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Toyota RAV4 Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 4th generation 2013 to 2016 Toyota RAV4 SUV with pictures.

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2013 RAV4 Engine Bay Fuse Box
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Push In Release Tab
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Push In Rear Release Tab

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and possibly also the revised 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

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

This 2013 RAV4 is equipped with the newer style of "Low Profile" mini blade fuses.

New fuses in a variety of amperage ratings can be purchased at Walmart, auto parts stores or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool is included on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

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Fuse Location Diagram & Tool
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Engine Bay Fuse Block
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Relay Box - Left Side
The engine bay fuse box is located on the right side of the engine bay next to the air filter box.

Press the release tabs on the front and rear edges of the fuse box before pulling the cover straight off.

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

The white plastic fuse puller tool is attached to the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

A smaller black plastic electrical relay box is located on the far left side of the engine bay just behind the windshield washer filler tube.

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Press In Two Release Tabs
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Lift Off Relay Box Cover
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Driver's Side Dashboard
Squeeze together the two release tabs on the front and rear edges of the relay box before pulling the cover straight off.

There is a relay location diagram on the underside of the cover.

The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located underneath the left side of the dashboard near where the driver's left knee would normally reside.

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Look Under Dashboard
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Pull Off Plastic Cover
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Interior Fuse Panel
Look under the dashboard and locate the rectangular white plastic electrical panel cover.

Gently pull off the cover.

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



 

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Pull Off Plastic Panel
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Plastic Panel Removed
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Purple Fuse - Bottom Middle
Another fuse can be accessed by pulling off the lower left panel on the dashboard.

I didn't take the time to identify the fuse. It is a small purple fuse located at the bottom middle of the tan plastic panel.

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Push On Interior Cover
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Plastic Cover Replaced
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Fuse Puller Tool - Open Jaws
Gently push the interior fuse box cover back in to place.

Squeeze together the end of the fuse puller tool to open the jaws.

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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
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Hold Up To Light Bulb
Place the jaws over the old fuse that you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

Hold the old fuse up to a bright light source.

If the thin metal bar inside the translucent plastic middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good. Since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

If the metal strip inside the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, it is "blown" and should be changed for a new one of the same amperage rating (5, 10, 15, 20, 25).

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Push In New Fuse
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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
Push a new fuse of the same amperage rating straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can use the older style of "standard" mini blade fuses which are slightly taller. They will just stick farther out of the socket than the "low profile" fuses.

Re-attach the fuse puller tool to the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

Lower the fuse box and relay box covers back in to place.

Push down on the covers to secure the retaining clips.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the radio, air conditioning, wipers, tail lights, headlights, interior lights, heated seats, power windows, door locks, etc.

If you are still having the same electrical problem, you might have a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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