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I have a 2008 rav 4 ltd car last week random lights were

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I have a 2008 rav 4 ltd car last week random lights were flashing up after inspection battery fault error code ordered new battery however on return and further inspection battery checked out ok and no codes showing car serviced and advised to monitor.
Battery not changed as tested ok no further faults found... today we could of died driving on the motorway with kids in the car lost steering and random lights on. Managed to Pull over car steering heavy like a rock turned off Turned car back on steering wheel movable then solid like a rock .. heaps random lights on...4wd p/s vsc .....etc
Have others experienced this as this is a major safety concern we were very lucky today.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 5 months ago.

Thanks for posting

I would suggest having a competent technician check the charging system/alternator. It sounds like th alternator is not charging or at least doing so intermittently causing the battery tpo drain and then you loose electrical power including power steering which on this model is electrically operated.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
the local mechanic does not think it is the alternator. what else would you suggest.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 5 months ago.

Did your local mechanic actually test the charging system?, "doesn't think" seems a little unsure. It either checks out good or it doesn't. So other than that there is nothing I would suggest without having a definite answer about the condition of the alternator with some test results stating voltages and current readings at various load conditions.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
They have tested battery ok, alternator was replaced last year and new wire run for that .. they still cant find the problem as fault seems to be intermittent.
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for the update, I'm afraid I can't be of any more help since this seems to be intermittent as you say, they have you vehicle and if they can't find it then I sure will not be able to help without even having access to it, good luck.

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 4 months ago.

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