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#6 of 27 Re: interior leak [cargovan]
Apr 01, 2009 (4:19 pm)
Hi, we also have a 2002 Toyota Rav4 and developed a leak in the front driver's side of the car. After much research, we discovered that the drain wells from our sun/moon roof were clogged. If you have one of these, I suggest that you open the sun roof and look carefully. You will notice two tiny little holes, one in front, and one in the rear of the sun/moon roof tracks. Over time, these become clogged with dust and debris. You need to find a long, sturdy piece of thin wire and run it down the holes. To test if you have properly unclogged these, take a small amount of water and pour it down the holes. You should see water coming out of the drain wells under the car around the rear of the front tires. Hope this helps.
We have also recently developed a leak in the rear cargo area as well. We have taken all the carpet out of the car as well as all of the sidewell liners. The water is coming out from the roof area and running down the headliner, coming out around the seal of the left rear passenger door window area and draining into the cargo compartment. We are currently investigating the exact cause of this leak and will update you when we have determined how to fix it.
#7 of 27 Interior Leak 2002 Rav4
Apr 05, 2009 (11:08 pm)
Thank you so much for your post bassfishing. I followed your very detailed instructions and in fact it the problem did stem from the drainage holes in my sunroof totally clogged with dirt. I've cleared them and they seem to be draining properly now.
As for the rear cargo area, I have not yet had that problem but would appreciate hearing your solution as it is probably another drainage design flaw on the RAV4 that might occur with mine, in time.
Apr 27, 2009 (4:59 pm)
I am currently experiencing the same problem, in my drivers side nearly under my seat. Is this the cargo space? I have sat in my car in the rain to see where it might be coming from, but no answer yet.
Do any of you have any other suggestions? as its really starting to smell and Im concerned it will be causing rust.
Apr 27, 2009 (9:32 pm)
If you have a sun/moon roof, the solution is most likey what solved my problem which is best described by the bassfishing post in this chain of posts. there were tine holes in my sunroof mechanism that were clogged on both sides and drained underneath both the passenger and drivers side carpet. It just so happened that the passenger was completely blocked where the driver's was still draining.
If you don't have a sun/moon roof, it probably is still a drainage problem from your roof, windshield area, see above postings, as I learned that runoff drains, when operating properly underneath the drivers and passenger floor. So, look as suggested for remote drainage problem.
#10 of 27 Re: 1997 Rav4 with water leaking issues [Rav4Nation]
May 13, 2009 (9:17 am)
I feel your pain! We recently went through this exact issue but have now solved it. Your wet carpet in the cargo area of your Rav4 is probably comming from your sun/moon roof if you have one. There is a drainage tube that runs from the sun roof along the top side of the car, down the side and stops just about the level of the bottom of the side window in the cargo compartment. You can't see these tubes because they are covered by the head and side liners of the vehicle. These tubes get clogged with dirt and debris over time. We determinded this was the cause of our wet carpet by taking out the head liner of the car and the side liner and ran a hose over the sun roof. My husband sat in the cargo compartment and watched the water just pour out of this drainage tube into the car. I will get detailed instructions from him on how to clear these tubes out and post it as soon as I can. It is VERY important to clean these tubes and the tubes that drain into the front driver and passenger side of the car EVERY MONTH. If you do not, this is a problem that will happen again and again. My husband has now purchased a small air compressor and blows these tubes out each and every month to prevent this from happening again. Hope this information helps.
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.