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 1 of 13)

problem #251

Nov 012016


  • 141,000 miles


When I back up on any kind of an incline, the car jerks and the steering wheel shakes. It feels like I have "hit" something it jerks so badly. If I let off the gas pedal, it stops the jerking but the minute I press the gas pedal again, it jerks again and makes a terrible noise. I can still back up but it feels like the underside of my car is falling out. It's been going on since I purchased it used 2 years ago. I kept thinking it was me until I googled it today and saw several other people have the same issue. I feel it's unsafe and Toyota needs to take care of it. My vehicle already qualified for the oil consumption issue and was repaired earlier this year. Needs to be a national recall and fixed properly.

- Greenwood, MO, USA

problem #250

Oct 252016


  • 51,607 miles
NHTSA recall no 16V 596. Attempted to have recall completed at Washington nc pecheles Toyota. Parts are not available as of 10 25 2016. What is the hold up? failure of rlsa will result in loss of vehicle control- serious safety issue.

- Wasington, NC, USA

problem #249

Jul 072014


  • 45,000 miles
Whenever you make a left or right turn, there is a clunking noise. I have contacted several different dealerships regarding this issue for over 5 years & yet there doesn't seem to by a remedy. This issue should be fixed by Toyota. I am not the only person to make this complaint. Please look into this issue & fix the dangerous problem before someone gets seriously injured. This problem happens all the time when the vehicle is in motion on highways & city streets.

- South Mills, NC, USA

problem #248

Jul 022016


  • miles


Clunking noise when turning steering wheel on very low speed or on car that in not moving. It was discovered during state inspection [car was in garage and was not moving]. car has just above 30,000 miles, mostly city driving, regularly, but short distance commute.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #247

Jul 072014


  • 98,000 miles
I hear a clunk, pop or knock-type noise when turning the steering wheel. Toyota is aware of this (tech service bulletin ST001-08). Toyota redesigned the intermediate shaft. However, Toyota has not taken the steps to issue recall to replace this defective part.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #246

Feb 012016


  • 66,000 miles
I hear a clunk, pop, or knock-type noise when turning the steering wheel left or right. Toyota was acutely aware of this issue (please see attached technical service bulletin ST001-08) and had to redesign the intermediate shaft. Unfortunately, Toyota has not taken the steps to recall all effected vehicles and replace this defective part. I urge the NHTSA to take immediate steps to force Toyota to issue a recall and make the necessary repairs as this issue has been witnessed in a large proportion of the 06-07 Toyota Rav4 vehicles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #245

Jun 012016


  • 65,000 miles


The intermediate steering shaft is making clunk noise when turning the steering at low speeds. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed. I am feared to drive this vehicle and the steering is dangerous.

- Woodbridge, NJ, USA

problem #244

Mar 012016


  • 118,000 miles
R/R sway bar end link broken. Upper and intermediate steering shaft broken.

- Little Egg Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #243

Jan 122016


  • 56,576 miles
Left front input seal has leaked fluid twice now. First time was 9/25/2012 @ 56,516 miles. Second time was on 1/12/2016 @ 101,753 miles. My independent auto repair service, coram precision auto of coram, NY went to Toyota to get the seal needed to fix the leak both times and asked Toyota parts counter if they knew of a recall and they said no. Then they asked why they had so many seals in stock if there had been no recalls. I am on this website and don't see any recalls either but I wonder if any complaints have been filed. Note: I have several recalls for my Toyota Rav4 for gas pedal and now for the 'rear differential coupling' which extends my warrantee until 2017 from Toyota and from NHTSA for my drivers side air bag in 2014 but can't find anything on this wed site. Please follow up with me on the seal problem and if the airbag needs to be replaced. Toyota told me 'no" but I don't trust them. Thanks, wpziems 02/01/2016.

- Coram, NY, USA

problem #242

Mar 082007


  • miles
Clunking noise when steering either right or left, noticeable at slower speeds. This has been a problem since it was new but we were told it was the left front strut. On our last service we were told it involved the steering. Note: Rav's front bumper had been repaired, before vehicle was delivered to us. We were told it was minor damage just needed repainting..this vehicle has 64,000 original miles.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #241

Jan 012016


  • 94,000 miles


Noticed clunking in steering when turning either right or left. Looked up problem on internet and found that it is a huge problem with these vehicles. According to internet there over 400,000 complaints. Called Toyota and was told there is a technical bulletin on the problem and it requires replacing steering shaft. I also read on the internet that vehicles who replaced the intermediate steering shaft often have to replace it again. This seems to me that Toyota can not fix the original problem and now it becomes the owners responsibility to keep on changing an intricate part to driving their vehicles. Why with so many failures hasn't your Agency warned the public or is NHTSA saying there is no issue or safety concern. Please inform me that this issue is not a problem and I should not have to worry about it and I don't have to spend $800 to fix it.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #240

