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#11 of 16 Whirling sound from 2008 RAV4 rear end
Apr 09, 2011 (6:28 am)
Whirling sound developed after 84,000 miles on my 2008 RAV4. Toyota dealer wanted $85/hr to tear it apart the rear end and diagnose the problem having no idea what it could be but thought possible a coupler that cost $1400. Anyway not wanting to pay $85/hr for on the job training I took it to a speciality 4x4 shop who swapped out the differential for $1000 with a used one only to have the same problem but worse.
Anyone experience this ptroblem with their RAV4 ? Help.
#12 of 16 Re: Whirling sound from 2008 RAV4 rear end [tigermaple]
Apr 19, 2011 (10:13 am)
I too have a whirling/buzzing sound that started about 3 weeks ago on my 2006 RAV4. I have about 145000km on the vehicle. My mechanic diagnosed rear differential front coupler. He called Toyota to order parts and was told the front coupler part has 200 already on back order. This seems to indicate a sign of an issue to me. Yet my vehicle, wrt mileage, is out of warranty. Grrr.
Had to get front and rear right side wheel bearings replaced last spring. Not so happy with Toyota. My Honda accords never had these kinds of issues.
#13 of 16 Re: Whirling sound from 2008 RAV4 rear end [ravworm]
Apr 19, 2011 (7:39 pm)
Actually just got the RAV4 out of the repair shop, the differential was the problem not the coupler. Having difficulty getting parts from Toyota a used differential was obtained from a wrecking yard that solved the problem. The bill came to $1069.00 US including labor, the used differential was $700. Hope this helps. Interesting, the Toyota dealership where I bought it also told me it was the coupler which costs $1300 alone, but like you said it was back ordered.
#14 of 16 Re: Whirling sound from 2008 RAV4 rear end [tigermaple]
Dec 19, 2011 (1:07 pm)
SAME! my 2008 RAV4 whirling noise turns out to be "rear end " work. How's that for a specific answer from Toyota! When pushed they told me carry assembly($2500)and maybe a Viscus ($800) plus labor! What's worse is i had purchased the extended warantee offered by dealer but i have 102,000
miles and they won't cover it! I will NEVER buy a toyota POS again! I have had over 15 cars in my lifetime and NEVER has something like this that points to 100% poor quality workmanship happened to a vehicle of mine.
Toyota customer service is unhelpful and that is putting it mildly. My advice is stay AWAY from Toyota obvioulsy grew too fast too soon and quality has gone into the toilet.
#15 of 16 Re: Whirling sound from 2008 RAV4 rear end
Dec 19, 2011 (6:19 pm)
To bad, liked my RAV4, but sold it rather than ever having to deal with the service department manger at the dealership ever again at Steet Toyota in Johnstown, NY who must work off commissions.