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I have a 2002 RAV4 AWD, the trasmission was shifting hard from 1st to 2nd tnen the check engine light came on. I took it to AutoZone and had it scanned I didn't get the trouble code but they said it was the shift solenoid, also said they don't carry the solenoid for AWD, dealer item. I checked the fluid level,slightly below full, topped it off, the check efngine light went out but it's still shifting hard. I've been unemployed since August 2009 and can't afford a huge repair bill, at the same I can't afford to be without a car in case a job becomes available. Best advice, please. Thanks in advance.

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  • jlmrn4680 May 10, 2010

    Am I taking the transmission pan off to get to the electrical supply cable? I can't find anything online with a picture, all I'm seeing is take it to a transmission repair shop.


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First, clean the shift solenoid electrical contacts (pins) of both socket & plug of electrical supply cable, using a special product for electrical contacts spray cleaner !
The shift solenoid is placed upon automatic gearbox.
Test again the transmission on the road.
If problem still persists then try to find this shift solenoid as new or in good condition piece, and replace it !

Posted on May 09, 2010

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    TDISLine May 10, 2010

    No, the electrical supply cable must be coming from outside of the automatic gearbox. It's a good idea to go at a transmission repair shop.
    Best Regards!


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