Check AWD system is flashing on dash

Asked by Sep 16, 2016 at 05:14 PM about the 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The off road light is on, an exclamation mark and a message saying check

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Check the electrical connection that concern the AWD system and fuses and any relays if any. Get auto-zone to clear codes & reset the computer.

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rav4 2017 dash says awd system malfunction 2wd mode engaged

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I had this problem today while driving it off the lot! They couldn’t find the reason behind it and said it could either be from installing the car starter or contaminated fuel. Did they find out why yours said that?

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I have same issue was told remote starter for my 2016 RAV4 but it’s not starter. It went off and everything has b en fine until now


Did anyone ever figure this out? We just bought a brand new 2018 rav 4, not even a week old, jsut started giving us this message?


Did you get a car starter installed? They cleared all the codes on my 2017 Rav and it’s been working fine ever since. They said that often times installing a starter throws a bunch of weird codes into the system and clearing them should be the solution and then of course if it happens again they would have to reinvestigate the problem.


Have not installed remote starter yet. Was going to do that later, but now I’m probaby going to hold off until I figure out what’s going on with this check engine light and AWD light. Going to run by the dealership tomorrow.


Good idea! Get it figured out before warranty is up! Good luck with everything

It was the remote starter they installed. I had it pulled out and my money refunded. I had a new starter put in by a different dealer and it worked no issues since.

We ended up taking it back to Toyota who said 2 of the injectors had gone. And also something on the exhaust. Fortunately we still have couple months left on warranty. Hope this helps.


Glad it fixed.

just got a 2016 rav4 and its saying this now what can it be


AWD is disengaged if the check engine light appears. Take it to dealership and get the codes read so they can fix the problem.

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