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_) 3.5 4WD (GSA33), 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_) 3.5 4WD (GSA33) View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change rear suspension arm / rear control arm on TOYOTA RAV 4 3 (XA30) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – Toyota RAV4 III. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
All-purpose cleaning spray
Copper grease
Combination spanner #17
Combination spanner #27
Drive socket # 17
Wheel impact socket #21
Torque wrench
Crow bar
Ball joint puller
Hydraulic transmission jack
Wheel chock
AUTODOC recommends:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right lower control arms.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – Toyota RAV4 III. Use the following procedure:
  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.
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  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 arm fastening to the beam. Use a combination spanner #17 (2 pieces).
  7. Step 8
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    Remove the fastening bolt. Use a crowbar.
  8. Step 9
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    Support the stub axle. Use a hydraulic transmission jack.
  9. Step 10
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    Clean the shock absorber fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  10. Step 11
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    Unscrew the lower fastener of the shock absorber. Use a drive socket #17. Use a combination spanner #17.
  11. Step 12
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    Remove the fastening bolt.
  12. Step 13
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    Detach the lower part of the shock absorber.
  13. Step 14
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    Clean all joints of the arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 15
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    Unscrew the fastener connecting the control arm to the rear knuckle. Use a combination spanner #17.
  15. Step 16
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    Remove the fastening nut.
  16. Step 17
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    Remove the arm. Use a ball joint puller.
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – Toyota RAV4 III. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Adjust the length of the free portion of the thread on the new suspension arm. The length should be the same as on the old suspension arm. This will prevent wheel misalignment.
  17. Step 18
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    Tighten the lock nut of the suspension arm. Use a combination spanner #27. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 55 nm torque.
  18. Step 19
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    Clean the mounting seats and the thread of the suspension arm. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  19. Step 20
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    Install a new arm.
    Replacement: rear suspension lower control arm – Toyota RAV4 III. Tip from AUTODOC:
    During the installation process, use only new bolts and nuts.Do not damage the ball joint cover.
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