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I've compiled a few quotes from several posts made by 4.3 owners who have had starting issues and other problems that turned out to be a failing battery. The original battery that came from the factory seems to have an average life span of about 3 years. Many of these batteries slowly get weaker resulting in extended cranking times when the engine is cold. Others seem to fail all at once with no warning. I'm posting this as a reference for anyone who might be wondering why their RAV is taking longer to start:
February 5, 2010
February 8, 2010
June 8, 2010
October 23, 2010
February 5, 2010
February 8, 2010patrick_ashour said:Hi Friends,
My 2007 RAV4 V6, recently having some issues, when starting for the first time in the morning, or after 5-6 hours of inactivity, it takes more than usual time to get ignited.
when the engine is warm, the first ignition is starting the car, but when it's cold, it takes 2-3 time or 4-5 seconds to hold ignition key to start the car.
Does anybody experienced such a problem ?
what are the options to fix it ?
patrick_ashour said:After unsuccessful attempts with changing gas brand, grade, air filter and all other fuel related issues, finally I decided to change the battery and that was the solution, so far after 3 days of changing the battery, the issue is gone and everything is back to normal.
Thanks for you advices and helping me to resolve the problem.
February 8, 2010
February 8, 2010john1928 said:I have a 2007 V6 RAV with ~31K miles on it.
Up until yesterday when I drove home from work the RAV ran fine. This morning when I went to start it, it behaved normally lights/fans/cranking at what seemed like full power for perhaps half to one second, then nothing, no lights, no fan, no cranking. Turning on the dome light manually it was very dim.
I thought that perhaps a door was left open, or a light left on to drain the battery so I popped the shift button out, put it in neutral and pushed it out of the garage and next to our other car to try to jump it. I hooked up the cables and after a couple minutes tried to start it and it fired right off. I let it sit idling for about 10 minutes without any issue. Problem solved or so I though.
I closed the hood, put away the jumpper cables, etc. and headed for work. I could tell right away that something was not quite right. Whenever I would use moderate throttle the radio/dashlights would dim and all/most of the dummy indicators would illuminate, the engine would continue running while this happened. I turned around about a block from the house and drove home. I also noticed that there was a bit of flicker to the dome light and the odometer illumination on the dash.
Does this sound like a bad battery, a bad connection, or something else that could have simply failed from one day to the next?
john1928 said:Thanks for the help everyone. It was in fact the battery, when trying to turn the key the voltage would drop to ~3.3V.
No idea why it was functional yesterday and toast this morning, but it's back up and running now.
June 8, 2010
July 25, 2010Forest said:Our 2007 had the hard starting problem the last few days in the morning and I was thinking perhaps fuel pump check valve. This morning the dreaded click.click.click sound of a dead battery. Ran to Costco, new battery, RAV starts great, life's good!
July 26, 2010darklord said:Just this morning, I can't start my 07 RAV4 the car. I gave it a boost from another car and it started fine. But if the car slowed down, the lights on the dahsboard, AWD, Oil, you name it, would light up but the car is still drivable. I drove like that for 20 mintues, and stopped. This time the car cannot be started even with a boost.
To me this could be either the battery or the alternator. But it didn't look like the alternator because it was driving fine after the 1st boost for 20 mintues. So if it must be the battery but how can a three year old battery be dead?
August 17, 2010darklord said:Got the RAV4 fixed and it was the battery. The dealership gave me a Toyota
Premium COPBS-8424F battery to replace the original one and they look
Come to think that I might have seen a tell tale sign of the battery dying
last winter, when there were couple of instances that the car would crank
hard to start in some not too cold mornings. I simply thought it's an 07 car,
what could go wrong and paid no heed to the symptons. Thanks for the
advice, I would stick to a 3 year battery replacement period as insurance
since a battery is not that expensive.
August 18, 2010SeriousBlack said:Ok, I have a question. I have a 2006 Toyota RAV4 V6 with 109,000 miles on it now. This past week, in the mornings, it is taking like 3 attempts to start. I was planning to change out the spark plugs at 120,000 miles. The BlackMobiles seems to run fine. It starts on the first try when warm. I've read about when it takes longer to start it could be the battery and replace it pretty quick because it might go dead all the sudden. I'll probably start with the battery tomorrow, but just wanted to see what you guys think. I'm on the stock battery and stock spark plugs.
