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2015 Toyota RAV4 Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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TSB Date Problem Area TSB Text
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111137
TSB ID: T-SB-0037-15

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a grinding noise condition which is heard coming from the rear wheels while driving the vehicle at low speed and applying the brakes. this is due to corrosion build-up from overnigh
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111287
TSB ID: T-SB-0037-15

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a grinding noise condition which is heard coming from the rear wheels while driving the vehicle at low speed and applying the brakes. this is due to corrosion build-up from overnigh
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111121
TSB ID: T-SB-0037-15 Rev

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a grinding noise condition which is heard coming from the rear wheels while driving the vehicle at low speed and applying the brakes. this is due to corrosion build-up from overnigh
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111400
TSB ID: T-TT-0262-13 Rev

Tt: starting with 2010 model year, toyota began a gradual transition to the use of synthetic 0w-20 viscosity engine oil. there are multiple benefits of this oil. due to the them improved performance and durability of 0w-20 synthetic oil, to
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111585
TSB ID: T-SB-0096-16

Tsb: some 2012 - 2016 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a squeak noise which is heard coming from the front brakes with light to moderate braking. to address this squeak noise condition, use the following repair procedure.
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111411
TSB ID: T-SB-0037-15 Rev

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a grinding noise condition which is heard coming from the rear wheels while driving the vehicle at low speed and applying the brakes. this is due to corrosion build-up from overnigh
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08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111246
TSB ID: T-TT-0321-15

Tt: customer complaint of mil (:check engine light) on condition. health check retrieves dtc p2118 (throttle actuator motor current range/performance).
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111207
TSB ID: T-TT-0262-13 Rev

Tt: starting with 2010 model year, toyota began a gradual transition to the use of synthetic 0w-20 viscosity engine oil. there are multiple benefits of this oil. due to the them improved performance and durability of 0w-20 synthetic oil, to
08/14/17 NHTSA ID: 10111336
TSB ID: T-TT-0321-15

Tt: customer complaint of mil (:check engine light) on condition. health check retrieves dtc p2118 (throttle actuator motor current range/performance).
03/21/17 NHTSA ID: 10096036
TSB ID: T-SB-0012-13 REV

Tsb: flash reprogramming allows the ecu software to be updated without replacing the ecu. flash calibration updates for specific vehicle models/ecus are released as field-fix procedures described in individual service bulletins. this bul
11/16/16 NHTSA ID: 10084332
TSB ID: T-SB-0096-16

Tsb: some 2012 ¿ 2016 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a squeak noise which is heard coming from the front brakes with light to moderate braking. to address this squeak noise condition, use the following repair procedure.
10/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10119431
TSB ID: ZH1_Toyota POL17

Warranty policy bulletin: toyota has received reports of customer concerns in which the vehicle may exhibit a brief intermittent shudder during torque converter flex lock up. this shudder may be observed while driving under light throttle
10/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10119423
TSB ID: ZH1_Region Email

Region email: in our continuing efforts to ensure the best in customer satisfaction, toyota is announcing a warranty enhancement program to extend the warranty coverage for repairs related to u760e torque converter shudder. in these vehicl
10/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10119424
TSB ID: ZH1_Dealer Email

Dealer email: in our continuing efforts to ensure the best in customer satisfaction, toyota is announcing a warranty enhancement program to extend the warranty coverage for repairs related to u760e torque converter shudder. in these vehicl
10/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10119425
TSB ID: ZH1_Region Lette

Region letter: in these vehicles, toyota has received some reports where vehicles may exhibit a brief intermittent shudder during torque converter flex lock up. this shudder may be observed while driving under light throttle conditions betw
10/14/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10119426
TSB ID: ZH1_Dealer Lette

Dealer letter: in these vehicles, toyota has received some reports where vehicles may exhibit a brief intermittent shudder during torque converter flex lock up. this shudder may be observed while driving under light throttle conditions betw
08/01/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10109361
TSB ID: T-SB-0145-14

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission may exhibit a condition where the shifter assembly does not operate smoothly due to deformed slide cover. the slide cover deforms when foreign substances
08/01/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10109404
TSB ID: T-SB-0014-11 Rev

