2004 Toyota RAV4 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Toyota RAV4

2004 Toyota RAV4 Problems

Car won't start due to worn/corroded solenoid contacts in starter
If the car will not start, the most likely problem is worn or corroded solenoid contacts in the starter. Usually, these parts can be replaced without purchasing a new starter.
Replace 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.

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.

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Recalls

Driver Front Air Bag Abnormal Deployment

When deployed due to a crash, the driver's side air bag can deploy abnormally. The inflator may come apart, causing debris and fragments to strike and injure occupants. The dealership will replace the driver's front air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

 

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2004 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

100466 miles the head bolt THREADS pulled out of the engine block, causing head gasket failure & loss of coolant. Dealership says $8000 for new engine is the most reasonable way to fix this! Online search shows it is a chronic problem on the 4 cylinder engines for Toyota.
great mileage on highway. great run around town. very uncomfortable seats...hard. also road noise is loud.

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