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The Toyota RAV4 is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota.

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2003 Toyota Rav4: Scratching sound above 4k RPM

I have a manual transmission, 2003 Toyota Rav4. The problem is that there is now a scratching sound, originating from the front center (sounds like it is right behind the front air vents), that starts ...
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How do you replace the transfer case on a 2010 Toyota RAV4? [closed]

How do you replace the transfer case on a 2010 Toyota RAV4?
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Toyota 2006 RAV 4 - no spark

We've just replace the engine in a 2006 2.4l Rav 4. Replacement engine uses all the (tested) sensors from the old engine. Ran all the continuity / voltage checks for the ignition circuit and all are ...
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Rav4 2015 Limited Edition high fuel consumption

I bought a Toyota Rav4 AWD 2015 Limited edition since 1 month and it's consuming a lot of fuel: about 17L/100Km in the city which is a high number for 4 cylinder SUV no? What could be the issue?
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Deflated wheel on new Rav4?

I got my new 2021 Rav4 less than a month ago and only put about 110 miles on it but yesterday I noticed one of the rear wheels is significantly deflated(and almost flat). I only remember a glass ...
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What systems are powered by the traction battery in a 2020 Rav4?

Obviously the traction motors are driven by the battery - that's the whole purpose. I suspect that the power steering and air conditioner compressor are driven by the traction battery (vs the 12V ...
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Diagnosing faulty windshield wipers on a 2007 Toyota Rav4

I've read multiple articles about diagnosing the cause of faulty wipers but I can't find any that seem to describe the symptoms I'm seeing. Here's what I am experiencing: At high speed: the wipers ...
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Car brake pedal pushes against my foot

I have a 5 year-old Toyota Rav 4. There seems to be a problem with the brakes. When I press the brake pedal, it pushes my feet back in intervals, thus makes my car braking distance longer than usual. ...
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Speedometer and Odometer not reading, bad fuel consumption

I have a 1995 model Toyota RAV4 automatic transmission. The speedometer and Odometer sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. What could be the problem causing this erratic behaviour. The same car consumes ...
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2010 Toyota RAV4 air conditioning blows warm instead of cold

Since it's a second vehicle and I don't use it much, I don't really want to spend money on a diagnosis and have been trying to research how I could diagnose (and maybe fix) the problem myself. https://...
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Alternator squeal

98 rav4. I have a bad squeal, however I tried a new alternator and it did not go away. The charging voltage does not go above 12.3 and when I unplug the plug on the back of the alternator the ...
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Risk to parking pawl while loosening lug nuts with car jacked up

With a car jacked up (tires is in the air), automatic transmission in park, and the emergency brake disengaged, can really cranking on lugs nuts damage a parking pawl? Scenario I was removing the ...
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Why would a TPMS sensor start working again?

I have a 2008 Toyota RAV4. One day, the TPMS warning light came on. I then checked the pressure in all of my tires, including the spare. All were ~34 psig, which is plenty of pressure. I went to a ...
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Vibrating hood at speeds greater than 100 kph on 2018 RAV4

I've noticed that hood starts to vibrate at speeds greater than 100 kph. It's not something that annoys me too much but since my car is still under warranty I went to ask my dealer about it. From the ...
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Did my dealership screw up the 140k mile maintenance on my 2010 Toyota RAV4 and what options do I have?

UPDATE3: See below. TL;DR They found the problem. They say the plastic guides on the timing chain came loose and jammed the timing chain, making it seem like the engine seized. $3,100 repair. Don't ...
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Is 7% refrigerant loss per year worrying?

I some time ago had my car's air conditioning system serviced, when the car was 2.5 years old. It was functioning okay, but I opted for the service because I wanted to have a measurement of the ...
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rav4 2L diesel, 2002, engine failure

engine gone in my 2002 rav 4, 2L, diesel, but can i replace it with an avensis, corolla 2L diesel or other toyota? obviously keeping my original turbo, starter etc. mark
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My RAV4 scissor jack head is curved, did I just misposition it?

