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  1. Front axle seal

    4.3 Mechanical
    I'll add to the instructions which will make it more complete for the average do your self-er. 1. The 30MM socket is a 12 Point. A regular 30MM will not work. 2. To remove the 30MM Hub Nut you'll need to undue the lock. If you don't have a chisel, just use the open end of a box wrench to...
  2. OEM Toyota Trailer Hitch Picture Request

    4.3 Exterior
    I was able to find a RAV4 with the 3500lb hitch parked at a dealer. At first it didn't seem to be OEM, since it was missing some of the extra parts it should have. It did however have the part I was looking for. I have everything I need to have this fabricated! Thanks
  3. OEM Toyota Trailer Hitch Picture Request

    4.3 Exterior
    I purchased a used OEM trailer hitch last week and it is missing one part. Attached is a circled picture of it. The guy I purchased it from works in a metal fabrication shop and said he would make the part if I could get the dimensions. I'm seeking a picture of the Drivers Side (both sides...
  4. Changing the transmission fluid

    4.3 Mechanical
    A few suggestions for those attempting to do a transmission flush..... 1. Buy a few of those extra under body panel fasteners. I think there were 8 of them, and I broke all but two. The plastic disintegrated no mater how gentle I was with them. 2. The lower hose that enters the V6 Auto Trans...
  5. 2012 V6 Base Front Rotor Removal

    4.3 Mechanical
    Thank you for the guidance. While there appeared to be no visible seam, two 12mm bolts popped them right off. A very thin layer of grease on the wheel hub should make this process easier next time (after lightly sanding off all of the rust of coarse).
  6. 2012 V6 Base Front Rotor Removal

    4.3 Mechanical
    I am having difficulty assessing how to remove the front brake rotors on a 2012 V6 Base. I understand that I need to remove the calipers and caliper mounting bracket. It appears as if the rotor is being held on by the center nut for the CV axle, as there is no visible seam between the rotor...
  7. Why did you buy your RAV?

    4.3 General
    Horse Power, Fuel Economy, and a Reasonable Price. Unfortunately, it looks like when my Rav's usable life is over, I will have to go shopping for a different automaker or settle for a Lexus to get power and economy - but alas Not at a reasonable price. I doubt toyota will stuff another V6...
  8. Knock/Clunk when braking

    4.3 Mechanical
    They replaced the front pins only.
  9. Knock/Clunk when braking

    4.3 Mechanical
    Thanks, mostly from the front, occasionally from the rear. Usually knocks/clunks more than once as I continually apply more pressure during the braking process.
  10. Knock/Clunk when braking

    4.3 Mechanical
    I have a 2012 base model V6 Rav4 with 18K miles. I bought it used in December 2013 with 11K miles on it, which was driven by a Toyota corporate employee. For the past 5-6K, nearly every time I step on the brakes, I can audibly hear and sometimes feel (depending how intense) a knock or clunk...
  11. Bettering Toyota mpg specs.

    4.3 General
    I have gotten 28 to 30 on 250 mile tanks at speeds about 70, fully loaded with gear and 3 people in the mountains, but I also use NON-ethanol gas which produces more power. Use this site to see if you live close to a station that sells it. Costs a little more, but the extra mileage I get...
  12. ABS Actuator Pump Noise 2012 V6

    4.3 Mechanical
    The Toyota Rep said 2009 to 2012. Therefore, RTexasF, your vehicles would not have this sound - if that guidance is correct. Addition: After picking up the Rav4 tonight the Toyota mechanic told me the Toyota Rep immediately knew what the sound was. Therefore this would indicate or possibly...
  13. ABS Actuator Pump Noise 2012 V6

    4.3 Mechanical
    Thanks WJBertrand. This does it long after it has been started. It does it after 10-15+ minutes of driving in weather under 45 degrees. Is that clarification still under your definition of normal for "shortly"?
  14. ABS Actuator Pump Noise 2012 V6

    4.3 Mechanical
    I have been hearing a buzzing noise on cold starts after tapping the brake and took it to the dealer where after complaining enough, a Toyota Rep listened to the noise and stated this is the ABS Actuator Pump and has been a normal noise since 2009 - 2012. Have any other members heard the same...
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