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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 08:32 AM
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I looked in the manual also and it says that if the lock can't disengage it should show a message saying explicitly that. Did you notice if that ever showed up? This sounds like a steering column lock "issue".

This stuff has been a source of confusion for drivers for a long time, since it happens so rarely, so very few recognize it and know what to do. Back in the day with the mechanical keys and column locks it was exactly the same issue, you could not start the car, or take the key out, unless the steering column was unlocked.

Any time there is pressure on the wheels, from parking on uneven surfaces or some other scenario, the pressure on the column lock must be released by the driver by wiggling the steering wheel.


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Hi & thanks for your reply!

No, I didn't notice any message. I also remember the old days with mechanical keys and steering column locks. However, I don't know why the column would lock up especially the first time this happened when I was in a level, shopping mall parking lot.
I hope this doesn't keep happening & I end up getting stuck somewhere really inconvenient!! I have an appt with Toyota this Friday.

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RAV4 won't start with good battery

Happened to me recently brake pedal hard to press and started with crank and tension i think because i used my second key for the first time to start on friday and then disable it as before , after that i try to start with my old key on sunday and that occurs


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Happened to me recently brake pedal hard to press and started with crank and tension i think because i used my second key for the first time to start on friday and then disable it as before , after that i try to start with my old key on sunday and that occurs


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I don't think this issue has anything to do with which key fob you use.

Toyota mentioned that the non-start issue could be related to a bad brake switch. If the brake switch goes bad, the vehicle doesn't recognize when you're applying the brake and therefore the ignition won't be activated. When this problem happens see if the rear brake lights are on. If they're not, the brake switch is the problem.
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