In June 2012 I bought a 2dr fwd rav4 with my taxes for $500 at 202,232 miles on her. I have been reading this forum for 2 months trying to learn as much as I can for my Rav, and I want to give props to most of ya, and thank ALL of you for all of the forums posts!
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a few things going on with my vehicle and I want to run it by the forum and see what the members have to say.
To start my vehicle is running like a beast, a beast that drools that is. You see I am leaking transmission fluid, about a qt every 2-3 weeks, driving 75 miles a week.
I know its bad and I know its even worse for the environment. There isn't much I can do at this point though, I'm pretty broke, and wont have a job after Christmas (seasonal work). Friday is payday and a local salvage yard just got in a 97 Rav, so on Saturday my girlfriend and I are hopefully going and pulling the motor and tranny out, for a total of approx $300. Now my first question, do you think I will be able to fit the motor and transmission in the back of my 2dr rav4 with no seats? can she handle the load too?
I'm going to ask one of my Father's employee's husband if he would rebuild the motor with his free time (He is a mechanic for a Nissan dealership) I would really like to rebuild the transmission myself.. I've never done anything of such magnitude but I really want to give myself a challenge, and if other people can do it then I know I can do it too. I just don't know where to start or what to do in the slightest bit, so I'm hoping youtube, and the responses from all of you can help me get the project done. As I type this I'm starting to wonder which one is easier and which one should I do myself? I really want to do one myself to get some life skills (I'm 22 and not a mechanic), and to say; yeah, I did that!
Another thing with my Rav4 is the fuel line rusted out a month ago and I did the quick clip it 'n' rubber hose with clamps repair. it's holding up fine but I know this isn't a permanent fix and I need to repair it with a metal piping. the thing is, part of the rubber hosing bends almost to the gas tank (3" away from the tank of metal pipe) and continues to the straight away ALMOST to the bend up to the filter. I will get pictures up on this post tomorrow of the line. So what I'm getting at is I need to get to the bend of the bottom, I saw a youtube clip where a guy used what I think is flexible sink hose? and re-did lines in his car with it... is this right? how do I go about it? I'm not so sure I'm fully up to bending a pipe to curve for what I need, but if I have to...
My Girlfriend and I are working on this vehicle as a bf-gf project for bonding time, and it is our only vehicle also. We are having a blast trying to make it look better and hopefully getting it to run better, and since i got it so cheap, fixing it for a little profit would be awesome, but I think I love the lil' thing too much to ever part with it. In my dreams at night I see it as the ultimate street car, bagged and ridin' low, its just so small I think of it almost of it being the scion IQ suv of its time. In reality though I know that I'm broke and it would be the ultimate waste of money.
If you have tips, videos, links or any other resources feel free to share... I'm always searching previous posts and seeing what I can pull and I'm looking forward to finally get advice from some of you that I always see on posts (such as Batman and Pim) there are a bunch more of you I can't wait to hear from, you all seem to have great knowledge and advice!
Thank you very much!