Being subject to constant noise on your vehicle tends to be frustrating, a vehicle is so elaborate that it is constantly difficult to determine its origin and even more so to find the part that causes it. If you have already experienced a clicking noise on your Toyota RAV4, we will most likely be able to help you. Indeed, our editorial staff decided to create this article in order to review the main causes of a clicking noise on Toyota RAV4. This is why, firstly, we will check out what are the reasons of this type of noise coming from your engine block, then those of a noise coming from your direction and finally, the origins of clicking noise on Toyota RAV4 coming from your suspensions.
I listen to a clicking noise on Toyota RAV4 from my engine
Check your high engine
If you listen to a clicking noise on Toyota RAV4, and this noise is based at the top of the engine, it means that it originates from your cylinder head and its accompanying parts. Two parts can be the triggers of these ticking noises on Toyota RAV4. Either the hydraulic pushers , in most cases it is because of their faulty “hydraulic catch-up” system that we will perceive these clicking noises, often when cold and vanish when hot. Otherwise, it is the interplay of your rocker arms or their condition of wear that is at issue. In this case, remember to change them.
Check your low engine
If you have determined the area of source of the Toyota RAV4 clikcing noises coming from your low engine, it may be that your rods or piston shafts are the triggers. In both cases, the risk in the long term is the breakage of the motor. These two fixes are very complex and most mechanics will recommend you to change the engine of your Toyota RAV4.
Finally, if you have the feeling that this clicking noise on Toyota RAV4 is connected to the combustion of your engine, there are three possible causes of it. Check the state of your glow plugs which, if worn, can hinder the proper combustion of the fuel mixture. Then, it is plausible that your timing belt is shifted and that it does not properly manage the timing of the various engine elements to promote good combustion. And finally, the most classic reason, comes from your injection, which is either blocked or one or more injectors are damaged. In this circumstance, do not hesitate to check this article which deals in detail with the different injection sounds on Toyota RAV4.
I listen to a clicking noise on Toyota RAV4 in my direction
Check the state of the gimbals
One of the most common triggers of a clicking noises in the direction of your Toyota RAV4 is related to the direction of the vehicle. Indeed, the cardans and their bellows are parts that are constantly stressed during your changes of direction or that you turn your wheels and a wear of one of them can generate a ticking type of sound when you get closer to the stop zone of your steering. A bellows with holes will affect the cardan shaft very quickly and must be replaced in a short time, otherwise the entire cardan shaft will have to be replaced. Consider taking a look at it. If you would like more detailed information about gimbals noises on Toyota RAV4, do not hesitate to consult this complete guide.
Check the rest of your direction
Finally, when you detect a clicking noise on your Toyota RAV4, it is plausible that it is the direction that is involved. Just like the gimbals, the steering part is mobilized when you turn your wheels. If this is the circumstance, the parts that may have been damaged due to normal wear and tear or impact (e. g. sidewalks) are steering rods, stabilizer bar silentblocks or steering triangles.
I listen to a clicking noise on Toyota RAV4 coming from my suspensions
Check the suspension
If you encounter a clicking noise on your Toyota RAV4 once you pass a speed bump, it is very plausible that your suspension block is the induce of the noise. Indeed, it may be the suspension cups, which, when they are out of date, have the rubber (silentbloc) that acts as a buffer and shock absorber for the upper part of the suspension that no longer fulfils its role and during small jolts that compress the suspensions. To check if this is the trouble that worries you, take a dented road and, at low speed, listen to the noise coming from your front axle when you pass over holes. If these are the cups, consider changing them soon as this may affect other parts and require more expensive repairs.
Check spring and cylinder
If you are subject to a clicking noise on your Toyota RAV4 at the suspension level, it is highly plausible that spring wear or shock cylinder deformation may be a cause. To check the shape of the spring, position the car on a flat surface and measure that the heights from the ground to the bottom of the body are similar on each side (empty car for measurement). You can also check between the front and rear, if there is a gap too large it means that most likely your springs are worn, if you find out a leak go a little further in the article to have the answer to this problem. For the cylinder the verification is visual, be sure that it seems to work in a straight axis. And that there is no angle that would alter its proper functioning. If one of them breaks in both situations, you should think about changing it or them. If you have the feeling that this noise is more like a squeaking noise on Toyota RAV4 than a clicking noise, don’t hesitate to consult this article.