Question about 2002 Toyota RAV4

1 Answer

Transmission just started slipping and clunking at 107,000 miles.

My dealer, from whom I purchased the RAV 4 and to whom I have been taking it for all my recommended maintenance, said they have run across this issue several times and the only sure fix is to replace the Engine Control Module (ECM) and the transmission, plus the Air-Fuel Sensor...a $5,200 repair. Until I went on-line, I never realized how much of a problem this is with nearly all Toyotas, from Avalons to even 2008 Camry's! Prospective Toyota buyers...BEWARE...It may well be worth it to purchase the extended warranties beyond the normal 80,000 mile Toyota Factory Warranty.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • kimvue777 Oct 22, 2008

    same here. the damn car is just sitting in the driveway. such a waste!

  • suesthere Dec 01, 2008

    2002 Rav 4- Desert Toyota dealership- 6/08- code of P0755 identified. I was not advised of any TSBs by him ( I asked him about recalls, etc.). My Rav4 shifts badly and noisy- very scary to drive. Took Rav4 back to dealership 11/27/08- WITH the TSB- TC002-06 with me. Asked for a reason that this TSB was not identified and repaired accordingly by them. Desert Toyota service manager could give no explanation or any reason that this happened. I asked for and received (they didn't want to, for sure) my diagnositic fee of $64.95 back that day. By the way, I was treated HORRIBLE by them. I was then told to take my business to the other dealership. I took the Rav4 to Precision Toyota this morning, night and day difference from Desert Toyota.

  • wyliescott Feb 18, 2009

    Yeah...Had a new tranny put in...seemed to work fine for about 1000 miles, then started slipping again. So bit the next bullet and had them replace the ECM. So far works fine.

    I am just really getting tired of large multinational corporations screwing me. I purchased Toyota because of its reliability. When major components fail after a few years of well maintained use...It just blew my expectations. I thought a Toyota was one of the best cars on the road. And after looking at all the postings about Toyota, well, it just reaffirms the notion..."Buyer beware!"



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Well, I had the same problem and after changing the good as new looking pink fluid in a " do not change under normal driving conditions" transmission, having the ECM reprogrammed and taking the car by AAMCO transmissions I took a lead and bought an updated and new ECM and had it reprogrammed at the dealer. The shift bucking stopped and as long as you don't see out of the ordinary wear indicated by exessive flakes in the transmission pan the mechanicals of the trans are toyota reliable... it was just a badly designed ECM. I bought my new ECM for $800 online from a toyota car dealer in Virgina.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Transmission slipping

have it done correctly, for the safety of the teenager.

Mar 04, 2014 | Subaru Forester Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My1999 voyager is making a clunking noise when down shifting and jerking and slipping like crazy new trans or something small to replace?. Where shoul i start

Hey..... sounds like something in trans especially as you say it slips like crazy.... my advice is to take to dealer for checking, or a REPUTABLE transmission repair shop..... it must be noted that your transmission is electronically controlled and needs the proper diagnostic equipment that only a dealer or rep trans shop will have.... it might be something as simple as the solonoid pack..... Hope this helps...... Steve.... Botswana

Dec 27, 2010 | 1999 Plymouth Voyager

2 Answers

Thinking of buying a 2006 rav4 with 54000. Is there any reason I should not buy a 2006 rav? Any particular problem with this year model. It has 2.4 automatic

I also bought a used 2006 RAV4 Sport (in 2008) and I am really happy with it. What you need to look for is for a clunk, pop or knock type noise when you are turning the steering wheel left of right. I noticed it when I test drove it. There is a service bulletin ST001-08 not a Recall. The dealer would have fixed it under the 36000 warranty but I don't know if it will be fixed after that. The 2006 RAV4 has no recall problems for the accelerator.

Apr 09, 2010 | 2006 Toyota RAV4

1 Answer

2006 Toyota RAV 4 Limited

our 2007 Rav 4 had a clunk in steering when turning at about 28000 miles it was do to a weak stearing knuckle, had replaced, and went away

Apr 03, 2010 | 1997 Toyota RAV4

1 Answer

I have clunk noises coming from the differential as the car is coming to a stop. There seems to be too much play in the unit. The transmission tail shaft and bushing have been replaced and the ring and...

NAW, sounds like you need the updated slip yoke and "special" spline lube, I would think your local dealer would have done that way before going into the diff. Or maybe they did and I didn't post it?
I've also found sway bar end links to cause a clunk but you will usally hear this when you are turning or going over a bump also, But once or twice I have found them to be the problem with stops or starts only!
If it's 4x4 then you could try and narrow it down by pulling the rear drive line and going for a short drive in 4 wheel drive and see if the noise is gone.
Reoport back with you findings for further assistance

Nov 06, 2009 | 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer

1 Answer

1997 Chrysler Town and Country Transmission clunks with downshift

Check the universal joints in the drive shaft to rear axel. 120,000 miles, its time for replacement. Safety hazard exist, check soon. Also transmission filter should have been serviced at 60,000 miles. Its time.

May 20, 2017 | Chrysler Town and Country Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

2000 GMC Jimmy SLT 4wd, 65k miles, baby'd, driven

bad transmission, it will need rebuilding or replacement. sorry....hopefully this helps

Aug 16, 2009 | GMC Jimmy Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Toyota Rav 4 4x4 manual transmission is slipping out of 4th gear

i supose u are talking about a strait shift tranny if so the tranny ha shifter fork in it for the gears that is what is broke it is not 2500 dollars worth if someone told u that take it some where else check other prices

Feb 13, 2009 | 1996 Toyota RAV4

1 Answer


Welcome to FIxYa.
As a Toyota Service Manager, my opinion is that you may have the wrong transmission fluid in your car.
The RAV/4 takes Toyota "Type T-4" ATF.
Using anything else will definitely cause you shifting problems.
My advice: Get the trans re-flushed with "Type T-4" as soon as possible, to avoid potential internal damage.

Thanks for choosing FIxYa for assistance; a FIxYa rating for my advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Jan 25, 2009 | 1996 Toyota RAV4

Not finding what you are looking for?
2002 Toyota RAV4 Logo

602 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Toyota Experts


Level 3 Expert

78257 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8836 Answers

Are you a Toyota Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides