I have not noticed it in the Rav4 yet. We feel we have been conned a bit - air conned perhaps - sorry. An auto system needs to be left alone at a comfortable temperature so it can sort itself out and will also mix recircled air with fresh. I would have expected units to keep on going for somewhat longer apart from ones that naturally wear down, like the clutch in a Toyota - units like starter motor, water pump, alternator etc failing at 120,000 is more Vauxhall than Toyota, isn't it? Battery was about 2 years old. I have also replaced the ac filter and sprayed Lysol in the fan area to try and remove the smell, but nothing has worked. Thanks in advance, for any advice you can give. Something was wrong with the air con system almost immediately after we brought it home as the air con light was flashing.
The only complaint I have is the upholstery. We will see how tomorrow goes when our salesman gets involved. The selling dealer installed alarm was deactivated when the car was sold, so it wasn't even a problem. I rang the car dealer we bought it from and he suggested it just needed a top-up. Eventually, it was determined that the steering computer 45020-06130 was the fault.
The dealership is no help on this issue. The Toyota Care is outstanding. That's not a fix in my book. Word is that this is some type of gas being produced by something deteriorating in the ventilation system Update from Feb 18, 2015 : Dealer is no help on this issue and although the vehicle is under full warranty won't proceed any further unless i pay for the labor. If you are lucky its an external failure ie a clutch unit and a new compressor or clutch will fix the problem. I would suggest you google and see if there is a local car aircon specialist available.
First of all: why should I have to? He is not sure that it comes with the clutch and if not, that would be another £270. Then with a 1:5 isopropyl alcohol to water solution in a bottle, spray directly into the air intake located at the base of the windshield, both above and beneath the hood. This is my first Toyota. And if that does not work then maybe I forward all these complaints to yahoo news, Google, or one of those other sites that are just looking for some company to trash about their faulty products. The car is supposed to have automatic climate control, but now I have to sit in the heat for the last 5 minutes of the my drive?? Other than these 2 big discomforts we like the car a lot. In your case I would buy a compressor off ebay or a trade supplier and ask your Toyota garage to fit it or take the whole thing to a good local which will at least half the labour rate. I'll update after they tell me they can't fix it.
Some clutches require changing main seals to replace them Re-manufactured compressors are available to the trade. Thanks for all the advice. You cant sell a house with mold. Will the unit come with a clutch or is that extra. Thanks in advance, for any advice you can give. Ken Ken, Hi Whether or not you want it - you should investigate where the leak spot is to evaluate the risk rate and ways to cure it.
We feel we have been conned a bit - air conned perhaps - sorry. I have not noticed any recalls from Toyota on any of this major componets. That compressor has a togh job to do if it's worked hard but ironically, the worst thing that can happen is that it is left switched off - especially for the compressor clutch. Discuss this story on our. In this situation the system needs professional flushing and diagnosis before fitting a new unit.
As far as I can see, there does not seem to be a solution except to sell the car at a huge loss. It's very uncomfortable to not have an operational part, so get the product you need at AutoZone. Some of my research indicates a possible problem with the magnetic clutch relay, however I have not been able to find that relay's location in the car. You might want to ventilate at this point. It does not appear to be one of the ones in the fuse box under the hood. Glad to hear that this is a common problem but as others have posted, this is the only car I've ever owned with this issue. I'm having the exact same issue with the stench coming from the vents.
The smell is only temporarily covered up until the Lysol evaporates. I repeated it 2 times, then let it run for another 10 minutes. Key fob battery was new. He says that he cannot find an alternative unit other than from Toyota at about £570. Hopefully they can give you free advice on what the problem is likely to be and what they would recommend as a suitable course of action. Now I am not one of those wienies that have all these medical issues and I don't consider myself a bitch, but I cannot believe a company would chance their reputation over a problem like this.
Has anyone any ideas or sourcing new aircon units for the Rav other than through Toyota. Went to the dealership and they did was spray disinfectant and replace the Cabin Air Filter. Opening the window has a worse effect on fuel economy. Any other troubleshooting or investigation tips? Now instead of smelling like 500 wet, dirty socks, it smells like 500 wet, dirty socks doused in chemicals. The car is supposed to have automatic climate control, but now I have to sit in the heat for the last 5 minutes of the my drive?? When your compressor kicks on, add freon to the correct pressure. Will the unit come with a clutch or is that extra. I see that Europarts is out of stock at the moment but quoted a compressor over £100 cheaper.
I've been told to turn off my air conditioning 5 minutes before I reach my destination to solve the problem. Key fob battery was new. You would think with a semi nice car the seats could be motor controlled. I deem there might be a minor leak belong to hte system. My wife and I bought a Dec 2003 Rav4 2 litre petrol 4 weeks ago with 3 months warranty from a second hand car dealer.