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Any RAV4 owner change their own tires?

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Dec 14, 2007
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Any RAV4 owner change their own tires?

I have a RAV4 2018 and I want to start changing tires on my own for the first time. From the manual, I can see that the floor jack should be positioned near the center at the front and rear. I am reading on some forums that a floor jack needs to lift at least 20 inches to be able to change the rear tires. Most of the models I see at Canadian Tire can lift up to 18.5 inches...

Anybody changing their own tires on a RAV4 here could share their experience? I know the emergency jack can be used on the side but I want to do this quickly and I think a floor jack would be the best way to go?
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Don't do it unless you have a torq wrench and know how to use it.
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A 3ton floor jack will allow the proper lift height.
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It's what I use on my Audi Q3.
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vkizzle wrote: A 3ton floor jack will allow the proper lift height.
You'd be surprised. I have a standard Motomaster 3-ton and it only lifts 18".

That's part of the reason why I upgraded to the Motomaster long-reach low profile. It lifts 24". I have the 2-ton version which is fine for my two sedans, but they offer a similar 3-ton version as well.

Old jack - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 1047p.html
New jack - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... p.html#srp
3-ton version - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 0244p.html
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I have an 18” trolly jack to change the tires on my F150. I don’t see how you can possibly require more than that to do a small crossover! You only need to lift the wheel enough to get it an inch off the ground and the suspension sag on a RAV4 is only a few inches.
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derass wrote: You'd be surprised. I have a standard Motomaster 3-ton and it only lifts 18".

That's part of the reason why I upgraded to the Motomaster long-reach low profile. It lifts 24". I have the 2-ton version which is fine for my two sedans, but they offer a similar 3-ton version as well.

Old jack - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 1047p.html
New jack - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... p.html#srp
3-ton version - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 0244p.html
You're right, the "low profile" type is the one I have.
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Sep 16, 2018
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OP dont make it too complicated for yourself. All you need is -
1. 2.5-3 ton floor jack. Try to get an aluminium-steel hybrid one, yes its a little more $$ than the steel one but you will thank later due to its lighter weight. One I have is from costco brand called Arcan . I have been using it to change tires for all my cars including full size SUV which is way bigger and heavier than RAV4.
2. Breaker bar more than 20 inches long which you can get from Crappy tire for $15 or something. Maybe even cheaper on sale elsewhere.
3. A good torque wrench.

Do one tire at a time, lift enough that your tire is just 1-3 inches above the ground. Change and to the next.

Take you time, it may take you roughly an hour for all 4 wheels but you will get better with experience.
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assuming you have the tires on rims already, for the $40-50 in price, I would take it to a shop.
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Sep 2, 2006
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The centre rear jack point on the RAV4 sits pretty high up near the rear bumper. So I can see how forums would recommend a min 20” jack. I have a regular 3 ton floor jack from princess auto that works but it’s pretty much maxed out in terms of height when I lift the rear. Been doing it for years with no issues.

I’m sure someone will mention it but you should also use jack stands in conjunction with the floor jack.

Good luck.
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I use the blackjack low profile 3 ton from Costco. I use the side jack points and not the 2 central ones. The rear jackpoint is far too high for the jack. There are also parts of the frame and suspension you can use...

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Those aren't "side jack points". They're for use with jack stands or a lift. If you jack from those spots, you can't put a stand under them.
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Dec 14, 2007
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so, can I use a floor jack to lift the car from the side and change my tires while the car is lifted on the floor jack?

I know jack stands are recommended, but I don't see how to put the jack stand when the car is lifted on the side using the floor jack..
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chico_001 wrote: so, can I use a floor jack to lift the car from the side and change my tires while the car is lifted on the floor jack?

I know jack stands are recommended, but I don't see how to put the jack stand when the car is lifted on the side using the floor jack..
Yes I do it like that when I change my tires. I never put the whole car on jack stands if I'm just swapping wheels, it'd take forever.

I just put a jack stand next to the floor jack in case the floor jack fails, and be extra careful about having body parts under the car. Changing wheels are pretty quick if that's all you're doing.

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