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#617 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [ceeckar]
Oct 14, 2008 (2:12 pm)
I also have a 2006 RAV4 but with 68,000 miles on it. Starting around 50,000 miles I too developed a noisiy, popping sound that you can feel in the steering wheel / column. When I described the problem to my dealer, he knew immediately what it was. Sounds like quite a few other RAV4 owners have compalined as well. He said that there was a TSB #ST001-08 and it would cost me $631.25 to fix it. I was dumb founded. I thought Toyata stood behind their quality! In nearly 40 years of driving I have never had a problem where the steering linkage needed to be replaced even with a car that had 165,000 miles on it.
I think this should be a Toyota paid for recall. This is my second toyota and I was planning to purchase a third for my daughter but I think I'll shop Honda next time.
I am going to write to Toyota just to let them know how disappointed I am.
#618 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [canam1960]
Oct 14, 2008 (6:48 pm)
dtown was kind enough to post this link of the actual TSB:
I agree canam1960, Toyota should post a recall since the flaw is in the design and even they admit it by posting the TSB. My noise started a few days after a brand new purchase. I currently own 2 toyota's, both purchased brand new, I also had a slightly used toyota highlander that I got rid of due to engine noise.
I will be purchasing a new vehicle for my wife within the next 2 years and I too will look to honda and/or subaru for our next vehicle.
Oct 15, 2008 (4:07 am)
By all means, write to Toyota and call them. Re:TSB #ST001-08. If you are persistent, I am confident they will make some adjustment. Had a similar problem with a Highlander in 02 and they came through with a few hundred dollar credit.
#620 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [sage3]
Oct 16, 2008 (8:03 pm)
Okay...this is getting interesting. I emailed my service guy at the Toyota dealership. Mentioned I had purchased the vehicle there...and was a regular customer (figured that couldn't hurt). Also sent him the TSB and said I thought this should be covered under warantee. I'm thinking the warantee time is from purchase...or when ever you started complaining. Anyway, he (Bubba) called and left a message yesterday saying they were order the steering shaft(s) and they'd let me know when they got there. Today, I had a message that the parts are in and I should make an appointment to have them installed.
Big question will be...are they going to say it is going to cost me ~$700?
I'll let you know.
#621 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [kathrynlee]
Oct 18, 2008 (4:40 am)
Interesting in deed K,
How many miles are on your Rav?
By the way my noise has diminished significantly over the last week. I may have heard a very small " twang" twice but if I was not looking for it I would have missed it. Go figure.
Cant wait to hear what happens with yours. When are you going in?
#622 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [sage3]
Oct 18, 2008 (10:49 am)
I have about 20K miles on my 2006 Rav4. I'm glad that you haven't been 'twangin' lately. Has the weather been warm? I've noticed that the sound happens much more frequently in colder weather. I have an appointment on October 27th to have the parts swapped. Wish me luck! I hope it doesn't make things worse...wouldn't that be a drag!
#623 of 831 Re: Fix of Popping Noise in 2006 Steering Column [kathrynlee]
Oct 18, 2008 (2:08 pm)
The weather actually got colder so it's not reacting the way yours did.
Your mileage is low, if it has not been 3 years since your purchase you should still be covered by warranty for the fix.
And don't worry, now that they are doing something with it I doubt they will give you you're car in worse condition. \
Good luck anyway..
Oct 18, 2008 (5:55 pm)
On my 2002 Rav w/137k miles I have a loud pulsing ringing noise from front or rear end (can't tell which) when accelerating from a complete stop. Noise stops (or can't be heard) as soon as car is over 5-10 mph. Seems worse if starting on a hill. Noise only happens after the car has been driven fast on the freeway so I think it is brought on by heat/friction.
I don't think its the transmission because it doesn't seem to follow RPM's. Best guess is that something is heating up on the suspension causing front or rear calipers to paritialy stick then release?? Or hot rotor is warping??
I asked Mechanic to check CV joints and brakes but no luck.
Its driving me nuts - if its the tranny I need to start looking for a new car. I've heard the 2002 transmission/ECM has had many problems.
Any ideas on what the heck this noise could be appreciated.
#625 of 831 tire pressure monitoring system
Oct 24, 2008 (2:38 am)
I have a 2007 Sport, wheel drive V6. Recently the tire pressure monitoring system dash light came on and has stayed on since. The tire pressure on all 4 tires is a steady 32 psi. Is there a way to reset this light? I'll have the dealer check it out at the next oil change as the car is still under the original warranty anyway. As the the tire pressures are what they should be, I have to think there is an issue with the system. Is there any cause for concern in the meantime? I'm thinking "No."
#626 of 831 Re: tire pressure monitoring system [sidious6688]
Oct 24, 2008 (3:33 am)
Check the Spare, I know two people who had problems with the spare.