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    jason
  • Toyota Model
    Rav4
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    2007
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  1. spl@

    Diesel dilemma

    Unless you do town/city work the hybrid is pointless anyway, just a regular petrol car carrying a load of extra weight. I live and work out of town and it would be of no use, I did the numbers a while ago. We have a big caravan so need the torque figures from the 2.2 diesel. The petrol just would not cut it without really working it hard and burning gas big time. While looking to replace our old car I checked a lot of vehicles, crv, vw's etc and very few now have the 2t towing limit I need to safely pull my van. A lot have pathetic towing figures in the search for emissions as they have (as said) pokey little engines and just 'look' strong.
  2. spl@

    On-Off road tyres for RAV4

    General grabbers, had them on 2 range rovers and a land rover, MT's on the landy and original AT's on the range rover and happily fitted them to the rav too, AT3's this time but same basic tyre. They wear well, are not too loud and handle fine. From experience thick sticky mud stops all but the most hardcore tyre, grabbers are like the BF Goodrich all terrains but a good bit cheaper. On farm roads and tracks they will be fine. I fitted them because we like camping in small out of the way sites that are invariably some sort of field, some even have honesty boxed for the site fees and are truly on there own, but if you get stuck, your stuck. No one will stumble past so you have to be able to drive on light mud/wet grass areas, grades while towing my caravan and i can say hand on heart I have never worried about it. Solo, to be honest, you can fit what you like 4wd will get you through with nigh on slicks. If you want a 50/50 tyre the grabber is pretty good. Will cost you a couple of mpg points, im down maybe 2mpg since swapping from the nasty duellers. Mine were 130 a corner fitted and balanced.
  3. spl@

    Parking sensors don't like rain

    Had sensors on our old car, you wait till it snows.
  4. spl@

    WOW, original tyres.

    Well I went for the Generals. Cost 130 a corner and are just peachy. There is no problem with grip or stability. I think you would have to be a proper plumb to upset the rav anyway aside from lifting mid corner, that seems to send it a bit unsettled. Have now put 500 miles on them, wet and dry and there maybe a mile per gallon down on fuel. Not nearly as noisy as the Bridgestones. You can hear them but its not intrusive now. I know they work well far beyond the grip I need. Recommended, more tyre than you will need in truth unless you do actually need to use the 4wd button.
  5. spl@

    4.3 Toyota Cruise Control Retro-Fit

    This is the item number of the unit I fitted to my XT4 2007. 8463234011. Plugged straight in. No enabling, nothing. Works perfect, its gone up a fiver since I bought it though.
  6. Makes you wonder how these idea's get to the road. Why are they not stopped.
  7. I had a near miss last night with a moron that fully committed to a corner using all the road, including my side into a corner because his headlights masked my approach. They also blinded me to the point I could see nothing but blue blobs for a minute or so afterwards. I had to pull up until my vision cleared. The thing is I don't rate the modern lights all that much, they are fitted to the trucks at work and are appalling. They give a bright trapezoid on the road in front of the vehicle that is SO bright anything else is black. Main beam on the other hand melts cats eyes at a thousand yards (sarcasm). On older vehicles the lights were not as physically bright but you had far better light and not as tiresome to use. You could also drive towards them without being blinded. The most disturbing point for me is how darn bright the lights are as you approach them. Especially if they are cresting a rise or its one of the latest cars with automatic dip (that seems as dopey as human reactions). How are they allowed, surely testing by manufacturers has shown how ineffective they are in the real world. What use is a car headlight that blinds oncoming cars but doesent offer the proper light to see with. Wondered what other views were.
  8. spl@

    Rav just keeps giving.

    Hmm, services, a recall because of a TSB on the rear suspension, the ecu reprogrammed? and at 26000 just "customer complaint corrected under warranty" right through the description. What that was is anybody's guess. Dated as 2016 so too late for the goodwill, to late for any warranty?. Least it looks like its been maintained by Toyota.
  9. spl@

    Rav just keeps giving.