Tsb: the purpose of this service bulletin is to provide information regarding the installation of the correct torque converter bolts during automatic transmission/transaxle assembly replacement. incorrect torque converter bolts or missing w
08/01/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10109492
TSB ID: T-SB-0134-14

Tsb: the purpose of this bulletin is to provide precautions to follow when installing an automatic transmission/transaxle assembly to avoid mil "on" shifting issues and/or transmission damage. use the information in this bulletin when insta
08/01/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10109403
TSB ID: T-SB-0006-11 Rev

Tsb: world standard (ws) automatic transmission fluid (atf) was introduced to reduce maintenance costs and increase the mileage between scheduled maintenance checks. here are some important tips when working with atf-ws in toyota vehicles r
04/05/17 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10096909
TSB ID: T-SB-0047-16

Tsb: the breather plug should be replaced during any differential/transfer case repairs to prevent possible repeat failures. the subsequent use of the original breather plug after a repair has been found to contribute to the failure of the
03/31/16 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10061302
TSB ID: T-SB-0145-14

Summary to be provided on a future date.
08/25/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10116436
TSB ID: SET-TSB-17-007

Southeast toyota accessory led fog & drl 2 in 1 light inoperative. provide accessory lamp diagnostics and manufacturing date inspection information.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111193
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15

Tsb: follow the repair procedure in this bulletin to install the latest software version.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111390
TSB ID: T-SB-0101-11 Rev

Tsb: when servicing interior electrical switches and components, please note the precautions in this bulletin to avoid damaging electrical components and switches. many lubricants, cleaners, and automotive chemicals contain silicone or othe
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111407
TSB ID: T-TT-0337-15

Tt: when updating either the navigation or radio firmware, verify the vehicle applicability before beginning the update.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111214
TSB ID: T-TT-0337-15

Tt: when updating either the navigation or radio firmware, verify the vehicle applicability before beginning the update.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111416
TSB ID: T-SB-0043-14 Rev

Tsb: the immobilizer and smart key reset is a feature that allows the registration of new keys when all master keys are lost. once the system is reset, all previously registered keys will be erased. follow the procedures in this bulletin to
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111229
TSB ID: TT-0307-14 Rev2

Tt: some customers may encounter various bluetooth connectivity concerns after upgrading to ios 8.0 and later. conditions typically experienced include inability to pair the iphone to the system, poor sound quality during phone calls placed
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111248
TSB ID: T-TT-307-14 Rev1

Tt: customers complain of various bluetooth connectivity concerns after upgrading to ios 8.0 and later. conditions typically experienced include inability to pair the iphone to the system, poor sound quality during phone calls placed throug
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111126
TSB ID: T-SB-0043-14 Rev

Tsb: the immobilizer and smart key reset is a feature that allows the registration of new keys when all master keys are lost. once the system is reset, all previously registered keys will be erased. follow the procedures in this bulletin to
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111194
TSB ID: T-SB-0003-14 Rev

Tsb: obsolete notice-april 2, 2015: this bulletin is now obsolete. please see t-sb-0015-15.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111179
TSB ID: T-SB-0083-13 Rev

Tsb: the procedure in this bulletin is a general guideline on how to properly diagnose the air conditioning system after a component failure. refer to the applicable repair manual for vehicle specific repair procedures and parts.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111563
TSB ID: T-SB-0025-15

Tsb: while a vehicle is in inventory, the battery is subject to conditions that can reduce its performance and life. batteries can become discharged due to an extended storage period, temperature, parasitic drain, or while demonstrating veh
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111562
TSB ID: T-SB-0083-13 Rev

Tsb: the procedure in this bulletin is a general guideline on how to properly diagnose the air conditioning system after a component failure. refer to the applicable repair manual for vehicle specific repair procedures and parts.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111386
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15

Tsb: follow the repair procedure in this bulletin to install the latest software version.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111366
TSB ID: T-TT-0268-13 Rev

