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#99 of 132 Re: 2008 Toyota Rav 4 - Starter Problems 3/7/11 [ellenrod]
Nov 14, 2011 (11:44 am)
Has anyone figured out what the problem is with the Rav4 starters? I have a 2008 Rav4 and I just started having this problem as well. Everything else turns on (lights, A/C, radio, etc.) but the starter makes absolutely no noise when I try to turn the car on. After several turns of the key, it will magically start up like normal.
#100 of 132 Re: 2008 Toyota Rav 4 - Starter Problems 3/7/11 [taf35]
Nov 14, 2011 (12:37 pm)
It's not the starter! It's the neutral safety switch. Next time this happens, jiggle the shift lever or shift into neutral and I'll bet it starts right up. There is a TSB from Toyota that addresses this issue--a newly designed switch is installed to fix the problem. Go to the dealer and ask them to look at TSB-0348-09. You will find it at rav4world.com in the 4.3 TSB forum.
#102 of 132 Dead Battery
Jan 09, 2012 (4:06 pm)
My daughter has an 07 Toyota Rav 4 Limited. Once we had to jump it off, she lost all function of putting it in gears. So we pulled the positive post off for 15 minutes, then an hour. She was able to gain the function of reverse and drive. But no power when driving. The transmission light, VSC and Anti-skid control light are lit.
Does anyone know what to do?
#103 of 132 Re: Dead Battery [charly2]
Jan 10, 2012 (12:13 am)
I'll bet when you first tried to jump it off you had the cables reversed. This will blow a fuse or two. Try looking for blown fuses--there are 2 black fuse boxes under the hood. In any event, you are probably going to need a new battery.
#104 of 132 How long will battery last if forget to turn lights off
Jan 13, 2012 (7:27 am)
My recently purchased 2011 Rav4 failed to start this morning (the battery seems discharged). I'm not 100% certain about what caused it, but I may have left the headlight switch at the position that corresponding to "side marker, parking, tail, license plate, daytime running lights and instrument panel lights turn on" (Owner's manual p165). Does anyone know whether that will keep lights on even after I shutdown engine? If yes, will that cause a new and reasonably charged battery discharge in about 14 hours to a degree that can't start the engine (the battery is not completely discharged, car radio still works, just can't start the engine)?
#105 of 132 Re: How long will battery last if forget to turn lights off [changhai]
Jan 13, 2012 (5:12 pm)
Your headlights should turn themselves off automatically about 30 seconds after shutting all the doors. This doesn't apply if you turned them on after the engine was shut off, or if a door is ajar. They will also turn off if you hit the lock button on the remote twice. It doesn't matter if the switch is in the headlight or parking light position. And yes, leaving the parking lights on for 14 hours will drain the battery.
Personally, I leave my RAV4's headlights on day and night so others can see me. When I park the car and shut the door, I either hit the lock button twice or just once so I can see my path to the door. The lights always turn off.
#106 of 132 yet another dead battery
Mar 17, 2012 (9:25 pm)
This evening my wife rang in a bit of a panic.
Started and drove OK this morning, started and drove granddaughter to Toys R Us early evening went to pick up Chinese, got there, got food, wouldn't start.
Tried jump start-nothing
I'm really 'annoyed' as it's only done 18,900 miles and isn't 2 yrs old.
Had to call a tow truck as it wouldn't keep running even after tow truck driver got it started.
Earlier post mentioned electric power steering may be the problem?
Would a better battery help? (more amp/hours)
I'm hoping this is not going to be a warrant problem as she really needs the transport
Any advice appreciated (other than sell it)
I got laid off after accident in work and have two herniated discs
#107 of 132 Re: yet another dead battery [crazypj]
Mar 17, 2012 (11:14 pm)
This is typical of the original FB battery. They usually start showing symptoms of longer cranking times when cold, then can fail at any time. What year is your RAV4? The original battery in my 2008 Limited V6 started acting up right at 2 years old and 11,000 miles. Had the dealer load test it and it failed, so they replaced it under warranty with a better battery. Buy a quality size 24F battery and it should be fine.
#108 of 132 Re: yet another dead battery [junebug1701]
Mar 18, 2012 (1:36 am)
It's 2010 just about dead on 2 yrs old.
I'm really disappointed with Toyota, even if the replacement is under warranty, it should at least give some sort of warning.
This was working fine (no extended cranking periods, etc)
Just died in literally less than 10 mins (less than 2 miles from home)