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Your car is not a RAV4.1 and it does not have the 3S-FE engine in it.
RAV4 mark 1 where with 2 liter engines and petrol only.
Since you don't have a RAV4.1, i can safely assume you have a RAV4 mark 2 which has either a petrol or diesel engine.
If you know how to maintain cars, you also know that the code is on the engine plate.
With that, the entire discussion about 5S or 3S engine is out of the question. Your car is different, you have a different set of harnesses and wiring is at quite some points other then the mark 1.
I do not quite understand that when you are so into mechanics, you didn't come up with the right engine code you had to begin with. We cannot smell, see or feel your car, so it is essential that you provide more information.
Based on the very scarce information you provided i assumed that it was another person trying to be brave and thinking that an engine swap is something which can be done by a non mechanic inclined person in a day max. Assumptions like that get people into bad trouble, and only because they think they want more power in their daily commute for whatever reason they came up with. The type of person who had everything they have in their very luxurious lives been coming at them with ease so far, so why should this not be like that.
Engine swaps are difficult, especially if you aren't very inclined on mechanics. For the 1AZ-FE engine, which was planted inside the RAV4 mark 2 petrol versions, the range of engines to swap in is quite different then it is for the RAV4 mark 1.
Driving a BMW318i with LPG at the moment. Had a 2.0 RAV4.1 1997 3drs 4WD euro model w/ABS dual sunroof blue two tone previously.