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Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual: Tires

Replace or rotate tires in accordance with maintenance schedules and treadwear.

Checking tires

  1. New tread
  2. Treadwear indicator
  3. Worn tread

Toyota RAV4. Checking tires


The location of treadwear indicators is shown by the ¢§twi¢¸ or ¢§ƒ´¢¸ marks, etc., Molded on the sidewall of each tire.

Check spare tire condition and pressure if not rotated.

Tire rotation

Rotate the tires in the order shown.

Vehicles with compact spare tire

Toyota RAV4. Vehicles with compact spare tire


Vehicles with full-size spare tire

Toyota RAV4. Vehicles with full-size spare tire


Do not fail to initialize the tire pressure warning system after tire rotation.

To equalize tire wear and extend tire life, toyota recommends that tire rotation is carried out at the same interval as tire inspection.

Tire pressure warning system (if equipped)

Your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure warning system that uses tire pressure warning valves and transmitters to detect low tire inflation pressure before serious problems arise.

If the tire pressure drops below a predetermined level, the driver is warned by a warning light.

Installing tire pressure warning valves and transmitters

When replacing tires or wheels, tire pressure warning valves and transmitters must also be installed.

When new tire pressure warning valves and transmitters are installed, new id codes must be registered in the tire pressure warning computer and the tire pressure warning system must be initialized. Have tire pressure warning valve and transmitter id codes registered by your toyota dealer.

Initializing the tire pressure warning system

The tire pressure warning system must be initialized when changing the tire size:

When the tire pressure warning system is initialized, the current tire inflation pressure is set as the benchmark pressure.

How to initialize the tire pressure warning system

  1. Park the vehicle in a safe place and turn the engine switch to the “lock” position (vehicles without a smart key system) or off (vehicles with a smart key system).

    Initialization cannot be performed while the vehicle is moving.

  2. Adjust the tire inflation pressure to the specified cold tire inflation pressure level. Make sure to adjust the tire pressure to the specified cold tire inflation pressure level. The tire pressure warning system will operate based on this pressure level.
  3. Turn the engine switch to the “on” position (vehicles without a smart key system) or ignition on mode (vehicles with a smart key system).
  4. Press and hold the tire pressure warning reset switch until the tire pressure warning light blinks slowly 3 times.

Toyota RAV4. How to initialize the tire pressure warning system


  1. Vehicles without a smart key system: wait for a few minutes with the engine switch in the “on” position and then turn the engine switch to the “acc” or “lock” position.

    Vehicles with a smart key system: wait for a few minutes with the engine switch in ignition on mode and then turn the engine switch off.

Registering id codes

The tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is equipped with a unique id code. When replacing a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, it is necessary to register the id code. Have the id code registered by your toyota dealer.

When to replace your vehicle’s tires

Tires should be replaced if:

If you are not sure, consult with your toyota dealer.

Replacing tires and wheels (vehicles with the tire pressure warning system)

If the id code of the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is not registered, the tire pressure warning system will not work properly. After driving for about 20 minutes, the tire pressure warning light blinks for 1 minute and stays on to indicate a system malfunction.

Tire life

Any tire over 6 years old must be checked by a qualified technician even if it has seldom or never been used or damage is not obvious.

Routine tire inflation pressure checks (vehicles with the tire pressure warning system)

The tire pressure warning system does not replace routine tire inflation pressure checks. Make sure to check tire inflation pressure as part of your routine of daily vehicle checks.

Maximum load of tire

Check that the number given by dividing the maximum load by 1.10 Of the replacement tire is greater than 1/2 of the gross axle weight ratings (gawr) of either the front axle or the rear axle, whichever is greater.

For the gawr, see the certification label. For the maximum load of the tire, see the load limit at maximum cold tire inflation pressure mentioned on the sidewall of the tire. 


Tire types

Summer tires

Summer tires are high-speed performance tires best suited to highway driving under dry conditions. Since summer tires do not have the same traction performance as snow tires, summer tires are inadequate for driving on snow-covered or icy roads. For driving on snow-covered roads or icy roads, the use of snow tires is recommended. When installing snow tires, be sure to replace all four tires.

All season tires

All season tires are designed to provide better traction in snow and to be adequate for driving in most winter conditions as well as for use year-round. All season tires, however, do not have adequate traction performance compared with snow tires in heavy or loose snow. Also, all season tires fall short in acceleration and handling performance compared with summer tires in highway driving.

