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99 thoughts on “Toyota rav4 is d.o.a. but still runs?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Benjamin Nunes96 says:

    People don't realize that most shops have to follow protocol like M.A.P. "motorist assurance Plan" which prevents work without customers consent we can only do what we are authorized and paid to do

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Torrance says:

    What blew the fuse? Most likely that battery hit the frame. A dead short would allow (very temporarily) a draw of several thousand amps

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars raptorms773 says:

    My guess is his battery died after the fuse blew. Someone checked voltage at the battery while the truck was running and didn't get 14 volts so the conclusion was made that the alternator was shot and he should replace both he did and when it started nothing was still working.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bookerol says:

    Maybe the original alternator shorted, blowing the fuse. Alternator was replaced and whoever did not check the fuse.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Automator says:

    How's the Tundy treating you?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J Curran says:

    What? There was probably a hold down clamp at the wreckers you could have put in there. Not fixing that dangerous issue is poor form.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hotchinahk says:

    Always learn something from you, thank you 🙂

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Cz says:

    My 2 cents: grab the battery hold down(s) and a few clips while you're there. Takes an extra 3 minutes, the yard prob won't even charge you for the plastic clips (or they could fall to the bottom of your toolbox, who knows) and the holding strap/brace is likely $3 to $7 from them. Then you try upselling the customer. "I fixed the car and it runs. This will happen again if you don't strap the battery down. I can do that for another $40. Also if you want I can replace your zip ties with the OEM clips for another $15/$20."

    Even if the customer says no, how many RAV4s might have similar issues? Could be useful parts to have on hand for the future. And OEM Toyota clips are good to have on hand in case you break one in the future on your car or a customer's car (it happens to the best of us sometimes).

    Just a thought. Customer says No and you're down $10. Customer says Yes and you're up $20 to $40 (depending on how much you decide to charge for the extra time and part cost). $20 for the 3 extra minutes at the yard seems worth it.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars c0mputer says:

    I have to imagine the people who are complaining that you don’t fix other things the customer didn’t ask you to fix are 14 year old kids who don’t know how the world works.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kerry Gleeson says:

    Could you cause that by jump starting another car with jump cables wrong way round 🦘👍

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Captain Morgan says:

    You do a fantastic job Keep it up

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Falter says:

    You are doing the right thing. Doing more than you're allowed to do is called assault. Illegal. Nobody wants that.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SoCaliEd says:

    Logic Wins The Day!!!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars egresk1 says:

    I would have grabbed that window switch at the junkyard for an upsell attempt to sell them that service, easy sale and would have made the trip to the junkyard that much more profitable. You saw it before you left, kill 2 birds with one stone and looked like a hero. I probably would have grabbed a few more broken bits and clips, like those battery and plastic trim if I found that exact ride in the junkyard. There is no way I wouldn't have grabbed those items to have them on hand for the sale or tossed them in for free because that's the person I am. We are talking peanuts and very little extra time. They would have paid to fix that window because driver window is a necessary safety item IMHO. That's how you make the money, by selling a necessary service and going the extra mile. and customers love that. If the guys at my shop weren't trying at least to find such blatantly obvious work ,they wouldn't have a job. You may not convince the customer to replace a set of leaky shocks or a trans service, but they will fix a broken driver window 9/10 times. Did you honestly contact that customer about that window switch or mention it to them? I could not return that car with that broken window without making the most valiant attempts at getting them to OK the repair. Still, as always love the video and your channel.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chuck smalfus says:

    You mentioned there was a aftermarket alternator on it, quite possibly whoever installed it shorted the main cable while disconnecting it from the old alternator? Nice work as usual mr O.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike the Mechanic says:

    The universal fear of getting locked out of a vehicle. 🔒

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Newbies Work on Cars says:

    My speculation that the original battery was dead and someone attempted Jumpstart it incorrectly, and then assumed it's alternator, when that didn't work, they went and bought the cheapest battery, when that didn't work, they dumped it on the marketplace.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James T says:

    Fixing what you are ask to fix is about the best way to run a shop. If he was to start for example fixing the window switch, putting on the missing clips, putting in the correct battery and so on. When the owner comes back and looks at the bill he would ( and rightfully so) say "I just ask you to fix what ever it was that took out all my gauges, not all of the other stuff, I don't have money for all of this" and then your off to the races. The owner is right. So when you fix what your were ask to fix it cuts out all of that drama.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fjord Driver says:

    The only thing I can think of that would do that was maybe it was being driven by Scotty's place while he was waving his hands around on the driveway, which created a massive static electricity surge as the car drove by his house. ZAP⚡⚡

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars happy543210 says:

    Battery Plugged in backwards.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike parsons says:

    awesome job and if someone makes negative comments on why you dont this that or the other thing either they are not informed or understand how a business works. you are hired to do a job and that is the job you do. Im sure you wouldnt mind doing all the things that need to be done but you have to make a living and dont want to get stung by someone saying i didnt ask you to do that. keep up the good work .

