definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,100 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 282009


  • 29,300 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated when driving at least 35 mph and attempting a turning in either direction, there was a loud, abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised replacing the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer did not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 29,300.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 192007


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact noticed a knocking sound from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the steering column and ECU motor needed to be replaced. There was a related service bulletin. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The contact was unable to drive the vehicle due to the failure. The current and failure mileages were approximately 60,000.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #1

Sep 232007

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
I have a loud knocking sound in the steering column of my Rav4 when I make low-turn speeds. I have had the car at the dealer three times and they have not been able to identify the problem. However, among Rav4 car owners this problem is very well identified, as you can see from this url: rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?T=5820&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 that discussion thread alone has almost 150 messages on this topic, but most Toyota dealers can't find or fix the problem. This seems like a real problem, and Toyota should have a tsb out on this, but if they do, I can't find one. Because it makes a lot of noise it seems dangerous, but the dealer I've taken it to has said "don't worry, it won't get you in an accident or leave you stranded." If they can't identify the problem I don't understand how they can make that statement. Thank you.

- Simpsonville, KY, USA

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