Many of you might already know about the problem that is affecting the Toyota Rav4 from 2001, 2002 and 2003 year models.
You might also know that we, at OtherDeal.com, are offering the service to repair and reprogram your ECM and we have been successful in doing so for 5 years now. We go farther than our competitors by working with the whole circuit, not only the problem area. Our job not only fix, but prevent the transmission issues from happening again.
Better than that, we take care of minor problems that our competitors overlook and many times, even the owner of the vehicle is not aware of, like slightly lower fuel economy than normal.
While all the statements above are true, another fact is that we are reworking units that were serviced and attempted to be repaired by any of our competitors when such units fail again. Customers come to us for service when others fail and we gladly accept their units, rework the whole circuit and reprogram it.
In those latter cases, we have been encountering some units that were previously worked out in a specific shop in Florida, USA, and such units are not repairable any longer. We have seen four (4) of them so far and the problem is that in the previous repair attempt, they covered the circuit board with some black, very hard epoxy for no reason, making the unit disposable. Yes, a pricey unit like this, disposable. Disposable because having already seen four (4) units failing again for the the same issues, obviously their job is not accurate, nor successful. Those units have been sent to our shop by customers that no longer trust the mentioned shop in Florida. The bad news is that once the ECM is covered inside with epoxy, the epoxy compound can not be successfully removed without damaging the circuit underneath.
Below are some pictures of the last unit we received, so you can have an idea. If you buy form that Company, you are probably buying what you see in these pictures, which is nothing else but a disposable unit. A disposable unit can surely solve the problem while it works, if it ever does!, but once it fails, and believe me, it won’t take long, your money is going directly to the trash can along with the ECM. Yes, even if they call themselves “scientifics”.
Be safe, only buy the service from the experts at OtherDeal.com
In the picture below, you can see the bottom of the circuit board with a full block covered with epoxy.
In the following picture, it is shown the top of the circuit, also with some patches made of the same epoxy. You can see that they even let the epoxy stick to the bottom side of the top aluminum cover. This specific unit had two (2) pieces of dried epoxy, fallen from the aluminum cover, bouncing all around the inside of the ECM when it was moved.
This is the label they stick in the ECMs they “service”.