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#440 of 831 Re: Vibration... [07rav4]
Dec 28, 2006 (6:26 am)
Count me in for vibration problems as well. We noticed two weeks ago that my 2002 Rav4 would shake and sputter when going from 1st to 2nd. There is only 62,000 miles on this car (Toyota's transmission warranty is for 60,000 miles). The dealer wanted $2,500 for a new transmission. AAMCO wanted less than $2,000. Merry Christmas. We brought the car home from AAMCO last Saturday and it *still* shakes. We brought the car back on the 26th and I'm still without a car.
#441 of 831 Re: droning noise & throttle lag [ihammer]
Dec 28, 2006 (9:33 am)
Well, I'm one who had posted about having the droning a few months ago. However, mine rarely did it so I wasn't overly concerned and could wait for an eventual fix. Then it turned out that at least in my case a temporary fix was a change in the weather - as soon as average temperatures dropped into the 60s in the fall, the droning noise disappeared completely. I haven't heard it at all in 2-3 months.
The only other "problem" I have is the same noise you have from around the hazard button to the right of the radio. That one is intermittent.
Apart from that, no complaints. I'm impressed with how solid the vehicle is overall. Too bad not everyone has had the same positive experience.
#442 of 831 97 Rav4 no start problem
Dec 29, 2006 (12:44 pm)
I ran the battery down on my 97 Rav4 by leaving the key in it overnight while it was parked in the garage. I charged up the battery and cranks just fine but wont start. Now as soon a put the key in the door lock I get a warning buzzer pattern for about 30 seconds and then it stops. The pattern is 1 beep, then 2 quick beeps, then 1 beep. It pauses for a few seconds then repeats this pattern. The clearance lights also start flashing. I unlock the door and insert the key in the ignition and turn it on. At that point the dome light, signal lights, dash lights and clearance lights all start flashing. The open door light also comes on and the warning buzzer start a steady beep beep beep like I've left my headlights on. I crank the engine but it will not start. Took it to the dealer and they say its caused from an aftermarket security system screwing up the memory in the computer. I bought the vehicle used but everything on it looks factory installed. There is a small red light in one of the 3 panels on the left side of the steering column that starts blinking slowly when I lock the vehicle up but it looks like its OEM. I've been waiting for the dealer to fix the problem for 2.5 days now. I just called them and they said they are still scratching their head trying to figure out what to do. Anybody have any advice on what the problem is and how to fix it???
#443 of 831 Re: 97 Rav4 no start problem [rick73]
Dec 29, 2006 (1:48 pm)
Yes, locate the previous owner, find out who installed the aftermarket security system and take the vehicle there.
#444 of 831 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ??
Dec 30, 2006 (7:42 pm)
I recently bought a Toyota 2007 RAV-4. The first 100 miles are okay, but after driving for 100 miles, I found that even when I depress the brake at one or two miles per hour, I can feel my body and the car body being pulled forward even though the car stops correctly. In addition, if I depress the brake when driving at about 5-10 mile per hour, this forward force grows greatly. If I put items at the other seat, they will often get thrown out of the seat. My other cars do not have this problem. Thus, I belive that my RAV-4 may have some braking problems. Has anyone experienced the same problem before? Thanks!
#445 of 831 Re: 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ?? [mark112]
Dec 31, 2006 (12:01 am)
It's hard to discern from your description but you may be experiencing BA, Brake Assist, with which many newer vehicles come equipped.
The braking assist system tries to determine if you are doing a panic, or severe braking stop, and actually jumps in and provides assistance to your foot in depressing the brake pedal.
You will often get more braking HP than you expected.
Not sure how it works, some say it responds to the rate at which you move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake, and others think it has to do with the rate at which you initially apply pressure to the brake pedal.
On the other hand do you mean that it feels as if the RAV4 just got bumped slightly from behind..?
Then in that case what you are probably feeling is 1, the O/D lockup clutch being released as you apply braking, or, 2, the upshifting of the transaxle as a result of a FULL lift-throttle event. Your RAV4 is FWD and therefore it can be somewhat dangerous in wintertime conditions to have engine compression braking on those front "drive" wheels.
If the roadbed happens to be slippery enough engine compression braking, even at the slightest level, can result in loss of directional control of your vehicle. The second issue, maybe even more important to your safety, is that engine compression braking can easily interfere with your anti-lock braking system and not allow the front wheels to turn freely even though the anti-lock system has fully released all braking pressure.
#446 of 831 Re: 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ?? [wwest]
Jan 01, 2007 (7:39 am)
Thank you for the response, and my apologies for not being clar enough. What I meant is that even when I brake at slow speeds (like 5 miles per hour), I feel a heavy forward force similar to what happens if you brake suddenly at 30-40 mph.
#447 of 831 Re: 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ?? [mark112]
Jan 01, 2007 (9:15 am)
It may be that you're feeling the effects of being in a taller vehicle than you're used to. I noticed the same thing when I went from a lowered Maxima to a Honda CR-V.
Feels kinda floaty and tippy while driving, and then the whippiness forward, while stopping. Of course, it's impossible for us to tell from here - perhaps you have a friend that drives a tall vehicle that you could take for a drive. They could tell better that we could here.
#448 of 831 Re: 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ?? [mark112]
Jan 01, 2007 (11:41 am)
Sounds like one of two things. either the brake booster is faulty and is applying too much pressure. Or you have a sticking brake caliper. Definitely is NOT normal, no matter what someone on here says. I've driven a couple RAV4's and they do not overreact to the brake pedal.
#449 of 831 Re: 2007 rav-4 base 4x2 v4 brake issue ?? [mark19]
Jan 01, 2007 (6:18 pm)
I just re-read Mark112's original post. It says that "even though the car stops correctly", he feels something unusual. I wonder what kind of car Mark112 drove before the RAV?