Jan 252016


  • miles
Driving 50 mpg around curve in heavy traffic steering locked up hardly able to pull.off side of road. Happened again today 2 times and happened at least 5 times before in the past 3 months.steering froze had to get of to the side and restart then it was able to steer but battery.light flickers. Three other lights on the left of the dashboard stayed on after restarting the vehicle. Went to pep-boys and I was asked to replace the battery due to low voltage. Battery was replaced and one day later same thing happened again.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #239

Jan 182016


  • 110,000 miles
Driving on the highway going about 75mph after about 5 hours when a bunch of warning lights came on (including battery, air bag, and brake), my power steering failed and my speedometer quit working. Pulled over on the side of the highway and let my car sit for a minute, restarted my car and three different lights came on (vsc, check engine and slip indicator) and my cruise control wouldn't work anymore. My car currently has about 110,000 miles. This is not a wear and tear issue; this is a defect. From reading online, there are many complaints of the same issue. This could be a fatal defect and should be taken seriously. This is the second time my power steering has failed while driving.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #238

Dec 302015


  • 128,671 miles
Loud clunking noise when turning left or right and while backing out of driveway near the steering wheel. I purchased this vehicle in 2007 and within 2 years (~30000 miles) the same issue had occurred and Toyota dealer replaced the part under warranty. Within 6 years of the first occurrence I am facing the same issue again. I have reached out to Toyota for a free repair but Toyota has refused to replace the part under product defect. This is a product defect and also a safety issue and hence Toyota should make a national recall.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #237

Nov 012015


  • 50,000 miles
At 51,000 miles, there is a heavy rattle in the front end when driving on rough roads. After replacing several parts, local mechanics now tell me that the rack and pinion steering gear needs replacement. This does not seem to be the intermediate steering shaft problem that is the subject of Toyota service bulletin #T-sb-0319-08. I do not feel anything abnormal in the steering wheel, steering is smooth and the problem is not noticeable driving on smooth road surfaces. The noise seems to be getting worse with time, so I am concerned that the steering could fail altogether.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #236

Oct 012015


  • 95,000 miles
I purchased my Rav4 used about 12 months ago. Within the past 3 months I've notices problems with my steering. Slow turns make a clunking sound with loose movement and vibration felt in the steering wheel. Initially I was told it was a bad strut, which I replaced, but the problem seems to get a little worse by the day. In checking online I see numerous complaints of the same nature, some resulting in serious accidents. It appears that the rack & pinion assembly is defective since the problem is so widespread. I have not seen a recall on this and wonder why since steering is so essential to the safe operation of the vehicle. I will be contacting my local Toyota dealer service dept. To see what can be done.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #235

Jul 162014


  • miles
Steering intermediate shaft clunk, when I turn steering making noise. I talk to a mecanic he says need to replace steering. It is so expensive, my income is not allowed to do this. Please give me advice pailytjames@gmail.com

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #234

May 152015


  • 79,800 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving at various speeds and attempting to make a turn, the power steering seized and several warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the battery and sensors were changed, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,800.

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #233

Aug 012013


  • 48,000 miles
Thumping sound in sterring passeger side. Toyota dealer said rack and pinion must be replaced at 52,000 miles? thumping sound is not always but is getting worse as car is in motion. Frankly seems like a defect. Feels very unsafe, should be recalled since it is weak point of all Rav4 for years 2007-2008

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #232

Sep 282015


  • 50,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Rav4 has some clunky noise around 46,000 miles, but recently it is getting louder. It becomes a major concern for my family and me; therefore, I have brought it in to a car repair shop (Firestone) to have it diagnosed. The result came back to be the steering intermediate shaft and rack. I called Toyota dealership to have it repaired, but they said that if I only have a extended warranty they will repair it with free of charge and that the warranty only covers up to 36,000 miles. If not, they will charge another 130 some dollars to just diagnosed again, but will waive it once I do the repair with them. After doing a little research on the internet, it appears that more people has the same problem. It seems to be a wider problem for this type model of car. I believe this is a safety issue and prior to this there were various replacement recall such as the suspension, gas pedal, air bags, and etc. How come this issue isn't on the recall list?

- Rowland Heights, CA, USA

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