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Toyota RAV4, Interior, SUV
Jun 17, 2009 (8:38 pm)
Is it a good idea to change the spark plugs at 60,000 miles rather at the factory recommended changing intervals at 120,000 miles? If so, what brand should I use?
#12 of 27 Re: 2003 LS 430 [cargovan]
Jun 17, 2009 (10:40 pm)
If you're not experiencing any performance issues then I don't see a need to change your spark plugs.
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#13 of 27 Oil pan plug
Oct 20, 2009 (8:14 pm)
I recently experience an unpleasant oil pan plug stripping. It cost me time and money to repair the headache. Has this happen to anyone before? What is the cost parts and labor?
#14 of 27 Re: Oil pan plug [cargovan]
Oct 25, 2009 (6:39 pm)
This has happened to me on another car. You can by a plug which re-threads into the oil pan if you want to do it your self.
#15 of 27 RAV4 hit a rock
Dec 27, 2009 (7:30 pm)
My RAV4 hit a rock and my bonnet cannot close fully. there is a bar thats bent underneath. Am told that it is meant to protect the gearbox and possibly the radiator. What is this guard called, coz its bent. I think its the equivalent of a sump guard. I possibly need to replace it, so that the engine can get back into place for my bonnet to close.
#16 of 27 ???water leak
Apr 09, 2010 (4:09 pm)
I have a water leak somewhere on my rav,,lft side of motor it does not seem to be the hose but could it be what the hose connects to? how big a job is this? is this a common problem? thanks
#17 of 27 Re: interior leak [cargovan]
Apr 17, 2010 (3:24 am)
Hi there. Regarding your sun roof leak, make sure you get that fixed, since you mentioned you had water on the front passenger's side floor. My Rav4 was doing the same thing. Passenger floor remained damp, smelled and could not figure out why. Finally after my car continued to shut down (would not start, had to be towed to dealership on I-95) while driving x3, mechanics figured out the water in the sunroom was travelling down the passenger side door thus causing the ECU to get wet. Dangerous for me, since the car would just suddenly shut down & of all place on I-95! They could not reproduce the same errors, finally they believed me & replaced my ECU and fixed my sun roof leak. Happy to report my car is now running fine, but it still freaks me out when I am drying on the highways.
#18 of 27 Rav4 leak wet carpet
Jun 26, 2011 (8:59 am)
I don't remember which forum I read it in, but mine was leaking and after a heavy rain, the driver's side floorboard had about 1/2 inch of water in it (that can't be good). The night before that during rain, I got a drop on my head from the control for the sunroof.
There are drainholes in the body of the car on the front side of the sunroof on both the driver's and passenger's side. Who knew? Apparently, they drain through tubes, then out between the front door and the mud flap. These become clogged with dirt, leaves and debris. I park under an oak tree, so I get acorns and all sorts of matter.
The forum described it like this: Open the sunroof. Get in the back seat and stick your head out. Look to the front of where the sunroof closes on the indentation in the roof. To the right and left IN THE BODY ITSELF, there are 2 holes. Near the corners. I actually could not see the one on the driver's side because it was completely clogged with mud and a leaf. The passenger's side was 1/2 clogged.
Apparently the area where they drain to (between the door and mudflap) also gets clogged. It is behind a plastic cover-type thing. Mine was full. I just used a screwdriver or something to hold it open a little and used needlenose pliers to get out all the debris (or at least some of it - there was alot).
Don't know if it worked yet, but I am guessing opening up the drain holes can't hurt. Oh, someone else suggested blowing it out with a compressor.
#19 of 27 Toyota Rav 4 Water Leak
Jul 22, 2012 (2:01 pm)
Purchased a 2008 Toyota Rav4 with 53,000 mile odometer reading from an individual known to me. Figured the rear air fresheners were to mask the odor of the small dogs she transported on occasion. Later determined that the deodorizers were masking the smell of carpet and padding in the rear compartment area that had mildewed. Searched for the source of the leakage many times to no avail. Nothing was ever wet but the carpet in the rear most cargo area. Searched all the forums,youtube,and etc for possible solutions. I ruled out sunroof drainage, taillight seals,and door gasket issues. Much to my surprise,I found the rear door light switch to be the culprit. This door switch is covered with a rubber grommet that surrounds both the actual switch and the switch mounting plate. The entire unit is held in place by one bolt through the lower half of the assembly(a Torx 27 ). I found that this bolt is not adequate in sealing the upper half of the assembly. Basically, a bolt in top and bottom of the switch would probably alleviate this problem.
Also,since the rubber grommet cover is not permanently bonded or glued to the metal mounting plate, tightening the fastener causes the grommet to pull away compromising the seal. So, to solve the problem I removed the switch assembly and the rubber grommet. Washed,cleaned and dried the switch plate,rubber grommet,and the mounting area on the vehicle. I then applied urethane windshield sealant around the body holes (One for the bolt and the other for the switch pass through). Then applied a small bead of sealant around the outside edge of the reassembled unit. Next, I positioned the assembly and inserted the retaining bolt with just enough force to cause the sealant to ooze from around the entire assembly. Cleaned off the excess sealant for appearance and water tested. Consequently,no more leaks. The following is a list of tips that may help if you have a similar leak problem and quite possibly might be applicable to other models that use the same type of door switch.
1. The previous owner and her dealer could not find the leak !
2. In most cases you are unable to duplicate a leak with a water hose,however when it rains it will show up every time.
3. When searching for a leak with a water hose,start at the bottom of the vehicle and slowly work your way up. It's common to assume that the leak is always from the top.
4. Examination of the switch assembly did not yield an apparent problem but water testing did.
5. Silicone Rtv sealant would probably work in place of urethane windshield sealant.
6. In the case of this 2008 Rav4 the water dripped from the left rear cargo tie d-ring located near the floor area.
7. Do not excessively tighten the retaining bolt else all the sealant will squeeze out compromising the seal. You can always tighten a little more after the sealant sets if you feel the need.
8.Also put a small amount of sealant around the bolt head before installing same.
Hope this helps
#20 of 27 Leaks on floorboards
Oct 06, 2012 (12:06 pm)
I keep getting water on both sides in the front floorboards of my 2004 Rav 4. I do not have a sun roof and it has not rained. A coworker told me it was the ac backing up but I don't know what or where to look. I can not find where it is coming in from. Any suggestions?