Toyota Avalon owners have reported 35 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Avalon based on all problems reported for the Avalon.
Told my Avalon with 43,609 miles has the rack and pinion assembly leaking.
See all problems of the 2011 Toyota Avalon.
Had to replace entire rack and pinion assembly.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Avalon.
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that during a routine maintenance check, the technician stated that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.
See all problems of the 2007 Toyota Avalon.
I was driving on an expressway at apx 65 mph going onto the off ramp going down to 25mph the steering became very tight and then as I drove home the steering wheel started clicking. I checked fluids at home and they looked ok. Drove around the block and power steering was gone left and right then heard a grinding noise, it felt ok going straight. After I drove it it became more intermittent with power coming and going altogether. On 8/26/15 had a small accident on the front quarter panel. It was at body shop for 4 days. I had asked them to check the steering and they said it was the rack and pinion. Called Toyota and was told the recall in 2010 was for a different steering issue than the steering problem that I mentioned. Toyota said they cannot help me. I informed them of a disability I have and might not be able to adjust to it. Too bad!.
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota Avalon.
At 7 years old, my Toyota Avalon is leaking from the body of the rack and pinion gear. Dealer service states that 'this happens'. Concerned that leak may cause loss of power steering while driving causing driver to over or understeer the vehicle. Could be considered for a possible safety issue.
2004 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall notice concerning engine crankshaft pulley the consumer believed unnecessary repairs were made to the vehicle, prior to receiving the recall notice. The consumer experienced difficulty in turning the steering wheel, the steering was sluggish and there was a vibration. The power steering pump was replaced. The brakes, tires, and rack and pinion were also replaced.
When vehicle was new steering would be difficult to turn at low speeds. It wouldn't happen all the time but it was not right. Called Toyota 1800 number is was quickly dismissed by help line. Four years later needed rack and pinion failed with 110 k on odometer. Warranty ran out at 100k. I got my use out and I fixed the steering. My issue is when I was looking for replacement parts on the internet I was shocked to see how many others who had issues and a lot less miles. I feel they are using subpar parts and looking to cut cost at the expense of safety. We know mr. Toyoda is a liar and paid a fine for lying to congress. I'm ok with cutting cost except on safety.
See all problems of the 2010 Toyota Avalon.
I have had my rack and pinion replaced on my car twice and I am having it repaired for the third time. The steering wheel looses power making it difficult to steer. I have not had any accidents.
See all problems of the 1997 Toyota Avalon.
Bought used 97 Toyota Avalon at 96,000 miles couple of years ago. From day one, noticed crankling and rattling noise at the front and back. As the time went by, it got worse. Finally just had my rear struts replaced but the front is still bad. Everytime going slow 20/35 mph I could hear things are shaking, rattling. Now the delaer just told me that rack and pinion is leaking too. Did a search on my own on the internet and found out that these happen to be known issues with Avalon. Have had evrything done by a local dealer here in houston but much to my chagrin dealership guys never mentioned or acknwledged these known issues. Do wanna get rid of it but it would be unfair with the purchaser. So now keeping it and going to replace the front struts with mounts as well, hoping that crankling and rattling would go away completely. Spending more buck . Feel sorry for those who bought Avalons at very low mileage. Last but not the least one can easily find these complaints from different websites from lot of people , I think its about time somebody steps up and do something about it. Thanks.
Continuous loss of power steering fluid. Steering felt tight. Rack and pinion and power steering pump had to be replaced at 99,000 miles. Noticed a large number of complaints on NHTSA website for this problem.
I purchased a brand new 1997 Toyota Avalon for my wife. The vehicle has just recently turned over 29,000 miles, and obviously has passed the 3 year warranty. However, it has yet to reach the normal 36,000 mile warranty mark. On January 18, 2003 I noticed a large puddle of fluid underneath the car. I checked the fluid levels, and found that the power steering reservoir was almost empty. I took the car to the local Toyota dealership (where I purchased the car) and was informed that the power steering rack was leaking, and would have to be replaced at a cost of $850. 00 plus tax, for a re-manufactured part. I contacted the customer service rep with the dealership, and was told that there was nothing they could do, even though the vehicle had such low mileage. He suggested I contact Toyota corporate, but that due to the current economic conditions, that Toyota was not being very generious with "good will" compensations. I called Toyota coroporate in California and lodged my complaint. While I have yet to hear back from them (it is now February 6, 2003) I was given the impression that nothing would be done to help me defrey the cost of these repairs. I have since done considerable research via the internet, and on the nhsta website alone, I found a large portion of the complaints that had been filed regarding this vehicle was the result of the power steering rack leaking fluid, and requiring replacement. How many others are out there that have not filed a report. I believe this probelm could result in some one being killed or seriously injured should the steering lock up or become too hard to move because of all the fluid leaking from this device. I further believe that Toyota shoul be instructed to recall and repair, or reimburse anyone who has one of these vehicles.
I previouslt worked with 2 other individuals who have had their rack & pinion assembly fail on their 1997 Toyota Avalons.
I have spoken to 2 people with 1996 Toyota Avalon and they have or had the identical problems. No safety defec tlisted.
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It appears that the common problem of rack and pinion failure has finally occurred on my vehicle. I contacted Toyota and dealer and their response was that the part was out of warranty. I asked the question that if you knew a part was certainly going to fail after warranty and it cost roughly $1000 would you buy that vehicle? I think this should be investigate further and there should be a recall.
When turning steering wheel it has hard resistance until warmed up. Dealer has parts on back order, and it will take 30 days. A rush order has been placed. Vehicle is going to get worse over the next 30 days.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota Avalon.
Noticed fluid leaking from rack and pinion steering boot, dealer replaced assembly, parts had to be back ordered because of frequency of problem, also right srtut mount had to be replaced,and back ordered .
Rack and pinion steering went out while driving. Dealer has been notified.
See all problems of the 1996 Toyota Avalon.
Rack and pinion assemby began leaking from seal failures on the inside of the unit.
Rack and pinion and power steering pump in need of replacement, parts on back order. Cj.
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Rack and pinion steering needed to be replaced/ leaking oil, and front strut support had to be repaired. Vehicle was rattling constantly from time of purchase. Also, had a brake problem. When brakes were applied there was sound. Only after brake pedal was applied a second time knocking sound stopped. In addition, driver's seat moved when making turns. Consumer felt unsafe in vehicle.
Vehicle taken to an independent repair shop for inspection, mechanic informed consumer that rack and pinion steering broke and needed replacementement/repairs. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was out of its warranty. Any repairs would be at consumer's cost.
Vehicle is leaking steering fluid due to a broken rack and pinion. Please provide VIN and additonal information.
After noticing oil spots on pavement had mechanic check vehicle. Found rack and pinion steering needed to be replaced/ driver's seat belt had to be replaced due to tensioner tightening up with too much force/ tires were wearing out prematurely due to bad suspension/vehicle had rough ride, and struts were leaking.
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|Power Steering Pump problems||
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|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Rack problems||
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||