really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,124 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 steering problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 7 of 13)

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problem #131

Apr 212012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


When turning right at low speed, passenger side rear tie rod assembly failed and wheel turned at 45 degree angle, disabling the automobile. If this had happened on the highway, it would have caused a catastrophic accident. Dealership had previously checked a knocking noise in rear, but was unable to find a problem. I was told that this problem was a design fault and that there were not enough threads on the tie rod assembly to hold the tie rod sufficiently. I have found other reports of this tie rod failure. Should be a safety recall.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #130

Mar 142009

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Steering popping when turning left or right at low speed.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #129

Mar 272009


  • 35,000 miles
I have 2 Toyota Rav4S - both have the same problem, the steering column is making a "clunking" noise when turning the steering wheel at low speeds. It appears that this is a problem that many, many other Toyota Rav4 owners have experienced and Toyota has issued T-sb-0318-08 bulletin with at procedure to repair an inadequately designed intermediate steering shaft. There are concerns about long-term safety and losing control of the vehicle if this repair is not done. Toyota should be compelled to issue a safety recall and owners should be notified immediately.

- Farmingdale , NY, USA

problem #128

Aug 172011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


This Toyota Rav4 began having clunking with steering the vehicle right and left directly after the power train warranty was expired. The clunking worsened so it was inspected by the dealer's service department. I was told that it needed a replacement part that was not in the original manufacturing of the vehicle. There is a technical service bulletin on this Rav4 with the steering component. The service department described this as a safety issue. Why is this not a recall if it is a safety issue and a factory defect? the service department quoted me a $3500 charge for repair. This is ridiculous that I need to pay an enormous cost for a factory defect that is also a safety concern.

- Eveleth, MN, USA

problem #127

Mar 012011


  • 35,000 miles
Just like many other owners of 2007 Rav4 I began experiencing a distinctive klunking noise around 35,000 miles. Took it to the dealer and they said it was normal noise when you turn the wheel all the way to the side..... my problem was that it was making cracking noise all the time, when turning or especially parking the car.... also a problem with my driver visor flap not staying in upward position it was hanging down halfway and faces forward. I had to pay 75 dollars to replace it, warranty would not cover it. Since so many 2007 Toyota Rav4 owner are having the same problems it should be elevated to a recall status!!!

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #126

Dec 012011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • miles
Experience knocking and popping noises in the steering wheel column. My vehicle had 31,247 miles on it when I brought in for airbag recall. They asked me about the knocking and I said yes it's knocking. Asked if it was dangerous to drive they said they would get back to me if it was....I never heard back from them. They told me it would cost about $500 to repair. I did research on line and found 117 complaints. Why hasn't Toyota recalled this? I don't feel I should have to pay for this. Toyota knew this was a defective part.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #125

Feb 152012


  • 54,000 miles


I was just in a serious car accident where I lost steering and control of my vehicle. After reading online about the knocking in the steering from other owners, I believe I had the same problem. Although noone was seriously injured I am worried about other drivers safety. My car and two others were totaled. I have my car serviced for regular maintenance at the same Toyota dealer and I think that they should have noticed something with the steering and checked it. I just had a 50000 mile checkup. I really feel something is wrong here that alot of people are having the same problem and it can be fatal. I am lucky that I was not on the highway. My car did go into oncoming traffic though. I hope someone knows how to get ahold of me and help me with this problem. But just to say everyone else, please be careful.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #124

Feb 112009


  • 18,462 miles
I purchased a new 2007 Rav4 from Toyota of braintree in 2007. 1. in 2009 I could hear wind in the driver's window; I took the vehicle to be checked, Toyota service department said I was hearing things. 2.the driver's door caught fire (I had the keys with me) I had to spend $606.01 to fix it, Toyota said there was water intrusion (I thought, it probably was, because of the air leak previously reported in 2009) 3. the steering wheel felt strange when I drove, I took it back for service, the diagnosis was steering shaft internal failure which needed to be replaced; I fought to get that fixed out of warranty. 5. on November 25, 2011 I was driving, the window fell in on me and on November 26, 2011, I had to have the driver's side window regulator replaced for $338.30 7. now, oil is leaking into the muffler. (I purchase oil frequently) this vehicle is only 4.5 years old and should not have any of these major problems, when I purchased this Rav4, it was going to be my last vehicle purchase because Toyota advertises longevity of their products. I also know people who drive 1990 and 1995 Toyota products who have never had any of these problems. I was also treated very poorly during some of my repair visits. After the door caught on fire, I had a meeting with the owner of Toyota of braintree, [xxx] but his resolution was giving me $13,000 for my vehicle (which I own) and me purchasing a brand new vehicle, which meant I would have a monthly payment. I did contact Toyota headquarters in California and filed a complaint and never received any resolution. Since then I received a letter from the national center for dispute settlement stating they can't help me. Thank you for any assistance, sincerely, Toyota Rav4 owner. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #123

