Your car won’t start and you must be present at a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t need to be an remarkable mechanic to act successfully. By simply following the tips in this article bit by bit you will quickly get rid of the problem and restart your Toyota RAV4.
First, we will try to identify the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.does-not-start-toyota-rav4

Reasons that prevent your Toyota RAV4 from starting

The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To check that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting would be a bad sign for your battery.

Let’s see the different causes of failure

Battery pack

In most cases, for a Toyota RAV4 that does not start, the battery is implicated because it provides the starter the energy required to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to indicate the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is an indicator of a low battery, and therefore it needs to be recharged.
A little tip that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Toyota RAV4, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before leaving even if your car is on, you don’t wish to stall at the first traffic light and have to repeat the operation.

Weather conditions

Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but sadly your Toyota RAV4 still doesn’t start. First, it is crucial to know that humidity and temperature changes generate oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is important to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Make use of a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.

Starter of your Toyota RAV4

Now you have put into practice our advice so far but your Toyota RAV4 still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will release the coals and assist in their passage.
It should also be mentioned that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will rely upon its use and as a result on the maintenance of your Toyota RAV4. When it no longer functions well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This reduces the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is notto be blamed for

Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Toyota RAV4 on a slope and by playing the clutch pedal, the engine will sooner or later start. This will work if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.


If, on the other hand, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its role is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the faulty alternator.


If despite all this you are unable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more reliable. Remember everything that has been mentioned in order to provide him with information that could help him/her to repair your Toyota RAV4.

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