daveh_rav4

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    Dave
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  • Toyota Model
    Rav4 3dr 4.1 Freesport
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    1998
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    Hampshire
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  1. I'm outta here...

  2. Dear Jack, you have my sympathies over such a terrible dilemma... i.e. to have a new car with a panoramic roof or BSM and RCTA... I would be losing sleep over such a dilemma I must say! Perhaps you should be agonising over the 20 tons of CO2 pollution your new car will create to build, along with all the other new cars being built for such frivolous reasons! Lets not agonise over contributing to global warming, melting ice caps and all this freak weather (check out what’s going down in the mid-west, USA), bursting mine dams in Brazil causing death and destruction and toxic chemical pollution while scavenging for minerals… partly caused by the desire for unnecessary new vehicle build. Let's destroy the rain forests to satisfy our lust for a panoramic roof, blind spot monitors and motion sensors and the latest digital toy. D’oh!
  3. My post to the OP was to check with her local ICE installer for an ISO adaptor... as stated it is a shame their is no uniformity such as the ISO standard amonst car manufactuers; it would negate all these adaptors if their were. Years ago there were hardly any adaptors and the only option was cut and block... once you have done enough of them it only takes a few minutes and I never had any subsequent problems! Not ideal I know, but when needs must...
  4. Hi Pam, the quick answer is... "Good luck with that then!" It's to hard for vehicle manufactuers and ICE (in Car Entertainment) manufactuers to make compatible plugs and sockets. My 98 Rav4 has a bespoke 'Sanyo' radio/cd player factory fitted and obviously when Sanyo supplied Toyota with probably thousands of units the two banged there heads together and fitted compatible plugs and sockets. Their are supposed to be compatible ISO standard plugs/sockets... but in my experiance if you try and fit a third party stereo/radio to a car they never marry up. When I was in the ICE business I used to identify what the cables were from the stereo device (sometimes they print the cable functions on the stero cover and or owners manual); then identify the cables on the car sockets... with a volt meter and a small battery (to excite the speakers in the vehicle). Once you have identified all the connectors you can cut the incompatible plugs and sockets off and use block connector to make the connections... making sure you incorparate fuses etc. where required and then cover the blocks with insulating tape (I used 2" wide carpet tape). The other alternative... if that sounds to daunting, is to go to a local ICE installer and ask if they have any adaptors (don't hold your breath) or ask them to fit the device for you (probably your best option). Bear in mind if you get some of these connections wrong you could damage the stereo and or car electrics... and you certainly don't want to risk a vehicle electrical fire! DaveH
  5. Pleased to hear that you have it sorted... as I stated, not the sort of thing you want to have to search for. I have come across this before... it must be a generational thing because we rarely had this problem years ago! It's a mindset... "I designed the 'thing', I know where it is/how it works, why should I explain it to people who don't know!" Perhaps designers with this mindset are hoping for an addional fee for explaining what should be a given? LOL
  6. So, the fuse that controls the lights has blown... It's the middle of the night on a cold and rainy pitch black country road. Any vehicle manufactuer would have that fuse box in an easily accessable place with a large label on the cover stating 'Vehicle FUSES'... just so any driver not familiar with the vehicle could find it in double quick time. It's Health & Safety... you can't be stuck out in the middle of the night playing... 'guess where the fuse box is?' when you have no rear lights! Perhaps I could get a job with Toyota @ $50,000 a year suggesting the obvious!
