really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
144,624 miles

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2002 Toyota 4Runner steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 182016


  • 181,900 miles


Traction control system malfunctions intermittently while driving around curves. Several times while driving approximately 30-40 miles per hour on a mountain road, the anti skid light illuminates without warning on a dry paved road with a subsequent sudden pull to the right and "grinding" noise. This has happened multiple times without warning. The Toyota dealer can not help, since he can not replicate the problem. The latest occurrence pulled the vehicle across the center line into the oncoming traffic lane. (had there been oncoming traffic this would have been a serious accident)

- Signal Hill, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 132016


  • 72,845 miles
Less than 70,000 miles on my vehicle, but recently took my car in for an alignment because my vehicle slowly drifts to the right, and sometimes the steering wheel shakes when driving between 50-60 miles. I was told by 2 different body shops (1 of which was Toyota) that my entire power steering would need to be replaced and is currently leaking. I was advised this could be potentially dangerous if my power steering were to stop working while I was driving at fast speeds on the freeway. I received a full-point inspection when my mileage was at the 50,000 marker but this was not an issue at that time.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #4

Apr 022015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota 4runner. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the entire rear end of the frame completely rusted. In addition, the rack and pinion was faulty and replaced by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failrue mileage was 120,000.

- Worthington, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 222015

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • 194,000 miles


Vehicle bucked and swayed as rear frame separated at the joint on driver side was unaware of issue before this tried to find sway bar issue it was spotted at a distance by coworker.

- Buffalo, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 152012

4Runner 6-cyl

  • 199,000 miles
2002 Toyota 4runner recall id from NHTSA: 05V225000 auto recall date: 05/17/2005 vehicle component: Suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint estimated vehicles affected: 768379 2002 Toyota 4runner defect summary: On certain sport utility vehicles, due to a manufacturing issue in the front suspension lower ball joint, there is a possibility that the surface of the ball of the joint may have been scratched. The ball joint may eventually experience excessive wear and looseness, resulting in increased steering effort. Defect consequence: The lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle causing loss of steering control and a crash could occur.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 212010


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota 4 runner. While driving approximately 50 mph with the brakes engaged, the power steering failed. The vehicle spun around and crashed into a guard rail. No one was injured. The police were not notified. The rear and front bumper were damaged. The estimated repair cost was $3000. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who stated that the vehicle needed a catalytic converter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and referred them back to the dealer for repairs. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Kittery, ME, USA

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