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Should I use gasoline 87, 89 or 93 on 2016 RAV4 SE

Realistically, if the manual and the manufacturer are stating you should use 87 octane, that's really what you should use. If you purchase more expensive 89, 91, or 93, you are just wasting money. The ...
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How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

Instead of Ohms checks of fuses I check for voltage with power on. Set your voltmeter to DC volts with the negative lead on the battery negative connector. With the positive lead test both sides of ...
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Accelerator pedal stuck briefly - how to make sure it doesn't happen again?

There's 3 things you need to look at: the accelerator pedal itself the throttle cable the throttle body If you pop the hood, find your throttle body: it is between the air intake tube and the metal ...
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How to remove the 50 amp, 80 amp and 100 amp fuses from the positive terminal of a RAV4?

The fuse connection legs are through bolted on many of these higher amp rated fuses. To find out remove the black plastic cover below the fuses. If you find small nuts then they are the bolted in type....
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Accelerator pedal stuck briefly - how to make sure it doesn't happen again?

This is a well-worded, interesting, and valuable question. Unfortunately, not among the "gung ho risk taking" mechanics, I would not even guess at an answer without seeing the problem firsthand. So ...
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How to check if spark plugs are firing? Coil-on plugs

You should have 2 coil packs on the back side of the engine near the throttle body. Wires run to individual cylinders. I don't know how easy it would be to find locally but you can use an inductance ...
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How to test a bolted-in heavy duty 50a / 80a / 100a fuse with a multimeter without removing it?

If you can get to both sides of the fuse, see if you have power on each side. If you want to make sure, remove the battery terminal, and use an ohmmeter to measure the resistance between the battery ...
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Alternator squeal

That year of RAV 4 uses the alternator to tighten the belt. It may not be adjusted properly and the belt is slipping. . .
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

This is rather specific to the hazards of car ownership in West Africa, so I'm not surprised no-one has suggested this! After using an improvised variant of this method to confirm that it was indeed ...
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Alternator squeal

More than likely the problem is either your serpentine belt is worn out, or the tensioner pulley isn't providing enough tension to keep the belt in place. Belt slippage accounts for the low amount of ...
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Is RAV4 SE higher trim than RAV4 XLE?

If you go to Toyota's website, http://www.toyota.com/configurator/#!/build/step/model/year/2016/series/rav4. There is an option to compare all available trim levels. If you're not interested in the ...
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Water leaking through visor area into interior

This solution applied to my '82 Oldsmobile back in the day. I suspect you might have a similar situation. The windshield on that car was actually glued onto the front of the frame with a black ...
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Name of thin metal tube / bar running across front and right of early RAV4 engine compartment

That would be the A/C refrigerant high pressure liquid line.
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Should I use gasoline 87, 89 or 93 on 2016 RAV4 SE

The acid test is if you try a lower octane fuel, if you hear any "knocking" sounds under hard acceleration (perhaps up a hill), then you definitely need a higher octane rating. As Paulster2 mentions, ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

Try starting the vehicle in neutral. It might an issue with the electrical connection in the Neutral Start Switch located in transmission console where the gear shift is. If memory serves me correctly ...
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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Sounds like nominal behavior of power steering fluid at -20c. Unless there is no fluid involved with whatever that thing does to make the wheels turn, then it sounds like nominal behavior of an ...
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Dispute with insurance over broken tooth in power steering drive - do I have a case?

I'm going to preface my answer by stating: Pay for the steering and chalk it up to experience. I'm not a lawyer, but can tell you this is a "no win scenario". Can the rod going into the power ...
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clear fluid leaking from 2001 Rav 4

The fluid is water. It is condensate from the air conditioner evaporator. It is normal. The black hose is the evaporator drain hose.
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Does body side molding damage the paint?

Yes Depends on how long it is on there, when the glue dries out it can be hard to remove without damaging the paint (if you need to do remove them for some reason), also the paint will not match ...
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Risk to parking pawl while loosening lug nuts with car jacked up

I've never heard of that problem happening and I think there is now way you could "really crank" on the lug nuts more than the force of the vehicle rolling backwards on a slope when you park it. The ...
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Where's passenger-side power window fuse

According to this wiring diagram the same fuse powers the driver and passenger side (the 30A fuse). There is also the 20A fuse at the top that is involved, but again, this is powering the drivers side ...
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Should I use gasoline 87, 89 or 93 on 2016 RAV4 SE

87 will work, 89 is optimal, 93 will also work but uses a bit more (will start to run leaner but the computer easily compensates but using more fuel) 87 better for winter (no difference over 89), 89 ...
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Automatic stalls, then struggles to go up gear, revs bouncing - would low/bad fuel explain this?

What you have described are classical symptoms of what happens when a bad batch of fuel finds its way inside an engine - sputtering/coughing/misfiring during low-load operation. If the issue recurs ...
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Why has my RAV4 started whistling after I turn off the engine?

That sounds like a speaker type sound.. Is there an old alarm siren fitted somewhere that could be causing this? If so try unplugging it.
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What is the lift support travel distance for Rav4 2013 non-power lift gate?

You can usually find this type of information if you look at aftermarket part sites. http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=8435972&cc=3294225&jsn=411 Compressed length is 14.93 Extended ...
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Is it time for a new steering rack?

After looking at the second video, your steering rack is worn out, you need to replace it.
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02 sensor displays constant 3.3 volts, not a jagged waveform. 2002 rav4

The readings for the front the sensor 1, sensors look normal. These are air-fuel ratio sensors not standard oxygen sensors. The 3.3 volts is a PCM generated representative voltage. It is not the ...
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2002 RAV4 starting problem

I suspect one of two things: Ignition timing, possibly a failed crank or camshaft position sensor. The "sudden" failure of the previous owner suggests this. There are two terminals in the ...
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Why would a TPMS sensor start working again?

I believe your theory on the battery dying and then rebounding is one possibility and it's not uncommon for a nearly end-of-life battery or the unit it is powering to exhibit unpredictable behavior. ...
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Deflated wheel on new Rav4?

It depends on where the damage to the tire is at whether you'd need to replace the tire. If it is on the side wall, tire places will not fix it. I'd assume (from your description) the damage is most ...
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