Does A Toyota Rav4 Have A Timing Belt Or Timing Chain?

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Toyota Rav4 Belt Or Chain

All Toyota Rav4s from 2001 and newer have timing chains and interference engines.

All Toyota Rav4's from 2000 and older have timing belts and non-interference engines.

For example, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 302 hp (A25A-FXS) option has a timing chain while the 2000 Toyota Rav4 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE) option has a timing belt.

Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Model Years Engine Option Timing Belt Or Chain Interference Or Non-Interference
1996 - 2000 4 Cylinder timing belt non-interference
2001-2020 4 Cylinder timing chain interference
2006 - 2012 V6 timing chain interference
2016-2021 4 Cyl. Hybrid timing chain interference
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Scroll down for detailed information on your particular Toyota Rav4 model year.

Check the belt or chain for other makes and models here.

Timing Belt Basics

A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.
A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.

The primary purpose of the timing belt or timing chain is to maintain the timing (syncronization) between the crankshaft and the camshaft(s).

A timing belt is made of a rubber compound while a timing chain is made of chain similiar to a bicycle chain.

A timing belt wears out over time and must be replaced at the manufacturer's specified interval. Timing belt failure can result in serious engine damage.

Although a timing chain will wear over time it is usually good for the lifetime of the engine but it should be routinely inspected.

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Note: Replacement intervals are broad recommendations and can be affected by age, weather conditions, running conditions etc. Check with the owner's manual/ manufacturer/ dealership.

2021 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2021 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 302 hp (A25A-FXS)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2020 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2020 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 219 hp (A25B-FXS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 202 hp (A25A-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime

2019 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2019 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 219 hp (A25B-FXS) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 202 hp (A25A-FKS) timing chain interference lifetime
2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4

2018 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2018 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2017 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2017 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2016 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2016 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE) timing chain interference lifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2015 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2015 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2014 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2013 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2013 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2012 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2012 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2011 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2011 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2010 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2010 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2009 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2009 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2008 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2008 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2007 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2007 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2006 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2006 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2006 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE) timing chain interference lifetime
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE) timing chain interference lifetime

2005 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2005 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2005 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2004 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2004 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2004 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.4L 4 Cyl. 160 hp (2AZ-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2003 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2003 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2003 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2002 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2002 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2002 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2001 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2001 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2001 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2000 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2000 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2000 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference non-interference
Replacement Interval 90k miles

1999 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1999 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1999 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference non-interference
Replacement Interval 90k miles

1998 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1998 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1998 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference non-interference
Replacement Interval 90k miles

1997 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1997 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1997 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference non-interference
Replacement Interval 90k miles

1996 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1996 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1996 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference non-interference
Replacement Interval 90k miles

Other Toyota Rav4 Specifications

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