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Hi This is my first post on this forum, I have a petrol manual 2004 Rav4 that I have owned from new and carefully maintained at home. The Rav4 has been exceptionally reliable requiring just the odd oil seal, new rear springs and shocks. However, today while conducting routine maintenance to replace the accessory belt, I discovered the tensioner had developed play at the mounting of the hydraulic cylinder to the tensioner body and the pulley bearing sounded dry. I have identified a quality OEM replacement tensioner part no INA 533002310 but on researching the replacement process, it seems that the pivot bolt removal is a "PIG" hitting the chassis and requires that the engine be moved !!
Now my questions - on inspection the bolt is halfway up a chassis member which way do I move the engine up or down ?
YouTube is full of American versions of this engine going up, on inspection my UK version looks as though it would be easier to drop from the engine mount, requiring just the removal or three engine mounting bolts and extracting the bolt via the wheel arch.
A big help would be someone who has experience of replacing this tensioner on a UK 2000- 2005 RAV4 1AZFE engine (manual).
Do I go down? Do I need to remove any other engine mounting bolts or accessories?
The engine looks like it has to drop a way to get bolt removal clearance and I do not wish to damage anything?
Hello Ian, I few years back I replaced my belt just to prove it wasn’t that difficult to do , the bolt you mentioned I got with a short socket and breaker bar from the top, seem to remember a locknut got at from the underneath, did have a thread on doing the but can’t seem to find it 😕
Thanks for the reply. I don't have a problem removing the belt, I did this with a breaker bar and socket from above. On removing the belt the whole tensioner unit is in need of replacement and my question is regarding the process of removing the bolt that holds the tensioner to a uk Petrol 1AZFE engine. I can easily access the tensioner bolt with a 14mm ring spanner from top or bottom but its removal requires the engine to be dropped or lifted ?
Posts: 1,807 Location: West Midlands Primary Vehicle: Toyota Rav4 Year: 2004 Model Spec/Trim: XT3 3 Door (Mrs Ps Rav, and last) in Astral Black Engine Capacity: 2.0 VVTI Fuel Type: Petrol Transmission: Automatic Drive Type: 4WD/AWD
At the risk of getting banned for cross-posting ... ... does this thread help: vvti-timing-chain-job-halted-by-unexpected-hitch? Yes I know that you are trying to replace the tensioner of the serpentine belt and this guy is fighting an Avensis but it looks to be same problem that you describe. If nothing else it contains pictures and diagrams that might help explain your problem.