2001 RAv4 cylinder head removal

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Old 16 Nov 2009, 12:37 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2001 RAv4 cylinder head removal

I'm pulling the head on a 2001 Rav4 in order to have valve work done
and I have a couple of questions.

1) Does anyone know if you can get the timing chain cover off
without dropping the engine down on the passenger side? This vehicle
has a timing chain, not a belt, and therefore has a one-piece timing
cover. There is almost no room between the timing cover and the inner
fender wall.

2) Can I pull the head with the intake manifold attached and then
remove the intake manifold? I can't tell if there are lower bolts
that I can't see. I'm concerned about cracking the black composite
intake if I miss a bolt and try to pop it loose.

3) I'm planning on replacing the connecting rod bearings and rings
since I will already have the head off and this engine has 200K miles
on it. Any other suggestions while I've got it apart?
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 10:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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In article <fe691d93-026a-40fe-aeae-60d9208ff1e3@k19g2000yqc.googlegroups.com>, Handyman <sgt_az@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm pulling the head on a 2001 Rav4 in order to have valve work done
>and I have a couple of questions.
>
>1) Does anyone know if you can get the timing chain cover off
>without dropping the engine down on the passenger side? This vehicle
>has a timing chain, not a belt, and therefore has a one-piece timing
>cover. There is almost no room between the timing cover and the inner
>fender wall.
>
>2) Can I pull the head with the intake manifold attached and then
>remove the intake manifold? I can't tell if there are lower bolts
>that I can't see. I'm concerned about cracking the black composite
>intake if I miss a bolt and try to pop it loose.
>
>3) I'm planning on replacing the connecting rod bearings and rings
>since I will already have the head off and this engine has 200K miles
>on it. Any other suggestions while I've got it apart?

check the rod bearing tolerances first. my 4cylinder only needed rings and a
valve grind at 225,000 miles. if they're with specs, leave them be.
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