really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,657 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 11 of 11)

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problem #7

Oct 282008


  • 52,000 miles


I have 2006 Rav4 sport with 52K miles on it that is making a clunking noise when I turn at low speeds. There is technical service bulletin about this issue: ST001-08 for steering. I can live with the noise but I want to know if this will be a safety issue. I do not want to lose steering control if I do not have this replaced since the warranty for the vehicle expired at 36K or 36 months.

- Slc, UT, USA

problem #6

Sep 272008


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact heard a thumping noise within the steering wheel of her vehicle. The failure only occurred while making turns. Over the past three weeks, the noise occurred more frequently. The dealer stated that the intermediate shafts needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired and the manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 62,248 and failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #5

Aug 182007


  • 9,540 miles
The following sequence of events describe the problem with my car. In August 2006, I purchased for my wife a new Toyota rav 4/L4 at 4X2. In August 2007 (vehicle mileage: 9,540), I had to take the vehicle to the car dealer because of a strange noise coming from the steering shaft assembly which had to be ordered (part # 45260-42090) and installed. In November 2007 (vehicle mileage: 11,989), I took the vehicle to the dealer due to the same noise. I was told there was nothing wrong. In December 2007 I took the car to the dealer once again (vehicle mileage: 12,717) with still the same problem and noise. Dealer personnel determined a damaged steering shaft assembly which was ordered (part # 45260-42090) and installed for the second time. We are now in September 2008 and my rav 4 (vehicle mileage: 20,855) is becoming noisy again with the same problem. I have no question in my mind tat the steering shaft assembly will have to be replaced for a third time. I have never been informed by Toyota that rav 4 vehicles have been recalled but have read online that other models such as the prius have been recalled with this problem.

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #4

Sep 142008


  • 39,500 miles


Steering intermediate shaft noise / loose when making turns. The shaft has not "failed" yet, however it is a safety concern. Repair has not been made yet, parts are backordered. Vehicle out of warranty by 3650 miles, so far Toyota will only pay half.

- Prairie Du Sac, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 152007


  • 48,000 miles
Clunking noise in steering when turning left or right. Was occasional at first now is consistent. Brought in when under warranty when noise was inconsistent now that noise is consistent and warranty is up they won't pay for it.

- Rangley, ME, USA

problem #2

Aug 012006

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
I complained about a clunking noise in the steering column during low speed turns. The dealer could not locate it and applied grease to the steering column stops, did not fix the problem. Of course this has been a constant problem almost from date of new purchase. The car is now out of warranty and there still is no fix for these clunking noises. I believe it is a poorly designed steering column and should be recalled by Toyota 2006 Rav4 sport 6cyl. AWD 41,500 mi.

- Pt Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 012007

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2006 Rav4 6 cylinder. Within the last few months I have begun to notice the knocking/creaking noise when making turns at slow speeds. I have asked the dealer to look at it when it was in for service but of course they could not hear the problem. Have found many people with this dreaded "knocking" noise when turning and according to those people, the steering shaft needs replaced.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

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