Last post on Sep 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#59 of 71 Re: 2002 Rav4 Check engine light [lb4]
Sep 13, 2012 (5:53 pm)
You dont have to be scare to drive with engine light on ! the only time you have to stop the car and turn off the engine is went the engine light is lit AND FLASHING on and off . If the light is on all the time no danger. You may have to resend your car where they repaired it and ask them to recheck there job correctly , they may had changed the wrong sensors or more sensors has to be replaced it. You can take your time to go to the garage the only thing you may consume more gasoline but notting more then that. Take your time.
#60 of 71 Problem solved new Brake Light Switch - ABS VSC & Brake Light constantly ON
Jan 10, 2013 (8:58 pm)
Hi, I had a problem with my ABS VSC & Brake Light constantly ON for the last 18 months. Which also disengaged my cruise control and probably my power steering. I had bought my beautiful beast 2nd hand 2 years ago and was offered 2 year warranty which included coming back to them for a service every 6 months.
This problem started a month after I purchased my RAV. In the 2 years I have had it I brought it into the dealers 2 times regarding this problem and the two times they kept it overnight for testing. They could not fix my problem. It got to the point where I could not put my car in drive without having to press the brake release button, still could not help me.
A kind gentlemen flags me over at the lights and says, none of your brake lights are working. Fabulous my thinks. So next day take my car to my local Car servo for guy to have a look, meanwhile I say "oh and there's another problem you have to press the brake release button to put car into drive". He says "that sounds like it is all related and it is probably the Brake Light Switch".
This man is a genius. Why has it taken 18 months and 2 overnight visits (plus $$$$) from dealership I bought the frekin car from to then just drop into my local with a seemingly unrelated matter and he's just like, 'ohhh that's the brake light switch'......I am over the moon the local guy...Pro-Works Automative, Matraville, Sydney, Australia, deserves a medal. Now I have to stop myself from automatically pressing the brake release button before I put it into Park.
He also said he has worked with BMWs and Mercedes and they also have this problem. I hope I can help someone like myself and not have to waste, time and money to fix this simple problem.
#61 of 71 Re: 2007 rav4,vsc,tc,maint, brake lights intermittent [spence27]
Jan 10, 2013 (9:06 pm)
I am not sure if you have solved your problem or if it was the same problem I was having . My ABS, VSC and Brake Light switch was ON constantly and I had to use Brake release switch to get car into Park. Also Cruise Control disengaged. My local mechanic replaced the Brake Light Switch and it solved all my problems.
#62 of 71 Re: Problem solved new Brake Light Switch - ABS VSC & Brake Light constantly ON [elleese]
Jan 10, 2013 (9:24 pm)
Hi ,mecanic car dealer are not the best sometime in mecanique for solving problems and the charge a lot $$$$$$ because on there lack of inexperience.
Maybe your previous owner sell is Rav4 because they could fix this problem ...
Do you know where the brake light swicht is installed ??
Thanks to share all your information it help other dude to fix there problem ane saving a lot of $$$$$ ....
#63 of 71 Re: Problem solved new Brake Light Switch - ABS VSC & Brake Light constantly ON [fredy3]
Jan 10, 2013 (9:48 pm)
No worries, can be found under the dash near the top of the brake pedal. Google - how stuff works - Brake light switch..
#64 of 71 VSC Trac and Engine Light
Apr 21, 2013 (4:23 pm)
I have a 2004 Toyota Rav 4 and noticed the VSC Trac and the Check Engine light on when I drove it today. Can someone explain this to me and how much will it cost to fix?
#65 of 71 Reply to Message #64
Apr 21, 2013 (5:55 pm)
I had the same problem back in 2009 (see message #6), and since it would come and go, I could not get it fixed. Recently, it came and stayed. First, make sure your gas cap is on tight. If tightening it and driving a while does not fix the problem, try replacing the gas cap. There could be a tiny crack causing a vapor leak. If that doesn't work (it did not for me), here is what my mechanic went through:
Evap system faults
Po401 Evap system leaks-small
Evap system not purging
Smoke tested System
No Evap Leaks Found
Remove and Replace Charcoal Canister
Install New Purge Valve
Clear DTC Faults
May Need Additional Purge Valve
Parts and Labor about $750 and did not solve the problem.
What did solve the problem:
Installed new evap solenoid
Installed new air fuel ration sensor
Cleared Fault Code
Parts and Labor about $340
By the way, I swear by my mechanic, I trust him more than I trust anyone else about anything. You asked what it cost me, and I told you. I am not complaining.
#66 of 71 VSC Trac and Check Engine light on
Apr 21, 2013 (5:55 pm)
Hello ! I sugest you to go to toyota dealer (no other mechanic garage). Then ask for a computer error code check ! you should pay no more than 100$. Ask them to have the errors codes written on paper and ask them to give you the paper.
Ask them what they think and what they suggest. If the repair is around 500$ you should ask them to fix it. If is around 1000$ go back home and start calling other toyota dealer, fax them the errror code list and ask them what they suggest. Some of them have more experience and know exactly how to repaire it. If is lower tehn a 1000$ and they are very confident you should go for the repair. If most of the dealers are hesitated! take your time and think what to do next...
#67 of 71 Re: Warning lights [pmcandrew3]
May 22, 2013 (4:03 am)
2009 RAV4, 2.5, 4 cylinder. Wife driving home from work and hit heavy rain. The check engine light came on, the skid light lit up, and the cruise control light flashes (cruise doesn't work). AutoZone read a code P0607. Vehicle runs and only has 41,000 miles on it. The code is not specific to anything; just control module problem. Based on the other post by pmcandrew3, I now suspect it has something to do with the vehicle getting wet. I'll continue research the problem but if anyone has a similar problem or a solution, please post.
#68 of 71 02 Rav 4 Engine Light - Thoughts on replacing Cat?
Aug 21, 2013 (12:11 pm)
My 02 Rav4 EL came on a couple weeks ago while driving in the rain. I took the car to mechanic, which reported codes P0430 and P0420, which apparently means it's the catalytic converter. I'm surprised, because I bought the vehicle 2 months ago used certified, had just finished a 2-day cross-country road trip with no particular issues, and because emissions were tested and cleared just about a month ago.
Mec said that I could still probably run the vehicle for a few months before I absolutely should replace. He also said that 02 sensors also seem to be operating below performance, and would have to be rechecked after the cat is replaced, to get a true reading of their health.
1. Any chance that the true problem is the 02 sensors, not in fact the cat? How do I know?
2. If it's the cat, are there any good replacement parts for less than $600? I'm hearing from more than one source that after market parts are not recommended.
3. Do I run the risk of incurring any serious damage to my car (or to parts like the 02 sensors) by continuing to run it, until I start seeing more serious signs like reduced power or mpg?