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Toyota RAV4 Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or replace a blown electrical fuse in a 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4 with picture illustrated steps.

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2.5L Engine Bay Fuse Box
Press Release Tab
Pull Off Fuse Box Cover
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Toyota RAV4 in replacing a blown fuse in either the engine bay or passenger compartment fuse boxes.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Camry, Matrix, Yaris, Tacoma, Prius, Tundra, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, RX 350, FR-S, iQ, tC, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included in the engine bay fuse box. If not, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

Replacement low profile mini blade fuses can be purchased in a variety of amperage ratings at Wal-Mart, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys and online at

Engine Bay Fuse Block
By Driver's Left Knee
Interior Fuse Block
The engine bay fuse block is located on the right side near the 12V battery.

Press the release tab on the back edge of the fuse block cover to remove it.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the cover and also one in the owner's manual.

Remove Plastic Cover
Fuses Exposed
Pull Out Old Fuse
The passenger compartment fuse block is located underneath the dashboard and just to the right of the hood release switch.

Press the release tab on the cover and pull it off.


Hold Up To Light Source
Push In New Fuse
Replace Fuse Box Cover
Gently pull the fuse that you want to check or replace straight out of the block.

To use the fuse puller tool, pinch the end of the tool to open the jaws at the tip and place them over the old fuse.

Release the pressure on the end of the tool and pull the old fuse straight out.

To check if the old fuse is "blown" or "short circuited" hold it near a light source.

If the thin metal strip or "band" inside the fuse appears to be intact, it should still be good.

Since new fuses are so cheap, it should be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting steps.

If the metal bar in the translucent plastic middle part of the fuse appears to be broken, the fuse is blown and must be replaced with one of the same amperage rating (E.G. "5", "10", "20").

Pull Out Interior Fuse
Push In New Fuse
Replace Fuse Block Cover
Push a new low profile mini blade fuse straight in to the socket and test the electrical component that wasn't working properly.

If necessary, you can also the slightly taller standard mini blades fuses which will just stick out of the socket a bit further.

Line up the engine bay fuse block cover and push it in to place.

Snap the passenger compartment fuse block cover over the panel and push it in to place.

For more, check out my other Toyota RAV4 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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