Tire Changing Guide To Keep Your 2016 Toyota Rav4 Rolling This Summer


Summer time's in full swing, which means lots of on-road travel time for many. Opting for midsize SUVs like the 2016 Toyota Rav4 is a great way to make all of those upcoming road trips much more enjoyable with abundant space for passengers and cargo. But, even if you have the perfect vehicle for your summer travels, if you don't know some simple maintenance tasks, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. One common problem you may run into on the road is a flat tire. Don't waste time having to wait for assistance to save the day. Instead, save the day yourself by learning these important steps below.

1. Pull Over. If your car suffers from a flat tire, the first thing to do is pull over. Try to do so in as safe of a location as possible. Don't park in the middle of a curved road! This is very dangerous because approaching vehicles will be unable to see you.

2. Turn On Hazards. Any time you pull over on the side of the road, it's a very important safety measure to turn on your hazards. This is the best way to notify other vehicles on the road that you will be staying put for awhile – or that you may be in need of assistance.

3. Gather Tools. There are a few tools you will need in order to change your fat, and now is the time to go ahead and gather them for the job ahead. You'll need:

  • jack
  • wrench
  • spare tire

4. Loosen Lug Nuts. Before you even jack up your car, it's a good idea to go ahead and loosen the lug nuts (the big bolts holding your tire onto your car). Using your wrench, loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counter-clockwise (to the left). If the lug nuts are too tight to remove, place the wrench on the lug nut, then stand on the wrench arm. Using your full weight may be the loosening trick required. Be sure you only loosen them; don't fully unscrew them at this point.

5. Jack Up Your Car. Now is the time to put your jack to use. Since all car models differ as to where to place the jack, consult your owner's manual for a specific location. Once the jack is in place, jack up your car until the flat tire is roughly six inches off the ground.

6. Remove Lug Nuts. Since you've pre-loosened the lug nuts, you can now easily and fully unscrew and remove them. Be sure to place them in a pile so they don't get scattered or lost.

7. Remove Tire. Now that you have removed all of the lug nuts, you can go ahead and remove the tire. Do so by pulling the tire straight toward yourself.

8. Install Spare Tire. With the flat tire removed, your spare tire is ready to be installed. To do this, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then, push the spare as far as it will go onto the wheelbase.

9. Replace Lug Nuts. Once your spare is in place, grab your lug nuts and screw them back into place. Don't put them on too tightly just yet.

10. Lower Your Car. Make sure your jack is still in the correct location and then lower it back to the ground. Remove the jack.

11. Fully Tighten Lug Nuts. Once your car is back on solid ground and the jack has been removed, go ahead and fully tighten all of the lug nut

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The 2015 Toyota RAV4: many perks in a well-rounded package

2015 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The 2015 Toyota RAV4 stands as a well-rounded compact SUV that offers features, passenger space and every-day utility all in one great package. Continue reading to learn more about the many perks of the newest RAV4.

Plenty of Space: While the RAV may be classified as a compact SUV, but its interior measurements are actually larger than most. The cargo bay offers 38.4 cubic feet and with second-row seats folded, space expands to a mega 73.3 cubic feet - one of the largest in the class.

Though taller individuals may not find the low-mounted rear seat as comfortable as those with shorter legs, the flat load floor it creates is a huge pro because it makes loading and unloading cargo much easier. Especially convenient for loading and unloading is the power-operated and height-adjustable lift gate.

Safety in All Areas: For safety on the road, the 2015 RAV4 makes a solid choice with its lengthy list of safety equipment and high crash test scores. All models on the 2015 RAV4 lineup, include: antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, whiplash-reducing front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and driver knee airbag, plus rearview camera.

In government crash tests, the RAV4 scored high with four-out-of-five stars in overall protection, four stars in frontal protection and a full five stars in side-impact protection. The RAV4 also received the highest scores in testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in these areas: moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal-offset impact tests, as well as side-impact, roof-strength and head-restraint tests.

Great Content on a Great Lineup: There are three trim levels available on the 2015 RAV4 lineup. Each houses content that will meet the needs of most. The entry-level LE comes with a good amount of upscale basics and a more-than-generous amount of electronics. Wheels are 17-inch steel, headlights are automatic, mirrors are power-folding and accessories are full power. Also enjoyable is the keyless entry system. Electronics include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and six-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, CD player, auxiliary audio jack and iPod/USB audio interface.

There-s a lot to gain from the middle XLE trim that boasts upgraded content and tech features. It adds fog lights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof rails, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and extendable sun visors. Front seats get a sporty flavor and also included is a cargo cover. The audio system gets good bonuses that include satellite and HD radio, traffic and weather. There are a few optional items available to the XLE that are worthwhile, like a height-adjustable power lift gate, navigation system and Toyota-s Entune smartphone app integration.

Toyota packs even more into the top Limited trim like a navigation system paired to a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system. What really sets the Limited apart from the rest is its optional packages. The Technology package equips the RAV4 with a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane-departure warning system and automatic headlights with high-beam control. The Blizzard Pearl Premium package features exterior add-ons like 18-inch machine-finished wheels with black accents.

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