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TC002-06 Harsh Shift or M.I.L. on P0750, P0755, P0758, AND/OR P1760 / 06-22-10

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TSB Number: T-SB-0156-10
Letter of explanation from Toyota :arrow: http://www.rav4world.com/tsb/2001/T-CP-ZTL-0001-W.pdf
Warranty enhancement policy for this TSB :arrow: http://www.rav4world.com/tsb/2001/T-WB-POL10-03-W.pdf
Bulletin Title: HARSH SHIFT AND/OR M.I.L. ON" DTC P0750, P0755, P0758, AND/OR P1760
Release Date: March 3, 2006 - REVISED June 22, 2010
Applicable Year(s): 2001 – 2003 model year RAV4 vehicles equipped with automatic transmission.
File Size: 137kb PDF
Download: http://www.rav4world.com/tsb/2001/T-SB-0156-10.pdf

Description: Some 2001 – 2003 model year RAV4 vehicles equipped with an automatic transaxle may exhibit a harsh shift condition and/or MIL “ON” with DTC P0750, P0753, P0755, P0758, and/or P1760 stored. Improvements have been made to the Engine Control Module (ECM) (SAE term: Powertrain Control Module/PCM) manufacturing process to reduce the possibility of this condition occurring.

R4W Comments: Further forum discussion here :arrow: http://rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15515
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TOYOTA RAV 4 2001 1007,000 KM. ECU - TRANSMISSION ISSUES,
I have had the same issues with the ECU as you all manifesting with the transmission suddenly slipping, literally an overnight phenomenon.
I had the car checked by usual mechanic with handheld computer diagnostics, no fault codes;, however symptoms still there so stopped driving the car and started to ring around to inform myself.
The answers came back thick and fast, it was as if every one could diagnose the problem without even seeing the car, they literally told me what year and model car I had after briefly describing the problems.
"Change the ECU [$ 1700- $2100] and if you are lucky that may fix the problem, if unlucky and you drove the car without noticing in time the transmission will need replacing[$3500 -7500]" was the standard reply.
After reading all the posts on web about this and speaking to dozens of independent transmission workshop Experts & Mechanics, I have contacted NRMA, Dept of fair trading, and Channel Seven and Nine regarding doing a story on their "current affair", & "Today Tonight" programs as their are some massive safety issues related to this situation, [ my wife & two young children were nearly rammed by other vehicles several times at traffic lights because of transmission suddenly slipping, the media are interested in this !!!.
I have several experts willing to go on record and speak about this issue.
Let me know if you want to form a group to bring this issue into public awareness thus encouraging Toyota to take responsibility for their products and stop sweeping this under the carpet.
After my local Toyota workshop, replaced the ECU [$ 1682] the vehicle seemed Ok, but as the transmission will not show up any fault code if it is damaged only time will tell !
Confidence in the brand Toyota is now at a very low point with me.
Before paying my repair bill I contacted Toyota customer relations Sydney/ Taren Point /Tel; 02 9710 3333 and made a serious complaint regarding this issue and informed them of my awareness of just how widespread this issue is and how the media is interested in doing a story on this matter, [ in 2006 these vehicles were recalled in the USA for software upgrade a free service ], Anyway they spoke to the dealer, the dealer spoke to the warranty dept ,and lo and behold they came to the party and reduced my repair bill by $ 800 This is a start however I am convinced that this should be a free recall service and if transmissions are damaged due to a faulty ECU that controls it the transmission is by definition COLLATERAL DAMAGE for wich Toyota also should be responsible and prepared to assist their loyal [till now] customers.
IF YOU HAVE YOUR CAR REPAIRED BY TOYOTA YOU COULD TRY TO CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE PRIOR TO PAYING YOUR BILL AND HOPEFULLY THIS WAY YOU TOO CAN AT LEAST SAVE SOME MONEY AND COLLECTIVELLY WE WILL EVENTUALLY ENCOURAGE TOYOTA TO ADJUST THEIR DENIAL STRATEGY ABOUT THIS MATTER.
PLEASE RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THIS ISSUE & TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
 

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I'm having this problem now and I'm so thankful I found this warranty at ~78,500 miles.

My only question is will Toyota pay for replacement of the transmission too? I know the warranty covers the ECU, but right before I found out about this common problem I paid $500 for my mechanic to replace a selenoid. This should be covered under the warranty too, right?
 

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I just printed off the TSB. I was intitially very excited to see it....however, I just saw that it only applies if you have less than 80,000 miles. My 2001 has 112K, so I'm out of luck, not to mention that it's 96 months as well....so I'm over on time as well. How can they issue a TSB for a 2001 model year vehicle that only extends 8 years? That makes no sense to me......
 

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Toyota has increased the warranty coverage for this issue to 10 years / 150K and will replace your ECM and or transaxle under warranty or reimburse you if you already have paid for repairs. Letters are being issued to owners as we speak.
 

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Note that Toyota is only applying this to certain VINs. Mine was not included even though it is 2001 RAV4 with 100K miles and has the same problem. I sent ECM to Sergei on Wednesday, got it back Friday, installed today and have been driving it with no problems so far.
 

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i recieved the mail yesterday from toyota. but unfortunately sergei already fixed my ECM. will that affects my car? should i bring it to toyota? i need professional advice. my car runs smooth now thanks to sergei!
 

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I noticed a hard shift into reverse, then under load it acted like it went into neutral a couple of times. I saw the info above about the tsb and took it to the dealer. For 4 days I got the "we can't find a problem" bit. I called toyota cust serv several times and finally got a case number. Voila, they found a problem and have an ecu on order. There hasn't been an MIL light, so hopefully no tranny damage, but if there is, they will see alot of me until it's replaced. 02/92k miles. I never did get a letter either.
 

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RAV4 - 179,000 miles

Has anybody had any luck with getting Toyota to fix this past the warranty mileage coverage. My daughters RAV4 is at 170,000. It seems that if the problem is well known, it shouldn't matter when it goes bad, they should replace it if it is a safety issue. I haven't checked with a dealer yet. Just interested in what they may say.
 
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