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  1. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    Sorry, but there's no such thing as a 2011 T180 ... production stopped 2008 and the last one was registered in 2009. The same 177 bhp engine was then used in the SR180 in 2008 / 2009 (I had one of those). Following that production of the 177 bhp diesel ceased completely. The RAV4 SR with the 150 bhp engine was introduced in 2009 ...
  2. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    Either way, the 150 bhp version was introduced from 2010 - well after the reported problem was resolved in production. Those of us driving the 150 bhp version are confident that this isn't an issue any longer ... though it is still a 2AD and a modern diesel engine complete with emissions control technology ... 😉
  3. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    First a caveat - I'm no mechanic so don't take anything I say as definitive but ... From following the saga of the 2AD engine I understand that the reason "the head can't be skimmed" is that the design clearances are tight and the pistons are then likely to collide with the valves ... which I understand might be quite bad ... 😞 However, replacement head gaskets are available in various thicknesses so that you can compensate for the amount that you skim off -- so the head can be successfully skimmed provided that you then use the right gasket ... 🙂 Hopefully that info is mildly helpful / encouraging but if it turns out to be utter tosh ... apologies! Edit: e.g. gaskets with different thicknesses
  4. philip42h

    TPMS headache!

    The SR180 definitely does have a TPMS reset button - mine did anyway. Yes, its very well hidden on the lower surface of the dash in the drivers foot-well. Its easily found by touch once you know where it is - you may need to be a contortionist or use a mirror for locate it initially. All the reset button does is tell the system that the tyres are currently at the correct pressure - so make sure that is the case before pressing the button! Unless you change the characteristics of the wheels and tyres you will never need to mess with it - which is, probably, why Toyota has hidden it away. The TPMS light comes on (steady) to indicate that the pressure in at least one tyre is low; a flashing light indicates a fault in the warning system that needs to be addressed by Toyota. As I understand, the batteries in the TPMS sensors (in the wheels) have a life expectancy of around five years so it could just be that you need to get the batteries changed ...
  5. philip42h

    Replacing/upgrading 2004 stereo recommendations

    In similar vein, folk have reported favourably using xcarlink products for this purpose. I can definitely NOT recommend using "FM Transmitter" style devices - they may be fine when you are stationary but you are almost certain to pick-up interference once you start travelling.
  6. philip42h

    Aircon Rav4 detail

    I may have misunderstood the question, but when you return to the vehicle and start the engine the temperature set for the automatic air conditioning system will be exactly the same as when the vehicle was last switched off. There is no reversion to any other setting irrespective of how long the car is at rest. The only way that the temperature setting can be altered is manually by the / a driver and that new setting is then used until it is altered again. Or, at least, that's how mine works ... Have I misunderstood the question?
  7. philip42h

    safety system

    The OP freely admits that he was a bit of a numpty (my words) and expressed 'surprise' that the Toyota Safety Sense system didn't help him at all. I have sympathy for that, and, from what I have seen of the advertising, would also have expected a Toyota Safety Sense safety system to have prevented such an incident. Oh well, forewarned is forearmed - Toyota Safety Sense: the system that lets you have low speed collisions ... I don't supposed the marketing guys would sanction that slogan!
  8. If it's an auto, its almost certainly a 2.2 D-CAT as opposed to the 2.2 D4D engine - the D-CAT includes the 5th injector and DPNR system to reduces the emissions from diesel auto to acceptable Euro 5 levels. But it does mean the system works harder at the cleaning task and has more to do when the regen is required. 41,000 miles isn't a lot for a 6 or 7 year old car and suggests that it may have been used for shorter journeys. If a diesel RAV is taken for regular, longer journeys (e.g. half an hour up the motorway at least once a week) you may never actually notice the regen process - it'll just happen quietly as you go along. If the majority of the driving is on shorter journeys around town you may detect a 'hot smell' when parking up (the regen having been started but interrupted) and/or the clouds of white 'smoke'. It is well worth using premium diesel fuel (e.g. Shell V-Power Nitro) as the additives do help. Many will suggest that you avoid unbranded fuel altogether. With regular use and good quality fuel the 'smoke' problem should reduce / go away altogether but it probably wouldn't hurt to put through a tankful with a suitable treatment / cleaner (I believe that Archoil AR6400-D MAX has been recommended by others).
  9. It could well be nothing more than signs of a DPF regen (which is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about) - see: toyota: understanding your diesel particulate filter Exactly which model / engine do you have? Does it continue to occur after you have taken the car on a good long drive?
  10. philip42h

    RAV4 Hybrid AWD Indication

    There won't be any indication on the dashboard. Historically, petrol and diesel RAVs have started in AWD mode and revert to FWD by the time they reach 25 mph - that all happens seamlessly and without the driver being aware of it at all. I assume that the hybrid will behave in a similar fashion even though the rear drive is wholly electric ...
  11. philip42h

    Toyota Rav 4 D4D auto

    Buy it ... no problems at all with mine ...
  12. philip42h

    Rav4 4WD System

    No, if you exceed 25 mph you will be in FWD mode - the lock merely ensures 50:50 power distribution up to 25 mph. And, it's a car rather than a snow plough - ground clearance is only 200 mm / 8" so while I'd be happy on snow up to, say, a foot deep I wouldn't expect to push it through drifts a metre deep (but, there again, I'm a reasonably cautious / rubbish driver! )
  13. philip42h

    Rav4 4WD System

    The 4wd system on the T180 is exactly the same as on any other RAV 4.3 - i.e. the 2006 - 2012 model range. It starts in 4WD mode and progressively switches to FWD as the speed reaches around 25 mph. The lock button aims to keep the car in 4WD mode (i.e. not allow it to switch to FWD) but, TBH, is pretty much redundant as it automatically does what is needed anyway. Traction control uses the brakes and 4WD system to divert power to the wheels with the most traction so it's really quite difficult to get stuck. A 4WD RAV 4 is perfectly capable of dealing with the snows we see in Powys - it can provide pretty much all the traction you could want - but you will want winter, or true all season, tyres to get the best out of it and to be able to stop when coming down the hill!
  14. philip42h

    ? Rear door with spare wheel fit 2010 Rav.

    It has been done and a 'how-to" produced in the past. Last time the question was asked, Frosty provided links to the 'how-to': Fitting Rear Door With Spare Wheel To 2012 Model. The 'how-to' starts here: Replacement Tailgate / Spare Wheel Capability - Chapter1 - there are 5 chapters but unfortunately the illustrations appear to have been lost from the thread ... the words are still there!
  15. philip42h

    My Toyota

    Still working just fine from here. Are you using the correct URL: You might want to 'refresh' your Internet connection - i.e. restart your browser / device - just in case its got itself confused. It should never take more than a couple of minutes to come back to you ...