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Steering Column Problems of Toyota Camry - part 1

Toyota Camry owners have reported 76 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Toyota Camry 1
Failure Date: 11/23/2016

The steering column on my 2012 Camry se will not stay in position. The lever that is supposed to lock the column into position keeps falling open, from gravity, allowing the column to telescope out, be pushed in, pull up, or down, with the very little pressure while driving the vehicle. The dealer tells me there's nothing they can do to repair this, that they'll have to replace the entire column for $1,400 since my car is out of warranty (over 36,000 miles). The column being so pliant, falling out of position makes driving, especially tight turning or sudden stops very dangerous.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Toyota Camry 2
Failure Date: 11/21/2016

I was taking my father to the doctor in a town 2 hours away. I stopped to pick him up (car was shut off and I went inside to get him) and when we got into the car, it would not start and the "key indicator" light was on. I checked the Nissan manual which informed me the car would need to be taken to the dealer. I had my car towed the next day and taken to a local Nissan mechanic. I also did research regarding the icon light and found that thousands of 2009 nissans had experience the same problem. My mechanic called with the news that the electronic steering column lock needed replacing at a charge of 910. 00. This is certainly an issue that Nissan needs to consider as a recall. Our mechanic had 2 more calls with the same issue after we brought our car in last week. I hope Nissan will do the right thing and issue a recall immediately and reimburse all those who have replaced this part.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Toyota Camry 3
Failure Date: 09/09/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While pulling into a fuel station, the steering wheel fractured into the dashboard. The contact attempted to pull the steering wheel out of the dashboard and the whole assembly fractured. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel brackets for the column fractured and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2015 Toyota Camry 4
Failure Date: 08/24/2016

The contact owns a 2015 Toyota Camry. While driving the vehicle, the steering wheel erroneously turned and caused the vehicle to become difficult to steer. The failure occurred at speeds less than 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2014 Toyota Camry 5
Failure Date: 01/03/2015

Dealer replaced worn intermediate shaft noisy and binding steering now ordered and pending replacement of complete steering column under warranty.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Toyota Camry 6
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. Also, when the horn was depressed, it failed to activate. The dealer stated that the spiral cable in the steering column needed to be replaced. The technician explained that the spiral cable assembly deactivated the air bag mechanism, horn, and could also cause the cruise control to malfunction. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in a voluntary manufacturer recall related to the air bag failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 7
Failure Date: 05/30/2014

While attempting a u-turn at very slow speed, car was hit on the passenger side by a vehicle going approx 30-40mph. When car came to a rest, the steering wheel had broken off the steering column.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1992 Toyota Camry 8
Failure Date: 05/09/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 1992 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the drivers door can not be unlocked or opened from the inside or outside. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 180,000. The contact stated that the steering column makes a crunching sound when you attempt to turn the wheel. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or independent mechanic. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 180,000. The contact stated there while driving at various speeds a burning electric smell radiates from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to a independent mechanic or dealer and the manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 180,000. Sr.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Toyota Camry 9
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

Steering column has a popping in it when turning. This happens while stationary and while moving. This is apparently a common problem through multiple generations of the Toyota Camry. It started around 50k miles and continues to get worse with time.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 10
Failure Date: 12/31/2013

2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to hearing noise from rear drivers side of vehicle and dealership mechanic repaired broken strut but noise continued. When the consumer returned to the dealer, and inspection was performed, where it was determined the strut was broken. The consumer continued to hear the noise, so he returned to the dealer, where the vehicle was inspected again. The consumer was informed the noise was coming from the steering column intermediate shaft. The consumer did not believe the noise was coming from the intermediate shaft.


 
car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Toyota Camry 11
Failure Date: 06/01/2013

Over a period of time steering became difficult and turning was a problem. Steering like a mad truck with jerking movements when turning and pulling back. Took to Toyota dealer and they said it was the entire steering column. Why has Toyota not had recall? at same time they said brakes gone. Just had them fixed at local gas station a year ago but did not take rota down. Grand total $2700.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 12
Failure Date: 04/15/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 5 mph and making a turn to the left or right, the steering column made an abnormal noise without warning. The contact stated that the noise was getting louder and more frequent. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle had normal wear and tear. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure on numerous occasions. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 13
Failure Date: 03/14/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated he heard a knocking sound coming from the steering column. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer stated the entire steering column would need to be replaced. The manufacture was not alerted of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,000. The current mileage was 76,207.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Toyota Camry 14
Failure Date: 05/08/2012

