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How to Access the Spare Tire on a RAV4

by Cristina Garcia

Spare tires are often stored in the trunk of a vehicle. However, the Toyota RAV4 spare tire is rear-mounted on all models except on the Sport models, which are equipped with run-flat tires. In the RAV4, the spare tire is typically protected by a cover to safeguard it from the elements.Two types of covers can be found on the RAV4: a full-size spare tire cover or a half-size spare tire cover.

Cover Removal

Step 1

Park the vehicle on a level surface and turn off its ignition. Unhook the latch handle located under the full-size spare tire's cover. Grasp the tire cover on either side of the latch handle base. Pull the cover up.

Step 2

Remove a half-size spare tire cover with the wheel-nut wrench. Place the wrench under the center cover and pry it off, which will uncover a bolt. Place the wrench on the bolt and loosen it by turning the wrench counterclockwise. Remove the bolt.

Pull the tire cover off to remove it.

Spare Tire Removal

Step 1

Use the wheel nut wrench to remove the tire.

Loosen one of the spare wheel nuts with the wheel-nut wrench, turning it counterclockwise. Loosen the remaining wheel nuts with the wheel-nut wrench.

Step 2

Remove the spare wheel nuts and place them somewhere safe as you will need them later to fasten the damaged tire.

Pull off the spare tire.

Tip

  • Remove the cover occasionally to clean the spare tire. Dust and rain water can leak in and damage your spare tire.

Warning

  • Do not attempt to access the spare tire while the car is stopped on a steep hill.

Items you will need

  • Wheel-nut wrench

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