I used my scissor jack that came with the car to change the 4 winter tires on my car to 4 summer tires. The car is Toyota RAV4, and after the change, a part of the head of the scissor jack is curved. ...
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2002 RAV4 starting problem

I have a RAV4 that I've been trying to get running for a while now. Here's what's working: Spark based on simple light tester Installed coil packs from a known working engine and new plugs ...
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Air/Protruding rubber seal on a brake caliper piston - is this normal?

I'm replacing the brake rotors and pads on my 2012 Toyota Rav4 (V4 engine) and as I'm doing the rear wheels, I noticed that as I was pushing back the brake caliper piston that it quite a bit of air ...
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How to keep air recirculation on permanently

I am looking to find a way to have the recirculation always in the ON position for my 2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Limited. I understand it's unhealthy to leave the same air in your car but I don't ...
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Clunk in back end

I'm hearing a clunk and bang from the back of my car. The symptoms: 2010 RAV4, 6 cyl, AWD, 75kmiles. Clunk from rear sometimes when rounding sharp corners at low speed. Clunk from rear sometimes when ...
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Car takes multiple attempts to start - bad battery?

It takes me 2-3 attempts to start my car the last few days. Yesterday it didn't start at all (no noise, but the lights/radio worked) and started after I got a jump and pumped the accelerator. I'm not ...
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Brakes groaning noise while coming to stop or releasing the break

2013 rav4 makes some strange (groan) noise, as car comes to stop or as I release the brake slightly. Sounds (and stops) come very rough if car is on downhill and are not smooth. Definitely ...
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Engine whine / whir noise while revving Rav4

Rav4 2013 2.5 2AR-FE I noticed that there is a constant whirring noise that seems to match the engine speed. It doesn't matter if it is in neutral, drive, reverse, park etc. The sound seems to pretty ...
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2007 RAV4 Transfer Case: Making the Impossible Possible?

2007 RAV4 Sport 3.5 6L AWD transfer case is cracked. Is it possible to remove/replace the transfer case WITHOUT pulling the engine/trans? Supposedly most of the 3.5L engine AWD such as Sienna, ...
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EFI fuse blows randomly.

I am beating my head in with this issue. EFI fuse blows randomly, I have found no patter. When it blow, it will keep blowing them and not start. I have to disconnect the battery first and then replace ...
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Tapping engine noise, but only with load and only for short time

2003 Toyota Rav4. 4 cylinder, 145k miles. Recently started making a ticking noise. Noise only happens on startup and for about 15 minutes and ONLY when under load. So, start the car and fast idle ...
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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Today, the outside temperature was -20 degrees Celsius and I forgot to connect the cord for the block heater, cabin heater and 12V battery charger. My 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid blinked the "READY" light ...
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2001 Toyota Rav4 O2 sensor change

When changing O2 sensor B1 S2 on 2001 rav4 do you have to loosen the engine mount to access sensor with o2 socket, or is there an easier way?
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Dispute with insurance over broken tooth in power steering drive - do I have a case?

My wife was in an accident around August 22, 2017 in our 2010 RAV4. Another driver hit her from the side in the front right corner. The wheel was bent in. We got the car back around Sept 13th. They ...
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02 sensor displays constant 3.3 volts, not a jagged waveform. 2002 rav4

Got P0420 and P0430 codes, suggesting the catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Everything I have read suggests the wave form after the cat ( sensor 2) should be a delayed version of before the ...
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2002 Toyota RAV4 Stripped PCV Valve Threads on Valve Cover

Stripped PCV valve threads on valve cover while removing old PCV valve; however, new PCV valve wiggles but does not fall out, even with tugging. Also, short and long term fuel trims at idle have not ...
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Are (STFT + LTFT) values less than +/- 38% really normal for 2002 Toyota RAV4?

