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#1 of 17 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise
Mar 20, 2006 (1:30 pm)
Hi there, i have been hear lots of rattling noise from my spare tire cover. i took it back to toyota and they said they insulated more for me, but still has the same noise. i am waiting to hear from them again on how to fix this annoying problem. my rav4 2005 never ever made this noise. i was wondering if any of ya'll have been having this experience. it's when the motor is running, not even with a/c or radio on . thanks for any and all input.
#2 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [nancy2001]
Mar 20, 2006 (4:47 pm)
Try the main Toyota RAV4 discussion.
#3 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [nancy2001]
Mar 21, 2006 (6:34 pm)
The "Toyota Rav4 2006+" is probably the best discussion forum for quick replies on Toyota Rav4s. I usually get 3 to 4 replies hours within my posting a question.
#4 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [nancy2001]
Jun 30, 2006 (2:42 pm)
I am wondering if you or anyone has figured out how to put the spare tire cover back on after removing it. I have a 2006 RAV4 base model as does a friend of mine...neither of us can figure out how to get the cover completely back on. We can get the top to go over the depth of the tire, but the bottom won't go all the way over the tire. And with so little clearance between the tire and the bumper, there seems to be no clear answer. I worked on it for over an hour without solving the problem. We are sure that someone out there has figured it out. My friend even took her RAV4 into the dealership for help. The fellow there managed to get the elastic part around the tire, but at the bottom, the elastic was only about half way across the depth of the tire--sort of stuck in the tread. There's got to be a better way. Thanks!
#5 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [flick4411]
Jun 30, 2006 (2:57 pm)
If I understand correctly you have to have the rear door open to be able to lock the cover otherwise the bumper is in the way. Thats how it "locks" it.
#6 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [gd113]
Jun 30, 2006 (3:02 pm)
There is no lock on the combination hard and soft cover. And that's what we have. The flat side (outside) is hard plastic, but the part that wraps around the tire is sort of Naugahyde with a sturdy elastic edge that SHOULD wrap around the tire. Unfortunately, the bottom edge of the tire and the bumper are too close together to get ones' hands in to push the elastic around to the sidewall of the spare tire. I wish there were a simple lock...alas, it's not that simple...
#7 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [flick4411]
Jun 30, 2006 (4:27 pm)
Hi There . I have the RAV4 2006 Limited edition. Mine has the total hard cover on the spare and yes, you have to open the back door to remove and replace and lock the cover. the cover automatically locks when you lock your RAV4. The noise problem I had was figured out at the dealership by my salesman, he just took it off and put it back on , apparently, the person whom took it off to show customers the tire, didn't put it on correctly, hence the noise. I am sorry I don't have an answer to your soft/hard tire cover. try another dealership or your same dealership and a different salesperson, possibly the manager or even go to the service department. good luck and so sorry you are experiencing this.
#8 of 17 Re: 2006 Rav 4 Spare Tire Cover Noise [flick4411]
Jul 01, 2006 (11:24 am)
You are right it is a pain to put that cover back, the first time i took it out i had problem putting it back too, i even went back to the internet to see how that insignia (that sort of nike logo)looks in the other rav4.
The top and bottom part of the elastic edge is not too hard to fit in since it is not blocked. You have to open the door to fit the bottom edge but the sides is tricky since you only have a small gap there to get those elastics to fit. I tried to snuck my little hand in the gap and push the elastic with my fingers as best as i can, you wont be able to fit it in completely but it will be a good maybe 3/4 of the way. To completely fit the elastic, you have to push the cover where it doesnt fit snugly like in top, bottom, sides and wiggle it a bit.
Hope this helps.
Jul 11, 2006 (11:03 pm)
I guess the base model comes with the combo soft/hard cover, which is not clearly differentiated in the manual. There is no latch on this model. I guess it's supposed to be "obvious" how to get this thing on the spare?
Anyway, we were pretty successful as follows: First, orient the cover with the logo matching the manual picture. Second, put the top of the cover all the way over the top of the tire. Third, slip the 2 sides (non-elastic) over the spare. Finally, with the gate open, reach under the gate and pull the bottom part of the cover on. There's a little space there that gives you more access, but the gate has to be open.
#10 of 17 Changing a tire
Sep 23, 2006 (3:32 pm)
I have a RAV4 1998, the front left tire (driver side) is flat. I am trying to change it but the wheel won't come off. Should I just keep tugging till it comes off? Also, in the hub is a round brass ring with a cotter pin, could this be part of the problem. I know this is a mickey mouse question but I am stumped. thanks for any help.