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September 29, 2020


Every week we review new fixes submitted by our Direct-Hit users and pick our favorite “Fix of The Week.” These are confirmed, experience-based fixes directly from technicians and shops. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can find this solution and more than 3.5 million other confirmed fixes with a Direct-Hit 14-day free trial. This week, our favorite fix is for a 2010 Toyota RAV4 with a grinding, rattling noise.

The Vehicle:

2010 Toyota RAV4 2.5 L4

The Problem:

The vehicle makes a grinding, rattling noise when the engine is started. It comes and goes intermittently while the engine is running. There were no DTC’s shown.

The Diagnosis:

Upon inspecting the vehicle, I realized the noise was coming from inside the bell housing. Using a stethoscope, I found the noise loudest near the starter. I pulled the starter and could see the flywheel was hitting the Bendix gear. I tried to inspect the flywheel with a bore scope, but there wasn’t room in the bell housing to fit the camera. I decided to put in a new starter, but the noise continued. I then pulled the transmission and found the flywheel cracked around the center hub.

The Solution:

Replaced the cracked flex plate.


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