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#1 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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Air bag light on - Replace Clockspring

The airbag warning light came on and stayed on last week. My RAV4 is out of the warrenty period (purchased new in July 2007 although mileage is just under 60,000 mi). Took it to my local repair shop. Without even looking they guessed that it was the clockspring. After bringing it in and reading the comptuer codes, they confirmed that the clockspring needs to be replaced. Shop said they cannot buy an aftermakert part anymore and need to get an OEM part from Toyota, which is expensive. Called Toyota dealer service center to just double check if there is any official recall for this problem. Apparently there is a similar recal on the Tundra but not the Rav4.

Local shop completes the repair and I have to pay the part + labor. $400+ This leaves me not too happy with Toyota for selling a car with a major saftey part that goes bad just after the warrenty expires.

Just wondering how many Rav4 owners here have experienced the problem?
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Well maybe another recall is on it way. You should file a complaint with NHTSA.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

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If you do need a clock spring, there is a company called parts geek.com that sells them. Do not use them! I ordered one and they sent a Chinese version that did not even come close to fitting. They would not refund money or exchange the part. Had to contest with my credit card company and it was a huge PITA.

Just order from a reputable dealer.

Don't want somebody else getting screwed by these people.

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Hey I had the same problem with my 2006 and got an OEM brand new clockspring from ebay for $145(http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40), I wasnt able to get if you already had it install or not but if not then you should do it yourself it is super easy to do and will take you less than 30 min.
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Make sure to disarm the SIRS first.
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