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Toyota Rav4 code P0607: Meaning, causes and diagnosis


P0607 Toyota Rav4

P0607 is a general OBD2 diagnostic code, meaning it has the same meaning for the Toyota Rav4 as it does for any other vehicle. It is not a very common code.

The P0607 code is usually caused by a faulty PCM/ECM, the battery, or the wiring to and from the PCM.

P0607 Definition: Control Module – Performance

Toyota Rav4 P0607 Meaning

P0607 has a two-part meaning:

Control module

The control module is commonly called the powertrain control module (PCM) or engine control module (ECM). It takes all the data from the various sensors in the Toyota Rav4 and uses it to control spark timing, air-fuel mixture, idle speed, etc.

Without PCM, a modern vehicle’s engine would not run at all.


The PCM has detected that it is not working correctly and has issued P0607. Fault codes are stored in your Rav4’s PCM memory. So it has to be working somehow if you’re able to get the code out.

Toyota Rav4: P0607 Symptoms

P0607 can have different symptoms depending on the degree of PCM involvement. Are here:

  • Won’t Start- This is a common symptom of P0607. If the PCM is not working properly, the engine may not be getting a spark. This can occur while the vehicle is moving on the road.
  • Clean Mode – If the PCM has a clean mode protocol, it can activate it to help you get home.

Toyota Rav4 P0607 Causes and Diagnosis

PCM failure is rare. These on-board computers are designed to last the life of your Rav4 and rarely fail. But, it can happen.

This section gives you the most common causes of P0607 in order from the easiest to check to the most difficult, ending with the PCM itself.

1. Check for TSB’s

Make sure there is no Technical Service Bulletin related to your Rav4’s PCM. TSBs are communications that Toyota uses to cover known problems with a vehicle, as well as how to fix them.

2. Corroded battery terminals

Diagnostic P0607 Toyota Rav4

Your Rav4’s PCM needs a constant level of battery voltage. If the posts are corroded by battery acid (or if they are not properly tightened), the voltage to the PCM can fluctuate. This causes you to not be able to consistently read everything the engine does (or not work at all).

If the battery posts are corroded, your local auto parts store sells a battery post cleaner that goes directly onto the battery posts and posts. A piece of sandpaper or a wire brush will work well if you’re in a pinch.

3. Defective battery

If the battery has gone bad, it can sometimes affect the operation of the PCM. Almost any place that sells batteries can check this for you.

If the battery light comes on while driving, it is likely related to P0607. The battery light may mean the battery is bad. It can also mean that there is a bad alternator. It would be best to start by checking the battery, as it is easier to check than the alternator.

Even if there is no battery light, the battery may be the cause of P0607.

4. Loose dirt in the PCM

If the battery appears fine and tests properly, check the ground cable going to the PCM. You will need to find the engine pinout for your specific Rav4 model find the ground pin and trace it to where it is connected to the chassis.

Once you find it, confirm that the cable is not damaged in any way. Make sure it is securely bolted to the chassis. If there appears to be rust or corrosion, unscrew it and clean the contact surfaces with sandpaper.

5. PCM power circuit

The power cable going to the PCM may have been damaged or shorted. Follow the wire from the fuse panel to the PCM. Make sure it is not damaged. Look for cut, melted or damaged cables.

6. PCM

The PCM may need to be replaced, or a reflash. Again, make sure there are no TSBs for your Rav4 model


There are many things you can check yourself when diagnosing P0607 on the Toyota Rav4, but if you don’t find anything wrong, take it to someone who has experience with these things before purchasing a new PCM. Good luck!


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