Tt: some customers may encounter bluetooth® connectivity concerns such as: * difficulty to pair the phone. * intermittent bluetooth® failure to connect to the vehicle when first turning on the vehicle. * various bluetooth® audio function
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111387
TSB ID: T-SB-0003-14 Rev

Tsb: obsolete notice-april 2, 2015: this bulletin is now obsolete. please see t-sb-0015-15.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111389
TSB ID: T-SB-0142-13 Rev

Tsb: some 2004 - 2015 model year toyota vehicles may exhibit odors naturally occurring from the hvac system and/or related environmental factors. although there is no way to eliminate these odors, follow the general procedure in this bullet
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111338
TSB ID: T-TT-307-14 Rev1

Tt: customers complain of various bluetooth connectivity concerns after upgrading to ios 8.0 and later. conditions typically experienced include inability to pair the iphone to the system, poor sound quality during phone calls placed throug
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111365
TSB ID: TT-0307-14 Rev2

Tt: some customers may encounter various bluetooth connectivity concerns after upgrading to ios 8.0 and later. conditions typically experienced include inability to pair the iphone to the system, poor sound quality during phone calls placed
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111197
TSB ID: T-SB-0101-11 Rev

Tsb: when servicing interior electrical switches and components, please note the precautions in this bulletin to avoid damaging electrical components and switches. many lubricants, cleaners, and automotive chemicals contain silicone or othe
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111196
TSB ID: T-SB-0142-13 Rev

Tsb: some 2004 - 2015 model year toyota vehicles may exhibit odors naturally occurring from the hvac system and/or related environmental factors. although there is no way to eliminate these odors, follow the general procedure in this bullet
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111180
TSB ID: T-SB-0025-15

Tsb: while a vehicle is in inventory, the battery is subject to conditions that can reduce its performance and life. batteries can become discharged due to an extended storage period, temperature, parasitic drain, or while demonstrating veh
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111212
TSB ID: T-TT-0234-13 Rev

Tt: since my 2011, several different update or upgrade usb ssts have been issued for toyota audio and navigation systems. refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of all current and previously issued usb ssts and their applicabilit
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111405
TSB ID: T-TT-0234-13 Rev

Tt: since my 2011, several different update or upgrade usb ssts have been issued for toyota audio and navigation systems. refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of all current and previously issued usb ssts and their applicabilit
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111154
TSB ID: T-TT-0344-15

Tt: iphone text messages do not appear on multimedia display.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111546
TSB ID: T-TT-0367-15

Tt: some vehicles with aftermarket headlamps (non oem) are being repaired/replaced under warranty with oem equipment.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111547
TSB ID: T-TT-0309-14 Rev

Tt: some customers may experience bluetooth disconnections or loss of sms text message functionality on the navigation/audio system with android phones running os 4.4 or later. condition tends to occur to customers who have many previous te
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111304
TSB ID: T-TT-0344-15

Tt: iphone text messages do not appear on multimedia display.
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111643
TSB ID: T-TT-0414-16

Tt: some customers may encounter bluetooth® connectivity concerns such as: *difficulty to pair the phone. *intermittent bluetooth® failure to connect to the vehicle when first turning on the vehicle. *various bluetooth® audio functions a
08/14/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10111230
TSB ID: T-TT-0268-13 Rev

Tt: some customers may encounter bluetooth® connectivity concerns such as: * difficulty to pair the phone. * intermittent bluetooth® failure to connect to the vehicle when first turning on the vehicle. * various bluetooth® audio function
08/01/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109463
TSB ID: T-TT-0307-14

Tech tip: customer complains of carious bluetooth connectivity concerns after upgrading to ios 8.0 and later. conditions typically experienced include inability to pair the iphone to the system, poor sound quality during phone calls placed
08/01/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10109464
TSB ID: T-TT-0309-14

Tech tip: some customers may experience bluetooth disconnections or loss of sms text message functionality on the navigation/audio system with android phones running os 4.4 or later. condition tends to occur to customers who have many previ
05/22/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10099947
TSB ID: T-TT-0399-16

