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Rav4.3 New Owner - Some Questions Please?

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Hi Guys,

Greetings from North Wales! Just bought my wife a 56 plate Rav4 XT3 in black. We had a Rav4.1 back in 2010 for 12 months during our time in Cyprus when I was working out there - we fell in love with the Rav's from that time on....anyway, I bought it for a steal from a private seller - 60k on the clock, FSH, it's like new...I have a few problems (I think), I'm a bit of a car fan so did my research on the problems before buying.

1. Slight knock from steering wheel - I researched this before I bought the car as the seller told me about it and I took a chance that it's not a big fix. Did any of you manage a contribution from toyota to fix seeing as it wasnt fixed as a recall or TSB?

2. Car seems to over rev when accelerating - seems a bit strange but when I accelerate and change gear as normal the revs increase by about 200-300rpm, If I wait a second when changing gear this doesnt happen - any ideas? Could it be a sticking accelerator pedal or MAF / airflow related?

3 - How the hell do you work out those reversing sensors? Can you disable some of the beeps with techstream?

4 - Acceleration seems a little hesitant especially in 3rd gear lower revs - would cleaning the MAF help?

The Rav is also booked in for a recall inspection on the rear suspension.

Oh, and I've changed the low & high beam bulb for some ultra bright ones from Halfords and have made a massive difference already.

Thanks for any help! See you guys around - cheers...Mark.

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Hi Guys,

Greetings from North Wales! Just bought my wife a 56 plate Rav4 XT3 in black. We had a Rav4.1 back in 2010 for 12 months during our time in Cyprus when I was working out there - we fell in love with the Rav's from that time on....anyway, I bought it for a steal from a private seller - 60k on the clock, FSH, it's like new...I have a few problems (I think), I'm a bit of a car fan so did my research on the problems before buying.

1. Slight knock from steering wheel - I researched this before I bought the car as the seller told me about it and I took a chance that it's not a big fix. Did any of you manage a contribution from toyota to fix seeing as it wasnt fixed as a recall or TSB? You won't get a contribution at that age and mileage. The instructions for fixing it are pinned.

2. Car seems to over rev when accelerating - seems a bit strange but when I accelerate and change gear as normal the revs increase by about 200-300rpm, If I wait a second when changing gear this doesnt happen - any ideas? Could it be a sticking accelerator pedal or MAF / airflow related? It is intentional and goes a long way to smooth out gearchanges. Just ignore it.

3 - How the hell do you work out those reversing sensors? Can you disable some of the beeps with techstream? Again you will get used to them. The later sensors are body coloured, nearly flush and have a lot less stray beeps.

4 - Acceleration seems a little hesitant especially in 3rd gear lower revs - would cleaning the MAF help? It might and certainly won't harm. They are fitted with iridium plugs which have a 60k lifespan. If you have no evidence of them being changed, that might well solve it.

The Rav is also booked in for a recall inspection on the rear suspension.

Oh, and I've changed the low & high beam bulb for some ultra bright ones from Halfords and have made a massive difference already.

Thanks for any help! See you guys around - cheers...Mark.

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Thanks Don - appreciate your help. I've downloaded the instructions for fixing the knock so let's see what my garage says.

Cant say I'm impressed with the RAV revveing when changing gear - what a PITA.

Plugs were changed by last owner as he had the 60k service back in September last year.

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Plugs were changed by last owner as he had the 60k service back in September last year.

Can you be sure they are Iridium?

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They were carried out at a Toyota dealership - I guess the only way to find out is to remove one?

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I would. You can easily get at No1.

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