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So Many issues

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SO! I've had my Rav sitting for ABOUT 6 years and I know nothing or less about getting a car working. I'm just trying to get it to limp to a proper shop and have it fixed.

The pumps work, The Dash lights up and stays lit, the gauges work, the Horn Works, The Door Dings on acc. The hazards work, battery is fresh, the engine has a soft wine noise, and that's about it.

The Blinker does not work, Turning the key to Start does nothing, Radio does nothing.

Any idea what to check?

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Gas tank will probably have to be drained. Why not just have it towed to a shop?
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About $100 that I don't have. :/
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You have probably had rodents eating your car. Start checking fuses, wiring and components like your starter and alternator.
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About $100 that I don't have. :/
But won't it cost more than $100 to get the parts and labor necessary to even get this up and running in the first place?

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I would replace the fluids such as the engine oil, transmission oil, coolant, brake fluid etc. The brakes will need to be serviced since the rotors will be rusted badly either replaced or resurfaced. As mentioned by Ravenuer the old gas in the tank needs to be drained since it will not burn properly and you don't want to mix it with new gas.


If you did not replace the battery and the car starts a load test should be done to determine if it needs replacement.

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First question is why did it sit for 6 years? Was it broke down when it was parked? To put her back on the road and with limited funds you may want to seriously consider doing most of the work yourself. You can get step by step help on youtube for almost anything. If you aren't mechanically inclined perhaps you have friends that are who would like a challenge. If you don't have a place to work on her you may be able to find a self-help garage near you or a storage business that would allow you to work on her on location. The tools you may have to buy are not that expensive and can often be found cheaply at flea-markets. Stay away from dealerships unless you have really deep pockets.

I agree with the previous posts. But your first work is to change all the soft hoses, radiator, heater, fuel, vacuum, possibly brake. Then do the fluids, engine, coolant, brake, transmission, if 4x4 rear differential, and of course blinker fluid. I would highly recommend putting something like Marvel Mystery Oil into the cylinders prior to trying to start her and letting it sit for a few days so that you aren't turning it over dry or you will score the cylinders and damage the rings. Those brake rotors will likely need replacing or at least resurfacing. A full inspection of the brake and fuel lines. Inspect the tires, tires do decay and should be replaced every seven years regardless of mileage and thread left or you risk a blow out.

Keep us posted on your progress.

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Rav4system3 > Fuses look good. I had to replace a few do to lighting but so far everything else is looking good. I've checked/replaced them.

Rizzle211 > $100(ish) USD to get it towed, $150ish a day to sit in their lot for them to check it or something.
ATM Just doing it myself is cheaper Even if I have to buy the parts myself.

DL175 > Battery is 12.4 with a draw of 0.04 for the flashing "security" light. Either way, going to take it to get charged anyway.

eodgator > didn't have enough funding to feed it. Was just sitting outside. I'm putting her back together myself. Got the time, just not the know how. Got 5 acres and a large (wood) shop, lol, which is a problem cause I cant unlock the steering wheel to push it down there. :/

I'll start with the hoses and under wires.

and heck yeah I'll keep you updated on it. I'll probably keep it in here :3
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Is your security system activated? If the battery goes dead or you replace the battery, it will often activate and get you in a no-start situation.

Don't try to turn her over with dry cylinders.

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Why won't the steering wheel unlock? You may just have tension on it, try turning it one way or the other to unlock it.

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