2001 Toyota RAV4 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Toyota RAV4

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Problems

Software update to correct false catalytic converter failure

Toyota released a software update to fix a problem that caused the Check Engine Light to come on. Before the update, the computer would report a problem with the catalytic converter when there wasn't one.

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.

Check Engine Light on Due to EVAP Vapor Canister Fault

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.

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Questions

what's this loud noise I'm hearing close to the belt? (1 answer)

The fluids are all full, it's not running hot but there is smoke! The car have 95k miles & the smoke stops when I'm driving! Now when I start driving it makes a loud "clack clack" noise! Idk what it is but I'm afraid to drive it

multiple sensors failing (2 answers)

Any chance at all that all of the following could require changing at the same time:
3 x O2 sensors
1 x air fuel sensor
I lost confidence with the repairer at this stage after 3 weeks and a huge bill. Took it to another shop who found that the ECU was faulty and they fixed it and the car is n...

Anyone have an answer why their RAV stalls out? (2 answers)

Starts, then stalls out. No diagnostic codes, shops says they can't pull codes because computer out.

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2001 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

very good
Bought new a 2001 Rav4, as I head into my 10th year of owership I have 199,000 miles! I just this month had to replace the original clutch...wow! I have had no major repair issues with my Rav, in the first few years there was a problem with the check engine light that kept coming on, but there was a recall I think that reset the sensor or something and that has no longer been an issue. I just...
i love my car!! it's always dependable. it's easy to get in and out of. it sits up just enough higher so you can see well all around you. all i've ever done to it is the normal things. i love it!!!

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