Toyota Rav4 Transmission and Steering Problems

Toyota Rav4 Transmission and Steering Problems

RAV4’s irresistible square-jawed design, smooth drive, and spacious accommodation have bribed many people into falling in love with them. But far from its adorable nature, Rav4 may have a couple of undesirables in transmission and steering problems.

Transmission Issues

The transmission issues are pretty standard with the 2019 model.

The symptoms of the problem include a lurch forward at low speeds, and a forceful shift into gear that may produce loud clunks and bangs. Others experience some lagging or failure to shift.

Sometimes, there will be a delay when pressing the gas, and at times, it may suddenly lurch forward. This will cause dangerous entry in traffic.

People have difficulty determining the cause of these transmission problems, even after taking the vehicle to the dealership. In most cases, a reset is done but does very little to help. So what helps?

Normally, the brand recommends transmission ECU replacement and programming, which is quite an expensive fix. So, is there an alternative?

It is possible to get RAV4 ECU replacement units with the latest version installed without visiting the main dealer.

Steering Problems

Steering problems are far too common for the 2017 model. Many Rav4 owners experienced a pull towards the side when the vehicle encountered heavy crosswinds or had a flat tire. Some reported a knocking sound when locking up in traffic.

Several owners took the vehicle to the dealerships, and the tires were rotated and realigned. However, this did nothing to solve the issue. In some cases, the problems got worse with issues such as vibrations on the steering wheel. The best solution for the problem is primarily a steering wheel software update.

A1 Performance Auto Repair has automatic transmission specialists and experienced technicians that will check your vehicle for problems and provide solutions.



In January 2020, Toyota announced it is recalling 2.9 million vehicles. If your car is one of the models listed, see your Toyota dealer for repairs.

This recall is for an airbag electronic control unit that may or may not deploy your airbag in an accident. This control unit also controls the seatbelt pretensioners and their function could be affected, as well.

Toyota Models on the Recall List:

• 2011-2019 Corolla
• 2011-2013 Matrix
• 2012-2018 Avalon
• 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid

Early last year the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had led an investigation into faulty airbags and these Toyota models were part of that study. There were 12 million vehicles in this study. They were vehicles from 2010 through 2019 sold by Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Honda Motor Co, Hyundai Motor Co, Kia Motors Corp and Mitsubishi.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that there have been 8 deaths they attribute to this airbag issue. Hyundai, Kia and Fiat Chrysler had issued a recall in 2018, prior to this Toyota recall in 2020. Hyundai and Kia stated they had 4 deaths and 6 injuries involved with this issue. Toyota did not share their data with the press.

Toyota will be notifying affected vehicle owners by mail in March 2020. Be sure your car’s registration has your correct mailing address and you should receive the notification.

You can also sign up for the NHTSA recall email list to receive email notifications when there is a recall.

Or you can use the page to look up your car’s VIN to see if it has any recalls. The form is on the right side of the page.

You can also register with Toyota and when there’s a recall, you’ll be notified.

A1 Performance Auto Repair

If you have a recall problem with any vehicle, you’ll need to see the dealer to get it repaired without charge. We cannot repair these vehicles for free at A1 Performance Auto Repair. We offer these notices as a convenience to our customers.

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