Each time you turn the steering wheel there is a "whining' in the steering column. It happens everytime you move the steering wheel. I was told there is a plastic piece in the steering wheel that may cause the problem they are not for sure and it would cost me over $200 if that is the problem for a "cheap" piece of plastic that Toyota is well aware of using it. I guess I will have to wait until something happens drastically!.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2003 Toyota Camry 15
Failure Date: 11/12/2011

Squicking steering column. Ubnormal sounds (squicking, cracking) can be heard when turning left or right. Toyota says it is not a safety issue and there were no recall for 2003 model, only TSB--0296-08 was issued. Has to pay to repair the defect yourself because car is beyond the warranty.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 16
Failure Date: 10/05/2011

My power steering column has a leak. It was found by the dealership--conveniently one year out of warrenty--the column costs $1100-1300 to fix. I have uncovered many postings online of Toyota owners with power steering column problems -- many -- and I think that this may indicate a serious problem that has gone unchecked.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 17
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that there was a cluncking sound coming from the steering area. The dealer diagnosed that the steering column would need to be replaced. The manufacturer denied any assistance with repair to the defect. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 46,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Toyota Camry 18
Failure Date: 08/08/2011

Purchased the vehicle from authorized dealer in 2011, had 24000 miles at the time. Within one week returned to dealer because car was making noises as turning and at when braking steering column would shake. Dealer changed a tire and rotated and balanced all and sent me home. After about 6 months, steering column is now continuously shaking as brakes are applied. Went back to dealer at 55,000 miles and dealer said this was unrelated to the original shaking problem and diagnosed it as the steering column issue. I have the extended warranty so I will have to pay the $100 dollar deductible. Next, my sun visor just broke on the drivers side, it just fell down and would not go back up as I was driving. It was obstructing my view so I played with it and the thing ripped the cloth and then came right off. Dealer will not cover costs and says it is not covered under the warranty. Obviously a known issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Toyota Camry 19
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

While turning the Toyota steering wheel, I can notice a severe clicking or thumping sound from the steering wheel. It appears there is a problem with the suspension or the struts. I took my Toyota to get it check out a few months before the warranty expired. They indicated the struts were leaking. One strut was severely leaking so they replaced it. The other strut was also leaking but not as severe so it was not replaced. However, the steering column has the aforementioned noise and I know, through internet searches, that many owners have experienced this problem. It's likely a mass defect that should be looked at ASAP before someone is severely injured. My wife uses the car to take my children to school so I am very concerned about the safety of the vehicle.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Toyota Camry 20
Failure Date: 02/25/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry xle. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds and attempting to turn in either direction, the steering wheel would exhibit an unusual noise. After taking the vehicle to a dealer for inspection, he was advised that the left front strut had a severe leak and that the intermediate shaft needed to be replaced as well in the steering column. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him that it was not covered under warranty. The failure mileage was approximately 53,600.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Toyota Camry 21
Failure Date: 12/23/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 70 mph, the steering column suddenly broke off. The contact was able to put the column back on while applying pressure in order to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Toyota Camry 22
Failure Date: 09/12/2010

2005 Toyota Camry se (25,000 miles) having intermittent problem where the car does not recover when coming out of a turn. The steering wheel appears to bind/lock and driver has to manually turn the wheel to make the care go straight. Problem seems to happen primarily when making a left onto a several lanes of traffic, not so much with sharp turns. Vehicle was taken to Toyota dealership for inspection and was told that steering is in proper working order. I did report another issue where a knocking/banging sound was coming from the steering column when going over uneven pavement at relatively slow speeds but dealer said this could most likely be resolved by greasing the assembly, an item that was covered by a previous TSB but since the car was over 3 years old, was no longer covered under warranty. If not repaired the, sound would get worse.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Toyota Camry 23
Failure Date: 09/08/2010

I have a 2002 Toyota Camry. I have had to replace intermediate steering shaft in the steering column. The Toyota service manager told me this was a common problem and happened a lot in this model. After doing some research I found that this happens too often to the 2002 Camry. The steering column is a two peice rod that could to castastrophic steering loss. I contacted Toyota complaint department and they told me was that they had issued a service call that only included greasing the shaft.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Toyota Camry 24
Failure Date: 08/24/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving 20 mph when the steering failed and became extremely resistant. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised the contact that the steering column would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired by the dealer. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Toyota Camry 25
Failure Date: 06/06/2010

Clunk/pop in steering column when accelerating from a stop, reversing, and turning wheel to the right or moving straight. Seems to do it mostly once car is warmed up, not when first driving.