Gearbox problems on your Rav 4 don’t automatically mean you need a new gearbox.

Many problems with Rav 4 gearboxes are actually caused by the ECU (Engine Control Unit or Engine Control Module ECM).

A design flaw has led to the original ECU in RAV4’s 2000-2005 having a hardware problem, potentially leading to even bigger problems in time.
The problem shows itself by the gearbox on your RAV4 juttering or knocking, losing 2nd and 3rd gears, harsh gear changing or a clinking when going into reverse.

There could also be stored diagnostic codes of P0750, P0753, P0758 and/or P1760, but even if you have NO stored codes (common) if you have the symptoms above — it’s certainly the ECU.

For more information check out these Frequently Asked Questions about the Rav4 ECU.

If you've been told you need a new gearbox on your Rav 4: this is highly unlikely to be the problem.

Either bring your Toyota to us at our Surrey workshop or send the ECU to us by post before you undertake a costly and possibly unnecessary gearbox change on your Toyota.

Follow the link to find out more about our Rav4 ECU Repair Service.

You can remove the ECU yourself and send to us for a 24hr turn around – follow this link for more information

Or book an appointment to bring your Rav 4 in to us for repair in as little as 3 hours – book an appointment here