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean Slater says:

    Interesting to see that Toyota designed their car to still run after blowing a main fuse. Maybe it's common but I've never thought about that.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robin Cook says:

    I know what you mean about salvage yards, I could spend hours and hours just scoping things out in a yard imagining what I could put back together. Keep up the fantastic work!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MeMakeSparks says:

    I can't believe the customer didn't see the magic smoke coming from under the hood? 140A fuse? I'm surprised it didn't create a wormhole in the space time continuum😳😳

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Busted Knuckle says:

    At the junkyard, Eric says, "there's lots of good stuff here", then the next islenwe see is full of dodges….

    just saying

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DoYouFeelLucky? says:

    Try to save the World and it’ll come tumbling down on you.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raymond Eldridge says:

    I agree everything is a separate job I would of picked up the other stuff in case the customer wanted it done including the window switch 🤷🏻‍♂️

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MFB Alaska says:

    Love it

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Tripodi says:

    " That's how the world works."🍻

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Toyotanos says:

    Classic reverse polarity situation. Bought the wrong battery and just slammed the terminals on. Current travels through the alternator diodes and pops the ALT fuse, makes a nice pop sound. You'll often see the ETCS, DOME, and AM1 fuses blown as well.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William T. Musil says:

    Hiya Eric

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GRANT WILLIAMSON says:

    Good call / well well done

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yawwee Shalimar says:

    I agree with you Eric – YOU CANNOT FIX EVERYTHING WRONG WITH A CAR AND EXPECT THE CUSTOMER TO PAY YOU WHEN HE OR SHE DID NOT AUTHORIZE YOU TO DO THAT. !!!!!!! You can bring items to their attention that NEED fixing – but it is the customers car and it must be approved by him or her first !!! I work on some things that have piles of problems that need fixing immediately – sometimes so many that putting the car in the crusher is cheaper !!!! Just keep it going for another day, and if it breaks, offer that they can bring it back to the shop and hire you again to correct it and get it going again !!!! Good deducing on the way to fix it !!!! Well done !!!!!!!!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fritz Husselmann says:

    “You look fresh.” Well struck, Mr. O – that right there put the ‘pun’ in ‘pungent’. 🙂

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars turboimport95 says:

    battery was dead so they jumped it off but hooked up jumper cables backwards.. most likely then went to parts store and got new battery..

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Barnes says:

    Eric, if someone changed the alternator without disconnecting the battery and grounded the wrench while removing the + wire, it would open the fuse.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Xombi Xombi says:

    Follow the evidence and do what you are told. And still struggle to make payroll, rent, insurance, subscriptions, tool man payments.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mayra Gonzalez says:

    I think they put the battery therminals backwards or they jump start backwards one or others

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Randy Estrada says:

    I love your diagnostic videos. I actually specialize in Auto Electric and I love watching how other people diagnose so that I can try new things. But another way for that fuse to blow is if when replacing the alternator, the battery isn't disconnect, the main alternator cable gets grounded somewhere and will blow a main fuse. I've had a couple of my techs do this. So that's probably what happened

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Grounded-B says:

    Looked like the insulating cover was missing from the old fused distribution block, which left the alternator stud exposed

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Levi McCuistion says:

    I'm kinda with ya with what's all is going on in the video. I'm a mobile mechanic and I try to sell it as I see it, since I'm already with the customer. In the shops I've worked in, I agree 100% Now as to the blown fuse, I believe you said something about the alternator was replaced….. maybe not that's when it blow, because someone forgot to disconnect the battery. But like ya said, it's a mystery and we'll never get the full true story.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars UNEEK LOGIK says:

    Eric!. Your my freakin Hero Man!!.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Davis says:

    I can say I don't blame you for not nitpicking the other stuff. Customer said fix it so it runs, the motor runs, now the instruments and such runs, and you've done what the customer wanted. if they want other things they'll bring it back and tell you to fix those. If you try upselling, even though it's obvious it needs some big time care, then your customer will think you're trying to gouge them or something. If I had been the customer I would have said fix everything and let you do your mojo on it and not worried about those other items and what they cost. They'll be back. You did them a service like they wanted and didn't try to sell them the Brooklyn bridge..lol. Take care. Keep Mrs O out of that kitchen. Poor lady has to buy premade stuff to warm up. Get her a maid…lol.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rob iscrupe says:

    just to let you know about that 140 amp main fuse just hooking up a new battery will blow that happened to me a couple of times i even put a and currently running a marine battery in my truck just to ask you would it hurt the electrical systems on a vehicle with a marine battery vs. a regular battery please let me know what you think about that i would like your input on this matter thanks

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eddie A says:

    Great video Eric. I learn from you all of the time.