According to a 2002 Toyota RAV4 Repair Manual, "If total of short-term fuel trim value and long-term fuel trim value is within plus or minus 38 percent, the system is functioning normally." Based on ...
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What is the lift support travel distance for Rav4 2013 non-power lift gate?

I'm trying to determine the overall length and travel distance for the non-power hatch lift cylinder support for 2013 Toyota Rav4 XLE; product code 689600R010
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Is it time for a new steering rack?

I have a Toyota RAV4 2002. Have steering wander, little center response, also the steering steer on its own some time. Also outside wear on one tire. The whole rack was moving alot, so I replaced the ...
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clear fluid leaking from 2001 Rav 4

I have a 2001 Rav 4, and I noticed this clear fluid leaking from a hose. Does this have something to do with the air conditioning or is it the transmission fluid? This is a manual Rav 4.
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Name of thin metal tube / bar running across front and right of early RAV4 engine compartment

I'm trying to figure out the name of the above described in my 1997 Toyota RAV4. It's not labeled in my Haynes manual. In the below pic it's the white line across the front between the labels 6, 7, 8, ...
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Power locks unlock only (2002 Toyota Rav4)

History: Front passenger and driver power locks didn't work. All other power locks worked fine -> Replaced front door lock actuators -> Now, all power locks (front and back) unlock only.
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2003 Rav4 Reverse light switch

Can anyone tell me how to replace the reverse light switch on the 2003 Rav4? I found it on the trans housing, but I can't get a socket on it since it is buried kind of under the ?starter motor? and ...
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Why do I hear sound from the ABS on RAV4 hybrid when pressing the brake pedal at standstill?

I have a two and half months old Toyota RAV4 hybrid. I have noticed that occasionally when pressing the brake pedal when being stopped, I can hear sound that seems to come from the ABS. It is ...
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Automatic stalls, then struggles to go up gear, revs bouncing - would low/bad fuel explain this?

I had a hair-raising incident yesterday. My engine (automatic transmission) cut out while driving at around 30mph on a main road, just like a manual stalling. It restarted on the first attempt as soon ...
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Why has my RAV4 started whistling after I turn off the engine?

This has just started in the past few days. About 90 seconds after I turn off the engine, it will start emitting what sounds like an almost perfect sine wave at a little over 1kHz. It lasts for ...
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Accelerator pedal stuck briefly - how to make sure it doesn't happen again?

While reversing into my drive the accelerator pedal briefly got stuck - luckily in the "up" position, not the "down" position, but given the hump in my drive that needs a little gas to get over, it ...
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Water leaking through visor area into interior

My car leaks when it rains. Rain drips from the visor area. I suspect an area outside and above the windshield that is showing some rust. I also suspect that my windshield was not replaced (long ago)...
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Should I use gasoline 87, 89 or 93 on 2016 RAV4 SE

I read many articles online and people have different opinions about this issue. Some say 89 is the best for acceleration. Others say 87 is just fine. I'm worried only about the health of my car. ...
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Does body side molding damage the paint?

I just got a new 2016 RAV4. I'm thinking about getting a body side molding to protect it from door dings. They will install it right in the Toyota dealership I have three questions: 1. In general:...
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2016 RAV4. 18'' vs. 17'' wheels?

I am hesitating between the RAV4 XLE and the RAV4 SE. The RAV4 SE has really cool 18'' wheels and the RAV4 XLE has normal 17'' wheels. I want to get the SE (because of aesthetics), however, I'm afraid ...
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

While trying to diagnose a tricky car not starting problem I was asked to check if the spark plugs were firing at all. I've found plenty of resources on inspecting the condition of spark plugs after ...
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How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

I want to check if this particular 50 amp fuse on a RAV4 (1998 first generation) is blown or not. Just looking, it's hard to tell because of what I assume are blue-green deposits on copper (this is ...
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