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Mike Kelly, Toyota Mechanic
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Experience:  17 years experience as an auto mechanic, foreign and domestic. 5 years running my own repair business.
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Why does my Toyota Rav4 Automatic select a ramdom neutral when

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Why does my Toyota Rav4 Automatic select a ramdom neutral when going downhill ?
The car seems to freewheel and the revs come up to around 3000 RPM
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 3 years ago.
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Are there any warning lights coming on?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Mike,

No lights, it feels like the gearbox disengages from the engine and free wheels as I said the revs rise to 3000-3500 with foot of.

It is a 2012 Rav4, I have spoken with toyota who fobbed me off with some story regarding non Toyota carpets !

This is my wife's car now she is not happy to drive it !!

Cheers,

Nigel

Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 3 years ago.
From what you are describing the issue here is the input shaft is slipping inside of the torque converter for the gear box. This can happen from worn splines on the input shaft or worn splines inside of the torque converter. This issue can happen at any time or any miles. The dealer likely won't be any help with this issue and this needs to be diagnosed by a shop that specializes in gear boxes.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Mike,

If what you describe is the case here surely we would get issues under power ?

Expert:  Mike Kelly replied 3 years ago.
Not at first, there is 2 separate sets of splines inside of the converter, yes you will eventually have these issues under power as well.