My RAV4 jumps out of fifth gear
Q: My 1999 Toyota RAV4 keeps jumping out of fifth gear when driving along. It’s done 210,000 km. What do you think the problem could be?
Alex Southern, e-mail.
A: This is a known problem with the RAV4 and we’re told Toyota has an upgrade kit available to fix it.
Contact your dealer and ask them to upgrade your car.
Q: About a week ago my 2005 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser popped out of fifth gear and now will not stay in.
One mechanic said I’d need a new gearbox, so did Toyota, but another said I needed a fifth gear upgrade kit.
When Toyota was given the VIN of my car they told the mechanic that an upgrade kit is not available for it as they had fixed the issue in the newer models and it doesn’t happen any longer.
I currently have no fifth gear, and would like to get it fixed. What aremyoptions?
Rebecca Chilcott, e-mail.
A: It would seem that the problem might not have been fixed as Toyota claims. Go back to your dealer and demand it be fixed.
Q: I recall reading many complaints about the front suspension ball joints wearing and sometimes even breaking on the Ford Territory.
Has Ford fixed the problem?
Bill Gordon, e-mail. A:
The complaints have dried up since the release of the new model in 2009, which had a number of front suspension revisions.
From that we can only assume that the problem has been fixed.
What we have been told is that Ford headquarters issued an edict that no ball joint suspension would ever again be designed in which the ball joint was under tension as it was in the Territory.
Ford was coy about the ball joint problem in public, but privately we suspect they copped a major scare over the issue.
Q: The brake pedal in my 2005 Toyota Prado feels soft to me, such that I am not confid- ent that the brakes will do the job in an emergency when I’m towingmycaravan.
My Toyota dealer declared it was OK after testing it, but the problem persists.
I can’t believe the dealer said.
Bob Koitka, Redcliffe, Qld.
A: We have been told that some softness is a characteristic of the Prado, and despite this uncertain feeling the brakes do work and stop the car effectively.
We have also been told that there is an issue with the brake master cylinder and Toyota has been replacing them under warranty.
I would suggest you quiz your dealer about the master cylinder issue and request that he checks yours.
Q: Recently while driving along in my 2008 Nissan Navara ST-X turbo diesel the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) light came on, and this usually means the exhaust will do a burn off of excess fuel.
The light stayed on for about 500km, so I knew there was a problem with it.
Suddenly out of the blue I had a huge loss of power and could not go over 80 km/h when trying to do a burn off.
I also found that I could not get over 30 km/h going up some hills.
Apart from causing other traffic problems and getting the rude finger from a few drivers, I think this should be brought to the attention of future purchasers of the Nissan Navara ST-X diesels.
Can you see a scenario where you think it is safe to enter traffic and then find there is no power for you to flow into the traffic?
A. Andrew, e-mail.
A: The light staying illuminated should have told you that there was a problem with the vehicle that needed the attention of the dealer.
When that didn’t happen it eventually went into limp home mode, that’s when you lost performance.
It really shouldn’t have got to that stage.