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not sure what he problem is. just purchased a 2001 rav4. 4 speed auto. 133000 miles. ran fine on the way home. did some maintenance on it. new plugs, oil, drain and fill the transmission. now it doesn't want to go into 4th gear. 60mph and im at 4000 rpms! any suggestions? new info...I just disconnected the battery cable for a few mins. corrected the problem. for now. does this indicate it is a computer issue maybe?
 

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Your year and others had a problem with the ecm that controls the transmission. Do a search on here in that regard. Other simple things to check. Make sure your overdrive is on, Drive on the highway at highway speed, and with the engine warmed up, press the button several times, rpm should change. turn your heater on full blast, for a few minutes and see if the air is hot. If not then it could be a coolant temp sensor gone bad. The ECM needs to see operating temp before it will shift. Did you use the correct fluid and check the level when warm?
 

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yes. all good. heater blows hot air. several people have mentioned the temp sensor. checked that right away. thank you!
 

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did that. all good. found other threads that were very helpful. I just disconnected the battery cable and the problem resolved itself. for now. maybe indicates a computer issue?
 

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Also check your battery voltage with the car running. A weak battery or charging system can cause transmission issues.
 

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battery was dead when we bought the car. jumped it off to start it. will take the battery to autozone to charge for me. appreciate the advice.
 

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battery was dead when we bought the car. jumped it off to start it. will take the battery to autozone to charge for me. appreciate the advice.
Not only charge but load test after charging. That is mandatory.
 
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Hi there, I wonder how this was resolved. Got me a 2001 RAV4 in December and it has this same problem. Gear won't shift into 4th. Refurbished ECU corrected jerking reverse.

Look forward to hearing from you.
 
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