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#634 of 667 I hate EPS column mounted by Toyota!
May 13, 2011 (11:11 am)
I have been driving my 2009 Corolla S for over a couple of years now and yes, steering is a headache. I thought that if I kept the car, I would start liking it, but it never happened. Every single complaint about it's column mounted EPS is true! It is WOBLY, FLIMSY, LACK of staight line tracking, and yes you constantly need to do MICRO-adjusting when your driving at high speed. And if you drive a LOT of miles on the FREEEWAY, it is very tiring because you CONSTANTLY have to BABYSIT your steering. It makes driving not relaxing at all! It is too much EXTRA WORK for the driver..it is just too much menace! I don't know why I kept it for so long, but I am definitely going to another dealer to trade it in! It is so NOT worth keeping for all the aggravations you get out of driving it!!! Too all people who got this kind of Corolla, go ahead and keep on complaining and add it to you blogs. And to those who have already written to Toyota, kudos to all of you.
#635 of 667 Re: I hate EPS column mounted by Toyota! [cynth1]
May 13, 2011 (7:36 pm)
If you are having the problems mentioned in the above post you need to take your car to the Toyota dealer and have them put in a new power steering rack! We had the same problem on one of the two 2010 Corolla's we bought, and after the dealer replaced the power steering rack it was perfect! This fixed our car, and the had the same problem with the Hybrid Camry! It is not an uncommon problem, however it can be corrected. If you are happy with the car other than the steering then get the steering fixed!
#636 of 667 EPS problem...not anymore!
May 22, 2011 (6:50 pm)
About my car's EPS, something happened that all of a sudden, I am ok with my Corolla again. It turns out, the problem was caused by it's tires..because after I (just) had it all replaced, it runs great again. I never noticed the problem with steering before because all I have been doing since I got the car was city driving. Then late last year I got transfered to another site and my work required me to do a lot of freeway driving (the problem is prominent at high speed only). My tires have always been 'well maintained', that's why I never thought it would be the cause of my steering problem. But then I saw the TSB about the EPS, and it included the tires in the checklist so I figured I would have them checked myself. Now that I have 4 new ones, it runs great on the freeway and I don't feel the steering problem anymore.
#638 of 667 EPS Steering Issues
May 24, 2011 (7:05 pm)
Got my S with a VIN production of 511XXX, made in October 2010 in Canada. So far I have not had any issues with the steering that others have posted about. Yes it does feel a little like golf cart steering, but that's what your trade off is for better gas mileage. Is the EPS as good as a traditional hydraulic rack and pinion? Of course not. In fact it's not even in the same league. I had a 99 civic that I could drive with one finger without a problem, you can't do that with this Corolla. While it does take some getting used to when you've previously had a traditional hydraulic rack, it's effective at operating the vehicle in a safe manor. After reading several posts on this website about steering issues, I knew what i was getting into when I bought this car. To be fair, I don't drive at highway speeds very often. When I have made highway trips I have not noticed any swerving, over-correcting, or any of the other problems that some people have mentioned. I purposely bought a high production VIN hoping that Toyota had cleared up what issues there might have been. So far so good.
One positive with this system is it is much cheaper and easier to replace then a traditional rack. To be honest, I don't mind trading some ease of steering for better gas mileage.
The bottom line is this, most compact cars are trying to become as fuel efficient as possible. With this system there is no power steering pump running off of a serpentine belt. It's just an electric motor bolted to the steering column that assists in your steering. This puts less drag on the engine allowing better gas mileage. If you want I quality steering system you're gonna have to pony up some more $$$$ because just about all of these compacts are switching to this EPS system. Oh, and of course these are cheaper for Toyota to install on a car than a traditional rack system.
#639 of 667 Re: EPS Steering Issues [jamaicanred]
May 24, 2011 (8:21 pm)
It does not matter if you buy cheaper or more expensive car. All new cars come with EPS. I have 2011 Toyota Corolla S, and I love how my car drives and steer.
I had to rent a Chevy Aveo, and after driving it, The Corolla steering was like driving a Lexus or MB, compared to Aveo's steering.....
May 26, 2011 (7:57 pm)
I have a 2010 LE w/19K miles on it. The ABS kicks in when turning and braking at the same time under normal driving conditions. Seems to be worse on rough roads. Anyone else have this problem and what is the fix? When I first bought the car the brake pedal would go down almost to the floor at red lights. I complained said it felt like there was air in the lines or a leaky master cylinder. Dealer said there was nothing wrong but they were better "magically" after I complained. Now it's the ABS coming on as if I was going fast and braking hard but I'm just driving normal. I wouldn't be getting 31 mpg around town and 37 on hwy if I was racing or driving fast. Took me 6 months to get used to the steering and now it's the brakes. Plz help!!
#641 of 667 Re: ABS Problem [miguel1952]
May 30, 2011 (5:13 pm)
I assume there's no check engine or other trouble light.
I would start by getting the wheel alignment checked.
#643 of 667 Re: NHTSA says no steering issue with corolla [samnoe]
Jun 21, 2011 (10:22 am)
I would suggest you go to the NHTSA website and read their report.
While they did not find an issue to to make it a safety recall they did also say that a defect may still be present that they did not/were unable at this time todetect.
Also, if I remember correctly, 2 out of 10 test drivers were able to tell the difference before and after. So, 20% of the test group without knowing the issue were able to notice it.
If you are experiencing the issue I would recommend you have the EPS replaced under TSB-1040. I did and it made a huge difference.