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Hi, can anyone help. I have an old rav4 1994 automatic - it was imported from the east but not sure where - has some japanese stickers on it but I dont know what they say. Anyway, there are no manuals or anything so I am trying here to find out what the buttons/switches on the dashboard do. There are two - one has MAN on - does this change it from 4wd to 2wd or something. I dont want to press them and it all go wrong!!

I love my car, its a bit battered but has been through the last two mots needing only a light bulb each time. Its done about 175000km - all the speedos stuff is km but I have sticker to convert to miles. Please advise. Many thanks

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Actually I have had another look - one of the buttons has MANU and the other says PWR. What do they do? please help

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Actually I have had another look - one of the buttons has MANU and the other says PWR. What do they do? please help

Hi Hilary and welcome to the club :thumbsup:

Subject: 3.1.16) What are the PWR and MANU buttons for?

The PWR and MANU buttons are available only on some early

Japanese-spec RAV4s. These buttons are equivalent in function

to the ECT and OD buttons respectively. (See section 3.1.15)

Subject: 3.1.15) What are the ECT and OD buttons on my automatic transmission for?

The ECT button (which stands for "Electronically Controlled Transmission")

changes the shift points for the automatic transmission. When engaged,

the transmission shifts later, allowing the engine to get to a higher

power level and accelerate faster. Gas mileage is usually reduced in

this mode. Use it when you need to get up to speed faster; for example,

to merge into fast moving traffic. The normal position for this switch

is OFF.

OD, or OverDrive, is a 4th gear on the transmission that will engage

when you are going above about 35 mph that lets the engine operate

at a lower speed (RPMs) when all it has to do is maintain a high speed

when you are going over flat, even highway. This improves fuel

economy. Technically, any transmission gear with a ratio of less

than 1:1 is considered "OverDrive". OD can normally be left ON

except when going up a gradual hill; the overdrive tends to not

give the engine enough power to maintain a steady speed. This may

cause the transmission to annoyingly "hunt" between 3rd and 4th gear.

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Above info. courtesy of: http://www.ralphb.net/RAV4FAQ.html LINK :thumbsup:

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Actually I have had another look - one of the buttons has MANU and the other says PWR. What do they do? please help

Hi Hilary and welcome to the club :thumbsup:

Subject: 3.1.16) What are the PWR and MANU buttons for?

The PWR and MANU buttons are available only on some early

Japanese-spec RAV4s. These buttons are equivalent in function

to the ECT and OD buttons respectively. (See section 3.1.15)

Subject: 3.1.15) What are the ECT and OD buttons on my automatic transmission for?

The ECT button (which stands for "Electronically Controlled Transmission")

changes the shift points for the automatic transmission. When engaged,

the transmission shifts later, allowing the engine to get to a higher

power level and accelerate faster. Gas mileage is usually reduced in

this mode. Use it when you need to get up to speed faster; for example,

to merge into fast moving traffic. The normal position for this switch

is OFF.

OD, or OverDrive, is a 4th gear on the transmission that will engage

when you are going above about 35 mph that lets the engine operate

at a lower speed (RPMs) when all it has to do is maintain a high speed

when you are going over flat, even highway. This improves fuel

economy. Technically, any transmission gear with a ratio of less

than 1:1 is considered "OverDrive". OD can normally be left ON

except when going up a gradual hill; the overdrive tends to not

give the engine enough power to maintain a steady speed. This may

cause the transmission to annoyingly "hunt" between 3rd and 4th gear.

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Above info. courtesy of: http://www.ralphb.net/RAV4FAQ.html LINK :thumbsup:

Hey Vlad, you beat me to it whilst I was reading all the other interesting stuff :rolleyes:

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thanks everyone. i have had a look at the link and it is very useful. i think i need to try to get hold of an owners manual so off to ebay i go ..... thanks again

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a 1994 auto ?? They were never available here in that year... is it a 5 door??

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hi bothwell buyer, mine is a 3 door in that wine red colour. it was imported from japan i think in nov 2006 and if they weren't available over here that explains why I get so many problems trying to find things out about them!! mine is a bit battered but drives ok. clunks alot in the transmission but am not sure why. does it in low gears when accelerating and also when i ease off and slow down. funny. almost find it reassuring now. is it serious i wonder??? might change the car after christmas for something more econimical - had this 2 years now.

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Hilary....whatever you do, do not expand your address from just reading "Norfolk".

Now that Bothy knows that there is a 3 DOOR AUTOMATIC RAV in Britain,as old as 1994, in that lovely colour, he will not rest until he has acquired it, by fair means or fowl (i.e. he would give up his Christmas turkey to get your Rav....)

Keep it well hidden and do not holiday in Scotlandshire.

Big Kev :thumbsup:

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