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Hi Tracy:
I'd start by checking the battery condition, and the condition of the battery connections . If they are corroded or have white or greenish stuff on them, they will probably not be letting enough current through. If that's what you find, disconnect them. and neutralize the corrosion by dipping then in a glass of water with one teaspoon of ordinary kitchen baking soda dissolved in it. Repeat until all bubbling stops, then rinse with clear water. Clean the battery posts with a post cleaning tool (it's a special wire brush, and use a knife or file to scrape any corrosion or scale off the posts and wire connections.
Re-connect and give it a try.
If it works.............. Ta Da!
If not, let me know and we'll chase some more ideas.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Sep 11, 2016

Drawing too much power. I would check to make sure the battery is still good. Check the wiring from the battery as well.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Apr 13, 2016

Your automatic choke is in need of adjustment.

Should be about 2200 when cold and 900 when warmed up. It is not stepping down properly. EZ fix.


1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Mar 31, 2016

My friend, you may be about to blow up the motor.
Would you please refrain from starting this RAV4 until it is fixed, or you may destroy it, if it is not already destroyed.
Since I am so far away from you, my first thought was a stuck gas pedal, I remember them sticking and people dying many years ago. If you cannot take this vehicle to a Toyota dealer, at least call them and ask them about recalls and what might be wrong with it.
God bless your efforts.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Mar 08, 2016

You have a spark at the plugs, which indicates the ignition system is working.

The engine is cranking over?

If not - or it seems slow to crank - check the earth lead on the battery.

The only other thing that springs to mind is either the crankshaft or camshaft sensor.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Jan 19, 2016

Yes there is also a fuse box under the hood. The schematic for fuses should be in the fuse box cover.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Dec 15, 2015

Make sure floor mat is not compromising accelerator pedal operation. Check throttle cable for sticking and binding.... lube if necessary. Check throttle linkage at intake for sticking/binding and repair as necessary

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Nov 29, 2015

Clicking noise when trying to start it? if not you need a new starter.
If you heard a clicking noise then take your battery and alternator to an auto parts (autozone-napa) store to test both of them (Free service)..

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Oct 24, 2015

The one in the engine compartment

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Sep 12, 2015

Try a car parts shop as many times the counter people can help you diagnose and get the right part or parts.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Sep 08, 2015

one wire coming off will not cause the timing to jump. it would be no different than if a plug stopped working. with the light on check for codes and go from there.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Aug 14, 2015

Do u have the manufacturer manual? It should tell u what all those lights stand for.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Aug 12, 2015

I don't have a 1997 Toyota RAV4 so I can't tell you exactly but it is on the fuel rail that connects all the injectors to the fuel system.

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Aug 12, 2015

I just happened to be looking up wiring for this charging system, not computer controlled, according to my info. I'm not trying to but in, my thought would be to check all the fuses, there are several. I don't know which generator wire was shorted? The diagram is one fuse short couldn't get everything in the picture. There are fuses and fusible links.

I can't rule out the computer being inadvertently harmed?

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Jul 18, 2015

Assuming you know where the switch is, It could be that the rear window is not shut all the way, or the vehicle 'thinks' it is not shut. This could also be the case with the back (5th) door. The wiper does not operate if either of these are open. It's possible that the main wipers have to be on as well. Did you check the fuses?

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Jul 13, 2015

Sounds as if there is a short to power. Have a look at the wiring near the back door/hatch assembly where it flexes as the door/hatch is opened. You may have to peel the harness to inspect the wiring for cracks/breaks in the insulation that may be causing this issue

1997 Toyota RAV4 | Answered on Jul 01, 2015

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