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How to Replace Intake Camshaft Position Sensor 06-13 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Removing the Intake Camshaft Position Sensor (0:23)
    • Lift the engine cover straight up to remove it
    • Locate the intake camshaft position sensor at the rear of the valve cover
    • Disconnect the camshaft position sensor electrical connector
    • Remove the 10 mm bolt
    • Pull the camshaft sensor straight out to remove it
  2. step : Installing the Intake Camshaft Position Sensor (3:15)
    • Apply a small amount of oil or grease around the sensor O ring
    • Insert the sensor into position
    • Install the 10 mm bolt
    • Connect the sensor electrical connector
    • Push the engine cover down onto the mounting pins

What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the intake camshaft position sensor on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need this part or other parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Just want to pull this cover off. Just grab underneath the cover, slide up. And up there and there is these retainers that hold it in and just push on little grommets right on those locations. This is where the intake camshaft position sensor is located in the back here. Disconnect the connector, just push down on the tab, slide the connector off, push down on the tab that releases the lock. Then we want to take this bolt out. I'm just going to use a 10 millimeter socket. I'm going to use an electric ratchet. You can use a regular ratchet. If you don't have an electric one. Take that bolt out and if there's any dust in this area, you want to wipe it away or use a little compressed air. You don't want that getting into the engine and then generally these are pretty difficult to get out because of the O-ring. Sometimes they pull right down. Let's see if we can just get this out.

All right, I'm struggling a little bit. So what I'm going to do is just take a little water displacement oil with some kind of a lubricant. Let it sit for a second. Then it will be easier to pull the O-ring up. All right, now that that's set for a little bit. Just try to grab this, pull it out and then I'll just try to take a pick, try to get underneath here. Just be careful. Just rock it back and forth a little bit. You don't want to pry too hard because then you'll just crack it. It is plastic. But there we go. Cut it out. And what happens is you get a little dirt or corrosion on the top of that O-ring and that causes it to come out kind of a little bit difficult.

Here's the old part. Here's the new cam sensor from You can use this cam sensor both in the exhaust cam or the intake cam. The sensor itself is the same, has the same O-ring, the connector's the same, and the mounting position is the same. Get yours at and you'll be ready to rock and roll.

Just take a rag, clean out this a little bit. Try not to get any debris falling down into the engine. Take the new sensor. I'm just going to take a little bit a ATF or you can take some engine oil or some other type of grease. It's just going to help the seal. Prevent the seal from rolling when you're installing this. Make sure that goes down and that's flush. Take the screw or the bolt, get the bolt started and take a 10 millimeter socket and ratchet and just snug this up. That's good. Take the connector, line it up, lock it in place. Take this cover and we want to line these little tabs up with these little pins right there. There's three of them. Just push it down and then you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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