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I've had my 2016 XLE since June, and lately I've noticed something happening... when in reverse, and after backing up, i stop, shift into Drive, and I notice that I have to wait maybe 2-3 seconds before I hit the gas, if I don't I get a noticeable slip in the transmission. If I don't wait, and even tap the gas lightly I feel an emptiness in power, then the transmission pretty-much slams into drive.

Is this normal???
 

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I'm not sure if it's "normal" but there have been threads about this and I don't think it has ever been a problem for anyone, other than having to wait a second or two before taking off in drive. My 14 xle did it too. Hopefully if it ever did develop into anything for someone they will post about it.
 

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I'm not sure if it's "normal" but there have been threads about this and I don't think it has ever been a problem for anyone, other than having to wait a second or two before taking off in drive. My 14 xle did it too. Hopefully if it ever did develop into anything for someone they will post about it.
Thanks for the quick reply. It's not really an issue, but I forget sometimes, and hit the gas (not hard of course)... the engine start to rev, then 2 seconds later the tranny slams into Drive. If it's by design then I'll definitely wait the 2-3 seconds on purpose. I've just never had to do that before, so that's why I thought it may be a problem...
 

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Some major Transmission issues with the 2016 and 2017's ! I have the whine issue (see post - http://www.rav4world.com/forums/123-4-4-general/237778-tranny-whine.html ). I am not having any luck with Toyota Motor Corp. on what they will do and dreading a transmission replacement because of the extensive teardown that would be done to change it out.

I researched the Camry forums as well and found many with the same issues from whining to slippage ( Camry has the same engine and tranny as the RAV4 ), wish I would have known this before purchasing but had trust in Toyota after owning three other RAV4's.
 

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Toyota closed my case on the horrific whine my 2016 is producing, guess I have to wait for the tranny to fail before they acknowledge a problem. I think it's a pity that a company with such a huge reputation for high quality vehicles doesn't stand behind their product and can persuade people thinking whinny tranny's and knocking engines can be normal ? There are issues with the U760 transaxle and Toyota refuses to stand behind it !!! The only thing I can do now is wait it out a year or two so I can trade this hunk of junk and not take a hard beating :(
 

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Ugh... that sucks.... :(

I am taking mine in for the 10,000 checkup tomorrow, so I'll tell them about it and see what they say. I'm sure they'll say that there's no problem...
 

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Ugh... that sucks.... :(

I am taking mine in for the 10,000 checkup tomorrow, so I'll tell them about it and see what they say. I'm sure they'll say that there's no problem...
Any update? I have the same thing happen to me when in reverse and shifting into gear. I feel like it is noticeable more so in the morning after the first start than during the day
 

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For what it's worth, the '16 and '17 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks are experiencing the same phenomena. Toyota has come out with another new TSB to address this problem.

Bottom line...COMPLAIN TO TOYOTA!
 

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Any update? I have the same thing happen to me when in reverse and shifting into gear. I feel like it is noticeable more so in the morning after the first start than during the day
Yea... sorry I didn't post back, been a weird few weeks...

So of course my dealer says that there's no issue... they couldn't recreate it, and they said that since the transmission is computerized, there was no error codes or anything like that. It didn't even seem like they wanted me to show it to them... and of course it still happens. Guess I'll just wait till my 15,000 mile service, and with how much I drive it, it will be coming up soon... I'll force them to have me show it to them.
 

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Doesnt surprise me. I had a transmission whine on my 2005 RAV4 @ 16K miles. Toyota replaced the transmission and it's been good ever since. I just hit 200K miles last week.
 

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Sounds like a low fluid level may be causing the delayed engagement...try adding a quart of fluid and see if it improves
 

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Sounds like a low fluid level may be causing the delayed engagement...try adding a quart of fluid and see if it improves
First off the transmission is sealed, there is no way to add fluid. Second, even if you could, adding a full quart would likely be overfill and damage the transmission.
 

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The transmissions are programmed to take care of themselves. On a cold start, it won't engage as quickly as when it's up to operating temperature.


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Yea... sorry I didn't post back, been a weird few weeks...

So of course my dealer says that there's no issue... they couldn't recreate it, and they said that since the transmission is computerized, there was no error codes or anything like that. It didn't even seem like they wanted me to show it to them... and of course it still happens. Guess I'll just wait till my 15,000 mile service, and with how much I drive it, it will be coming up soon... I'll force them to have me show it to them.
A suggestion for dealing with this to avoid potential damage. When cold and changing from reverse to drive, shift to drive and keep foot on the brake until you "feel" the car nudge forward BEFORE hitting the gas. Reving the motor in the middle of a gear change will do more damage then anything else, so avoid that. Mine I feel possibly a 1 second delay at times, but seems no different then any other auto I remember (had same tranny in 09 Venza).
 

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Another interesting Toyota tidbit re Tacoma transmissions - some 2016 models were shipped with trannys that were short 1 quart of fluid.

The dealelerships were reluctant to perform the task due to the complexity of checking the transmission levels, but after complying that's what was found.
 

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Another interesting Toyota tidbit re Tacoma transmissions - some 2016 models were shipped with trannys that were short 1 quart of fluid.

The dealelerships were reluctant to perform the task due to the complexity of checking the transmission levels, but after complying that's what was found.
Same thing happened in '13....despite being "sealed" removing the fill plug allows for the addition of fluid:serious
 
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