rav4 ,03 model -- serpentine belt rep...

rav4 ,03 model -- serpentine belt replacement

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snafu

United States

#1 Feb 24, 2007
how do I relieve pressure on the belt tensioner ?

someone help, Please thanks.
Gary S

AOL

#2 Jun 23, 2007
I looked in a manual and there is a protrusion that a 3/4" socket fits on and you are supposed to turn it clockwise to relieve the tension but it doesn't budge on my car... I'm stumped also.
CJ Venable

Deridder, LA

#3 Jul 8, 2007
I just changed the serpentine belt on a 2003 Toyota RAV4. The 3/4 protrusion is the correct place to relieve the tension. A half inch drive socket ratchet and cheater bar is necessary to relieve the tesion on the belt. It is a pain in the *&^% to do. Also if the belt is not stretched you have to turn the alternater pulley with a #10 socket and ratchet while feeding the belt on. Two person job to do this. Hope this helps good luck!!!!
D and S from NY

Monsey, NY

#4 Jan 13, 2009
CJ
Thank's for the tip.My husband tried changing the belt today on my Rav.Could not get it to budge.Your tip helped to do the job!
D and S from NY

Monsey, NY

#5 Jan 13, 2009
CJ

Thanks for the tip! My husband tried to change the belt on my Rav today.We had the same problem with the belt not budgeing.Your tip helped in the matter of a few minutes! Thank you!:)
CJ venable

Charleston, WV

#6 May 13, 2009
Your welcome to D and S from NY glad it helped you out.
kris

Sunnyvale, CA

#7 May 17, 2009
CJ venable wrote:
Your welcome to D and S from NY glad it helped you out.
I don't see a 3/4 in protrusions. i have a 2004 toyota rav4 and i don't have the proper tool to loosen the belt tensioner. how do i remove the belt?
bobby

Coeur D Alene, ID

#8 Aug 22, 2009
hi, need to change the belt tomorrow on my rav4 2004. i appreciate it if you can post some pics my email ad is lucas1093@yahoo.com thanks guys
desi daniel

London, Canada

#9 Oct 11, 2009
CJ Venable wrote:
I just changed the serpentine belt on a 2003 Toyota RAV4. The 3/4 protrusion is the correct place to relieve the tension. A half inch drive socket ratchet and cheater bar is necessary to relieve the tesion on the belt. It is a pain in the *&^% to do. Also if the belt is not stretched you have to turn the alternater pulley with a #10 socket and ratchet while feeding the belt on. Two person job to do this. Hope this helps good luck!!!!
Cannot find or dont know what this 3/4" protrusion is on our RAV4 (2003) I rented the tool from Partsource, assume it is the centre (looks like idler pulley) with a 13mm or so hex nut (13mm does not fit it and it seems like it is a funny hex design (cant get a good look at it) The manual has no information on how to do this.
I need help. Anyone with clarity on this (please be specific) would be of great help. I dont know where this 3/4" protrusion is or what it is
Thanks
Ken
shorehangin

Kendall Park, NJ

#10 Jan 1, 2010
The fitting is 19mm, use that socket and it will fit snugly.

Al
ramon

United States

#11 Feb 5, 2010
is it possible to loosen the tension from that funny looking bolt on the idler pulley?I broke the 19 mm access point.anybody know what size that is or let alone what kind of nut it is?
Billie Jo Swain

Sebastian, FL

#12 Apr 24, 2011
Do you have picture of proper installation of serpentine belt for 2003 Toyota Rava 4
Walt

Haverhill, MA

#13 Jul 2, 2011
CJ venable wrote:
Your welcome to D and S from NY glad it helped you out.
Does anyone know where I can get a diagram for a 2003 Serpentine
belt replacment job. I even looked in a Chilton Manual that ranges fro 1996 & 2005 and nothing looks like the set up in my 2003
Rav 4
amidi

Thornhill, Canada

#14 Aug 19, 2011
hi, need to change the belt tomorrow on my rav4 2003. i appreciate it if you can post some pics my email ad is aref_amidi@yahoo.com thanks
amidi

Thornhill, Canada

#15 Aug 19, 2011
hi, need to change the belt tomorrow on my rav4 2003. i appreciate it if you can post some pics my email ad is aref_amidi@yahoo.com thanks guys
concerned citizen

Dwale, KY

#16 Sep 2, 2011
Where do you find the the serpentine belt routing diagram for a Toyota Rav4 2001? Is it under the hood somewhere
Steve

Portland, OR

#17 Jun 13, 2012
I understood the instructions to be that you were to attach a socket to the center of the tension pulley - wrong. If you look at the pulley you will notice what looks like a bolt just above and to the right of the tension pulley. This is actually a casting on the back plate and it is on this casting (that looks like a nut) that you attach the 19mm socket. When turning closewise it moves the whole casting plate and loosens the tension on the belt. I hope this will be helpful.
Pat

Macclesfield, NC

#18 Jul 29, 2012
Walt wrote:
<quoted text>
Does anyone know where I can get a diagram for a 2003 Serpentine
belt replacment job. I even looked in a Chilton Manual that ranges fro 1996 & 2005 and nothing looks like the set up in my 2003
Rav 4
I just read it and looked at the diagram at autozone.com
bombersandtalls

North Las Vegas, NV

#19 May 4, 2013
On the 2005 Rav4 4 cylinder it's a 14mm hex bolt on what looks like a mini shock absorber. A 1/2 drive breaker bar wouldn't fit, but a 3/8 drive ratchet inside a jack handle worked nicely.

Crank down a little more than 1/8 turn clockwise on the bolt closest to the tensioner pulley. If you can get your hands at the tensioner pulley, slide the belt off from there. If not, it will come off from the a/c compressor.

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