Suspension Noise Problems of Toyota Avalon

Toyota Avalon owners have reported 15 problems related to suspension noise (under the suspension 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.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2000 Toyota Avalon 1
Failure Date: 04/27/2016

Suspension: makes strange sounds - like parts are grinding against each other especially when backing up. Steering - makes unusual sounds - as if parts are rubbing against each other.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2005 Toyota Avalon 2
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

At highway speed, felt vehicle push to the left, as if by a strong gust of wind. Heard intermittent clunking sound under rear of car. Upon parking, noticed rear right wheel canted inwards. After removing the rear right wheel noticed the right rear suspension arm assembly number 2 disengaged and hanging loose. Inspected the threads on the assembly and they were rusted and worn down. I googled this part failure and this failure seems exactly like that described for the Toyota rav 4 that resulted in a recall.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2012 Toyota Avalon 3
Failure Date: 01/28/2014

I purchased the Avalon at the end of the 2012 year. It now has 16,000 miles on it. The car is garaged outside in massachusetts. On November 10, 2012 (month after purchase) and yesterday, January 28, 2014, the car was brought back to the dealership for a rear suspension clunking noise that happens during cold weather (32 to -10 degrees fahrenheit). Both times the mechanics say they cannot find anything wrong, nothing is lose with the suspension, and there are no recalls about it. The best way to describe the noise is when going over pot holes in cold weather, I hear a clunk from rear suspension (both left and right side) like something is loose in the trunk (trunk was completely empty yesterday). The sound is not too loud, but audible enough to notice. The rear struts perform well, and the car does not bottom out. As soon as the weather warms up, the noise goes away. It is very really annoying to hear this clunk and the dealership not be able to identify the problem.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Toyota Avalon 4
Failure Date: 11/19/2004

1) regular, normal driving on a daily basis, approximately 15 miles per day. ; 2) rattle of front, suspension area, especially noticable when driving over cracks, bumps, or pot holes on street, highway surface, 3) submitted vehicle to dealership for repair on three occasions, crown Toyota, ontario, CA. Technicians stated on first visit unable to detect any noise. Second visit, ability to detect noise apparent, but not enough to warrant repair. Third visit, ability to detect noise apparent, but not enough to warrant repair. When noise worsens, bring vehicle back into service. No parts were replaced or repaired to date.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1997 Toyota Avalon 5
Failure Date: 04/19/2004

The car has a serious flaw in the handling, ride and suspension!this car has the suspension that rocks like a boat; and even the smallest bump rattles the entire frame and reminds me of a thunder-like noise . I have always maintained servicing at the dealer, and have a history of complaining about it --nearly every time I took it in, I would ask to inspect it - seems like they never did a thorough required analysis, until recently the service director was nice enought to take it for a drive and confirmed that it needs all new struts and arms for $2000. Problem is it was always bad and could have caused other parts of the car to break prematurely and be replaced as well in car I've been in cars with working suspensions before and this one is ***** this wasn't the same car I test drove or Toyota has earned it's reputation on. Please launch an investigation.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1999 Toyota Avalon 6
Failure Date: 12/09/2003

My 1999 Toyota Avalon (52,000 miles) developed excessive front-end noise and vibration. This problem required servicing of front end suspension system. I purchased this car in sept 1999. I have discoverd that Toyota motor issued a TSB update (su002-99 dated sept 3, 1999) advising Toyota dealers of this potential problem with models 1997-1999 Toyota Avalon. The TSB also stated that to eliminate this problem thes suspension support has been changed. My complaint: I should have been advised of this potential problem when I purchased this vehicle. When this problem occured on my vehicle, it caused a safety concern and required repairs costing me $298. The local Toyota dealer filed for reimbursement approval with Toyota motor who only authorized reimbursement of small cost of parts. I appealed to Toyota motor about this safety related issue. Toyota advised me that their decision was final. I contacted California state consumer protection agency who advised me to contact NHTSA.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1999 Toyota Avalon 7
Failure Date: 11/10/2002

Front suspension makes a crunching noise when expanded or contracted. Dealer stated that they "think" it might be the strut mounts. Very costly estimate to try something that might work. I've seen other complaints regarding this and wanted to register mine along with the others.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1999 Toyota Avalon 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

Front struts on suspension were replaced at about 24000 miles due to noise indicating failure of same. Now dealer won't replace rear struts making same type of noise when crossing bump at low speeds. Fear is that suspension could fail at higher speeds leading to serious accident.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1998 Toyota Avalon 9
Failure Date: 04/11/2000

When driving over rough roads with passengers in rear seat, the rear suspension repeatedly "bottoms out" causing unpredictable vehicular movements and loud noise. Dealer says there is nothing wrong. This problem happens frequently with vehicle loaded near design load limits.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1998 Toyota Avalon 10
Failure Date: 01/01/1999

Noise and thump is coming from suspension while driving over washboard type bumps, dealer replaced a loose headliner, however the thump and noise is still present.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1997 Toyota Avalon 11
Failure Date: 07/30/1997

While driving front suspension would make clicking noises. Had not hit any bumps or holes when it did this. Front tires felt real loose like bolts and nuts were coming off. Had taken vehicle to dealership, and been informed by mechanic that nothing was wrong with suspension. Problem still exists.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1998 Toyota Avalon 12

Front suspension noise, six attempts to try to fix, however not remedied. Mjs.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1997 Toyota Avalon 13

Suspension of my car sounds like it is moaning, groaning, squeazing, etc. When I turn my steering wheel, when I drive over a bump and when I apply my brakes. Very scary sound, something is definitely wrong.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 1999 Toyota Avalon 14

The vehicle is experiencing front suspension support noise, dealer states this is normal. Nlm.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2001 Toyota Avalon 15

When driving with 4 average size adults in the Avalon (2 front/2 rear) - the rear bottoms out (axles/suspension) and the front scraps when going up driveways, over speedbumps, leaving driveways, etc. The front bumper/paint, middle underside, and/or the rear bumper/paint scrap severely along the ground and/or bump in the road. Everything can be felt when driving and there is a lot of scraping along the ground. Obviously something is wrong with the axles/struts/suspension - the dealer says there is nothing wrong and the car just has a soft ride. The steering wheel makes squeaking/rubbing noises - again the dealer says there is nothing wrong and just lubricated it. The front paint is chipping after a few months despite it being chip resistant paint. The chips look like the edges are ready to flake. The fuel tank nozzle is jambed against the left side of the gas door opening, thus requiring a person's hand to scrap against the car to open the fuel tank.

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