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#769 of 831 Re: 2007 RAV4 Steering Noise [minivanfan88]
Jan 05, 2010 (1:16 pm)
Sorry it's been so long since my last post - holidays et al. Update - the DSM was willing to cover the parts but not the labor, so out of pocket for my brother would have been estimated at $1100. I should have noted in my first post, that STAR Toyota recommended that my brother change the ENTIRE Steering Rack (Steering Link Assembly) as per TSB-0308-08 (http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/snd27613/2008-10-14_215739_rav_4_steering_1.p- df) and not just the Intermediate Steering Shaft per the earlier TSB I mentioned. That accounted for the big difference in labor time - 7.8hrs vs 1.5hrs. (Although that should be about $800 labor and not $1100 like the dealer quoted - something else going on there.) Anyways, TSB-0308 describes the noise as a rattling sound when DRIVING over bumps, and TSB-0318 describes the noise as a popping or knocking sound when TURNING the wheel (I believe it's more noticeable at slow speeds/standstill). My brother's car sounded more like the latter, so we decided to go for a second opinion. We brought it to Penn Toyota on Long Island. They said that they couldn't find anything wrong. We do still hear and feel a very slight knocking when turning the wheel at low speeds, so I do think there's an issue. My bro has decided to leave it as is for now, although I recommended that he possibly get a 3rd opinion. Car is over 42K now, so the longer he waits, the harder it may be for him to get the DSM to help with costs. I still believe that this is a design flaw and that Toyota should fess up and take care of their customers. They've gotten a black-eye from the floor mats recall recently - we'll see what they do now.
#770 of 831 Toyota 2006 Rav4 Steering
Jan 06, 2010 (9:38 am)
I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 which had the same steering problem as everyone else. I have an extended warranty and all the steering components are covered except the TBS - Intermediate Steering Shaft. So, I had to pay all costs to American Toyota Dealership to replace it. I agree with all of you. I think it is a design flaw and Toyota should most certainly fess up and recall these vehicles and take care of their customers and reimburse those of us who have had to pay for this repair out of our pockets. I love my Rav4, but if there is a flaw, Toyota should FIX IT!!
Jan 07, 2010 (6:32 pm)
My 08 toyo trans path were looking sad with 5/32 or less after 43k miles. my spare looked great...i started searching the web for 215/70/16 toyo take offs in new condition. i found 3 ..spent on average 45 dollars each..shipping averaged 20 dollars.
now my 08 has 4 new original tires!....but at least i did not have to wrangle over what to replace them with! look for the orphans,they're out there!
#772 of 831 Re: 2007 RAV4 Steering Noise [spinningfox]
Jan 09, 2010 (11:27 am)
I too have 2006 Rav4 which had the same issue. I paid to have the repairs done because my extended warranty covered all steering components except the one which was giving me problems. I contact Toyota via email, but they have not responded. I really think Toyota needs to recall and reimburse those of us who have had to put out money for this repair. I too will follow if and when Toyota responds. Good luck with your Rav4.
#773 of 831 Re: 2007 RAV4 Steering Noise [namalene]
Jan 09, 2010 (1:52 pm)
My 2006 Rav4 had the same clunking in the steering column. I mentioned it to my dealership repair department once - about two years after purchasing the vehicle...but they couldn't replicate it. After seeing posts on this forum, and someone kindly linked in the TSM, I sent it to my dealership service department and scheduled the repair. Not knowing what they would charge I went in; they said it was covered under the initial warantee (I did not have any extended warantee). No charge to me at all and they replaced the steering components. I have been 'knock free' since. I am shocked to see people having to pay $500 or more for their share of this repair. The only think I can think is that the issue was brought up after the initial warantee was out of date, or unscrupled service departments...or that my dealership made a mistake and paid the full cost? I agree...since the problem seems so widespread, Toyota should be addressing it with a recall. Good luck.
#774 of 831 hum when I am pushing the gas petal
Jan 14, 2010 (8:34 pm)
I have 14k on 08-v-6 engine. I bought the car one month ago but just noticed a hum when I push the gas petal, to me sounds like the tranm. but my wife thinks it might be the tires. When I let up on the gas the hum disappears, dealer is busy now with the snowbirds so I guess I will wait until they go back until I take it in. What do you guys think?? Harry PS vehicle is a Rav-4
#775 of 831 Re: 2007 RAV4 Steering Noise
Jan 26, 2010 (4:43 pm)
I have 07 Rav4 limited - with just over 62K miles, I noticed clunking noise, and took to dealer. They said it was a steering column problem, and quoted me over $900 to repair. I said BS, and wrote Toyota Corporate. They laughed at me and said too bad - out of warranty, we won't help you! Sounds like a design/manufacturing flaw to me that Toyota should be covering. I guess their reliability isn't what we all thought!
#776 of 831 Re: 2007 RAV4 Steering Noise [thegriff]
Jan 26, 2010 (5:40 pm)
Stand your ground, I was able to get them to cover labor out of warranty, it is a part defect, it should be a recall. Escalate more and make noise and see what happens.
#777 of 831 Steering Problem!
Jan 26, 2010 (6:39 pm)
We have a 2006 Toyota RAV 4 limited. Last summer we noticed a clunking noise when you turned the steering wheel. Fortunately we had an extended warranty and the costs were covered. It appears that this was a design flaw and Toyota should cover it.
#778 of 831 Re: hum when I am pushing the gas petal [harryhess1]
Feb 17, 2010 (10:59 am)
I had the problem checked out on my 06 Rav4 and Toyota said that is was a resistor that had gone bad. I don't have the specific info on my right now, but if you are interested, I can get it later. I was on the forum looking at the steering issues.