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#602 of 831 Whistling Noise - 2002 RAV4
Jun 12, 2008 (3:45 pm)
My wife drives our 2002 RAV4 2WD Limited with 45K miles.
I hear a very intermittent whistle coming from the dashboard.
It can happen when starting the car, while driving, but mostly happens when stopped or right after the car is turned off.
It sounds just like a human whistle, one note, varied length, increasing in pitch. As if a gas is venting through a reed from the A/C.
I live on Maui and almost always have the A/C on. I took it to the Toyota Dealer here and they were unable to fix it and never heard it.
It's very intermittent and might only happen once a day or less.
Although my wife is enjoying the positive attention (the whistling) she's had enough. HELP please. Thanks.
#603 of 831 Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column
Jun 12, 2008 (6:06 pm)
A while back, I posted that my 2006 RAV4 had a popping sound if I turned slowing to the right and sometimes to the left. This happened at slow speeds when I turned into a parking space or my garage. The dealer had a TSB about is and fixed it free of charge. You had to complaim for them to do the TSB. All is fine now.
#604 of 831 Re: Vibration at Idle [joelh1]
Jun 14, 2008 (10:07 am)
Many manufacturers use a mechanical technique called a balance shaft to "quiet" the vibrations of an I4 or L4 engine. I suppose Toyota chose not to pay the patent license fee.
#605 of 831 How Can I get Bulb out?
Sep 09, 2008 (5:21 am)
The passenger side rear top tail light burned out on my 2004 RAV4 Sport. Went to my manual for instructions to remove and replace. The bulb was not where shown in the manual. Located the outlet, but was not able to get it out. Seemed blocked by side metal. Anyone else had to replace this bulb? Thanks for any and all help.
#606 of 831 rear passenger window
Sep 22, 2008 (7:34 am)
My wife has a 2004 RAV-4 and the left rear passenger window will not operate. I looked in the owners manual hoping to find a possible fuse location to trouble shoot the problem. Is there a fuse some where that I can check beofe I disassemble the door and replace the motor.
#607 of 831 Thud in steering.
Oct 11, 2008 (7:14 am)
I have a new 2009 2.5 liter sport with 500 miles on it.
Occasionally I hear a thud from the steering system when making 90 deg turns. I can also feel it through the steering wheel. It is next to impossible to reproduce, it just happens randomly when turning usually at slower speeds (under 10 mph).
Toyota service now has my vehicle and they just called to tell me they cannot reproduce the sound. The only other sign is a small hitch and release that I feel when turning the steering wheel while the car is turned off (keys out of the ignition, wheel is not locked). It feels like a small amount of resistance then release before the full resistance of turning the wheels while power steering is off.
I am very sensitive to noises especially from a new vehicle, and I fear that if Toyota does not find any signs I will have to live with it.
Any help would be appreciated.
#608 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [gilvkona]
Oct 11, 2008 (7:26 am)
I have a similar problem on my 09. Did you feel anything through the steering wheel when the noise happened?
What was the source of the popping? My Toyota service is giving me the old " nothing is wrong with your vehicle"
Thanks i advance.
#609 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [sage3]
Oct 11, 2008 (12:34 pm)
I have a 2006 Rav4...and had (still have) the same thunking sound when making slow turns. Feels like a tight 'tendon' twang felt through the steering wheel...and it is worse in cold weather. I also had the same response from the dealer when I had them check it out last year....couldn't replicate the sound. It hasn't gotten better...or worse, after two years.
#611 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [dtown]
Oct 11, 2008 (7:57 pm)
Thank you both (kathrynlee and dtown) for your responses it made me feel like I am not alone with this problem.
I picked up my vehicle from toyota service today (2009 sport 2.5liter). I mentioned the TSB to them and they stated that it does not apply to the 2009's and therefore nothing can be done at this time. They stated willingness to fix the problem if the noise was reproducible. Perhaps as more 09's are sold the problem will surface in other vehicles and lead to a TSB for the 09's. I wonder how long that would take to go into effect? Are the TSB's basically a recall?