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Do driving habits put a strain on RAV4?

Obviously city driving is the worst for any vehicle, with constant starts and stops. But what about flooring the accelerator at the lights? Does that damage the transmission?

With the Sport suspension, even the smallest bump or uneven surface is felt, so I've been super-careful when I can see any roads like that.

Just wondering about good driving habits that will make the vehicle last longer.

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I think you've got the general idea, but I would never floor it from a dead stop. Way too much strain on the drivetrain. Once it's rolling, step on it and enjoy!
If you have a Sport with run flat tires, a switch to regular tires will cure the ride problem but then you'll have to deal with the no-spare-tire thing.
Of course regular maintenance of all the fluids is necessary.
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The u140f trans is not known for taking much abuse. The planetary gears get loose and the clutch packs wear out. Other than that, they are pretty stout. The fluid temps will kill it before anything else will in most cases. The factory transmission cooler is not enough and an aftermarket trans cooler is a must. I see temps of 210-212 when parked and no aux cooler, which means it gets much hotter when driving. Anything over 170 is bad for a transmission. They are cheap(er) to rebuild, which is nice. I will have to rebuild mine someday, but with 275,000 on it, it doesn't owe anybody a dime.

The locking mechanism on the rear diff is "self actuating" once the solenoid activates. It uses two disks with balls between to clamp the clutch plates together. It's not a normal rear end. It only locks in when there is engine power applied to it and there is a speed difference front-to-rear. It seems to work well and ours has taken some abuse.

We drive it like a sports car on back country roads in the summer. It's a ton of fun. We drive off road and in the snow.

I plow snow with ours, so that will probably wear on it too. It does a great job of it, pushing more than my truck. It's also very nimble with the plow on it, which helps.

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Ok so--you're doing the snowplowing with a I4? That's pretty cool.

I should get an aftermarket aux cooler installed, is what you're saying?

The I4 has plenty of power from a stop, however, given this info, I will stop using it the same way. Often though in a two-lane road in the city, the right lane is blocked by parked cars and it is best to surge ahead rather than wait to merge.

I see the care instructions clearly here: http://etereman.com/blog/toyota-tran...n-in-your-rav4

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Drag race your vehicle
Constant jack-rabbit starts
Throwing your transmission into reverse from a forward gear without coming to a complete stop (two mph is not a complete stop)
Towing over the factory recommended maximum limit
Failing to use your parking brake on step hills
Revving the car in neutral and throwing it into a forward gear

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Yes, get a stacked plate tranny cooler. At least a 7x11.

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... but I would never floor it from a dead stop. Way too much strain on the drivetrain. Once it's rolling, step on it and enjoy!
What?? The I4 doesn't have enough power to hurt anything! And probably my favorite fun with our V6 is blasting off from a green light (after first checking to make sure my wife ISN'T anywhere in the car.) Good thing it has 4WD otherwise it would just spin the front tires. Probably also a good thing she drives it most of the time while I'm now propelled by electric motors in my new Accord Hybrid.

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Hey I need to know if what I'm doing is really bad or not. I had an older Corolla before this that I would do all sorts of maneuvers with and the automatic transmission and engine held up perfectly forever.

I've finally gotten the hang of driving the RAV4 with its bigger size and man is the I4 fun. I can't imagine how great the V6 must be!

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What?? The I4 doesn't have enough power to hurt anything! And probably my favorite fun with our V6 is blasting off from a green light (after first checking to make sure my wife ISN'T anywhere in the car.) Good thing it has 4WD otherwise it would just spin the front tires. Probably also a good thing she drives it most of the time while I'm now propelled by electric motors in my new Accord Hybrid.
DUH!! I just realized he has an I4. Forget what I said about flooring it!
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Yes depending on ur location open clear smooth road drive it like a sports car on intercity drive but easy on the acceleration get rid of the OEM tires if u live a a area where the roads for smooth 24/7 get street performance tires if you're going from urban for rural get performance tires that have good traction for rain
Allow the car to warm up also once a month give it a fuel injection
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Fuel injection?

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