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G'morning folks, newbie to the forum.
We've owned this '10 RAV4 Sport 2.5 4cyl. since new, never had a problem other than general maintenance. 208K miles.
Stepson parked it at a store Sat. and it wouldn't start when he returned.
Battery is hot, even had large jumper cables on it that I use to start heavy equipment. Over 1/4 tank of gas. Can hear fuel pump running while cranking. All fuses are good. It will fire on starting fluid, then die.
It seems that it's not getting fuel.
From research on the internet I concluded that if it fired on the fluid it shouldn't be the crank or cam sensors. Someone mentioned the engine immobilizer and a procedure to reset. I'll try that this afternoon, but does anyone here have anymore input?
Thanks, any help will be appreciated, Jeff
 

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Does your vehicle have an aftermarket alarm/immobiliser system installed?
 

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It is possible that the pump will run and not deliver fuel if the hose on the pickup line gets a crack. It will suck air. To prove your fuel pump is pumping, you could unhook one side of filter to test for flow. I am leaning will fuel delivery, since you stay it starts on starting fluid.
 

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Yes, but it could still spew out the cracked hose. A guy posted a video of this scenario but, it was not a RAV4.
 

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I'll have to check and see if any of the local parts places have a fuel pressure test kit for rent.
 

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A squirt of starting fluid maybe a simple way to rule out a fuel pump. If it doesn't even try to start then it isn't the pump.
 

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His original post stated it did run on starting fluid, by dies right after.
Sorry missed that. Not too familiar with the RAV 4 yet but on other cars the engine temp sensor can cause problems starting if it is bad. If it is supplying a low temp to computer the computer will have fits and cause starting issues. A good scan tool will show engine temp. I just bought a hybrid Rav4 a few months ago but on my other cars there is a prime cycle when you turn the key and you can hear the pump run. Maybe it you listen to the filler neck with cap off you hear it.
 

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Hey everyone, just letting you know that I got the car fixed. Sorta feel like an idiot. Stepson admitted that he ran over a curb a few days before the car quit, high centered it and had to be pulled off. I looked under the car and noticed the gas tank was caved in pretty bad. This was keeping the float for the gauge from going lower than 1/4 of a tank. The car was out of gas!
Figured that I couldn't do any more damage, so I used compressed air to pressurize the tank and pop the dent out. Poured in two gallons of gas and we're back on the road.
Thanks all for the responses, I'll stop by from time to time and see if I can chime in on a thread or two.
 

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Hello everyone, so I commented in another section: cranks, has spark no fuel

Rebuilt the engine and broke the upper oil pan. Used the engine regardless because I needed it... bought the upper oil pan replacement and pulled the engine to replace part. Dropped in the engine and got too excited and hooked the battery backwards. Sparked a few times and then realized the issue, hooked up the battery correctly. Checked all fuses inside and out, and replaced blown fuses. Went to start car, cranks but does not fire up. When using starter fluid, the engine does fire up but stalls. Thought I messed up timing on replacement of the upper oil pan, pulled engine to re-time. Aside from that, I bought a used good running engine, dropped in and same issue. Thinking some electrical issues have not been resolved. Reviewed all fuses again. Tested injectors, they seem to be working as they are spraying as I crank.

I asked around and researched and all things point to a faulty fuel pump. I drop the fuel tank, and pulled the fuel pump out. Found debris on the filter and cleaned out, hard tested the pump for functionality. Also, I checked... I do have fuel in the tank and the the pump seems to work. Re-assembled and started the car... still nothing...

Current plans:
Buy new fuel pump to replace: the current pump is working but unsure about working pressure.

Please let me know if someone else has had this issue and fixed this.
 
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