If you identify a noise on your automobile, you are right to be careful of it and take it seriously, although it is plausible that nothing major will happen, it is also plausible that it is the indication of a more important restoration. A noise that appears in the trunk of your Toyota RAV4 is fortunately more a indication of a small correction or repair, rather than a complex one. To help you in your research, we have decided to write this content to present you with the most likely solutions to your problem. First we will see that this trunk noise on your Toyota RAV4 can come from accumulated dirt, the problem can also come from a loose lock and finally, it can even come from a simple rivet that sits inside your bumper.
Noise in the trunk Toyota RAV4 : Built up dirt that triggers poor closing
We will therefore begin with a trunk noise on your Toyota RAV4 caused by dirt accumulated on your joints, lock for example. In fact, it is plausible that on a automobile that is already a few years old and whose cleaning is not always a priority or that the roads used are not very clean that dirt accumulates at the trunk gasket. This problem triggers a poor closure of the trunk and a noise that can sound like a crack. To check if you are in this condition, open the trunk of your Toyota RAV4, check the state of the gasket that goes around the entire tailgate and clean it with a wet/soap cloth, dry the whole thing and try to close the trunk and take a dentred road to see the improvement. If this is not the case, continue to the other hypotheses that will probably give a solution. It is plausible however that you have a trunk noise on your Toyota RAV4 that is connected to other origins such as shock absorbers, do not hesitate to read this content on the noises at the back of a Toyota RAV4.
Noise in the trunk of my Toyota RAV4 : Loose lock, clicking noise
Second probability, you may also, over time, encounter a locking system that has taken up some play. And this is one of the most probably possibilities. In fact, knowing a trunk noise on your Toyota RAV4 is very often connected to this problem. Several solutions are existing to you according to the level of play you have with your lock. The first is that occasionally the offset is minimal and a simple greasing of the system with thick grease is good enough to solve the trouble. Secondly, it is also plausible that you really have a lot of play on your lock and that each time the trunk “jumps”, in which circumstance you would have to remove the cover that allows access to the lock (inside the trunk). Then, using torx screws, you unscrew the striker attached to the threshold, simply push it back a little towards the inside of the trunk and tighten it again. Make sure to check the centering of the striker in connection with the trunk lock. If after checking out the trunk of your Toyota RAV4 closes badly, it means that you have moved it too far, duplicate the procedure by pushing the striker less.
Noise in my trunk Toyota RAV4 : Rivet following plate change in the trunk/ bumper
Finally, one of the last possibilities. It is that following a license plate change you were unlucky and that a piece of rivet fell at the rear of your plate. In fact, when a plate swap is done, to remove the old one the process used is to drill the existing rivets in order to released the license plate. Sadly, it can happen that part of the rivet falls into the hole of the bumper and it will therefore wander inside the bumper and can trigger an annoying noise. To check that it is this problem you are experiencing, and that you have a trunk noise on your Toyota RAV4 linked to a rivet, you will need to check that it is in the tailgate open it and stir it to distinguish the noise. If this is your case, you will have to take out the linings from the trunk to remove it. Finally, if it is your bumper, it is in this rarer and more unpleasant case, you will have to remove the bumper to remove the bits of rivet that are running around.