Jan 022012


  • 34,400 miles
Began experiencing a distinctive clunking noise, at low speeds, while turning the steering wheel. The clunk could be felt in the steering wheel and felt as though a bushing was defective, or their is excessive play in the steering assembly. No noise from the front end, or undercarriage, just at the steering wheel, when turning, at low speeds. Toyota states that this is a common problem and that they have developed a part replacement, however, I feel that it is definitely a safety issue, which could become fatal, at highway speeds. Should be elevated to a recall status, as it involves the steering assembly.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #122

Feb 012012

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 34,500 miles
Steering intermediate shaft started failing causing knocking noises when turning the wheel. Toyota will only replace within standard warranty period as they don't think this is a safety issue.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #121

May 202009

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles


Several years ago I noticed a popping noise when the steering wheel was turned. I thought it was in the steering wheel because I frequently used the tilt and telescope features to let me use my work laptop while in the car. (I am a retired hospice nurse.) I just figured it was aging from overuse. However, last week I took the 2007 Rav4 in to my tire dealer and asked them to check the alignment while they did some other work. The mechanic was sharp and told me that he had first thought the same thing about the steering wheel being the source of the noise, but investigated further and found it was the "intermediate shaft" of the steering system. He told me there was a technical service bulletin about it. I've looked up the tsb's and they are 0318-08 and ST001-08, and they describe my car exactly. I have an appointment tomorrow-2-3-12-to have a local dealer look at it. The car has 69659 miles on it now, but only 49882 when I retired in may of '10 and it was maybe a year before that (at 33842 miles) that the noise started. This has certainly not been the car our '96 rav was. I call it my bad luck car for various reasons and it appears it still is. The tire mechanic said the repair was about $400.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #120

Jan 272012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Experienced knocking noises with vibration in the steering column when turning the steering wheel. Condition has worsened over the last year. I am concerned this could result in steering failure and an expected inability to turn the vehicle while driving.

- Folsom, CA, USA

problem #119

Jun 102011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Experienced knocking and popping noise with vibration in the steering column when turning the steering wheel. This condition worsened over the course of a few weeks and eventually became constant.

- South Miami, FL, USA

problem #118

Nov 152010

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
"klunking" noise from steering column. Noticed intermittently initially, now all the time. Occurs at any speeds but primarily lower speeds and while stopped. Worsening over time.

- Haslet, TX, USA

problem #117

Dec 182011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Upon starting the car the red power steering warning light (P/S) stayed on and the steering wheel would not move. This has happened twice in 2 weeks. We are told by a mechanic that it is a very dangerous condition. Others on the internet with this exact problem say it cost $2500 to fix!! turning the car off and then back on relieved the problem but it came back again a week later. GM issued a recall quickly for its cars when they had a problem with the new electric instead of hydraulic steering. This is another major defect for Toyota which could be very serious if the steering fails while driving! loss of steering can result in major accidents. Thank you for your interest in this matter. Lives will be saved if you make Toyota meet its responsibilities and issue a recall.

- Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA

problem #116

Dec 012009

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Hearing a clucking noise from steering column for last couple of years. It was getting worse and increased frequency so we took it to the local Toyota dealer. Service dept personnel said they had replaced other steering shafts but no recall on our Rav4's year. 2001 & 02's and other years have recalls. Searched on-line and there are numerous other posts with this same problem on 2006 & 07 Rav4S. Why is Toyota not acknowledging this problem. Others have stated the steering will evidently go out. Definite major safety problem. $800+ cost to fix.

- Odon, IN, USA

problem #115

Aug 192011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 172,812 miles
Experienced knocking and popping noise with vibration in the steering column when turning the steering wheel. This condition worsened over the course of a few weeks and eventually became constant. The dealership's service department determined the noise was coming from the steering rack and not the intermediate steering shafts and recommended replacement of the steering gear assembly per T-sb-0308-08 "steering rack noise". I'm concerned this might be a safety issue that could result in failure of the steering components and have the potential for losing control of the vehicle.

- Pine Island, MN, USA

problem #114

Nov 212011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 66,700 miles
At 66,000 miles heard & felt clunking in the steering, & then spent $2033 plus tax at the Toyota dealer to replace intermediate shafts #1 & #2, & power steering rack. Toyota should cover their manufacturing defects.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #113

Oct 152011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
My Rav4 has began having clunking noises in the steering column. I have done some searches on this problem. It seems this is prevalent with Rav4's and Toyota is refusing to issue a recall. Is this a serious safety concern" will this eventually be a recall"

- Indian Rocks Beach, FL, USA

problem #112

Oct 162011

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Steering makes popping sound when turning to left or right when pulling out of driveways or parking spaces. Took to Toyota dealership, and it was shrugged off as not a big deal, but that it would cost over $500 to fix. Was told it was the steering intermediate. It was lubed and I was told that might help and that it wasn't a safety issue and I didn't have to get it fixed right away; however after reviewing complaints on-line, it appears a lot of '07 rav's have had the same issue at different mileage points and nothing has been done by Toyota. I believe a recall should have been made on this.

- Danville, VA, USA

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