Tt: multimedia systems reset procedure should be performed when the multimedia system no longer responds or reboots itself.
04/07/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10097055
TSB ID: T-TT-0374-15 REV

Tt: since my 2011, several different update or upgrade usb ssts have been issued for toyota audio and navigation systems. refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of all current and previously issued usb ssts and their applica
03/28/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10096550
TSB ID: T-TT-0360-15

Tt: customers may experience connectivity issues when the following conditions are met: the customer's iphone is operating on ios9 firmware. the customer's iphone is connected to the vehicle via bluetooth. the customer may complain of the f
03/28/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10096561
TSB ID: T-TT-0234-13 REV

Tt: since my 2011, several different update or upgrade usb ssts have been issued for toyota audio and navigation systems. refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of all current and previously issued usb ssts and their applicabilit
03/24/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10096329
TSB ID: T-TT-0367-15

Tt: some vehicles with aftermarket headlamps (non oem) are being repaired/replaced under warranty with oem equipment.
03/24/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10096332
TSB ID: T-TT-0309-14 REV

Tt: some customers may experience bluetooth disconnections or loss of sms text message functionality on the navigation/audio system with android phones running os 4.4 or later. condition tends to occur to customers who have many previous te
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093681
TSB ID: T-TT-0378-15

Tt: some customers may experience intermittent bluetooth disconnections if they turn off bluetooth audio in the bluetooth connection menu on an android phone
03/03/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093683
TSB ID: T-TT-0379-15

Tt: some 2014 and 2015my rav4 vehicles may exhibit a b15e6 dtc in the navigation system. this dtc pertains to a system that is not equipped to us market vehicles and should be ignored. this dtc has no adverse effects on the operation of the
03/02/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10093540
TSB ID: T-TT-0374-15

Tt: since my 2011, several different update or upgrade usb sst's have been issued for toyota audio and navigation system. refer to the chart below for a comprehensive list of all current and previously issued usb ssts and their applicabil
01/04/17 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10087831
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15 REV

Tsb: rev1 the introduction and the software version sections have been updated. some 2014 model year corolla vehicles equipped with entune¿ audio (version bu.26.42) or entune¿ premium audio (version au.26.61) may exhibit one or more of th
12/20/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10086767
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15

Tsb: rev2 the required tools & equipment section has been removed. the new software version information chart has been updated. some 2014 model year corolla vehicles equipped with entune¿ audio (version bu.26.42) or entune¿ premium audio
12/16/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10086507
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15 REV

Tsb: rev1 the introduction and the software version sections have been updated. some 2014 model year corolla vehicles equipped with entune¿ audio (version bu.26.42) or entune¿ premium audio (version au.26.61) may exhibit one or more of th
08/10/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10078581
TSB ID: DEN-N3D7B-06

This communication is informing toyota of a delamination issue within an i.c. produced by nxp and assembled into airbag sensor supplied by denso international america, inc. this delamination issue manifests itself as an open circuit within
03/31/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10061338
TSB ID: T-SB-003-14

Summary to be provided on a future date.
11/13/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10123403
TSB ID: ZH1_Toyota POL17

Warranty policy bulletin: toyota has received reports of customer concerns in which the vehicle may exhibit a brief intermittent shudder during torque converter flex lock up. this shudder may be observed while driving under light throttle c
10/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10119422
TSB ID: ZH1_Dealer Daily

Dealer daily message: warranty enhancement program zh1 dealer letter and/or technical instructions now available on tis.
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111438
TSB ID: T-SB-0026-14 Rev

Tsb: during the manufacturing process tires are mounted on the vehicle as matched sets to help reduce conditions such as pulling or drifting. if the wheels are replaced or refinished before vehicle delivery, it is important that the tires
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111221
TSB ID: T-SB-0040-08

Tsb: on some vehicles, when rapgard is removed, the paint may have a stained appearance. these stains appear to be under the clear coat (repainting this area is not necessary). the stain patterns are usually under wrinkles in the rapgard. t
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111354
TSB ID: T-SB-0006-15