    While under the car fitting that cursed undertray and its clips I noticed that the engine looked a lot fresher than the gearbox. Curious I looked a little deeper and some of the ancillary parts looked to share the condition of the gearbox, ( that white dusting ally takes on after a time as it ages) stuff like the oil filter housing, the starter I removed. While the sump (including bolts etc) looked hardly touched, new. You could autoglym the sump I have no reason to disbelieve that the engine has been replaced. My neighbour who knows Toyotas (excellent mechanic if needed in Northampton) said with lots of stop start chugging if it was going to go it would have. His words do seem to be born out by the car. Nothing to say for certain paperwork wise but I think I will be true to my overly optimistic self and say its been 'done' at some point in the past.
  10. My lovely new Rav wasn't starting right, thought it might be the battery but after checking there was nothing wrong with the battery and all the connections are great sooooo. First step, acquiring a replacement starter motor, easy from a post on here. Was initially worried at the price of some of the chancers, even GSF wanted several hundred pounds, that's with discounts. I got the item number. Still current, 221152942647. Eighty quid delivered next day, no exchange fuss etc. That thread said there is nothing else to remove, pah. Need to be a magician. Anyway, first step is make a coffee (have a smoke if you must). First real step really is getting the plastic undertray off, cursed things with the nasty clips. Long row of perfectly good 10mm bolts at the bottom of the bumper then your fighting with clips at the sides and rear, the ones you pop the centres out of. 3 really meaty ones at the back. Next, the trim panel at the top front of the engine bay, these clips are truly a joy after the ones under the car. Just press the centre till you hear a click and they lift out. Lift the trim away and put somewhere safe with the clips. Now you can get at the hose clips for the pipe from the intercooler to the throttle body. Just 2 jubilee clips no biggy, put away safe. Might get a couple of drips of black oily yuk after taking it off, be handy with a bit of card or something to avoid laying in it later, go on ask, go on. People always bang on about disconnecting the battery. Yep same here but the bonus is your going to take it out anyway, completely. Once the battery is out, (no radio code to worry about although it will need retuning). You then need to pull off the battery tray, just a clip good pull and its off. Then undo the cables clipped to the metal base and undo the 4 bolts holding it on, note the earth in the bottom right corner. then once that is out you can remove the support bracket. 2 more bolts for this, (all 12mm). Did you let your coffee go cold? Only me then. Now, after re making my coffee, (well quick nuke). You will see the loom is held by some 10mm bolts. Its a squarish plastic thing, you cannot miss it. undo the bolt holding this it will give you enough room to see/get at the top starter bolt. Now we need to disconnect the starter, the solenoid low tension line has an irritating little clip that you need to press while pulling, sounds simple but you can only get one hand in. Don't force it when you get it right it comes off easily. Pop the cover off the high tension side and undo the nut, keep it safe my new unit didn't have one. Now the challenge, the starter bolts are a pain to get to and stiff, not tight as such. They have a fine pitch so take a lot of winding and need a bit of ingenuity to get them moving. Start with the bottom one, 17mm spanner, my 'trick' as such to loosen them initially was to put the ring end of my 17mm on the bolt and it leaves JUST enough room to get my 19mm spanner looped on the other end to act as a lever. That got me enough oomf to get it moving. Leave the bottom bolt in with a few threads then undo the top, same trick with the spanner, this bolt goes right through the bell housing. There is a bellhousing bolt close but that is higher and far too easy to get at to be the one your after. On my car its a dull black too. The starter bolts are nice and shiny (eee😊) You will be cursing the top bolt as it OH so slowly winds out. You wont get it out but it moves far enough to remove the starter. Now your back underneath, (drunk your coffee yet?) Remove the bottom bolt and be ready to catch the starter, don't worry its not coming out the bottom. All that faf removing the battery and its tray, yep. Wasn't for easier access to that top bolt. Going right. Its a bit of a wiggle but it does come, then out the top where the battery was. Refitting the new unit is as so eloquently put by Haynes, "the reversal of removal procedure". Geitting the bolts started while holding the starter with one hand is a challenge, having a mate handy would make things easier there. Prob take a couple of hours to get it out and an hour or so to put it back. I started at 7.30 in the evening, (needs must). I was done and washing my hands at half ten. Boring bit, I did this on my car, a 2007 RAV4.3 2.2 D4-D XT4. Your car may or may not be the same and I'm human. I can make mistakes. This was written to help/inform others not as a litteral how to. Used at your own risk.
  11. spl@

