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How to Replace Horns 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Removing the Front Bumper Cover (0:23)
    • Remove the push pin retainers to remove the front engine compartment trim
    • Along the top of the bumper cover, remove the push pin retainers and two phillips screws
    • In each wheel well, remove the twist lock retainer, and the 10 mm screw securing the bumper cover to the fender
    • Along the bottom of the bumper cover, remove the push pin retainers and the 10 mm screws securing the lower shielding to the bumper cover
    • At each corner, pull the bumper cover away from the fender to remove it
  2. step : Removing the Horns (4:15)
    • Press in the tab to disconnect the electrical connectors
    • Remove the 12 mm bolts
    • Remove the horns
  3. step : Installing the Horns (5:24)
    • Install the horns with the 12 mm bolts
    • Connect the electrical connectors
  4. step : Installing the Bumper Cover (6:05)
    • Set the bumper cover in position
    • Install the two top Phillips screws loosely
    • Push the top edges of the bumper cover into position under the headlight assembly, and lock them into the fender
    • Install the 10 mm screw securing the bumper to the fender on each side
    • Position the wheel well liner into the retaining clip on each side
    • Install the twist lock retainer on each side
    • Install the screws and push pin retainers securing the underbody paneling to the bumper cover
    • Tighten the Phillips screws at the top of the bumper cover
    • Install the push pin retainers along the top of the bumper cover
    • Install the front engine compartment trim
    • Secure the trim with the push pin retainers

Hi, I'm Jeff from 1A Auto. Today I'm going to show you how to remove and replace the horns on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need this or any other parts for your vehicle or tools to get the job done, check us out at

Okay, so we're going to get started by taking off this panel right here. We're just going to get in and these ones come out. You just push down the center and then you can pry it up like that. That one's already down, get it like that. Push, there we go. Push that one. You can go ahead and do the the same with the rest of them, and then you can go ahead and this just lifts, slide it back and out.

All right, so now we're going to go ahead and take off the bumper and we're going to start along the top here. There's a couple of these push clips and then two Phillips screws. So to get these push clips off, you just get in under with a screwdriver, pull up the top, and then it pulls right out. You can go ahead and do that for these other ones. And then while we're right here, we'll get this Phillips. These screws ended up being a little rusty and they're kind of stuck. So we're just going to get a little bit of rust penetrant in here. Give that a second to soak him.

All right, now that we've given that a minute for the rust to break free, we can just go ahead. All right, we got that one out and then we can go ahead and get this other one on the other side. And then right here, this is actually one of those pop clips too, so we just need to pry up the top of it and then it comes out. So right here we have another clip that attaches this liner to the bumper. All you need to do is turn it a quarter turn. Then it'll just pry right out, just like that.

Okay. And then after you take this clip out, this just separates away and you can see hiding behind right here we have another 10 millimeter screw that secures the bumper to the fender. You can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side. So now we're going to take a look underneath. We've got a bunch of things that we need to remove to separate the bottom of the bumper. We've got some more of these clips and then we've got a couple of screws that are either 10 millimeter or a Phillips. So we've got here, here, here, which we are missing here. And then here and here all right. Just like the other ones, we're just going to pop out the top. These ones are down on the bottom, so of course they've filled up with all kinds of sand and road junk over the years. These are not coming out very easily. There we go.

And if you wind up breaking any of these plastic pieces, we sell an entire kit of Toyota fasteners on So now let's go ahead and we'll get off these 10 millimeter screws. One there. There would be one there and there and there. We're going to skip right to here. And this one right here.

All right. Now that we've got all the fasteners off, all we have to do is get a good grip and rip. Look at that. I got it all in one go. Okay. To get these horns off, fortunately they put them right next to each other so you don't have to go hunting for the other one. Just need to push on this tab right here. Pull the wiring out. Same for this one. Then all we need to do just take out these 12 millimeter bolts. A bolt, it's got a washer on it, mounting bracket, part of the horn. We'll go ahead and set that aside. We'll do the same for this one.

Okay, and to re-install this, we're just going to take the bolt, thread it through the bracket, thread it back into this support here. Grab our wrench, tighten it down snug. Doesn't need to be too tight. Just needs to be tight enough to not flop around, and we can just go ahead, take the wiring, push it back in there until it clicks. Give a little tug to make sure it's secure. You've got your horns.

Here's our bumper. We're just going to set it in place right here to start with. I'm going to take my two screws to hold it in place while I work on the rest of the stuff. I'm just going to put them in loosely now, we'll come back and tighten them down at the end. All right, so now that we've got it secured up top, we can go ahead and start putting it back in place over here. We've got some some tabs on the back of the bumper here that just kind of rest underneath the headlights and then we've got these tabs they're going to lock in right here. So make sure you get these ones right under the headlight and then these ones will press right in. Then you can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side.

Okay, we're going to go ahead and take this 10 millimeter screw that holds the bumper onto the fender. We're just going to get it started here. All right, and then we're just going to tighten that until it's snug. It doesn't need to be too, too tight, just enough to hold on. All right, now that we've got that screw taken care of up there, we can take the rest of this panel, slide it in behind the bumper, get this piece tucked into this bracket right here. Piece fits in like that and then we take this pin. It's got the little wings on it. They line up with the slot and this bracket here. When everything is lined up, you can push it right in like that. And then to secure it in place, you can take a flat blade screwdriver or something similar and just give it a little turn. Now it's locked in. Then you can go ahead and do the same thing on the other side.

Okay, now that we're down here, we've got some screws and some clips that we need to put in. We'll start with the screws. We're going to want one going here and here. We were missing a few, but if you still have them, you're going to want them all along here. So we'll start down on this end.

Okay, we've got our screws in now we've just got one of these clips, that goes in on this side. Push it in to lock it and then another one on the other side. all right, so now that we've got everything on the sides and underneath finished, we can come back up here to finish up the top, we're going to tighten down these screws and then we've got three more clips to put it in right here. So we have our clips that we're going to put back. This one in the middle has a bumper on the top of it, so we're going to start with that one. We just slide it right in, push it down to lock it, and then you can do the same thing with the other two. Now we can go ahead and finish tightening down these screws. All right, now we can go ahead and put this trim piece back. It just sets in like that and then we're going to secure it with a whole bunch of the clips with the center button. So start down on this side. Just push it in. Push down the button.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Plastic Fastener Remover

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