More information on RAV4 ECM service
The problems or issues listed above this lines at the top, are getting very popular among 2001, 2002 and 2003 Toyota RAV4 models with automatic transmission. You will be surprised to know that these Toyota RAV4 transmission problems are caused by the engine control module or ECM (a.k.a "ECU") and not by the transmission itself, like it would seem to be.

In these models, the ECM controls both, the engine and the automatic transmission, and a problem in its circuit that happens over time, makes it fail on correctly controlling the transmission solenoids. This situation makes it feel like the problem is produced by a damaged transmission, accounting for the many cases where customers have spend lots of money for transmission repairs, only to find out that the problem is only in the ECM. Even when in some cases, it may feels like the transmission is falling apart, in about 99% of the cases, the ECM is the part to be replaced or PROPERLY repaired to get rid of the problem.


The failure in the ECM circuit was already identified by Toyota. They issued a bulletin and extended their warranty on these models for taking care of this situation specifically. Toyota call it a "warranty enhancement", where they extended the original 8 years or 80,000 miles warranty, to a 10 Years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first, warranty. This will only cover models sold on the USA. Models exported to other Countries will not be covered by this enhanced warranty. For more information on this, you may download the official Toyota documents in the buttons below:

2001-2003 Toyota RAV4 T-SB-0156 Bulletin     2001-2003 Toyota RAV4 Enhanced Warranty Documents


This is an automotive service we are offering here. If your RAV4 is over 150,000 miles, or if for any reason your warranty was not granted, then we can help with a very affordable solution! We can repair your ECM for only a fraction of its original cost.

An ECM reflash, reset, reprogramming
Toyota RAV4 ECM location
or upgrade, will NOT fix this problem. It is a physical (hardware) problem that needs to be repaired, not a software or programming issue. Please don't be confused, as there is a previous recall from Toyota for RAV4 vehicles of the same model years, which involves reprogramming, but it is not for this issue. That recall cover other problems like check engine light turning on for oxygen sensor related problems.

Once these issues listed here show off, the ECM must be either replaced or repaired and as you may know by now, a brand new replacement or spare ecu price is around $1300 to $1700, depending on the model, the dealer and availability.

Why pay that huge amount of your hard earned money for a new part when it is not needed at all? It can be repaired and will perform exactly the same as a new one. Better yet, we do not only concentrate in the affected area, but do a treatment to the whole circuit to avoid this problem from happening again. Also, the replacement parts we use, are either genuine or are superior quality replacements.

Our turn around time for this service is from 1 to 2 business days. A one year warranty is included.

Please, be advised that if you keep using your RAV4 while the ECM is failing, the automatic transmission may suffer an internal failure that would need a transmisison repair or replacement. This may specially happen when the vehicle is starting in 3rd gear and you force it by further accelerating it due to the unusual sluggish sensation. RPMs will go and your vehicle will barely move. This situation will wear out and burn the transmission's clutches, disks and other inner parts. Adding a transmission repair job to the bill is something you will definitively want to avoid.

Act now! Let us repair your RAV4's ECM and get rid of this problem for good!.

Most RAV4 owners experiencing this issue, will still be on time, before the transmission really fails. Fixing the ECM should always be the first thing to be considered, as it all begins within the ECM and in most cases, the transmission will still be fine. If it happens that it is too late and you waited too long and your transmission needs repair or replacement, you will still need a good ECM. Otherwise, a new or repaired transmssion will fail again.

What we do?

We repair the circuit area of your ECM that is failing, replace the parts that are failing, recondition the WHOLE circuit to avoid this from happening again and finally reprogram the ECM for resetting the immobilizer if active and reprogram the transmission adaptation tables memory, allowing the ECM to go to the automatic relearn mode. This relearn mode will allow your ECM to dynamically adapt to mechanical wear that the transmission might have sustained. Your ECM is tested on a RAV4 vehicle we have for that specific purpose, before it is shipped back to you.

How to get this service and how much does it cost? What about charges for shipping my ECM back?

For this service, you will need to ship to us your RAV4 ECM computer. We perform the job and ship it back to you. For more information, price and warranty, you may visit the oficial information page in our main website by clicking on the button below.

Thank you for your interest.


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