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a condition where the center roof drip molding on the right hand and/or left hand side of the vehicle becomes loose. an updated molding is available to address this condition.
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111521
TSB ID: T-SB-0028-14

Tsb: long-term or off-site storage requires special care to keep vehicles factory fresh and ready for delivery. the following guidelines should be performed to minimize vehicle component/part degradation due to extended vehicle storage co
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111218
TSB ID: T-SB-0006-15

Tsb: some 2013 - 2015 model year rav4 vehicles may exhibit a condition where the center roof drip molding on the right hand and/or left hand side of the vehicle becomes loose. an updated molding is available to address this condition.
08/14/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10111357
TSB ID: T-SB-0040-08

Tsb: on some vehicles, when rapgard is removed, the paint may have a stained appearance. these stains appear to be under the clear coat (repainting this area is not necessary). the stain patterns are usually under wrinkles in the rapgard. t
08/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109526
TSB ID: T-SB-0065-14

Tsb: pre-delivery service (pds) is a critical step in satisfying our new car customers. customer feedback indicates the following areas deserve special attention when performing pds: ? careful inspection for paint chips/scratches and body
08/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109525
TSB ID: T-SB-0064-14

Tsb: toyota rav4 2015 pre-delivery service check sheet
08/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10109401
TSB ID: T-SB-0381-09 Rev

Tsb: the only acceptable towing method for vehicles equipped with an active torque control 4wd system is to have all four wheels off the ground. flat towing or towing where only the front or rear wheels are supported may damage the all-whee
04/07/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10097052
TSB ID: T-TT-0268-13 REV

Tt: some customers may encounter bluetooth connectivity concerns such as: ¿ difficulty pairing the phone. ¿ intermittent bluetooth failure to connect when first turning on the vehicle. ¿ various bluetooth audio functions are no lo
04/04/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10096862
TSB ID: T-SB-0044-16

Tsb: on some vehicles, when rapgard¿ is removed, the paint may have a stained appearance. these stains appear to be under the clear coat (repainting this area is not necessary). the stain patterns are usually under wrinkles in the rapgard¿
03/30/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10096708
TSB ID: T-SB-0026-14 REV

Tsb: during the manufacturing process tires are mounted on the vehicle as matched sets to help reduce conditions such as pulling or drifting. if the wheels are replaced or refinished before vehicle delivery, it is important that the tire
03/28/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10096555
TSB ID: T-TT-0344-15 REV

Tt: iphone text messages do not appear on multimedia dis[play.
03/23/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10096246
TSB ID: T-SB-0028-14

Tsb: long-term or off-site storage requires special care to keep vehicles factory fresh and ready for delivery. the following guidelines should be performed to minimize vehicle component/part degradation due to extended vehicle storage c
03/21/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10096097
TSB ID: T-TT-0381-16

Tech tip: some customers may experience difficulty programming homelink.
03/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093567
TSB ID: T-TT-0375-15

Tt: for customer concerns of no or poor outgoing sound from the bluetooth systems there are diagnostics in the repair manual which can be performed to diagnose the condition.
03/02/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093563
TSB ID: T-TT-0377-15

Tt: some customers may experience poor outgoing bluetooth sound quality, this can occur for various reasons. current multimedia systems are designed with the ability to adjust bluetooth sound quality to compensate for echo or excessive back
03/01/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10093361
TSB ID: T-TT-0385-16

Tech tip: this tech tip is being provided to bring attention to the new location of the entune/nav/map update and upgrade usb directory. click on the tis tab, diagnostics tab, telematics tab, and the document is now located under the refe
01/05/17 Other NHTSA ID: 10087907
TSB ID: T-SB-0015-15 REV

Tsb: rev2 the required tools & equipment section has been removed. the new software version information chart has been updated. some 2014 model year corolla vehicles equipped with entune¿ audio (version bu.26.42) or entune¿ premium audio
03/31/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10061324
TSB ID: T-SB-0064-14

Summary to be provided on a future date.
03/31/16 Other NHTSA ID: 10061323
TSB ID: T-SB-0065-14

Summary to be provided on a future date.

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Toyota RAV4 TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.