RAV4 starting problem
Our 2014 RAV4 would not start over last weekend. Jumped it on Monday,
would not even turn over. On Tuesday it would turn over just fine but not start;
jumped it at length to no effect. Had it towed to the shop, where they found it
started up just fine o n Wednesday morning! They checked battery and say it
is good. They theorize the battery drained because car had sat for three or
four days in moderately cold weather without being used last week. I am
skeptical but shop recommends not spending on more diagnostic work. This
is my daughter’s car at college and I do not want her to get stuck somewhere
if this happens again. Advice?
This is something my old car would do. I would buy a battery pack and leave it in the back of the car.
Most of the time when this problem arises suddenly, it's a dead or dying battery; you might have enough juice to light the lights, but not enough to turn the starter motor. Jump start the car properly; leave donor hooked up long enough to charge your battery, at least ten minutes. If your car starts, fine; the shop might have been right about the battery and it was low because you were cranking the starter too much. If it does not start, recheck your battery, it might now be dead..... If it's not the battery, it's probably the starter/solenoid or the ignition switch. Have the starter motor & solenoid checked. Jump the solenoid to eliminate the switch. If this works, it's the switch; if not, it's the starter.