2001 Toyota Rav4 Repair Question
2001 Toyota Rav4 Computer causing Transmission Failure
2001 Toyota Rav4 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 107700 miles
Is it credible that a failed computer could cause the transmission shift solenoids to be damaged thus requiring a transmission replacement?
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This i feel is not so, the ECU is just a control unit sending and receiving information on engine & transmission parameters, the solenoid is just a valve, and if it fails normally there is a drive problem,depending on which one it is, but i find it hard to believe that it has destroyed the transmission, is this report from a general mechanic or a qualified transmission repairer? i would like to see the report, but one really needs to be able to view the problem first hand, otherwise i am only relying on an honest report from the tech doing the job, i would be getting a second opinion from a transmission tech, and comparing the reports, post your findings here i would be interested in knowing what they say.
That's what I thought which is why I asked the question.
The repair was done by a Toyota dealer in the Chicago area and I am in West Texas so wasn't there to really know what was going on.
That was the story the Service Manager gave me. I think I got a new computer ($1300) that I didn't really need. I know the solenoids were bad because another mechanic told me so before I took it to Toyota.
Why would solenoids go out at 107,000 miles anyway?
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if i knew the answer to that one i would be a millionaire ..lol basically its just the luck of the draw, you may of just got a suspect one to start with, these solenoids are normally very reliable, but like anything, sometimes they just fail. with these it is usually a fault in the windings of the solenoid it self.
My real question is how could the COMPUTER cause the solenoid windings (or any other part of the solenoid) to fail?
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In my experience this is not the case, it is the solinoid that fails with out any fault of the ECU, now in saying that, if there was a higher input voltage that normal this may do it, but with out a full diagnosis of the ECU you just would not know, this is a problem that you could surmise on for hours, but a full diagnosing of the ECU would soon pick a fault, this is not done in car , it is done in a specialist tech work shop.