How to Change the Oxygen Sensor on a 2007 RAV4

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Toyota introduced the RAV4, a compact SUV, to the U.S. marketplace in the 1996 model year. In 2006, Toyota completed the second redesign of the RAV4, increasing its overall size and slightly modifying the appearance of the SUV. The 2005 RAV4 came standard with a 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.4-liter engine has two sensors on the exhaust that many people call “oxygen sensors.” The technical term for the upstream – pre-catalytic converter – oxygen sensor is the air-fuel ratio sensor, and the technical term for the downstream – post-catalytic converter – oxygen sensor is the heated oxygen sensor. Replacing both oxygen sensors is a fairly simple task most DIY mechanics can complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Ratchet
  • Oxygen sensor socket
  • Torque wrench
  • Wheel chocks
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands

Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor –- Upstream Oxygen Sensor

  • Allow the vehicle to sit until the engine has cooled completely.

  • Open the hood and find the air-fuel ratio sensor on the exhaust manifold, which is the large exhaust component that bolts directly to the engine.

  • Trace the sensor’s wiring toward the driver’s side of the engine until you find the harness on the end of the wiring. Pull the wiring from any routing clips as you encounter them. Unplug the sensor’s harness from the RAV4’s wiring harness.

  • Remove the air-fuel ratio sensor from the exhaust manifold using a ratchet and oxygen sensor socket. Pull the sensor from the engine compartment.

  • Thread the air-fuel ratio sensor into the exhaust manifold by hand, then tighten the sensor to 32 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and oxygen sensor socket.

  • Route the air-fuel sensor’s wiring back towards the RAV4’s wiring harness, pressing the wiring into its routing clips as you encounter them. Plug the sensor’s wiring harness into the RAV4’s harness.

Heated Oxygen Sensor –- Downstream Oxygen Sensor

  • Park the RAV4 on a flat surface and allow it to sit until it is completely cool. Kick wheel chocks under the rear of the rear wheels. Lift the front of the SUV with a floor jack and slide jack stands under the subframe. Lower the RAV4 onto the jack stands.

  • Trace the oxygen sensor’s wiring away from the sensor until you find the wiring harness, which connects to the RAV4’s wiring harness. Unplug the sensor’s wiring harness from the vehicle’s harness.

  • Remove the heated oxygen sensor from the exhaust pipe using a ratchet and oxygen sensor socket.

  • Thread the oxygen sensor into the exhaust pipe by hand, then torque it to 32 foot-pounds using a torque wrench and oxygen sensor socket.

  • Connect the heated oxygen sensor’s wiring harness to the RAV4’s wiring harness.

  • Lift the vehicle off the jack stands and remove the jack stands. Lower the RAV4 to the ground.

References

  • Alldata: 2007 Toyota Truck RAV4 2WD L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE), Oxygen Sensor, Locations, Components
  • Alldata: 2007 Toyota Truck RAV4 2WD L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE), Oxygen Sensor, Service and Repair, Removal and Replacement: Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor
  • Alldata: 2007 Toyota Truck RAV4 2WD L4-2.4L (2AZ-FE), Oxygen Sensor, Service and Repair, Removal and Replacement: Heated Oxygen Sensor
  • MSN Autos: Toyota RAV4 Overview
  • Cars.com: 2007 Toyota RAV4 Standard Features and Options
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