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98 Rav 4. 5 speed with 4x4. How's it work? Can someone who really knows explain how the 4x4 works and the difference if any between automatic tranny systems and manual? Haynes book is muddy, or maybe just me? It's been called an all wheel drive system - does that mean all 4 wheels are powered all the time, or only on demand, or what? And what exactly does the push button "Center Diff Lock" switch do? And how to use it properly - have been told by a Toyota man to only engage this when fully stopped in neutral - not "on the fly" and not to be used at high speeds? Is this true, and is there any safegaurds in case someone just decides to push the button while driving along the highway? Also, as i plan on changing out the fluids in tranny and 4x4 components - I'd like to be real clear on what the heck components are in this thing (manual). Best I can figure is i have the manual tranny box itself at about 5 litres fluid capacity (bigger than for 2 wheel drive), plus a rear diff with about 1 liter. And that's it for manual models - 2 components. For automatics, there is some mention of a transfer case at about 0.7 litres - is this component only on automatics, and do autos also have the rear diff for a total of 3 components? Also my toyota connection was mumbling away about viscous clutch - great, what the h is he talking about? Any strengths and weaknesses of the rav system - in general and compared to say 2 wheel drives or Honda CRV system? And please, if you can refrain from random answers unless you really know the rav4, I'd sure appreciate it. I've been getting some pretty soft and fuzzy responses to some of my questions lately, some of it just plain wrong, some of it costing me considerable cash with wrong diagnosis. I know it's hard to do mechanics over the phone...but it would be awesome if you guys could maybe pick it up a gear, and actually pull this off. Thanks...

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  • bwcarter May 15, 2010

    thanks for websites...that may or may not prove useful....my local library does not have Chilton or anything else on this vehicle, i checked...plus i can't stand Chilton, they are cheapskates and use very small print to allow them to cover more models/years in one book..i prefer Haynes - which i have - but, as i mentioned in my request...i'm not getting what i want from Haynes

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Why not just call me on this, i can't type very well, this is allot of info. USA 925-459-0571

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    It was a pleasure talking to you, once again my email address is yadawho@astound.net

    have a good evening, Dennis

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Hello,

Thanks for using FixYa.

This website should explain to you how the 4x4 system works.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/automatic-transmission.htm

You'll also find there how other types of transmission works. They have visual representations and such to help you understand the principles of automotive transmission.

I hope this helps. Thanks and good day.
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Your local library has Chilton's service manual which are the next best to the Toyotas service manual. usually photo copies can be made of the pages needed by you or just check out the book

On the other hand you can check all information by downloading everything you can for free
Here are some web sites that may have the best information you will need

http://www.mystudio21.com/free-automotive-pdf-ebooks/toyota/toyota-rav4-cv-3-door-manual-pdf.html

http://www.servicemanuals.net/ServiceManual/TOYOTA/rav+4/pos1/results.aspx


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