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Rough Idle - Loss of Power from Headlights / A/C?? -- SOLVED!

Hi all,

My title to the thread may be a little misleading because my Rav has less than 200 miles. Pucharsed my first brand new vehicle after owning used Maximas and an Outback H6.

The test drive was great and the car fit our family perfectly. So I was driving home from work tonight and at stop lights the engine would be as smooth as I would expect a new car to be...most if the time. A few times it felt a little rough.

Am I being too picky here? Do all cars feel a little rough at times, even new? What do you think? I just thought I would have at least a year or two before feeling any rough idling.

It's the base AWD 4 cylinder.

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I have a 2010 with 30k on the odo and the acceleration has a rougher feel or rather rougher sounding to it than some other vehicles I have driven but I just think that's how it is in the rav4. Its just something to get used to in my opinion. Its still a great SUV/crossover and for a 4 cyl. It has some pep behind it. And it doesn't choke or lag at all

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With only 200 miles I would give it a little more time. Computer is still learning. I can't speak to the 4cyl but the V6 is pretty smooth but at times seems rough at an idle. Try a tank of top tier fuel. Sometime I wonder if you are just more sensitive than other times. At least its under warranty so you can have it documented if it doesn't go away.

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How does this " roughness" manifest itself, pretty vague to describe what you are after. Engine rough idle, shakes, vibration in the wheel/ seats, or generally in the body?
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Of course I must say I love the Rav and it runs great.

To answer your question the roughness is only when I am stopped and the engine is warm. The engine will be smooth and then there will be the slightest grind that I can feel in the steering wheel. Almost how it felt in my Subaru when I kicked on the A/C.

Do you think it could be a fan or something kicking on?
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My wifes 4 cyl 2012 does just about the same thing, slight shudder felt in the steering wheel, when I was a Toyota SM back in the late 90's the camry exhibited the same vibration and they tried changing the engine mounts to cure it, helped a little but owners still complained about it. The 6 by it's nature is smoother and yes when the a/c compressor kicks on is is a little more noticeable.
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My wifes 4 cyl 2012 does just about the same thing, slight shudder felt in the steering wheel, when I was a Toyota SM back in the late 90's the camry exhibited the same vibration and they tried changing the engine mounts to cure it, helped a little but owners still complained about it. The 6 by it's nature is smoother and yes when the a/c compressor kicks on is is a little more noticeable.
Have a 2009 I4 runs smooth as the day I bought it. Try different gas Shell/BP.
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Hmmm interesting about your wife's doing the same thing.

And the gas that's in there came from the dealership. Never thought about where to fill up. Normally I go to Costco. Let's hope a new tank of gas cures it. It's funny because on the test drive the rough idle was not there. He did fill up the tank for me after we bought her.

I have read that even though the Rav calls for 87 octane that it's ok to do 85 because of the altitude here in Colorado. Hopefully that's true.
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Hmmm interesting about your wife's doing the same thing.

And the gas that's in there came from the dealership. Never thought about where to fill up. Normally I go to Costco. Let's hope a new tank of gas cures it. It's funny because on the test drive the rough idle was not there. He did fill up the tank for me after we bought her.

I have read that even though the Rav calls for 87 octane that it's ok to do 85 because of the altitude here in Colorado. Hopefully that's true.
You need 87 Octane ,if you put 85 in that could be the reason for rough idle.
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Hmmm interesting about your wife's doing the same thing.

And the gas that's in there came from the dealership. Never thought about where to fill up. Normally I go to Costco. Let's hope a new tank of gas cures it. It's funny because on the test drive the rough idle was not there. He did fill up the tank for me after we bought her.

I have read that even though the Rav calls for 87 octane that it's ok to do 85 because of the altitude here in Colorado. Hopefully that's true.
Not familiar with the 85 octane fuel. Does your manual mention anything about it? Otherwise, I'd definitely put more miles on it and see what happens.
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