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Toyota Rav4 - Manual Gear Change

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I got a 2004 Toyota Rav4 5 door today but I am finding the gear change really hard, I have driven loads of cars even really old ones and I have never had one that I have to shove into gear so robustly! Also the revs seem very high, so I sound a bit like a learner driver when I have been driving for years. I have adjusted the seat as I thought I could be too near but to no avail, I spoke to another owner I saw in the car park and he said it could be the clutch!? It has 64,000 miles on it. Any advice please. :disgust:

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You are not alone, the gear change is notoriously clunky between 1st and 2nd gear on this model. Just dont rush it.

If the revs are too high at tickover it will possibly need the throttle body cleaning, mine was the same and having cleaned it myself, that cured it.

Phil

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As above, mine is a 2008 and 1st to 2nd is rubbish, sometimes even crunchy if you do it too quick. Plus the revs rise/stay high when dipping the clutch which just seems to be a feature of this car.

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A gear box Oil change may also assist in a smoother take up...

Also the change in ratio between 1st & second is larger that in normal cars.

You can expect this difference to produce clunkier gear change.

The best way out it to find & use the best engine revs which will give you the smoothest change (and it does exist).

Sometimes giving the synchro a bit more time to work between gear changes also helps

Kudos to bonjo

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iirc Fuchs Titan Race SRG 75 Full Ester Synthetic gear Oil is supposed to improve things (as least if it's the 6-speed)

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Also the change in ratio between 1st & second is larger that in normal cars.

Is that due to it being 4 wheel drive? My Kia sportage seemed to have a very short first gear as well

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Another reason for geting gear changes too hard my be because the clutch is not desengaging properly.

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Hello Miguel, good to hear from you.

Now you have joined us keep those posts coming as another brain may offer unthought of ideas for solving members problems

Del

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