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Toyota RAV4, SUV
Jul 15, 2005 (1:26 pm)
I am a first time Toyota buyer. 1999 Toyota Rav 4 110,000 miles. When I start the engine after sitting overnight, I a little "blue" smoke from the exhaust. Just for a few seconds. Is this bad seals or could it be something else? No other smoke at all. Doesn't seem to "burn" any oil though.If it is seals, what is athe cost to repair? It doesnt bother anybody but me. Just another gnat bite of life, I guess. Also, I have the plastic door trim allthe way down the sides of the car that covers about the bottom 1/3. Some genius tried to wax the plastic and I have dried wax all over the sides and bumpers. Anyone have a suggestion as to how to remove this wax?
Any help would be appreciated
#1901 of 2127 Seals and wax Re: Rav4 Question [thazallfolks]
Jul 15, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I've heard of some Gen 1 RAV4s that had valve guide seals that wore out too soon. Sounds like the root of your start-up smoke problem.
Some were factory-covered. Maybe yours are?
Not sure if it amounts to much either way.
And, yeah, use peanut butter to remove the wax from the plastic.
#1902 of 2127 Aftermarket install
Aug 02, 2005 (9:21 am)
I bought a Rav4 (2001) on July 22. My first! And I want to get an aftermarket remote start system with keyless entry and alarm. I want to know if I will have any trouble with the Rav4? I found a place that will do it for $399 total. Thank you in advance!
Aug 05, 2005 (6:21 am)
I have owned my 99 RAV 4 for over a year and have been very pleased. However, recently there have been electrical problems with windows, and now there is a green light that comes up on the dash the reads "ECT PWR" Unfortunately my owners manual was stolen when my car was broken into earlier this year. I have asked around and taken it to a repair shop, no one seems to know what ECT PWR stands for. I am a single woman and don't want to be taken advantage of if I take my car to be fixed not having any idea what my be wrong. Any ideas?
#1904 of 2127 Generally....
Aug 05, 2005 (9:04 am)
there is a button somewhere near the shifter that allows you to change the transaxle shift pattern. Often labelled "ECT".
#1905 of 2127 Re: ECT PWR [huszj]
Aug 05, 2005 (3:45 pm)
I THINK that it refers to "Electronically Controlled Throttle" and the "power" setting which means the tranny will hold the gear longer (ie higher rpm) to get quicker acceleration. I could be wrong. I don't think anything is broken, it's just running in the "power" mode so your fuel economy might be down very slightly. I always run a vehicle in the "power" mode if I have the choice, as I like to move out more rapidly -- :>)
#1907 of 2127 NHTSA Crash test rating for RAV
Aug 12, 2005 (1:51 pm)
I was told that NHTSA Crash test rating for RAV is only 4 Stars ? can any one confirm this ?
#1908 of 2127 Re: NHTSA Crash test rating for RAV [hrao]
Aug 13, 2005 (3:05 am)
It might be the one tested without side airbags. Without side airbags it was given a poor rating in a side crash test.