I would like to change the oil in my 2007 Rav4. The owners manual provides no procedure to properly accomplish this. I have change oil in enough vehicles and machines to know that it is not always as simple as taking the plug out, screwing off the filter, screwing on the new, putting the plug back in and adding the oil.
Where to I find a procedure or is it just that simple?
I just did my 2007 RAV4 4WD 4 cylinder. It's that simple.
The oil plug is pretty easy to get to, the filter is a few inches higher and a few inches to the front and a few inches toward the center of the car and must be accessed from underneath the car. Note that there is not much room to get to the filter and that it is much easier to use one of the socket type filter wrenches (the one that you use a 3/8 inch ratchet for. However, if the filter is on really tight, then you'll have to use a more traditional filter wrench, removing some of the screws on the front plastic skid sheet will give you a little more room to work.
The four cylinder takes about 4.2 quarts of oil, check the manual for the appropriate type.
Finish by resetting the "Maintenance Required" light with ODO stick trick that has been documented by others. Note that my RAV4 needed the "Trip A" varient.
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For most modern cars (less than about 25 years old), a tune up consists of changing all the filters (air, fuel, oil with oil change), spark plugs and spark plug wires (if equipped). Your owners manual may suggest additional procedures.
Your 2007 RAV4 requires 4.5 quarts SAE 5w20 with filter change. I use Pennzoil and highly recommend it but all major brands are good. Use a quality filter such as Wix, Purolator, or Bosch. Change your oil/filter every 5,000 miles if using conventional oil and every 7,000 miles if using synthetic if you drive normally.
I see you have a four cylinder since it only holds 4.5 quarts.
2006 manual confirms your oil consumption is within allowances. Just check oil every time you buy gas like the manual reccomends. Do not over rev engine or accelerate from stops at max capacity of car as these can increase oil consumption.
I just did this procedure 5 mins ago on my 2007 RAV....some procedures state to do it from the ODO position but that will not work....use the procedure below.
Set odometer to Trip A Turn the key off press and hold the ODO button. Turn key to ON Continue holding button while the light goes through the series of the ----countdown and then flashes 0000. Release the button and turn key to OFF.