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In this video I show you how I removed the intake manifold on a 2004 Toyota Rav4 2.4 4cyl so we could get a better look at a coolant leak. As always please refer to your shop manual for the proper instructions and repair procedure.

49 thoughts on “Remove intake manifold to find leaking head gasket – toyota rav4”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Bentley says:

    I'm watching them out of order but still enjoying the way you explain everything without being condescending and it feels like you are talking to the person watching. I know these are older videos but I'm thoroughly enjoying them. Thank you Mr O.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars D W says:

    Why not use dye & uv light?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Bowers says:

    Wow, huge job but very cool! I have 01 rav 2 rad changes (rad gasket) but I see tiny lowering of overflow bottle …engine starts but a little long crank time also on start races to 2k idle but slows right down …maybe gasket gremlins? Thanx for max video!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Billy Smith says:

    Found these, gonna run thru the set!! Nice ob finding the leak!!

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Johnson says:

    Why, why, why don't manufacturers require design engineers perform maintenance.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cathy Rochester says:

    Do you have a video on diagnosing a coolant leak on a v6 rav4. Mine is a 2007 and I noticed the smell today coming from the engine bay. The resevoir was empty and I could see an area of moisture as well as more liquid than normal coming from unusual areas on the skid plate.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joe Sanders says:

    You have the smoke machine that's how you can diagnose that problem

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    Me too I wonder what the purpose of a heat shield is🤔🥶no not that 🔥 yeah maybe that! I was wrong oops that looks like a noise insulator. Or a coolant sponge LOL

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    The beans! Ah Geez did you hear him say that Sarah? IN-TUNE!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Whit says:

    Add a half bottle of kseal and put it back together 😂

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Whit says:

    The giant diaper is a heat shield to keep the plastic intake from melting

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Whit says:

    Here's a quick trick to help get the intake out without removing the fuel rail. Disconnect the motor mount bolt and use a strap from back of motor to front of frame and roll the engine forward an inch or so. Then pull out the intake.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mannys9130 says:

    I remember seeing a trick where in this case where you just need that HAIR of clearance on FWD cars, you can rock the car front and back in park to rock the engine and trans front and back as the parking pawl hits the stop and tries to rotate the drivetrain as it's dragged or pushed by the rolling car. Put your hand or foot on the parking brake, rock the car back and forth really violently, and then when the engine had jerked and leaned far away from the area you need clearance in, slam that parking brake on to hold the chassis in place and therefore hold the drivetrain in place torqued away from your parts. 👍 It'll give ya that 1/2" you need, works even better on total piles that have torn every motor mount asunder and there's nothing but hope and dreams keeping the lump connected to the chassis. 😸😸😸

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mogase Segopotje says:

    My toyota hilux was worked on to replace the coolant bypass hose. The intake manifold was removed and since then the truck performance reduced. What might be the problem here? Is it a must to replace the manifold gasket after opening it? How do I tell if there's a leak?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2harrynipples says:

    …. just wondering Eric if once that manifold was off, plug all the disconnected coolant lines and openings then pressurize the cooling system to 5 or 8 lbs with your handpump thingy in the rad fill hole …. make a leak or seep easier to see ?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Pringle says:

    Thank you for the info,,,n great job!
    I just subscribed to your chanel 👍
    Looking forward to more good content.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raymond Jr. says:

    My favorite and super easy Toyota engines were 18 20, and the 22re

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike Riedel says:

    would you consider doing a video demonstrating how to bench bleed a 4 port master cylinder and how to install it?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CanMan says:

    This has changed my mind on ever owning a Toyota

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keith Walker says:

    What drugs do you use to avoi swearing, throwing tools across the workshop and kicking apprentices? I'm impressed!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe brock says:

    That why to by american

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Tyler says:

    I keep expecting him to lay the old uggs Duggan on the. Bat and watch sparks fly….mr universe said "YOU ALWAYS BRING ME THE BEST VIOLENCE"

