really awful
Crashes / Fires:
42 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
26 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,732 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla steering problems

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 1 of 19)

problem #361

Jan 042017


  • 64,348 miles


While driving on the road, suddenly the red battery sign and ABS break red sign came on and steering left or right was extremely hard and could have led to an accident. It was diagnosed as no output from alternator by Toyota dealership. Seeing this behaviour second time in last 2 years due to alternator failure

- Cupertino, CA, USA

problem #360

Nov 232016


  • 85,960 miles
I was driving my Toyota Corolla during the day and went to make a right turn into a parking space and suddenly the steering wheel locked. I just barely could turn into the parking space I was turning into and my car was sideways. My car was still running. I didn't know what was going on with it. I turned the car off and went into the pharmacy. When I came out and went to start my car, it wouldn't start. I had to call aaa for a jump start and even after the jump start, the steering wheel was still locked but the car was running. I was able to turn it enough to make it home because it was a straight ride home and half way home the steering wheel all of a sudden unlocked on it's own. Now I'm scared that this will happen while I'm on the highway or in alot of traffic and I'll be in an accident and kiiled or hurt someone else.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #359

Mar 242016


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and the windows failed to function. In addition, the instrument panel lights illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Irvin, TX, USA

problem #358

Mar 012016

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles


Letter from senator boozman on behalf of constituent regarding his 2009 Toyota Corolla. The consumer stated the vehicle would wander, even after having the tires and two wheels replaced. The consumer stated he dealt with the steering issue for several years. Eventually, the consumer received a claim form in the mail from Toyota stated there was an issue with the steering.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #357

Feb 012016


  • 89,491 miles
Electronic power steering in my 2009 Toyota Corolla becomes noticeably loose and will drift to one side while driving. I notice the steering wheel become less responsive after pulling into/out of a driveway, over train tracks, pothole, anything that provides shock to the vehicle with throw off the steering control, but it could be a flat straight road and the vehicle will drift. The steering control is so loose that one must constantly be adjusting the steering wheel to prevent the vehicle from drifting. I had my alignment adjusted 3 times over the past 3 weeks thinking something may be wrong with it, but the technicians stated that alignment was within spec. I purchased new tires (and balanced tires) and the drifting still occurs. Found this technical service bulletin tsb-0140-10 and it is exactly the same drift like crosswind pushing the vehicle. I called a Toyota dealership and spoke to a service technician who stated that the authorized solutions was to replace the ECU with a different ECU part number, calibrate steering wheel centering and again align the wheels for the new ECU. If they give replace it with a different part number why isn't this a safety recall, since they are not replacing it with the same defective part number" someone at Toyota is clearly aware that the old part number is no good. If the vehicle steering goes out even slightly while the vehicle is in motion, why is that not considered a safety recall" no preventative maintenance can prevent this, only a Toyota service center can repair this. This would only be covered by Toyota warranty if the issue was reported within 36 months or 36000 miles, even though a settlement was reached with Toyota in July 2015 that closed the issue with the NHTSA. The Toyota dealership quoted me an out of pocket repair cost of $1200, for something that they know is a problem with the steering control.

- Lemon Grove, CA, USA

problem #356

Aug 122015


  • 97,000 miles
Takata recall: How could this have a recall and your company is stalling to complete this recall when you are knowing that when driven we can get into a major fatal car accident with the airbags forcing pressure against our bodies and even can burn our face and moreso death can appear during this incident. I was so frightened to think I see the airbag 6 second light light up and blink driving on the highway. Thank the lord that nothing happened to cause an accident or a 36O turn multple crash on the rain, mudslide roads..

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #355

Feb 102010


  • miles


Car drifts high speeds about 1' ft. Like on a windy day ! but no wind bought 2 new set of tires / and aliegned did not fix !!! went to dealer they said no recalls but other people say eps can be re- tuned

- Spring Lake, MI, USA

problem #354

Sep 282015


  • 150,397 miles
My daughter was parking the car at college iin a parking building going up a spiral and it would not turn. Towed to Datsun doctor mechanic. Failure in power steering rack or the stearing gear box.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #353

Jul 112012


  • 44,000 miles
When driving, steering requires constant attention as it drifts both right and left off center making it difficult to drive straight. Vehicle, at highway speeds, will sometimes give the feel of hydroplaning or being buffeted by strong cross winds(very scary and dangerous). This vehicle is unsafe as it requires you to Focus all of your attention directly in front of the car just trying to keep it between the lines. Any distraction such as reading a highway sign for 2 seconds can find you drifting into another lane or off the road. The sudden feeling of hydrplaning is exceptionally dangerous as one can oversteer to correct.

