Q: How do I check the engine coolant level of a Toyota RAV4?

asked by on

How do I check the engine coolant level?

While oil is essential to an operating engine, coolant is just as important. It helps to wick away the heat generated by your engine running. If the coolant level drops too low, you’ll notice the temperature gauge start to climb. If it makes it into the red zone, serious damage can result (up to and including destroying the engine). Obviously, you need to keep an eye on the coolant level. Here’s how:

  1. Park the car on a level surface.

  2. Engage the parking brake.

  3. Turn off the engine.

  4. Open the hood. Be careful not to touch the radiator, radiator hoses or any other part

of the engine – they can burn you badly.

  1. Locate the coolant reservoir to the left of the engine compartment.

  2. Check the level of coolant in the reservoir. It should be between the full and low lines on the side. As long as it’s between these two lines, you don’t need to take action. If it’s below the low line, you need to top off the coolant.

Tips

  • NEVER remove the coolant reservoir cap or the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Engine coolant is under pressure, and opening either cap could spray you with super-hot coolant, causing very serious burns.

  • If the coolant level drops shortly after topping it off, check for leaks.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I check the engine coolant level of a Toyota RAV4?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Spilled drink on my gear shifter on my Toyota RAV4 2015 model, need some help in taking it apart and removing it to clean it

Hi there. We really don't have a service for this particular application quite yet - but, we might be able to help you. There are two options to consider. First, you can purchase a service and repair manual that should...

Q: What other issues could I check, if I changed my coolant temperature sensor and my vehicle is still jumping or missing?

You need to fix that air leak. The best thing to do is buy a new intake boot. If you're short on funds, you can use duct tape or some other strong tape to cover the hole in lieu of...

Q: I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla S. It has less than 50k miles. Is the engine interchangeable with other years of the Corolla or othe

There was a North American production version of the 1.8L engine and a Japanese version. The engines were different (you must get a car that used the EXACT same engine otherwise you will have problems with the compatibility of the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.