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RAV clatters, sputters, and stalls upon start-up

When left outside overnight in rain/wind/cold weather, my 2000 RAV (with almost 200,000 miles) clatters, sputters and stalls for at least 10 minutes as I try to warm it up. Then it finally ''grabs'' and no more problems. There's no evidence of leakage under the car.

The ''check engine'' light first went on about 5 months ago after I put a new gas cap on, having run over the original . After three days, the light went out.

This time, the ''check engine'' light has been on for a month and the AutoZone reading indicates vacuum problems.

Any ideas for me to share with the mechanic?

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SOURCE: Check engine and VSC lights on

I talked to you on the live chat, and I think that you may have missed the end of my typing...

What I went on to say is that more often than not, on the 02 4Runners, the Check and VSC lights in tandem look mainly after the emission system, and, since you stated no issues during the road test, I would guess that it is a fuel issue (too full/loose gas cap). But, if you can get the vehicle scanned, I will be very glad to provide you with more and better info if you provide me with the DTC codes. That would require your guy or an autozone hookup to a scan tool. I hope my clarification helps; and the graciouness of a FIxYa rating for this question would be greatly appreciated

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Code P0401 1998 Toyota Camry

I'm assuming that it is a four cyl.The p0401 code is for insufficient egr flow.Most of the time it is the egr vsv valve (vsv means vacuum switching valve)which is what controls the vacuum to the egr valve to open it.It is kind of hard to get to as it is on the block under the head on the back side.If you follow the hose from the egr valve it goes to the vsv.I have also seen mice eat holes in the vacuum line which would also give you problems.I hope this help and let me know if you have anymore questions

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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SOURCE: 1990 celica 2.2 5s-fe wont idle, wont erach 1400rpm

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Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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Spark plugs are the one who burns the gas. If there's no spark on the plugs, the engine will die because there's no good contact. The burnt CARBON is the reason. You have to take the spark plugs out and clean it. On the spark plugs, you will see the carbon that's wrap around it. Use a pointed tip and sand paper to remove the carbon. Then, put everything thing back and it should run smoothly.

Please try it first.

Good luck and have a great day!

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 98 Corolla stalls or stumbles when cold

It sounds like you may have picked up some small debris from the bottom of the gas tank when you ran it empty. You may need to run a fuel/injector cleaning solution through the next tank of gas to clear the debris and consider changing your fuel filter too. Sea Foam is a great fuel additive and I recomment trying it full strength. Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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