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Is there a recall on 2008 Rav 4 that would cause the axle to break

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Toyota dealer would be the best place to ask but if there was a recall it is unlikely to help you so long after the purchase date.

The best they are likely to do is partly fund a repair or replacement in their own workshops. A while ago I heard about a guy who suffered engine failure just out of warranty. Toyota offered to replace the engine for him if he paid 60%. Very nice and generous of them but his cut of the bill still cost him a huge £6000, much more than a repair would have cost at an independant repairer. The trouble was he wasn't the original owner, if he was Toyota would have paid more.

Toyota would also need to have proof all the routine maintenance had been carried out to the letter.

When facing expensive problems it is wise to spend a while gathering information and exploring options before making a decision.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016


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A hydro-lock in the affected cylinder.

An excess amount of fluid (oil, coolant, water) makes its way into the affected cylinder via cylinder head or head gasket failure for instance, or even by driving through a large body of water.

Unfortunately, fluids cannot be compressed, and hence once the piston rises on its compression stroke, it locks out against the fluid at some point before top dead center, and the conrod either bends or breaks, because the crankshaft will attempt to carry on turning, and the piston will still try to reach top dead center.

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SOURCE: I have a 2008 Toyota Rav 4, keyless error

check if the battery needs to be replaced

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

SOURCE: my vsc and 4 WD

No one can tell you what is wrong with your vehicle

You have to have a dealer or repair shop access
the on board systems, as I would think you are aware
of & have many times had done on several vehicles
over the years

The Vehicle Stability Control & other items are
obviously not functioning correctly

When you say stays on ,all I can tell you is, that any
check lamp,Mil Lamp or anything that isn't normal,
is a system fault & should be checked for codes in
no more than 3 days,then diagnosed & repaired within
a week or stop using any vehicle,before possible
damage & expense occurs

You should have & read an owners manual

Absolutely no one has one & apparently refuse
to spend money on one

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