It is never pleasurable to listen to a sound on your car that you don’t know where it comes from. You may be questioning what to do when you find a reversing gear noise that persists on your Toyota RAV4? Any gearbox problem can be critical, but before making sure, it is better to do a few investigations. Our team has created this content page to support you resolve it. First, we will see what the origins and the different gearbox noises can be on Toyota RAV4, and second, what are the solutions available to you.reverse-gear-noise-toyota-rav4

Classical reverse Toyota RAV4 noises and some tips to maintain your gearbox

Why does the reversing of my Toyota RAV4 make a different noise from my other speeds?

De facto, integrating all gears, bearings and pinions into a gearbox is a difficult process. The sound induced by the reversing of your Toyota RAV4 is logical. It can be explained in a fairly simple way. Indeed, the gears used for conventional speeds (1st to 5th or 6th) are so-called “helical” gears (oblique gears) . The use of such a pinion makes the noise caused by the gears more quiet than with spur gears implemented for the reverse gear.

Tips to limit wear on your clutch and gearbox

  • Don’t give a big boost:
    In fact, if you kick the throttle hard when you are in reverse or when you put the car in the revs, you risk to burn your clutch or gnawing at the gearbox pinions.

  • Never reverse while the car is in motion or vice versa:
    Reversing the direction of operation of the gearbox during operation is a very bad choice. Indeed, the pressure you will exert on the gears will be enormous and you will produce a premature wear and tear of the gears. You can even break the gears of your gearbox at speed by doing so. It will therefore be completely typical if you perceive a reverse noise on your Toyota RAV4 if you shift gear under these conditions.

Different Toyota RAV4 reversing noises and their origins

Finally in this section, we will move on to what you are probably most excited about in this page, to find out about the cause of reversing noise on Toyota RAV4. Here are the 3 typical noises you may be victim of.

I notice a grinding noise when starting in reverse gear

If you listen to a grinding noise when you start in reverse with your Toyota RAV4, it may be the engine mounts that are tired. In fact, when the engine is in reverse gear, due to the pinions we saw above the vibrations made by the gearbox are higher and it is therefore possible that due to their wear the silentblocks no longer absorb the engine vibrations well. In this situation, do not hesitate to check out this article for more info about strut mount noises on Toyota RAV4.

An increased reverse knocking noise on Toyota RAV4X

If you are subject to a knocking noise when you are in reverse with your Toyota RAV4 and this noise tends to increase as you gain speed. It is possible that you are confronting a serious problem that needs to be solved as soon as possible before destroying your entire gearbox. Indeed, an intensifying rattling noise means that the gears are damaged. If they are, debris will disperse to the rest of the box and damage other gears before long. Take your car to your auto technician quickly or check out this article about gearbox noise on Toyota RAV4 for more data.

I notice a noise when I go in reverse

Listening a noise when you shift into reverse is normal and linked to the gears and sprockets used in the gearbox. If, on the other hand, you have the feeling that your Toyota RAV4 reverse gear makes more noise than before, it is possible that filings have been created and are moving around in it. It is therefore time to empty the box.