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  1. Throttle body cleaned, still stalling (base 09 I-4 2WD)

    4.3 Mechanical
    Apologies if this is frequent enough a topic to be annoying, but I can't find the previous site's search refinements 2009 Base model I-4, 2WD, 215k miles While descending the Rocky Mountains, alone on a rocky mountain road at ~20-30mph, the engine started stuttering and the oil light started...
  2. 200,000 Check up checklist advice

    4.3 Mechanical
    Thanks for the tips bro! I wasn't aware that the fuel cleaner stuff really did anything. I used it in my youth (first car was an '82 Supra) but read since then that it was pointless. Got a recommended brand? Oil change guy suggested a coolant change and showed me "how dull the coolant is" but...
  3. 200,000 Check up checklist advice

    4.3 Mechanical
    2009, Base model, I-4, FWD The basest of base RAV4s. I'm coming up on 200k and have our annual trip to the mountains in August. I bought it at 109k and have only changed the oil, transmission fluid, one brake job/resurfacing, tires. Zero problems otherwise. Runs like a top, drives like a...
  4. "Strong" Front License Plate Frames

    4.3 Exterior
    BUMP. Mine was recently ripped right out of my front bumper and I'm looking at options to reattach it, since it's the law. I bought some screws and washers but quickly realized that I can't access the back-side of the bumper to simply screw it in and bolt it on the other side. So if anyone has...
  5. 4.3 100K Mile Club

    4.3 General
    Just bought my first 2009 base model I-4 RAV4 at 108,000. Solid and smooth ride & operation, checked out by two shops pre-sale with one of them only recommending a rear shock soon and a manifold gasket at some point. Carfax listed a brake job with rear rotor replacement (iirc.) Other than that...
  6. Windshield with odd textured... film?

    4.3 Exterior
    Thanks for all the tips. Turns out it was just some sort of baked-on film consisting of crap, stuff and junk, with a binding agent of gunk. I started with dish soap and warm water, then used the Maguire's clay bar kit with detailing spray and cloth. I'd never heard of these but man they are...
  7. Windshield with odd textured... film?

    4.3 Exterior
    Thanks, I actually just thought to stop by a windshield place (duh!) The coverage is uniform - no high or low spots or swirling, just a weird surface. It does have a substantial and shoddily-filled chip, just out of the line-of-sight, though. Didn't really connect the two.
  8. Windshield with odd textured... film?

    4.3 Exterior
    Greetings, First post, first RAV4 (2009, 2wd, Auto) My windshield has a texture to it that I can't figure out or wipe off with any amount of Rain-x fluid. It's been raining here as well and all the wiping isn't having much effect. The texture is almost as if etching fluid was applied - I can...
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