problem with acceleration when 2012 RAV4 is put in 4 wheel drive + low gear

Asked by Nov 19, 2019 at 08:57 AM about the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Sport 4WD

Question type: General

My neighbor lives on a very steep hill, and to get to his house I have to put
my RAV4 in low gear and 4 wheel drive. Lately, when the RAV4 is in 4 wheel
and low gear, the engine revs up very fast, but acceleration drops to almost
non-existent. I push on the gas peddle and the car just slows down to an
almost full stop. When not in 4 wheel drive, low gear (and all other gears)
works as it should. I must admit, I haven't tried to use 4 wheel drive in any
other gear, so I don't know if things would be different  in 2nd or 3rd gear.
Kinda scared to try it at this point. My RAV 4 only has a little over 50,000
miles on it.

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