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Torque wheel bolts to 100 ft/lbs. . .
Sounds excessive. 76 ft-lbs, it's in the manual.
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Sounds excessive. 76 ft-lbs, it's in the manual.
Thanks for the info. I've been using the 100 ft/lb on all my vehicles for a long time with no issues. I'm told that this is what is used at "most" Garages and Tire Retailers.

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WOW, it's getting complicated.,

Takes me about 20 minutes to do an oil change. And about 30 minutes to do a tire rotation. You learn how to make things easier after you have done it a few times. I used to do everything with basic hand tools and the OE jack. The floor jack, torque wrench and impact driver are a necessity now. I currently service 3 (family) vehicles about 4 times a year.

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Thanks for the info. I've been using the 100 ft/lb on all my vehicles for a long time with no issues. I'm told that this is what is used at "most" Garages and Tire Retailers.
I have no doubt you're correct. Even though I've seen posted torque values from tire stores showing the Rav4 at a rounded-off 80 ft-lbs, other cars are listed at 100 ft-lbs. I doubt the garage labor stops to check. That said, there are good reasons for using published values and I like to stick to them. Toyota's Sequoia states 100 ft-lbs, so the 76 isn't just a "stock value" for all Toyotas. The fact you actually use a torque wrench on your lug nuts is admirable.
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These are the ramps I use:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/STANFRED...5.c10#viTabs_0
Maybe you could make your own?
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About ramps, my take anyway.

As memory served me, from my look a couple days ago, the drain plug sits at a break in the angle of the oil pan. The pan is horizontal then slopes upward at maybe a 20į angle. I'd feel fine driving up on the 3" board I intend to use, enough to give me, a little fella, enough room. I suspect 6" would be OK as well. But PhenixFord has a point about maybe not all the oil draining sufficiently at too great an angle.

Steeper angles might be OK, this may be why the pan shape and plug location are designed as stated. Take a look for your self, four 10 mm screws to unfasten. Well, once you can get under there!
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About ramps, my take anyway.

------PhenixFord has a point about maybe not all the oil draining sufficiently at too great an angle.

I'm not a mechanic. But I was taught this a long time ago by an experienced mechanic. And it's just common sense.


So it's just a little extra effort to lower the vehicle while the oil drains out.

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