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#70 of 142 RAV4 Ignition problems
Jun 09, 2010 (12:09 pm)
I am experincing starter problems with a 2008 model. At times the battery seems to be dead and the car won't start nor will the steering wheel turn. Its happened 4 times this month. Last Sunday I pushed the RAV4 from my garage because I thought the battery was dead and I was going to use jumper cables and my truck to recharge the battery. However, I tried to start it once again before attaching the cables, and it started. The same thing happened earlier today.
I will never purchase another Toyota since the problem has occurred on past models of the RAV4.
#71 of 142 Re: RAV4 Ignition problems [jhs5]
Jun 09, 2010 (12:54 pm)
This is a simple problem that has nothing to do with a dead battery and should be fixed for free under warranty. Take it to the dealership and tell them to perform this Toyota TSB:
TSB Number: TSB-0348-09
Bulletin Title: Intermittent No Crank/No Start
Release Date: September 30, 2009
Applicable Year(s): 2006 - 20010
File Size: 171 kb
Description: Some Highlander, Matrix, and RAV4 vehicles may intermittently exhibit a “no crank” condition. The engine can usually be started after moving the shift lever to the Neutral position or by cycling the shift lever in and out of the Park position. A revised neutral start switch assembly is available to address this condition.
#72 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [janyboy]
Jul 19, 2010 (4:39 pm)
I wanted to know if you had found a solution to the starting problem. I have a 2007 Rav4 and started having the same starting issue fall 2009. Only once, maybe twice a week. I notifed the dealership, as I take it in every 3K miles for oil change, they ran diagnostics and found nothing. Blamed it on the cold weather and getting miles on it. Well, the problem still exists, in fact every morning and after it has sat for at least 6 hours, it takes a while for it to crank over. I wanted to see if you had an resolution to the problem. Thanks!
#73 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [mandyl]
Jul 19, 2010 (5:04 pm)
Hey, janyboy (mandyl), did you read the previous message (post #71)? Next time you are at your dealer tell them to look at TSB-0348-09. That will probably fix your problem!
#74 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [junebug1701]
Jul 25, 2010 (3:21 pm)
I did, but they didn't think that was the issue since I have never had an issue with not having power or not cranking. They cannot get it to replicate the issue at the dealer, but they believe the pressure issue with the gas pump, that if they can get it to replicate the issue, they can diagnosis it pretty easily. As long as it does not leave me stranded, I am okay, just irritates me that it is doing it more than anything.
#75 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [mandyl]
Jul 25, 2010 (4:08 pm)
OK, so it cranks but it takes too long to start? I would have a battery load test done. The battery on the RAV4 usually only lasts 3 years. There is a tremendous load on the battery at starting what with the electric power steering on top of everything else. If the starter saps too much energy from the battery when cranking, the voltage can drop too low for the fuel pump and computer to work properly.
#76 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [junebug1701]
Jul 29, 2010 (4:56 pm)
Thanks for the advice. The local Toyota dealer has tested it a couple of times and it checks out fine, but this last time they did say that it tested weak at times; its the original battery My husband has thought all along that it acts like its not getting fuel at start-up, so your fuel pump comment makes sense.
#77 of 142 Re: Battery and Electrical Problems [rickco]
Aug 14, 2010 (8:39 pm)
2007 Toyota rav 4
My toyota never had any battery issues and today 90 degree weather I went on two trips, the second time there was an all systems failure, nothing worked, I could not even lock the doors. Called AAA which checked the battery after they jumped it they mentioned that the alternator may not be working. After they disconnected the battery and I try to start the car, it still did not start. Only after they connected the battery again I could get it to start. I drove the car home, however it stands dead in the street. Contacted Toyota dealer however they will be able to get the car taken care of in 4 days.
#78 of 142 Re: Battery and Electrical Problems [toja10]
Aug 14, 2010 (9:13 pm)
I'll bet a new $75 battery from Wal-mart would solve your problem. You probably could have had the AAA guy replace it when he was there. Would have been more expensive, but cheaper than the dealer and it wouldn't have taken 4 days.
Oh, and if you disconnect the battery on ANY car, it will not start!
#79 of 142 Re: 2006 RAV4 Starting Problem [mandyl]
Aug 25, 2010 (6:11 am)
mandyl or janyboy - have you gotten your issue resolved? 3 weeks ago I started having the EXACT same problem. When my car sits for more than 8 or so hours, most times I get into it and try to start it it cranks for an extra 2-5 seconds before it finally catches and starts. I had it in for oil change 2 weeks ago and they couldn't recreate the problem. Sunday I brought it to dealer and told them not to touch until late Monday for best chance at recreating the problem and of course they said it worked just fine for them Monday afternoon, so they didn't do anything. I don't think it has to do with that TSB about the neutral start switch because it's not a "no crank" situation. They tested the battery when I had it in 2 weeks ago and said it's a little low, but that shouldn't be causing the crank problem. Someone mentioned possibly pressure in the fuel lines to me as well. Any thoughts or solutions you've found? Thanks!