- Bookville, IN, USA

problem #352

Oct 082008


  • 1,275 miles
Dangerous car to drive. Vehicle drifts hard left when driving in a straight line. Problem is made worse when driving next to a large trailer truck with crosswinds. Car steering has a large loose, dead center feel disconnected to the road. When turning, the power steering does not move the steering wheel to the center. The driver has to manually correct the wheel every time. I purchased the car "new" from the dealer. I still own it today, and the steering is just as bad. In bad weather, the problem is absolutely terrible. The dealer has no solution.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

problem #351

May 292015


  • 79,000 miles


H first time the car malfunction I was coming back from returning the rental truck, I was pulling out on the highway and at that time the steering wheel locked up, the battery indicator light come on, ABS brake light come on, and rest of the idiot lights on the panel come on. It was very hard to steer the car, will all my effort with two hands I can steer the wheel and control the car. The engine was running really rough and sounded like it was going to quit. This lasted for approximately 20 seconds it seemed like, and then the car started running right now and I was able to steer again and all the lights on the panel went out. I was very concerned about this thinking my car was failing and I knew that there is probably something the matter with it but when it started running right, I figured I just can't fix something that's not broke and really take no notice of it. How my daughter got a driver's license on August the 4th and then on August the 6 you wanted to use the car. So I let her use it. The car malfunction again on this day and and it took out the alternator when it did. So I change the alternator in the car and let my wife use the car for two days because she travels a short distance to work to see if it's ok. After two days of my wife driving and then I resume driving it to work. Didn't appear to be the car was working fine until August 13th, and that's when my daughter erica drove the car again and while backing out of the driveway the car malfunction, she couldn't steer the car the brakes won't work and naturally grown in reverse the emergency brake is not that effective in she ran off the road and damage the car.

- Orland Hills, IL, USA

problem #350

Aug 082015


  • 94,769 miles
I was driving back to home, when I arrived I need to turn my car to the right side to my apartment but I couldn't steer my car to the right side. I decided to go straight to park in other parking space in front of me. I try to turn steering wheel but it became harder to turn then the beginning. Then I saw the "ABS" light and "battery" light are on, the steering wheel locked and my car stopped working. If I was on the freeway, probably will cause horrible accident!

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #349

Apr 092015


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. While driving approximately 65 mph, the steering failed and was difficult to control. In addition, the engine stalled. As a result, a crash occurred. The contact was injured and received medical attention. A police report was not filed. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard and was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Benson, NC, USA

problem #348

Apr 232015


  • 60 miles
Steering wheel gets really stiff sometimes it locks up when I reverse and then put the car back in drive. There seems to be some lost of power for a brief moment, this has been occurring for the past month.

- Elmont, NY, USA

problem #347

Apr 142014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
Well I received a recall letter in May 2014 stating my Corolla was recalled for a spiral cable assembly and to this day I still have not heard from Toyota regarding this recall and it will be a year and im not getting anywhere with then. Please look into this matter. Thank you

- Seabrook, NJ, USA

problem #346

Nov 012014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
There is a loud clunking noise coming from the steering column. The road surfaces causes the steering wheel to jerk and creates a rattling clunk noise and low speeds. If the steering wheel shook side to side, the apparent noise is clicking. I suspect this is a faulty steering intermediate shaft. At highway speeds, the car tends to drift out of the lane. Uneven road surfaces causes the wheel to jerk at city and highway speeds. Wheel balancing and vehicle alignment were performed. The issue has not been fixed. Replacing the intermediate shaft should be a recall as well as the replacement/reprogram of the eps module.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #345

May 092014


  • 40,000 miles
I don't drive this vehicle much on the highway. This problem has been coming on for some time. For the longest time I thought it was the wind. It's not. The vehicle floats on the highway and requires maximum attention or I'll find myself in the ditch or worse. I've had the alignment checked and the tires are in very good condition. There's something wrong with the steering. I call it my "all over the road Corolla."

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #344

Oct 052014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • miles
The car is constantly moving left or right in your lane with out you moving steering wheel. You need to correct all the time. Some times when you correct a little it moves a lot. Every one that drives car has same problem with steering. To me it is a safety problem. Can cause you to loose control of car. Thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carrollton , GA, USA

problem #343

Jun 252013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 55,408 miles
Steering requires constant driver correction to go straight down the highway. Car pulls to the left or right, but won't track straight when driving on the highway. This occurs whenever the car is driven at highway speeds. When driving on windy days, it's more difficult to control because crosswinds add to the instability.

- Mandeville, LA, USA

problem #342

Jun 302014

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 57,900 miles
Car would not track down the highway. Feels like I'm constantly corralling this car, adjusting the steering wheel to stay in my lane of traffic. In my 40 plus years of driving, I have never experienced this behavior from a vehicle. This behavior actually occurs at all speeds. Have been told by my mechanic that it is not an alignment issue, but is a manufacturing problem. Seems like a grave safety concern to me. From the sheer number of complaints on steering components, looks like someone needs to be a little more proactive and pull the trigger on a recall.

- Massillon, OH, USA

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