Last post on Jan 14, 2009 at 9:38 PM
You are in the Toyota Avalon
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Toyota Avalon, Steering, Sedan
#58 of 67 Re: Stearing [mcali786]
Feb 01, 2007 (8:29 am)
Once the rack is removed 95% of your PS fluid will be gone. Have Toyota check to see if your car can take transmission fluid, for PS fluid. (some quote DOT3 brake fluid but can take Tranny fluid as they found it lasted better in the cold Toy will know) If you can use transmission fluid get a good Mobil One Synthetic. It will cost you 8.99 a litre but works awesome in the cold. Short answer to your question post rant. You will have all your fluid drained when the new rack goes in. Just ask the mechanic to make sure he bleeds the old fluid out (which they most likely will.
#59 of 67 Re: Stearing [netwon]
Feb 01, 2007 (9:38 am)
Okay thanks again! you mentioned transmission fluid in PS? How's that possible, I've heard even people say just use genuine toyota ps fluid! because generic can casue racks to leark (from seals i guess)
Also, is there any way I can have my dealer charge less? (any tips on saving money at service?)
#60 of 67 Re: Stearing [mcali786]
Feb 01, 2007 (9:51 am)
I own an Avalon and a Toyota Corolla my factory fill for the Corolla is Dextron III (trans fluid) for the PS system. Some older Toyotas that require special fluids should use the Toyota brand. My cousins Tundra required brake fluid (DOT 3) for the PS, but after pump failures in the cold weather of Edmonton, Toyota eventually came out with documentation into using tranny fluid. Both Dot 3 and Dex 3 are technically hydraluic fluids.
#61 of 67 AVALON..THE WANDERER
Apr 18, 2007 (5:37 am)
I have owned a 2007 for about 3 months and the steering seems oversensitive. It is just all over the highway, if I glance away for a second I am in the other lane. The dealer says no use checking the alignment, this is just the way the car steers. As great as this car is, I hate the steering and am wondering if I should trade it. Is it me, or just my particular car?
#62 of 67 Re: AVALON..THE WANDERER [carterb]
Apr 18, 2007 (7:06 am)
This is not typical.
One reason could be overinflated tires, a common and dangerous oversight when new cars are first delivered. This happened to me twice, with a 97 Camry and a 05 Avalon, tire pressures were way over spec. Setting correct pressure made a huge difference in handling.
Your 07 has built-in sensors so this should not be happening -- but I'd still suggest to check tire pressure manually.
#63 of 67 Re: AVALON..THE WANDERER [carterb]
Apr 18, 2007 (11:12 am)
Yes, I should have mentioned after getting the vehicle home I deflated the tires from 37 PSI to 32. I have a very accurate digital gauge I use for all my cars.
#64 of 67 '97 Avalon power steering
Apr 09, 2008 (5:47 pm)
While I am driving my Avalon, the steering is very stiff and jerky. After turning the steering wheel does not return to straight.
Any thoughts on what could be causing this?
I used a syringe to extract most of the old power steering fluid and added new Dex III, as recommended by my Toyota manual. Someone told me that I should add some Lucas power steering fluid to stop any leaks (none visible) and make smooth steering. I purchased the Lucas, but I am hesitant to add it to the reservoir as it is not mentioned in my Toyota manual. If it is safe I will take some of the Dex III out and add Lucas to the fill line.
I appreciate any help with this problem.
#66 of 67 Re: '97 Avalon power steering [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 10, 2008 (1:03 pm)
#67 of 67 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 won't accelerate over 60 km per hour
Jan 14, 2009 (9:38 pm)
My husband's Ram 1500 four door, four wheel drive truck won't accelerate over 60 kilometres an hour. Filled up and still same. Anyone have any suggestions as to what we might be looking at?? Thanks for all responses in advance.