August 21, 2010SeriousBlack said:Just did get it replaced. The guy said it tested ok. He did mention something about it dropping to an 8 on the second test (I don't know what that means). I figured to go ahead a get a new battery and hope it will last just as long (over 100,000 miles). We shall see if this makes a difference over the next couple weeks with the early morning starts.
August 20, 2010SeriousBlack said:Hey thanks RAVolution76! So far, the battery seems to have been the issue, but I want to wait a couple weeks before claiming victory. I didn't get any fancy battery. I went to AutoZone and got a Duralast 24F-DLG for 89.99 installed. It does have a yellow top :lol:
August 23, 2010chewy2314 said:Glad I found this thread. my '07 RAV4 V6 Limited is at the currently at the dealer for this same issue: difficulty with cold start, no issue with warm start.
This issue started about 3 weeks ago. Dealer had it overnight (outside in Roseville,CA) but supposedly fired up right away. I park it in the garage, so i'm thinking they tried it after the sun was up and heated up the engine compartment.
I'll post if my dealer finds the issue.
edit: just talked to the dealer. my battery is testing at only 280CCA (battery is rated at 550CCA). so i'll be changing the battery and report back.
August 23, 2010chewy2314 said:Well, i'm here to report that a new battery fixed my starting issue. starts like a champ now for the last couple of mornings.
September 2, 2010dj06482 said:I've been seeing these same symptoms on our original battery over the past week, so today I checked the voltage across the terminals and got 12.5V. I pulled the battery and will take it to AutoZone for a full work-up.
First start generally cranks for a while, and I've even had to turn off and try again on a few occasions. Hot starts are typically fine...
Just got back from Autozone, they set the old battery to 500 amps and it wasn't even doing that. So, in my case it was the battery. I'll be installing the new one tonight, we got about 4.25 years out of the original. I've seen original batteries go much longer in other cars, but I guess we actually did pretty well considering the experiences of some others on here.
I am thankful it went gradually as opposed to all at once...
September 7, 2010computerguy25 said:This past week my '08 Limited 2WD V6 with OEM battery started taking a few seconds longer to start up. I can hear the starter working but the engine doesn't turn over until after about 2-3 seconds. Previously the engine would start right up within a second. It happened once on Sunday after the car was sitting a day and a half in the garage. Then it happened to me again 2 other times this week when I started the car leaving work. I don't get the problem when the car is fully warmed up and I try to start it up then. After reading through the forums this sounds like the first sign of my battery going bad.
September 16, 2010computerguy25 said:Thanks for all the feedback guys. I went to Autozone and compared the Duralast 24F-DL and Duralast 24F-DLG and they looked the same as far as placement of the posts and size. The guy at the store looked up my RAV in the computer and again the Duralast 24F-DLG was not listed so it appears the main Autozone database is not correct.
I installed the battery with no problems and it fit perfectly. Even the thin plastic heat shield that wrapped around my original OEM battery fit on the new one.
My old battery did test a little low so hopefully my start issues go away.
September 20, 20107tisix said:That was my problem, delayed starting. Doesn't sound like the battery, but in my experience with this problem, it is. The factory battery is a POS.
Oldguy said:I had the problem of requiring several trys to start the engine on my 2007 V6 after setting overnight. The engine seemed to turn over normally each try but did not fire until the fourth or fifth try. I then used another vehicle to jump the battery for the first start of the day and it started immediately each of 3 days. I then bought a new battery and it started on the first try for the past 5 days.
If the battery is not the single cause of the problem, a new battery seems to overcome the problem for some yet to be determined period of time. If anyone discovers another cause please post it.
October 23, 2010
October 26, 2010savvy said:This has started happening over the last week and it is quite strange
When the engine is cold I seem to need to crank longer than when it is warm (which will immediately start). The battery is charged fully and the cranking sounds strong. I cleaned the contacts of the battery and its terminals with no luck. Any ideas on what this could be?
savvy said:I love this site. I was thinking "there's no way my 3 year old battery is dying - I've been recharging it and its *only* 3 years old".... then I come here and confirm the weird cranking and flashing lights behavior and how many people are having batteries die.
Bought an Autozone Duralast Gold 24 last night. Fits fine with the heat shield in my 2007 V6 Limited.
We'll see if the cranking is fixed after a few cold starts.
It was the battery!!!!
Starts like a charm and the 24 size fits no problem even with the heat shield.
I'm so happy, thanks everyone for the help