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This video shows you how to change the oil and oil filter in your 2001 Toyota RAV4. When you change your own oil, you know that you are putting quality oil in your RAV4 and that the filter is being changed too. Most importantly, you get a chance to look around under your RAV4 for potential trouble spots. This video shows you the location of your oil drain plug, oil filter, oil fill cap and dipstick in addition to the steps needed to change the oil and filter in your RAV4. For most Toyotas, you can wrap an old belt around the oil filter and unscrew it by hand. If you can't do this, see our parts page to find a Toyota RAV4 oil filter wrench. If your RAV4 is too low to the ground to access your drain plug and oil filter, be sure to use jack stands and safe jacking procedures before getting under your RAV4.
Most Toyotas have the oil type printed on the oil cap - it will likely be 5W-20, 5W-30, 5W-40, 10W-30 or 10W-40. If it isn't printed on the oil cap, check your owners manual for the exact type before adding new oil. We recommend wearing safety glasses whenever you are working under your RAV4. You never know what could be dripping down from the engine, battery acid, engine coolant, brake fluid, etc. All of these fluids are extremely harmful to your eyes and skin so it is important to protect yourself.
Avoid tickets and accidents with both working headlights! New bulbs are much brighter too2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Don't send mixed signals - if your turn signal doesn't blink, or blinks rapidly, you likely have a burnt out bulb2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Learning how to jump your car before you need to is an excellent idea2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Stop! Checking your brake fluid from time to time is a great way to ensure safe stopping2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.
See how to seal up minor power steering fluid leaks2001 Toyota RAV4 2.0L 4 Cyl.