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    Radio problem.

    Thanks Guys. The mobile phone thing could lead somewhere as I do have a handsfree kit fitted. I'll see if I can figure out how to take the radio out and check the connections on the back.
  2. Hello All, recently, my stock radio turns off by itself but if I switch the fan motor to off then back to, say, position 2 or three, the radio will give a "pop" through the speakers and turn on again.. Not a major problem by any means but frustrating. If it's night and the vehicle lights are switched on, when the radio goes off the lights behind the radio buttons go out too. Again, switching the fan to off position then on again brings the radio back on along with the radio button lights. My other half says the car's haunted but I disagree. Any thoughts on how to keep the radio switched on apart from exorcism? Many thanks.
  3. How about a small piece of velcro on the headlining to hold the visor up? Phil.
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    Rear Wash/wipe

    Thanks David, I never thought of that, but I don't expect much muck would get shifted with just the washers alone. Maybe I'm over-thinking it...? Phil.
  5. Good morning All, my Rav4 runs like a dream but something's been puzzling me for a while. Can't remember which way you twist the control but there's a setting which just activates the rear washer without the wipe function. Why would you want to wash without the accompanying wipe? Or am I missing something. The normal rear wash/wipe and rear wiper delay functions all work fine. Many thanks in advance. Phil.
  6. Hi, don't know about the Rav but a couple of previous cars have had a window reset feature which has worked for me when they got "confused". May be worth trying? With ignition on and offending door open: 1. Window down completely, hold button in the down position for 5 seconds more then release button. 2. Window up completely, hold button in the up position for 5 seconds more then release button. Might be worth trying on the driver's door also if it doesn't work on the rear door itself. Phil.
  7. My 2.0L petrol consistently returns between 31 and 33 mpg. I use the car almost exclusively to work and back again which comprises a couple of miles around town then about 10 miles uninterrupted country road. Having said that, I do believe 5th gear and a light right foot are major players when it comes to getting decent mileage from my RAV.
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    New Wipers

    Dingles Toyota Norwich. New front wipers £15.90 and the nice chap in the parts department fitted them too. So pleased I can now see where I'm going and not just where I've been.
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    Lots of members seem to have changed to nightbreakers recently. Are they really so good and is it straightforward enough to change the bulbs on a 4.2? Many thanks.
  10. Fleabay item number 360617593864 Phil.
  11. So went to local Toyota dealer yesterday, they put the battery on their testing machine and it showed as "not holding charge - replace battery". Yes, they agreed spurious alarm activation could be a sign of battery troubles. Their recommended battery (45ah) was £57 fitted. Asked about a higher capacity unit and they said wasn't to be recommended. Anyway, went for their suggested recommendation with 3 years warranty. Don, I'll clean the door switches at the weekend, thanks for the suggestion. Phil.
  12. Don't know how old it is Kev. Shows as an Exide EB455 45AH 300A on the label. Worryingly, I found a list of so-called compatible vehicles for this battery and the Rav4 wasn't among them. In fact the only Toyota listed was the Tercel??
  13. This may be of use to someone: Nankang SW-5 full winter tyres (with snowflake & mountain logo), full set delivered and fitted locally for £327.60 from I've used Nankang winters previously on my TT Quattro (or as Big Kev called it, "Audi buttock scraper") and found them to be very good. Mine are being fitted on Saturday to the RAV. I don't have any links with the company other than having used them previously for winter tyres and found their service and prices suited me. (I think their tyres are sourced in Germany which doesn't seem to have availability issues). (Best price I could find around Norwich for full winters was £109 per corner, fitted) Phil.
  14. Good morning All, is there a simple way of gauging whether my battery is on it's way out? Reason I'm asking is that last night, the alarm went off a few times for no apparent cause. I opened / closed all doors, back door, bonnet and windows and turned off the interior sensor (3 remote clicks) but I've read that this could be an early sign of battery problems. The car had a full Toyota service just 2 weeks ago but I don't know whether they actually test the battery's condition or just tighten and grease the terminal connections. The car turns over and starts fine so appears OK otherwise but I don't want to get caught out if She's giving me a "heads-up". Many thanks, Phil.
  15. Unfortunately, house move is the priority and these are low on the list. Got to get cleared asap. Not sure what the blue is called but my Rav is the darker of those which I've seen around.
  16. Hi All, these will be going to the tip this weekend if no-one stakes a claim. Phil.
  17. Unfortunately I dont have the part as this is how it came to me when I bought the car. Still, perhaps someone's investment of a little time and effort could net them a complete cover. I should say that it's still very much usable as it is but does rattle over bumps and clatters when the rear door is closed. It's got to be worth a punt for someone. I'm moving house very soon and won't be taking it with me so it's going to be a small window of opportunity.
  18. Hello All, I'm having a clear out and have these: to give away. Not perfect as one of the little plastic retainers on the cover has broken but if someone is handy enough, I'm sure a fix could be possible. I'm using a soft cover on my spare wheel. Anyway, giving away to the first person who can collect from Blofield, just east of Norwich. Phil.
  19. Thanks for the replies folks. I've driven a fair few a/c equipped cars myself and though I've noticed a very slight power loss in some models, what I'm experiencing now is completely new to me. It's a 2.0 litre petrol model so certainly not underpowered I'd think. Imagine gently pressing your foot brake for a second or two, then releasing it. That's what it feels like when A/c is on. Turn it off and all's well. Weirdest thing I've had happen whilst driving for a long time. Apart from this issue, car drives perfectly. Still very puzzled. Phil.
  20. Hello All, would anyone happen to know why my Rav4 drives noticeably sluggishly when the air-con is switched on? It feels like the car's being held back slightly but when I switch off air-con she drives perfectly well again. The air conditioning itself works fine but this issue is mighty irritating. Many thanks Phil.
  21. Thanks Kev, does that mean It'll be ok to use the Castrol Edge 5W30 fully synthetic for topping up in the meantime? Phil.
  22. Many thanks. Appreciate your reply. Phil.
  23. Good morning All, one of the little plastic locating lugs has broken off my rigid spare wheel cover which means it doesn't sit securely on one side. Does anyone know if it's possible to remove the black, pastic "shell" from the spare wheel mount so I can just fit a vinyl cover instead? Any other suggestions would be welcome too. Many thanks, Phil.
  24. Just a thought but if ice were to be swept from the car, could the ice itself (rather than the implement used) cause marks like this as it's being moved across the paintwork?
  25. My parcel shelf / load cover was making a really irritating, plastic-on-plastic creaking sound. I simply sprayed the 4 support pegs (2 either side) with silicone and it's been blissfully quiet ever since. May have to repeat periodically but that's a small price.