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hawk 1966 says:

    Woohoo, from 3k likes to 3.1k likes with the click o my finger 🤣

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Harris says:

    Sir, you do a really good job of giving detail instructions on disassembly for the task at hand. I especially like your patience and seeking info when coming to a problem. I do a little wrenching myself and I like working with guys like you.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Goku says:

    My Biggest Respect for all Mechanics outthere , because they have to remember where everything and every single bolt goes back where is supposed to go, and doing it right. 👏

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rdaleyj1 says:

    I seen that before removing the fuel rail and injectors you actually pulled the intake back far enough to see the gasket, so I'm wondering if I can get away with not removing the fuel rail and pulling it back far enough to replace the gasket?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rdaleyj1 says:

    I see that you got the intake manifold out without having to remove the cowl and what the cowl bolts to.
    Might save me a little work, thnx.
    Would this be the same for the 2007 Rav?

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sekrit ajun says:

    Did you say the driveshaft into the rear wheels?? So this is an all wheel drive rav4 and if it is how come it has a transverse engine layout.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Alford says:

    Nissan Rogues are looking better ! except for the CRV's LOL !!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffrey Wilson Rubik's Cube on Beat says:

    Pressure test and patience would have revealed that leak. The coolant has to go somewhere and even with other small external leaks the "diaper" would eventually reach saturation and become obvious. Under pressure in a cold engine a good thermal imager would catch it also. Not many places coolant could have been escaping in that scenario. Cooling system leak dye also. Just some thoughts… love your vids btw 😎

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HowI Doit says:

    Camry 2.2L has a thing behind the ac pump that too that don't need to go back on. 😎

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carl Holliman says:

    always wanted a rav 4. this video cured that want

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gary willcox says:

    4.24 time of death

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Walker Not Texas Ranger says:

    Holly crap! You're only starting to grey in this vid lol

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j2681 says:

    I think the sponge is just insurance to help support the intake, maybe from vibrating and cracking

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RAY RAYS says:

    This happened on my old 04 camry too.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Crispr Talk says:

    "Sweet victory baby"!!! Absolutely

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Crispr Talk says:

    Any video that rips apart an engine (or intake in this case) is great! Combine that with it being a SMA video.. then well, you have hit the top of the mountain boys and girls.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Oickle says:

    Your biggest asset is your patience. Truly amazing!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Moore says:

    Taking it apart wouldn’t take long,getting it all back together right might take me a couple weeks

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thermobollocks says:

    The look of disappointment as you describe a diaper is gold.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eddie shittie says:

    You will need that insulator diaper thing. Well not right away but it keeps the heat off that plastic intake. After a while if it doesn't get put back on the intake will get heat soaked, bc brittle & crack. But it wouldn't happen for a while depending how often you drive it. Might last for ever or might end up cracking the intake in a few months.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ian Zulick says:

    Toyotas are generally reliable, but when they do have problems they suck to work on.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ruben Garcia says:

    That’s so out of carácter on Toyota’s they usually don’t have that problem

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars moonlandercmdr64 says:

    well if you can do it, I'll pay you to do it LOL

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Imtiaz Roghani says:

    I think you are a Raw4 expert.
    My raw4 has a very low mileage. Very high fuel consumption . How to fix it. PLEASE help me.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars I bleed red white and blue says:

    You say pissah and wicked a lot you from Maine

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Caleb Sandersier says:

    Is there any issue with removing the foam "diaper" and not using it anymore? I had always thought it was bad to have that there as it seems it may be the cause of the bolts stripping. The foam insulates the aluminum block thus keeping the heat retained in it. Since the opposing side doesn't even have one, the heat dispersion is uneven. This perhaps causes the aluminum to fatigue thus making the bolts strip. I have a 2009 camry with this motor, and from what I've read, they "fixed" this problem by making the headbolts 10mm longer. Not really a fix in my opinion….

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ralph1bart says:

    Intake Manifold Removal Step 1, Remove Head (lol).

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