Snow tires

For driving on snow-covered roads or icy roads, we recommend using snow tires. If you need snow tires, select tires of the same size, construction and load capacity as the originally installed tires. Since your vehicle has radial tires as original equipment, make sure your snow tires also have radial construction. Do not install studded tires without first checking local regulations for possible restrictions. Snow tires should be installed on all wheels.

If the tread on snow tires wears down below 0.16 In. (4 Mm)

The effectiveness of the tires as snow tires is lost.

Situations in which the tire pressure warning system may not operate properly (if equipped)

In the following cases, the tire pressure warning system may not operate properly.

*: Vehicles with a full-size spare tire only

Performance may be affected in the following situations.

When the vehicle is parked, the time taken for the warning to start or go off could be extended.

When tire inflation pressure declines rapidly for example when a tire has burst, the warning may not function.

The initialization operation (vehicles with the tire pressure warning system)

Make sure to carry out initialization after adjusting the tire inflation pressure.

Also, make sure the tires are cold before carrying out initialization or tire inflation pressure adjustment.

If you have accidentally turned the engine switch to the “lock” position (vehicles without a smart key system) or off (vehicles with a smart key system) during initialization, it is not necessary to press the reset switch again as initialization will restart automatically when the engine switch has been turned to the “on” position (vehicles without a smart key system) or ignition on mode (vehicles with a smart key system) for the next time.

If you accidentally press the reset switch when initialization is not necessary, adjust the tire inflation pressure to the specified level when the tires are cold, and conduct initialization again.

When initialization of the tire pressure warning system has failed (if equipped)

Initialization can be completed in a few minutes. However, in the following cases, the settings have not been recorded and the system will not operate properly. If repeated attempts to record tire inflation pressure settings are unsuccessful, have the vehicle inspected by your toyota dealer.

When operating the tire pressure warning reset switch, the tire pressure warning light does not blink 3 times.

After driving for a certain period of time since the initialization has been completed, the warning light comes on after blinking for 1 minute.

Tire pressure warning system certification

For vehicles sold in the u.S.A.

Trw automotive

Tire pressure monitoring sensor

Fcc id: gq4-51t

This device complies with part 15 of the fcc rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.

Warning: changes or modifications not expressively approved by trw automotive u.S. Llc could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

Fcc id: paxpmvc010

Note

This device complies with part 15 of the fcc rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Fcc warning

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

For vehicles sold in canada

Trw automotive

Tire pressure monitoring sensor

Model: 228408

Ic: 1470a-32t

Made in u.S.A.

This device complies with industry canada license-exempt rss standard( s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of this device.

Le présent appareil est conforme aux cnr d’industrie canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes : 1. L’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage. 2. L’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.

Warning: changes or modifications not expressively approved by trw automotive u.S. Llc could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

Note

Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.

Note

L’utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée seulement aux deux conditions suivantes : (1) il ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l’utilisateur du dispositif doit être prêt à accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique reçu, même si ce brouillage est susceptible de compromettre le fonctionnement du dispositif.

Caution

When inspecting or replacing tires

Observe the following precautions to prevent accidents.

Failure to do so may cause damage to parts of the drive train as well as dangerous handling characteristics, which may lead to an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

When initializing the tire pressure warning system (if equipped)

Do not operate the tire pressure warning reset switch without first adjusting the tire inflation pressure to the specified level. Otherwise, the tire pressure warning light may not come on even if the tire inflation pressure is low, or it may come on when the tire inflation pressure is actually normal.

Notice

Repairing or replacing tires, wheels, tire pressure warning valves, transmitters and tire valve caps (vehicles with the tire pressure warning system)

To avoid damage to the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters (vehicles with the tire pressure warning system)

When a tire is repaired with liquid sealants, the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter may not operate properly. If a liquid sealant is used, contact your toyota dealer or other qualified service shop as soon as possible. Make sure to replace the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter when replacing the tire.

Driving on rough roads

Take particular care when driving on roads with loose surfaces or potholes.

These conditions may cause losses in tire inflation pressure, reducing the cushioning ability of the tires. In addition, driving on rough roads may cause damage to the tires themselves, as well as the vehicle’s wheels and body.

If tire inflation pressure of each tire becomes low while driving

Do not continue driving, or your tires and/or wheels may be ruined.

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