    Sum it up in 3 words

    Want sun back
  12. spl@

    Rav4.3 XT4 2.2 D4-D starter replacement

    Sorry mods, posted it in the wrong spot. Thought I was in the guides bit not the rav forum, could you move, pretty please,
  13. My lovely new Rav wasn't starting right, thought it might be the battery but after checking there was nothing wrong with the battery and all the connections are great sooooo. First step, acquiring a replacement starter motor, easy from a post on here. Was initially worried at the price of some of the chancers, even GSF wanted several hundred pounds, that's with discounts. I got the item number. Still current, 221152942647. Eighty quid delivered next day, no exchange fuss etc. That thread said there is nothing else to remove, pah. Need to be a magician. Anyway, first step is make a coffee (have a smoke if you must). First real step really is getting the plastic undertray off, cursed things with the nasty clips. Long row of perfectly good 10mm bolts at the bottom of the bumper then your fighting with clips at the sides and rear, the ones you pop the centres out of. 3 really meaty ones at the back. Next, the trim panel at the top front of the engine bay, these clips are truly a joy after the ones under the car. Just press the centre till you hear a click and they lift out. Lift the trim away and put somewhere safe with the clips. Now you can get at the hose clips for the pipe from the intercooler to the throttle body. Just 2 jubilee clips no biggy, put away safe. Might get a couple of drips of black oily yuk after taking it off, be handy with a bit of card or something to avoid laying in it later, go on ask, go on. People always bang on about disconnecting the battery. Yep same here but the bonus is your going to take it out anyway, completely. Once the battery is out, (no radio code to worry about although it will need retuning). You then need to pull off the battery tray, just a clip good pull and its off. Then undo the cables clipped to the metal base and undo the 4 bolts holding it on, note the earth in the bottom right corner. then once that is out you can remove the support bracket. 2 more bolts for this, (all 12mm). Did you let your coffee go cold? Only me then. Now, after re making my coffee, (well quick nuke). You will see the loom is held by some 10mm bolts. Its a squarish plastic thing, you cannot miss it. undo the bolt holding this it will give you enough room to see/get at the top starter bolt. Now we need to disconnect the starter, the solenoid low tension line has an irritating little clip that you need to press while pulling, sounds simple but you can only get one hand in. Don't force it when you get it right it comes off easily. Pop the cover off the high tension side and undo the nut, keep it safe my new unit didn't have one. Now the challenge, the starter bolts are a pain to get to and stiff, not tight as such. They have a fine pitch so take a lot of winding and need a bit of ingenuity to get them moving. Start with the bottom one, 17mm spanner, my 'trick' as such to loosen them initially was to put the ring end of my 17mm on the bolt and it leaves JUST enough room to get my 19mm spanner looped on the other end to act as a lever. That got me enough oomf to get it moving. Leave the bottom bolt in with a few threads then undo the top, same trick with the spanner, this bolt goes right through the bell housing. There is a bellhousing bolt close but that is higher and far too easy to get at to be the one your after. On my car its a dull black too. The starter bolts are nice and shiny (eee😊) You will be cursing the top bolt as it OH so slowly winds out. You wont get it out but it moves far enough to remove the starter. Now your back underneath, (drunk your coffee yet?) Remove the bottom bolt and be ready to catch the starter, don't worry its not coming out the bottom. All that faf removing the battery and its tray, yep. Wasn't for easier access to that top bolt. Going right. Its a bit of a wiggle but it does come, then out the top where the battery was. Refitting the new unit is as so eloquently put by Haynes, "the reversal of removal procedure". Geitting the bolts started while holding the starter with one hand is a challenge, having a mate handy would make things easier there. Prob take a couple of hours to get it out and an hour or so to put it back. I started at 7.30 in the evening, (needs must). I was done and washing my hands at half ten. Boring bit, I did this on my car, a 2007 RAV4.3 2.2 D4-D XT4. Your car may or may not be the same and I'm human. I can make mistakes. This was written to help/inform others not as a litteral how to. Used at your own risk.
  14. spl@

    55 plate calipers disks and pads

    Calipers too? Normally the sliding pins have dried out and started to stick giving the impression of a bad caliper.
  15. spl@

    Cruise control retro-fit

    Just back after road testing mine, on a 2007 XT4 2.2 D4-D, worked a treat. Thanks, was really missing cruise control.