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Don't just change just the thermostat... change the sensor located in the thermostat housing (if your engine is overheating). The whole works is located inside the timing cover. Sockets: You'll need a 10mm for the timing cover and the 3 bolts on the thermostat cover, and an 8mm for the sensor harness bolts. Then you'll need a 3/4 open end wrench for the sensor.
The thermostat on a Toyota RAV4 is located inside the engine coolant container. To reach the thermostat, open your hood and locate the coolant filler cap. Open the cap and then drain enough coolant so that the coolant level is below the thermostat housing. You should be able to identify the thermostat as a circular cap attached to the inside of the coolant container
The thermostat is locatud on the top of the engine towards the front underneath the upper radiator hose. You shouldnt have to drain all coolant to change the thermostat. There are usually only two bolts holding the thermostat housing to the engine.
the thermostat is located at the end of the top radiator hose that runs near the radiator cap. follow the hose and at the end is your thermostat housing. the thermostat is inside the housing. Be sure to replace with same degree thermostat and in the same position you take it off.
Thermostat is located on 4.0L I-6 on front cylinder head. The 3.7L V-6 thermostat is located where the lower radiator hose attaches to engine. The 4.7L V-8 thermostat is located where the lower radiator hose attaches to engine. The 5.7L V-8 thermostat is located where the upper radiator hose attaches to engine. The 3.9L V-6 and 5.9L V-8 Thermostat is located on front top of intake manfold (between alternator and ac compressor)