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Toyota Rav4: Timing Belt Or Timing Chain? (1996 - 2023)

Researched By AutoPadre Research Team


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.

Scroll down to see detailed timing belt data for your particular model year of the Toyota Rav4.

Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
YearEngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-Interference
1996 - 20004 CylinderTiming BeltNon-Interference
2001-20234 CylinderTiming ChainInterference
2006 - 2012V6Timing ChainInterference
2016-20234 Cyl. HybridTiming ChainInterference

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.

Check out the Belt Or Chain specifications for other makes and models.

2023 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2023 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2023 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. HybridTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2022 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2022 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2022 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. HybridTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2021 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2021 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 302 hp (A25A-FXS)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2020 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2020 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 202 hp (A25A-FKS)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 219 hp (A25B-FXS)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2019 Toyota RAV4
2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2019 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 202 hp (A25A-FKS)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 219 hp (A25B-FXS)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2018 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2018 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2017 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2017 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2016 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2016 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 194 hp (2AR-FXE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2015 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2015 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2014 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2014 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2013 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2013 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2013 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.5L 4 Cyl. 176 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2012 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2012 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2012 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2011 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2011 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2011 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2010 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2010 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2010 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2009 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2009 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2009 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.5L 4 Cyl. 178 hp (2AR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2008 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2008 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2008 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2007 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2007 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2007 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2006 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2006 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2006 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.5L V6 269 hp (2GR-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2005 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2005 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2005 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.4L 4 Cyl. 166 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2004 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2004 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2004 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.4L 4 Cyl. 160 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2003 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2003 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2003 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2002 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2002 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2002 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2001 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2001 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2001 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.4L 4 Cyl. 150 hp (2AZ-FE)Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2000 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2000 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine.

2000 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)Timing BeltNon-Interference90k

1999 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1999 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine.

1999 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)Timing BeltNon-Interference90k

1998 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1998 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine.

1998 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)Timing BeltNon-Interference90k

1997 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1997 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine.

1997 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)Timing BeltNon-Interference90k

1996 Toyota Rav4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1996 Toyota Rav4 models have a timing belt and a non-interference engine.

1996 Toyota Rav4 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. 127 hp (3S-FE)Timing BeltNon-Interference90k
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Timing Belt Basics

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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