav 4L is blowing fuses when I try to replace the fuse for the tail lights and dashboard light. Does anyone else have this ploblem? Any suggestions as to where in Oakland to get this electrical prob/ fixed inexpensively?

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