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#588 of 823 Engine doesn' t start
Feb 12, 2008 (2:40 am)
I use a Toyota RAV4 2006 model. Sometimes after parking the car for about 5 minutes and I want to start it back, the engine refuses to start. The car uses the keyless ignition, the light on the button turns green when pressed but it doesnt kick the engine. Also I notice that when it does this, the break pedal is always very stiff. it has done this 3 times now. What can be the problem?
#589 of 823 Re: Windshield Crack Problem is Real..... [darrylj]
Mar 04, 2008 (3:08 pm)
I have a 2007 RAV4 and in the 10 months I've owned the car I've had three cracks in the windshield. The first one happened right after I bought the car - a rock hit the windshield and it was pretty bad so I had it replaced. Not 3 weeks later another rock "barely" hit the windshield and caused a chip which I had filled. 4 days after having that filled another rock hit it and is bad enough that I'll have to replace it.
Has anyone heard any more on this or had any luck with the dealership owning up to the fact that there is a stress problem with the windshield??
Looking for suggestions!
#590 of 823 Re: Cannot see radio, clock display with sun glasses on [bankone]
Mar 06, 2008 (5:46 pm)
Your Sunglases are likely polarized, as is the LCD cover of the radio and clock display. Unfortunately, the result is that it obscures the LCD screen to the point where you can't read it. You might notice the same problem with ATM machines, and LCD watches and even the windshields of some cars. The only practical solution is to get sun glasses that are not polarized.
A more technical explanation is that the axis of the polarization of your glasses is rotated 90 degrees with the axis of the polarized screen that you want to see. The net result is that the light waves are cancel. A cool experiment to do is to look at the screen while you tilt your head to 90 degrees of your driving position. As you rotate it, you will see how the screen becomes clearer as the axis of polarization in both your glasses and the screen get aligned. This is common with polarized glasses and one of the reasons airplane pilots usually do not use polarizes lenses.
#591 of 823 Re: Windshield Crack Problem is Real..... [ttaylor6]
Mar 09, 2008 (9:11 pm)
My suggestion is don't follow the car in front of you that close. Farther Distance can make a difference, that is reduce the force of the stone. To avoid busy braking, cracked windshield, I would do roughly a car length per 10 mph, about 3-4 car length in city driving, 5-6 car length in highway.
#592 of 823 Passenger Noise 2007 Rav4
Mar 18, 2008 (12:36 am)
The dealership replaced the door trim and said it corrected my problem. I still hear the same noise, and occasionally hear it from both front doors? Any ideas, or any solutions? Its been like this since I bought it in Sept. of 07'. They keep trying things to correct and it nothing is helping. I love the vehicle, just can't stand the annoying noise. Thanks.
#593 of 823 Howling Noise
Mar 29, 2008 (9:27 am)
2003 RAV4 4WD MANUAL TRANSMISSION purchased used. When started cold makes a howling noise until warmed up. Could this be the water pump with only 31,000 miles?
#594 of 823 Damage to piston due to something coming thru air intake
Mar 31, 2008 (5:14 pm)
This is a strange topic but my 1998 Rav4 w/ 109,000 miles is currently in the shop because out of nowhere I started hearing a rod-knocking type of sound. Luckily I was just about a mile from our local dealer when it happened so pulled in, left it overnight and had them look at it.
The best that they can figure is that something came in via the air intake, made it past the valves and got between the piston and head. It had to be metallic because it caused damage to the top of the #3 piston, to the side of the top of the piston, to the surface of the head and to the spark plug. The valves were not damaged nor were the cylinder walls.
They could find no broken parts or anything that would have caused the damage and because there are not signs of some part actually failing the warranty company (Wynn's) wouldn't cover the repairs.
Is is even possible that something came in via the intake of that nature to cause this kind of damage? The air filter was fine and there was no damage to it either.
Thanks in advance for your help/advice.
#596 of 823 Re: Damage to piston due to something coming thru air intake [wlblack]
Apr 01, 2008 (2:28 pm)
I would remove the catalytic converter and get whatever is lodged in there out to see what caused the damage. 10:1 it is something that came loose within the intake system.
My vote would go toward a piece of one of the valve return springs.
#597 of 823 Re: Damage to piston due to something coming thru air intake [wwest]
Apr 01, 2008 (4:17 pm)
Thanks very much for your suggestion. I have since gotten the Used Car Manager and Business Manager from the dealership involved since we have been customers of theirs for 12+ years having bought several cars there in that amount of time.
I passed along that information to them along with the Service Manager in hopes of finding some broken part somewhere that would justify Wynn's having to pay their fair share for the repairs.