  7. Thanks Scott... 🙂 my last comment was a bit of a sarcastic swipe at Toyota; but probably all manufactuers are keen to reduce the service life of there vehicles by making the sparesexpensive or non exsistant! How else will they sell new vehicles if everyone keeps them going as long as I do! Thankfully, I am not blessed with wanting the latest shiny new toy every five years... 🙂
  8. Yup, those two stop rubbers have a habit of dropping off (as stated earlier, good idea to glue them in) Where to get them? Well, when I ran a Ford... my first port of call for spares was my local main dealer; I would suggest you obtain them from there or possibly our very own 'Parts King', you will get yout Toyota Forum discount then 🙂 It is strange... but I notice quite a few people on here requesting where to obtain spares for Toyota... makes me wonder if there is a spares supply problem? DaveH
  9. LOL... I must have got so used to the in-cabin 'drone' I just don't notice it... mind, mine is a SWB ,so perhaps not as pronounced as a five door. Wow... that must have been some sound-proofing kit for that amount of dosh ! I did throw some extra lagging and felt into an old Ford I ran some years ago; but that was a lot cheaper; worked quite well t5hough and worth the effort. Yeah, Wynford... get some heavy blankets and experiment and see if you get any improvement. I don't have a luggage cover in my SWB 4.1... so don't know about that, but if it's missing than you probably need it! !
  10. Hi, welcome to the forum. Well, depends on what kind of a nose it is... a rattle, knocking or drone/grinding? A few things to check, make sure that the rear door stop rubbers are present that fix to the body.... these stop the door rattling; they have a habit of falling off (best to use a bit of glue to hold them in). Adjust rear door striker plate adjustment to make sure the door is closed tight against them stop rubbers. Also rear diff support bushes can wear... this is normally a clonk though when on/ff throttle. Diff bearings? Obviously check exhaust for blows or broken support rubbers/knocking. Also check for noisy wheel bearings (jack each wheel, spin and listen for any rumbles and or slack... or if worse when cornering can also be a clue. Could even be a brake shoe or brake pad hanging up (if yours is rear discs), even a stone trapped behind brake disc/backplate. Else get it up on a ramp and check for anything loose under ^ Good luck. See you at the next Toyota South coast meet 🙂
  11. Without taking the door card off... you could try lubricating the window channels with silican spray. Any motor or mechanism will struggle if the window channels are hanging up. Worth trying first if you have not already done it.
  12. Thanks Scott... my old school ways shows through again! A 65 plate in my day meant it was a 1965 reg... simple eh! Probably when the frigged around with the regisration dates it got screwed, d'oh!
  13. 65 reg ? is that a 1965 registered 2.0 ltr. diesel? Or is that some new fangled way of dating number plates? Rav4's were not around in 1965. If that is an old vehicle, it probably has a dynamo? Please confirm the vehicle/age that you are refering too? Sudden dimmimg of lights can be caused by several things... a bad connection, i.e. battery terminals, a cell going bad in the battery when extra load is applied, bad earth to the chassis somewhere; even a faulty light switch or wiring. I would check as many connection points, including fuse holders etc. Then have a load test done to the battery... you need a high current discharge test to see if the battry is holding up. Also have the dynamo/alternator checked for regulation and current output ; you may need an auto electrician to do these checks if you can't do this yourself or don't have the correct test equipment. A fan cutting in should not take enough current to sink the battery or charging system unless it is faulty (put an ammeter in series to check the current draw). I remember years ago I had a total lights failure on a car when driving at night down a very dark winding lane... I had to pull up with just a memory of the last site of the road I had; most disconcerting and a wonder I did not end up hitting a tree or a ditch LOL
  14. Yup... it's a fantastic car, I've had mine for twelve years now; best car I have ever had... only ever put brake pads and discs and a couple of front brake hoses (nothing wrong with them but the MOT chap insisted he could see cracks in the rubber; I couldn't!), plus the usual oil and filters... bit thirsty with the fuel if you boot it though! 🙂
  15. Are you sure they are not there still, mine sun-faded and you can barely see them now against the metallic silver finish. I think they are just water slides under the laquer coat... glad to see them go south to be honest; they look kinda naff anyhow. I am sure your Freesport will go just as fast without them... 🙂 Because of the age of the vehicle... Toyota does not have much specific to it. Some motor manufactuers sell off remaining spares to third party suppliers sometimes... so it might pay you to do a google for spares and see what pops up. It's generally not in the interest of vehicle manufactuers to support older vehicles... they want you to buy a new one 🙂 Just hope it's not an MOT requirement to have the logo showing!