robinogilvy

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    1995 Toyota Rav4 L 2.0 3dr
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    'jumpy' Acceleration

    I bought a 3-door 1995 Rav4 (3S-FE) a few months ago and acceleration is not smooth at low speeds. In particular, the car 'jumps' forward when accelerating away from junctions in low gears, and at gear change. There's a soft clunking noise too, as it bites. Does anyone know what this might be? I've had it in the garage a few times, and the only thing they found once was a loose gearbox mount. Would this cause it? It was tightened (along with other bits and pieces) and the problem seemed to go away, but then got worse again over time. It's also a bit shaky when taking my foot off the accelerator quickly (e.g. when going down hill). I'm in East Africa, so good mechanics are hard to come by. Any thoughts much appreciated!
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    Diff Lock Stuck / Anti-roll Bar Broken

    Thanks Stuart, That's helpful to know. I *think* I've found a garage that might understand the problem. Let's see what it's looking like this evening. Cheers, Robin
  3. Hi there, I recently bought a 3dr 1995 Rav4 in Rwanda and recently noticed that the diff lock seems to be stuck. The light doesn't appear on the dashboard, and the button isn't pressed, but it's noticeable when driving in tight circles round a car park. According to my local Toyota dealership, the electrics and the vacuum which operates it are fine, so it's mechanical sticking somewhere. Has anyone had this problem before? Any thoughts as to how it can be resolved? Also, I have broken the anti-roll (sway) bar THREE times in the same place now!!! Any thoughts as to what might be causing this? Would the difflock being engaged put it under too much strain when going round corners? I'm reluctant to replace it once again without knowing why it keeps breaking. Any advice would be much appreciated -- car advice is hard to come by in this part of the world! Thanks! Robin (Kigali, Rwanda)
  4. Hi there, I recently bought a 3dr 1995 Rav4 in Rwanda and recently noticed that the diff lock seems to be stuck. The light doesn't appear on the dashboard, and the button isn't pressed, but it's noticeable when driving in tight circles round a car park. According to my local Toyota dealership, the electrics and the vacuum which operates it are fine, so it's mechanical sticking somewhere. Has anyone had this problem before? Any thoughts as to how it can be resolved? Also, I have broken the anti-roll (sway) bar THREE times in the same place now!!! Any thoughts as to what might be causing this? Would the difflock being engaged put it under too much strain when going round corners? I'm reluctant to replace it once again without knowing why it keeps breaking. Any advice would be much appreciated -- car advice is hard to come by in this part of the world! Thanks! Robin (Kigali, Rwanda)