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I bought my rav4 2007 2 years ago at 78k miles and it is now 98k miles so I am thinking to do a 100k service maintenance / tuneup. Given that I have only done an oil and filter change at ~85k miles and a break pad readjustment in the front right wheel at ~90k miles but nothing else, what would you recommend me to do?

From what I read it looks like I have to do the following:
- engine and oil filter change
- tire rotation and pressure check
- replace engine coolant
- transmission fluid flush
- visual inspection of brake lining/drums and brake pads/discs
- tighten nuts and bolts on chassis

Is there anything else you guys would recommend me to do? Also I will be towing a small boat (~1500lbs) so is there anything else I should have checked/replaced given that I will be towing something soon?

Last question, would you recommend me to go to a Toyota dealer or is a regular mechanic enough for all this?

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Hi guys
I bought my rav4 2007 2 years ago at 78k miles and it is now 98k miles so I am thinking to do a 100k service maintenance / tuneup. Given that I have only done an oil and filter change at ~85k miles and a break pad readjustment in the front right wheel at ~90k miles but nothing else, what would you recommend me to do?
You're WAY overdue on the oil & filter change if it's been 15K. I do it every 5. Never heard of a "brake pad readjustment" except for the one I do every time I step on the pedal.

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From what I read it looks like I have to do the following:
- engine and oil filter change
- tire rotation and pressure check
- replace engine coolant
- transmission fluid flush
- visual inspection of brake lining/drums and brake pads/discs
- tighten nuts and bolts on chassis
Don't know why you'd replace the coolant and have never heard of tightening the bolts/nuts - that could take forever. The trans fluid is supposedly lifetime. I don't agree but I wouldn't mess with it at 100K.

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Is there anything else you guys would recommend me to do? Also I will be towing a small boat (~1500lbs) so is there anything else I should have checked/replaced given that I will be towing something soon?

Last question, would you recommend me to go to a Toyota dealer or is a regular mechanic enough for all this?
No towing related extra maintenance in your application. I avoid the dealer due to high hourly rates and their propensity to "find" money making non-problems.

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I know I should have done the oil and filter replacement earlier, but this is my 1st car so I am not really used to these things. I will do it more often.
About the things I listed for the 100k service in my post above, this is what I read in the dealer service manual they gave me with my car. I just wanted to double check with you guys that they don't list things in there that are not necessary just to make more $$, or if I was missing something impprtant since I basically did not do any maintenance since I bought the car 2 year ago.
What would you recommend me to do for the 100k service maintenance?
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Transfer case and rear differential fluid change if it was not done in the last 40 k miles.

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If you have the 2.4l four cylinder (you didn't state which engine) you could be completely out if oil!!!!!! Get someone TODAY to show you how to check the oil level and plan on adding some. This neglect could cost you dearly.

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You can replace the brake fluid and re-grease the brake caliper slider pins while you inspect the brakes.

If you do not have the optional towing package consider getting an aftermarket A/T oil cooler. I have one because I pull a boat also.

For regular maintenance an independent mechanic will do unless you like paying the dealer for higher parts and labor.
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If you have the 2.4l four cylinder (you didn't state which engine) you could be completely out if oil!!!!!! Get someone TODAY to show you how to check the oil level and plan on adding some. This neglect could cost you dearly.
With the towing comment I assumed it was a 6 cylinder but you are absolutely right...15K with no oil check on a 07 4 cylinder is bad news. I would think the low oil warning would catch the attention sooner or later though.

As far as the op I agree not to mess with the transmission at 100k unless its acting up in some manner and even when you do change it make sure to avoid the "flush". I have heard some bad issues have come up with perfectly fine transmissions after disturbing the inner parts by hooking up to the pressure. I plan on just changing mine at some point but no flush.
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With the towing comment I assumed it was a 6 cylinder but you are absolutely right...15K with no oil check on a 07 4 cylinder is bad news. I would think the low oil warning would catch the attention sooner or later though.
It's not a low oil light. It's a no oil pressure light. That's why it's RED = STOP. If it ever comes on, "sooner" better be measured in seconds. "Later" means an engine rebuild.
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Hi guys
... I am thinking to do a 100k service maintenance / tuneup... what would you recommend me to do?

From what I read it looks like I have to do the following:
- engine and oil filter change
- tire rotation and pressure check
- replace engine coolant
- transmission fluid flush
- visual inspection of brake lining/drums and brake pads/discs

I think you nailed it pretty good with those, IMO. To that, I would add:
-change rear differential fluid
-change transfer case fluid-if you have 4WD
-replace brake fluid

Instead of tranny "flush", consider doing a simple "drain and refill." (Safer than a flush, but not as good as removing the pan and changing the tranny filter, though.)
You could do all of these things yourself, if you have the tools. If not, find an independent mechanic. These are simple procedures and it would be cheaper than a dealer.

However, I would stay with Toyota fluids for the tranny and coolant, because that's probably what is in there now, and some will remain in the system with only a drain and refill process. Buy it at dealer and give it to mechanic to install.

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It's not a low oil light. It's a no oil pressure light. That's why it's RED = STOP. If it ever comes on, "sooner" better be measured in seconds. "Later" means an engine rebuild.
Doc you know why they call them idiot lights. Depending on that could cost you a new engine.

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