Last post on Feb 12, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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Toyota Venza, Steering, SUV
#1 of 5 Electric Power Steering or Alignmnet issue ?
Mar 29, 2009 (6:41 pm)
I have driven my Venza V6 AWD for 1500 miles now. A lot of people commented the electric power steering feels numb. I just don't understand what that means.
But this is what I've found. When I am braking slowly (or lightly) to a stop because of a red light, I feel the steering wheel is kind of locked up and harder to steer compared to other Toyota I have driven (this is my fourth Toyota). When my steering wheel is not at exact 12:00 position (a few degrees off for example), I feel the tendency of the car move off from straight a head and I have to use a bit of force (more than the usual effortless power steering) to steer it straight. I am not sure if this is a normal behaviour or so called numbness of the Venza electric power steering or it is an alignment issue that needs to be corrected. I have not had the time to take it to the dealer yet and just want to see if anyone has similar experience.
#2 of 5 Re: Electric Power Steering or Alignmnet issue ? [bbting]
Apr 01, 2009 (10:33 am)
It could very well be that EPS is being used to help neutralize the torque stear common to FWD and F/awd vehicles. Automatically applying torque counter to the short/long halfshaft torque stear effect so you don't have to.
EPS is also used to interact with VSC to help "guide" the driver into doing the proper actions if the VSC system detects even the slightest bit of vehicle yawing, not fully following the "line" of the front wheels.
#3 of 5 Re: Electric Power Steering or Alignmnet issue ? [wwest]
Apr 01, 2009 (9:49 pm)
Thanks for the explanation.
I would like to hear similar experience, if any, from other owners. Or it is just me or my car.
#4 of 5 Re: Electric Power Steering or Alignment issue ? [bbting]
Dec 17, 2010 (9:10 am)
I am about to purchase a new 2010 Venza AWD V6 and would like to know if anyone has tried towing a 2000 pound trailer with the Venza, and if so, is there any steering issue. I have towed this trailer with my 2005 Subaru Outback from Nova Scotia to Colorado on two occasions without an incident. In fact, the Subaru feels as stable with the trailer as without, just a little heavy in the back. I do have electric brakes on the trailer. I am considering the Venza because it is a heavier vehicle, with potentially more towing capacity but am a little concerned about the electric steering.
#5 of 5 Re: Electric Power Steering or Alignment issue ? [mctom]
Feb 12, 2013 (8:13 am)
When I called my Toyota dealership to find out how much for a dealer installed tow pkg for my 2010 Venza 2.7 AWD, they told me they wouldn't install because they don't recommend towing with this vehicle and that it would void my warranty. maybe they should have told me that when I purchased it? The brochure said it would tow up to 3500#.