Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.4 4WD (ACA31, ACA33), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.0 4WD (ACA30_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.2 D 4WD (ALA30_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.2 D 4WD (ALA30_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.0 (ZSA35_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.0 4WD (ZSA30_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.2 D 4WD (ALA30_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.2 D (ALA35_), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.0 (ZSA35), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.0 4WD (ZSA30), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.4 (ACA36, ACA38), TOYOTA RAV 4 III (ACA3_, ACE_, ALA3_, GSA3_, ZSA3_) 2.2 D 4WD (ALA30) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear shock absorber on TOYOTA RAV 4 3 (XA30) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
All-purpose cleaning spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #17
Drive socket # 12
Drive socket # 17
Wheel impact socket #21
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. AUTODOC recommends:
  • Both shock absorbers of the rear suspension should be replaced simultaneously.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right shock absorbers of the rear suspension.
  • Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Use the following procedure:
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 2
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #21.
  2. Step 3
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    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
  3. Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. Toyota RAV4 III
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 6
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  6. Step 7
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    Unscrew the rear transverse arm fastener to the stub axle. Use a drive socket #17. Use a tap wrench.
  7. Step 8
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    Support the arm. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  8. Step 9
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  9. Step 10
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    Clean the stabiliser link fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  10. Step 11
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the stabilizer bar with the control arm. Use a drive socket #17.
  11. Step 12
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    Remove the support from under the arm.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Lower the hydraulic transmission jack smoothly, without jerks, to avoid damaging assemblies and mechanisms.
  12. Step 13
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    Detach the suspension arm from the rear knuckle.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the spring.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip:
    Inspect the rubber mounts of the suspension spring. Replace if necessary.
  14. Step 15
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #17. Use a drive socket #17.
  15. Step 16
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    Pull down the suspension control arm. Remove the fastening bolt.
  16. Step 17
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    Detach the lower part of the shock absorber. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 18
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    Clean the fastener of the ABS sensor bracket. Use WD-40 spray.
  18. Step 19
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    Unscrew the ABS cable holder. Use a drive socket #12. Use a ratchet wrench.
  19. Step 20
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 21
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    Unscrew the upper fastener of the shock absorber. Use a combination spanner #17 (2 pieces).
  21. Step 22
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    To avoid injuries, hold the shock absorber when undoing the fastening bolts.
  22. Step 23
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    Remove the shock absorber.
  23. Step 24
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    Clean the shock absorber mounting seats. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Replacement: shock absorbers – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Before installing a new shock absorber you should pump it manually 3-5 times.
  24. Step 25
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    Place the shock absorber in the wheel arch and fasten it.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the shock absorber while screwing in the fastening bolts. Toyota RAV4 III
  25. Step 26
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    Install the fastening bolts.
  26. Step 27
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    Tighten the top shock absorber fastening. Use a combination spanner #17 (2 pieces). Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 80 Nm torque.
  27. Step 28
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    Support the stub axle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
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