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#284 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some..
Sep 21, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I have had my Rav4 since April. At about 2000 KM (1242 Mi), I started to notice a droning sound from the back end. I can reproduce this sound at will, so long as I'm on a level surface with slight gas applied, driving speeds of 70 (43MPH), 80 (49MPH), 90 (56MHP) and 100 (62MPH) KM's per hr. In addition, I hear a low whining noise from the back end and some vibration.
Not only I have the annoying droning sound, when driving at parking lot speeds, turning into parking stalls or just going around the corner, the frontend creeks. Also the transmission tends to hesitate finding the gear it wants, after braking around Yield corners and then pressing the gas pedal.
Last but not least, two weeks after taking possession of the Rav, backing out of the driveway - on dry summers day - the Slippery surface symbol flashed on the dash (6 occasions) as if to tell me the road was slippery....it surely was not. It hasn't happened since.
I took it to the dealer today. He hadn't heard of the droning noise, so he says. I explained the hesitating gear change also happened on my 2002 Camry, the car now gone; the shop foreman told me the Camry had a software update to fix the problem. He's going to check with Japan if there's one coming out for the 2006 Rav4.
As for the front end creaking noise, the Shop foreman agreed that it's not normal, as is the droning noise. He ran a scope on the truck during our test drive to see if there was any indication to why the slippery surface light came on - nothing was found.
To say the least, the car is booked for an inspection and they'll provide me with a service loaner car. I have to give that much to dealer, he's trying to get me answers to fix the things that shouldn't be.
So, if anyone discovers things happening that shouldn't be with their Toyota....take it into the shop. Toyota is working at becoming #1 in the world. so lets test them on their desires, challange them to make sure your car is #1.
#285 of 831 RADIO DISPLAY PROBLEMS
Sep 21, 2006 (4:12 pm)
I have a 5 month old RAV 4 with 6 CD changer. Recently the radio display has either disappeared altogether (altho radio still on) or it is showing all sorts of digits/symbols. Anyone else with this prob or know the solution?
#286 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [ihammer]
Sep 21, 2006 (4:22 pm)
I'm also glad to hear that Toyota knows there's a problem. I plan to call the customer service number you gave me tomorrow to make a complaint about the droning problem as well. The sound for me sounds like its coming from underneath the floor of the driver's side back seat. It happens 90% of the time for me when I am either idling or driving a less than 35 miles per hour. I'm not sure if it happens when I'm driving faster than that because perhaps the road noise drowns it out. I have noticed that when I turn my headlights on, the droning noise is higher pitched (but not louder) and then goes down to a lower pitch when the headlights are turned off. Also, if the vehicle is cold (outside temps outside cold and the car sits out all night), I don't hear the droning noise until the car has been running for a little while and warms up.
I have faith that Toyota will find a solution. Hopefully everyone that's having the problem will report it...strength in numbers!
#287 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [jodi1972]
Sep 21, 2006 (8:21 pm)
Everything you mention in your post has been the exact experience I have been having re the droning noise. I'm glad you are reporting your droning problem to Toyota customer service - the more of us who do that, the sooner we'll have a solution.
#288 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some.. [canadianeh2]
Sep 21, 2006 (8:42 pm)
The droning noise in my vehicle also comes from the back end and can be reproduced. As I've mentioned in earlier posts, the dealer replaced both the fuel pump and the fuel pump housing. Replacing the fuel pump only made the noise louder. Replacing the fuel pump housing/fuel pumb tube/assembly as it has been alternately called did lessen the drone for awhile, but now it happens almost as often as it did before and is almost as loud. It changes when I shift from P to R - mostly off in P and on in R so it seems to me that the transmission may be involved somehow.
I have also experienced the transmission hesitation, most often after I have slowed down to go through a toll booth on the bridge and then try to speed up to merge - there's a hesitation in the response of the transmission, the consequence being that the car doesn't get going very quickly. This could create a dangerous situation.
I have also had the slippery surface symbol light up 3-4 times at a certain gas station when I am pulling up to the pump - not always the same pump and the concrete surface is dry.
I don't experience any front end creaking noise, but I do hae some creaking on the dashboard. The plastic panel which surrounds the emergency flasher button is loose at the bottom (was when I bought the RAV4) and it rattles. I have stuck some clear plactic index tabs in the crack to stop the noise as it could get worse if they take the dashboard apart to try to fix it.
I'm still waiting for a call from the dealer to let me know what Toyota has decided to try next and when I can take the car in.
Anyhow, thanks very much for your post.
#289 of 831 Re: RADIO DISPLAY PROBLEMS [siewers]
Sep 22, 2006 (10:41 am)
Yes, take it in to the dealer and they should agree to replace it without argument. Take a pic with your camera or cell phone to show them if you like, but the radio display going out or displaying garbage characters is a known issue with RAVs that seem to have been built earlier in 2006.
#290 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some.. [canadianeh2] [ihammer]
Sep 22, 2006 (11:09 am)
I stand corrected on the droning noise - I wasn't aware that some were experiencing it while driving, so perhaps it does make sense for the dealer to be looking at things like tires. I've only heard mine do it when stopped or at a crawling speed while manoeuvring into a parking spot.
Yes, it does stop when you put it in P. However, I've noticed it doesn't stop immediately when going into P, but kind of quickly tails off. Go back into gear and it starts up again.
Any transmission hesitation when coming out of a corner I've chalked up to the tranny's eagerness to be in 5th gear as much as possible, but it isn't making much power at the low rpms that result. Step on the gas after a corner and you catch it napping and have to wait while it shifts down into 4th or 3rd.
Have not seen the skid control light flash except when I'm using the "hill holder" feature.
#291 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some.. [canadianeh2] [ihammer] [cbmorton]
Sep 25, 2006 (9:12 am)
I read elsewhere there was an issue with the floors of some RAVS (in the rear) not being fully secure; sounds weird but folks were saying it felt like the sheet metal popped up and down when they stepped on it? Could this be causing the drone noise....?
#292 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some.. [canadianeh2] [ihammer]
Sep 25, 2006 (1:52 pm)
I have read a lot of these posts regarding the droning noise and I think mine is starting to do it. Mine is the LTD 4WD V6. I first heard something odd when I put it into reverse to do a 3 point turnabout, it made sort of a clunking/humming noise. Sounded as if it was coming from the back driver side. Then this morning when I pulled into the parking spot, I heard a humming noise when I put it in park. When I put it in drive, it went away. Is this the noise everyone is talking about? I am hesitant to bring it back to the dealership we bought it from because dealing with them is a nightmare. Do you think I can bring it to any Toyota dealership? Should I plan to be without the car for a week while they try to figure it out???
#293 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton] And then some.. [canadianeh2] [ihammer] [vivavegas99]
Sep 25, 2006 (2:22 pm)
Someone mentioned a few messages ago that there are in fact two droning problems. I am "lucky" because I have both of them. Let's call the first one DRONE 1: It is a loud drone when stopped at idle (say at a traffic light). It comes from the back and there are indications it may be the fuel pump. It cmopes and goes and sometimes can be duplicated. DRONE 2: is when you are driving at 50-60 mph with light acceleration (not coasting), and there is a vibration from the back that is like you are on the rumble strip at the side of the highway, but at about 25% intensity. My local dealer here in Canada (www.oakvilletoyota.ca) is frantically trying to solve DRONE 2. I have DRONE 2 all the time at the 50-60mph. I have DRONE 1 only once in a while. I must say that I have also experienced a DRONE 3, once, which is a very loud compressor type noise on the driver's side when on a curve. That one I'll leave for future conversations. Anyone have a DRONE 4?