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Remanufactured Toyota RAV4 Transmissions 

  • Learn about common Toyota RAV4 transmission problems 
  • Everything you need to know when shopping for a Toyota RAV4 transmission for sale 
  • How and when to buy a remanufactured Toyota RAV4 transmission 

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    Remanufactured Toyota RAV4 Transmissions 


    Although it wasn’t really popular in the US when it was first launched, the Toyota RAV4 has become one of the most popular compact CUV’s on the market today. One thing that isn’t popular however, are transmission problems with the U241E transmission. So let’s have a look and see if installing a remanufactured Toyota RAV4 transmission can get your little crossover back on the road. 


    Common Toyota RAV4 Transmission Problems  


    Erratic Shifting / Loss of Forward Gears: If you’re experiencing U241E transmission problems like slipping, erratic shifting, or failed gear engagement, the causes could range from a failed solenoid to a torque convertor issue. 

    Another common problem is overheating. This happens when the moving parts inside the transmission are creating more friction heat than the ATF can remove. The most common cause of this condition is towing heavy loads, driving in stop/go traffic, or on mountain roads where the transmission has to shift a lot. 

    Loss of 4th Gear and/or Reverse: Another common problem is an inoperable fourth or reverse gear. These issues are often caused by design flaws in the Reverse Boost Valve, channel plate, and stripped splines on the 4th gear clutch hub shaft. 


    How to Solve Toyota RAV4 Transmission Problems 


    Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota RAV4 Transmission  

    Going to the local junkyard and picking up a used Toyota RAV4 transmission might seem like the cheapest and fastest option. But you need to consider the fact that you don’t know what the actual shape of the internal components are. It could very well be on the verge of transmission problems of its own, which would leave you in the exact same predicament that you’re in now. And that 30 – 90 day junkyard warranty probably won’t cover labor charges to install the replacement transmission if something goes wrong. 


    Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Toyota RAV4 Transmission  

    Getting a rebuilt Toyota RAV4 transmission would probably seem like a better idea. However, a lot of mechanics and transmission shops will only rebuild your Toyota RAV4 transmission back to its original factory specifications. Which means that all of those factory design flaws are still going to be in-play. And that rebuilt transmission warranty might only be good at certain shops, which could do you no good if you have transmission problems while you’re traveling. 


    Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Toyota RAV4 Transmission  

    If you want to get the most service life out of your vehicle as possible, then you really should consider a remanufactured Toyota RAV4 transmission from Street Smart Transmission. Each one is completely disassembled and re-remanufactured, so nothing is left to chance. They’re also modified to correct the factory design flaws, which will greatly extend the service life. Plus, you get a 3-Year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty. This will cover parts and labor charges at any licensed repair shop in the Continental United States, giving you a lot more flexibility and coverage.