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Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual: Engine (ignition) switch (vehicles with a smart key system)

Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual / Driving / Driving procedures / Engine (ignition) switch (vehicles with a smart key system)

Performing the following operations when carrying the electronic key on your person starts the engine or changes engine switch modes.

Starting the engine

  1. Check that the parking brake is set.
  2. Check that the shift lever is set in p.
  3. Firmly depress the brake pedal.

The smart key system indicator light (green) will turn on. If the indicator light does not turn on, the engine cannot be started.

  1. Press the engine switch.

The engine will crank until it starts or for up to 30 seconds, whichever is less.

Continue depressing the brake pedal until the engine is completely started.

The engine can be started from any engine switch mode.

Toyota RAV4. Engine (ignition) switch (vehicles with a smart key system)


Stopping the engine

  1. Stop the vehicle.
  2. Shift the shift lever to p.
  3. Set the parking brake
  4. Press the engine switch.
  5. Release the brake pedal and check that the smart key system indicator light (green) is off.

Changing engine switch modes

Modes can be changed by pressing the engine switch with the brake pedal released. (The mode changes each time the switch is pressed.)

Off*

The emergency flashers can be used.

The smart key system indicator light (green) off.

Accessory mode

Some electrical components such as the audio system can be used.

The smart key system indicator light (green) flashes slowly.

Toyota RAV4. Changing engine switch modes


Ignition on mode

All electrical components can be used.

The smart key system indicator light (green) flashes slowly.

*: If the shift lever is in a position other than p when turning off the engine, the engine switch will be turned to accessory mode, not to off.

When stopping the engine with the shift lever in a position other than p

If the engine is stopped with the shift lever in a position other than p, the engine switch will not be turned off but instead be turned to accessory mode. Perform the following procedure to turn the switch off:

  1. Check that the parking brake is set.
  2. Shift the shift lever to p.
  3. Check that the smart key system indicator light (green) flashes slowly and then press the engine switch once.
  4. Check that the smart key system indicator light (green) is off.

Auto power off function

If the vehicle is left in accessory or ignition on mode (the engine is not running) for more than an hour with the shift lever in p, the engine switch will automatically turn off. However, this function cannot entirely prevent battery discharge. Do not leave the vehicle with the engine switch in accessory or ignition on mode for long periods of time when the engine is not running.

Electronic key battery depletion

Conditions affecting operation

Notes for the entry function

If the engine does not start

Steering lock

After turning the engine switch off and opening and closing the doors, the steering wheel will be locked due to the steering lock function. Operating the engine switch again automatically cancels the steering lock.

When the steering lock cannot be released

The smart key system indicator light (green) will flash quickly.

Check that the shift lever is set in p. Press the engine switch while turning the steering wheel left and right.


Steering lock motor overheating prevention

To prevent the steering lock motor from overheating, the motor may be suspended if the engine is turned on and off repeatedly in a short period of time.

In this case, refrain from running the engine. After about 10 seconds, the steering lock motor will resume functioning.

When the smart key system indicator light flashes in yellow

The system may be malfunctioning. Have the vehicle inspected by your toyota dealer immediately.

If the electronic key battery is depleted

Operation of the engine switch

When operating the engine switch, one short, firm press is enough. If the switch is pressed improperly, the engine may not start or the engine switch mode may not change. It is not necessary to press and hold the switch.

If the smart key system has been deactivated in a customized setting

Caution

When starting the engine

Always start the engine while sitting in the driver’s seat. Do not depress the accelerator pedal while starting the engine under any circumstances.

Doing so may cause an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

Caution while driving

If engine failure occurs while the vehicle is moving, do not lock or open the doors until the vehicle reaches a safe and complete stop. Activation of the steering lock in this circumstance may lead to an accident, resulting in death or serious injury.

Stopping the engine in an emergency

If you want to stop the engine in an emergency while driving the vehicle, press and hold the engine switch for more than 2 seconds, or press it briefly 3 times or more in succession.

However, do not touch the engine switch while driving except in an emergency.

Turning the engine off while driving will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost. This will make it more difficult to steer and brake, so you should pull over and stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

Notice

To prevent battery discharge

When starting the engine

Symptoms indicating a malfunction with the engine switch

If the engine switch seems to be operating somewhat differently than usual, such as the switch sticking slightly, there may be a malfunction. Contact your toyota dealer immediately.

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