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How to Replace Spark Plugs 09-15 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Spark Plugs 09-15 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-19

Watch this video to learn how to replace the spark plugs on your 09-15 Toyota RAV4. 1A Auto shows you how to do it yourself so you can save money!

  1. step 1 :Removing the Spark Plugs
    • Pull the engine cover up to remove it
    • Disconnect the ignition coil electrical connector
    • Remove the 10 mm ignition coil bolt
    • Pull the ignition coil straight up to remove it
    • Blow compressed air into the spark plug well to get debris out
    • Remove the spark plug using a spark plug socket
  2. step 2 :Installing the Spark Plugs
    • Compare the new spark plug to the old spark plug to ensure it is the correct size
    • Insert the spark plug into the spark plug socket and carefully lower it into the spark plug well
    • Carefully tighten the spark plug by hand
    • Torque the spark plug to 18 ft-lb
    • Coat the boot of the ignition coil with dielectric grease
    • Push the ignition coil down onto the spark plug
    • Secure the ignition coil with the 10 mm bolt
    • Connect the ignition coil electrical connector
    • Repeat removal and installation for the remaining spark plugs
    • Push the engine cover onto the mounting pins

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Dielectric Grease

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

    5/8 Inch Spark Plug Socket

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 spark plugs in this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need 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 that up there and there. These retainers that hold it in, just push on little grommets right on those locations. This is where your coils are. There's four of them on this particular engine, so I'm going to show you how to do this one. Just disconnect the connector right here. Just push down on the lock tab and slide it out just like that. Take a 10mm socket extension and ratchet, loosen up this bolt right here. Take that bolt out. We can grab the coil. Sometimes you just twist it a little bit and slide it out. Now, this seal got stuck on there, so you want to take the seal off. Just put it back on the coil, and there's the coil.

Before I pull the spark plug out, if there's any dirt or anything in there, it's a good idea to just take a blow gun and blow out anything in there. Get any dust or dirt out of there. You don't want any of that going down into the cylinder. Now, you want to take a spark plug socket. The reason you want a spark plug socket is because normally inside there there's a rubber grommet that's going to hold the spark plug from falling out, so once it's loose you can pull the spark plug out. Sometimes there's a magnet on there, depending on the socket. Use that plus an extension and a ratchet, and you don't want to do this with any power tools because you could strip stuff out. It's better off just doing it by hand.

Once that's loose, you can slip it up and see the spark plug comes right out with the socket. Here's the old part. Here's the new spark plug from This is made by NGK. The plug lengths are the same. The important thing you want to keep in mind is the depth of the threaded part of the plug, which it's the same. These plugs come pre-gapped, so you don't have to gap them. Get yours at and you'll be ready to rock and roll.

Take the spark plug, put it in your spark plug socket so it doesn't fall out, and then carefully lower it down. Remember, you don't have to gap them, they come pre-gapped, and start threading it. Now, if you dropped it, then obviously you need a new spark plug because the electrode is probably going to be touching, so just keep that in mind. Don't drop them. Snug it up just a little bit with the ratchet, and then I'll take a torque wrench and torque to this 18 foot-pounds.

Now, there is a crush washer on there, so it might move a little more than you would think it would. That's good. Pull that out. Sometimes the spark plug socket gets stuck in there, so just wiggle it around and you're good. Just make sure the rubber grommet didn't come out. I'm going to take the coil, I'm just going to take a little bit of dielectric grease, just put a little bit in there. It's always a good idea. You don't necessarily have to, but it helps. Take the coil, slide that in position. That's good.

Take the 10mm bolt, get that started. Just take a 10mm socket and ratchet and just snug this down. It's good. Take the connector and line it up and lock it in place, and then you're going to do the same with the other ones.

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:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Dielectric Grease

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Sockets - SAE

  • 5/8 Inch Spark Plug Socket

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