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My car randomly will not start, turnover, nothing. It happens at random times. Any thoughts?
 

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Do the dashboard lights come on when you push the button? Does the RAV go into accessory mode when you press the button rather than starting.

On the occasions that it won't start, does it eventually start after a few attempts. What needs to happen before it does start (e.g. Wait overnight, get a boost, curse at it).

If the lights don't come on, then it doesn't seem to be recognizing the smart key. Try using the spare key when the problem occurs.

If it goes into accessory mode rather than starting, then it doesn't recognize that your foot is on the brake. Try pressing the brake pedal harder. Also try to wiggle the gear selector back and forth, or move it into neutral before trying again.
 

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Dash lights do come on. Many attempts of applying brakes and pressing many times. A couple of times pulling in the wheel and it starts.
 

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Dash lights do come on. Many attempts of applying brakes and pressing many times. A couple of times pulling in the wheel and it starts.
If your wheels are turned, and your steering wheel is in a bind, this can happen. The stress is preventing the locking pin in the steering column from retracting until you release the pressure by turning the wheel side to side.
 
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