Go to the original poster's photo album. All the photos are there:For some reason the pictures in this post are gone and I am stuck with a fuse box halfway out but cannot get any further. Any help with viewing pics would be great!
Step 1: Open the fuse box cover. Remove the ECU cable from the “metal plate” on the left of the fuse box. Makes things a bit easier. Remove the two bolts (10mm) shown by arrows in picture. You will have lift the ECU plate from the front bolt.
Step 2: Open the bolt (red arrow) and unclip the three(yellow arrows) wire connectors. You will then need to pull the cable up by unclipping the two(orange arrows) plastic clips and over the bolt and out of the housing. The ping outline is approximately what the cable is attached to.
Step 3: You will need to open the plastic clips from around(outside) the fuse box to separate the lower and upper bodies. There are multiple clips and will need to make sure you open all the clips and separate the two halves. You may also want to cut the zip ties with the two large cables coming(top and bottom) into the fuse box.
Step 4: Remove the “C” block(ping by unclipping the plastic clips and puling it up. There are three connectors on the bottom, disconnect those as well.
Step 5: This is the part that is not well documented anywhere. You need to remove the remaining fuse block. The red line is a “wall” that is attached to the fuse box. The fuse box is what is outlined in pink. There are several clips (not easy to see in the picture) that you will need to unclip and then push down on the box. Note, it’s not the clips with the red X.
Step 6: With all the wires it will now a bit difficult to maneuver but you will need to pull the top fuse box housing to the side and pull out the “main” fuse block. There is a 8mm bolt on the top left(yellow arrow) that needs to be opened. Unclip(red arrows) and pull up the small fuse block. You should now have the required access to open the bolts for the fuse link fuses and replace them.
As suggested I combined the RolandD and GreenGraffix threads into this one and made it the new sticky on the 120A fuse link replacement. Note that the step numbers don't necessarily correlate between the two authors. Also deleted some non-pertinent posts.Good work! The thread title, write-up and photos should replace the existing sticky in the 4.3 Mechanical section, or guess it could just be attached to it?
This shows and tells you how to dismantle a 2011 Rav4 fuse box to replace the 120A fuse. It took me two days to figure it out. This is called "2011 Rav4 Disassembly of Fuse Box to Replace 120 Amp Fuse Guide".
I think it was about 1-1/2 hours to change the alternator in the same parking lot (before I discovered the blown fuse). I had a narrow (thin top) 3/8 inch ratchet and a small piece of pipe that I used to release the tensioner. It is very tight working in these Toyota's. Now I have both CV axles, the struts, and likely an evap canister to change. The passenger side shaft appears to be very difficult from what I read.To do this on the road in three hours - that's pretty damn good!