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How to Remove Cowl Cover 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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How to Remove Cowl Cover 05-16 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-23

Need to replace your Toyota RAV4's cowl cover? 1A Auto shows you how to remove and replace a cowl cover on 05-16 Toyota RAV4s.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    12mm Socket

    14mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Plastic Fastener Remover

Installation Video
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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the cowl cover on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to 1aauto.com. Right. We want to take this cover off the arm. I'm just going to use a straight blade screwdriver or a pocket screwdriver. Just take that cover off right there or you could use a pick as well. Right. Now I'm going to take a 14 millimeter socket, extension, and a ratchet. Take this nut off. You can hold the arm so you don't put too much tension on the actual wiper transmission.

There we go. It's still on there pretty good. Take that nut off. Right, before I take the arm off, I'm actually just going to mark where the wiper arm is. You could make a mark right here or even right there or on the other side, and just keep in mind so that you can put the wiper back where it was when you're done.

Now, you can use a special tool to remove these arms. What I'm going to do is just grab it though and just rock it back and forth. That loosens it up. Just grab the arm, slide it off, and then you can do the same with the other side. There's some push pins on this side. There's one on the other side as well. You can take a trim tool, try to remove this. A lot of the times, these break, so you can try to pull them out. Sometimes it might be easier if you use two trim tools, you got one on each side. This one's pretty much broken anyway, so what I'm going to do is cut it off. I'm just going to use some side cutters. Cut it. We'll just have to replace this one. But if you can salvage it, then that would be good. Do the same on the other side.

All right. This panel is snapped in right here. You can feel underneath where you can find the clips or you can see a little button right there. That's where the clip is. There's a clip right there. So, you just slide underneath here. You can use a trim tool, unsnap it. There's another one over here and over here. Just like that. All right, this rubber piece right here, it'll just slide out like that. You can slide it off completely. It just clips in up there. You can either slide it out of this panel here or just slide it off up top, either way. Then I'll do the same for this side. Just slide that up. Then I can just grab this panel and just slide it towards the front of the vehicle. Slide it up.

All right. I'll just take the cover and we're going to slide it in at the back. There's this piece right here that's going to slip underneath the windshield. Just like that. Angle it down a little bit. That all underneath up top. We can line these pins up and push back down. We're going to reinstall these rubber pieces on the sides. Slide it into the cowl cover first, and then this will slide in underneath the front fender. Just like that. I'll do the same for the other side.

All right. Now I'm just going to take a pocket screwdriver and push the old push pin out that I had to cut. It comes out underneath if you can grab the other piece. I'll do the same for the other side. Now I've got some new push pins, so I'm going to put these in. We sell a bunch of different kits that have new push pins for your vehicle, so check it out at 1aauto.com. Push those in. I'll do the same on the other side.

All right, take the wiper arm, slide it back in position. Make sure you put it where you marked it on the windshield. If you marked it, take, install the nut. I like to just push down on the arm a little bit just to get that to line up right. Take the 14 millimeter socket, extension, and a ratchet, and we'll just snug this up. That's good. Get the cap, line it up, and lock it down, and we'll do the same with the other one. Good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 14mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover


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