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Re: 06 Rav4 Rear Wiper motor
My question is: How can they justify charging you that amount of money? I sell the same part (Part number 85130-42061) for $260.78. There is NO WAY that should be charging you $285.00 labour, for a 54 minute job. That is robbery. If you want to replace the motor, go and buy it, pay the amount listed above, or find another dealer. Repost to me, and I will send you detailed instructions on how to change it yourself... The graciousness of a FIxYa rating would be greatly appreciated.
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Assuming you know where the switch is, It could be that the rear window is not shut all the way, or the vehicle 'thinks' it is not shut. This could also be the case with the back (5th) door. The wiper does not operate if either of these are open. It's possible that the main wipers have to be on as well. Did you check the fuses?
There are three fuse boxes (or fuse blocks) on the '07 RAV4--two in the engine compartment and the other by the driver's left knee. I'm sure there's a fuse for the wiper. Unfortunately it's likely to be on the UNDERSIDE of the interior fuse block. You'll need a mirror to locate the fuses since even if you get your head under there the fuses are too close to see (unless you're incredibly near-sighted).
My rear window wiper has operated intermittently since nearly the day I bought it. The dealer says to replace the motor for $400+. I just live with its craziness. There's probably a short or loose connection, but I haven't found it yet.
Slide a small screwdriver under the tab in the middle of the blade and the arm, while pressing the tab in, pull blade away from the arm, this may need some extra wiggle. Remember you dont want it to fall off when driving..
I purchased a Trico "Exact Fit" #12-A rear wiper blade at Advance Auto Parts for my 2006 RAV4. The directions are very clear. It took about 3 minutes. The key is to open the plastic cover at the bottom joint of the blade by spreading the both sides with your index fingers and pulling straight out. This opens the cover and allows you to bring the blade to a 90 degree angle.
remove the cover cap that is by the base of the wiper arm. you can do this by just pulling off with your fingers. The wiper arm is attached with a 10mm nut. remove th nut and the wiper arm will slip off. When re-assembling, be certain to wipe all parts with a long lasting lubricant, like WD40.
Same problem, there is a small metal stopper that disables the window movement and depending upon the position of the window, will also disable the defroster and wiper. There is a service bulliten that describes a complete replacement of the window control (back door power window inoperable, toyota technical service bulletin EL 007-06). You only need to remove the stopper. follow the sections for that stopper removal. Took about half an hour. The new replacement motor and controller do not use the stopper.
The 2006 Toyota RAV4 takes a 24" drivers side, 17" passenger side and has a special 17" rear blade. Don't just go by lengths though - when buying windshield wiper blades be sure to always use the application guide book at the store or now-a-days you can Google 'lookup wiper size'.
You want to look this up because correct wiper fit is more than correct length, it's also proper attachement. Not all attachments fit all arms. Using the application guide or looking up wiper size online will avoid headaches of buying the right lengths with the wrong attachements.
The replacement wiper blades will come with step-by-step, illustrated instructions and once you have the instructions and the wiper blades/arms in your hands in front of you, it will all make better sense and will an easy maintenance task. Very simple and takes 5-15 minutes usually not requiring any tools.
If in your budget, upgrade to the newer-style frameless "beam blades" which perform better than conventional framed wipers. I use Trico NeoForm Beam Blades which are fantastic.
Hope this helps!
PS: Your question is about the front blades but if you address the rear blade too, this vehicle has what they call a "Roc Lock 2" rear arm. You can go to your dealer or I know Trico makes an "Exact Fit Rear Integral Blade 12-A". There may be others available too. I've got the Trico on my Jeep and it fits/works great.