Toyota RAV4 Repair and Maintenance
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Toyota RAV4 ProblemsAutomatic 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.
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.
The head gasket may fail due to a defect in manufacturing of the cylinder block.
On this vehicle, the head bolts are known to pull the threads out of the engine block, allowing the head to slightly lift, and causing head gasket failure. Symptoms may include:
- White smoke from exhaust
- Rough running conditions and/or inability to start or idle
- White or cream colored oil on dipstick
- Check engine light
- OBD Trouble Codes P2181, P0300
When the head gasket fails, the bolt holes for the head bolts must be repaired before the cylinder head can be remounted.
This issue is not always preventable, but to help avoid it, never run the engine if the engine temperature is ever above the normal range.
Toyota RAV4 QuestionsMy car revs but no speed is it the clutch or throttle cable (1 answer)
Brake lights are staying on after I turn off car.
I would like to know how to get my two back seats out. They are suppose to come out without any screw drivers or any other tool.
Toyota RAV4 RecallsRear Suspension Arms Loosen And Fail
The rear tie rod adjusting lock nuts may not have been properly tightened after servicing. The rear arms may loosen and fail as a result. Dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the lock nuts free of charge to resolve the concern.
For vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters, the seat heater elements may short circuit when the seat cushion is compressed, and result in a fire hazard. Dealers will disconnect the seat heaters and refund the purchase price of the seat heaters free of charge to resolve the concern,
The vehicle certification label may indicate the improper load carrying capacity rating for the vehicle. This is because accessories were added to them after the vehicle was built, changing the available load that the vehicle can handle carrying. Vehicle owners will be provided a corrected label and dealers will aid in installing them free of charge to resolve the concern.