Toyota Camry owners have reported 25 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
Upon having the vehicle serviced on July 30 th 2014 on our way to las vegas to surprise my father in law for 90 years young I was informed by the good year service technician that what he was about to show me was recaled 2005 9 years ago! rack and pinion steering leakage and other known steering problems. Being a mechanic all my entire working and military life us navy . Theres not allot of mechanics I don't know. From the leaky boot and steering play this was a mess. Why didn't Toyota inform me of this recall?. I will how ever bring my vehicle to the nearest Toyota dealer to let them see for them selves that the problem is real. And should have been addressed 9 years ago!. Its already been recalled and they should honor the problem.
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The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry solara. The contact stated that while turning right at approximately 35 mph. The steering wheel locked and caused the vehicle to go over an embankment and into the water. The front passenger suffered injuries to the back and neck. The contact stated that this was the second crash caused by the steering wheel. The dealer replaced the rack and pinion, but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000.
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Backing out of driveway onto the street and noticed the steering was somewhat difficult and felt thick. Driving down the road to turn the corner it felt similar, but not as bad. Got home and asked my wife if she noticed anything previously and she stated now that I mentioned it she did, but didn't think to tell me. Drove it for another few days and no improvement was noticed. Contacted my Toyota dealer and scheduled and appointment for the following Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The mechanic agreed it wasn't right, but the belt looked good and the fluid was full with no noticeable problem. A call to tech. Support services had me return for further diagnostics on Friday June 28, 2013. Metal contaminants were noticed inside the power steering pump. It was recommended the rack and pinion and power steering pump be replaced. I am waiting for parts to arrive and the repairs to be completed.
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I first noticed in early may 2013, that when I turn my vehicle left or right at 1 - 5 mph, there is a clicking sound coming from the steering rack/pinion. I mentioned to Toyota at my last service. I was told, as usual, they could not duplicate the problem. And, that is frustrating because when I problems with my breaks, I had to lodge a formal complaint to remedy that issue. On September 1, 2013, I was driving on the highway and my vehicle pulled to the left. I hit good size shrub and now there is a slight dent on the left hand side. I selected "crash" because although I only hit a good sized shrub, I was on the highway and it could have been a lot worse had I not been able to control my vehicle.
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Took car for test drive on road described to me by a dealership employee as an uncrowned road. Let go of steering wheel a few times and immediately the car took off to the left repeatedly. Went back to dealership, said would buy car, but that I would have to have the steering pulling cured. Went back next day or two, tires rotated. On drive home pulling was back. Went back for realignment. Was told the problem was "minimalized". Got in the car, let go of the steering wheel, started the pulling in the dealership parking lot. Took car to independent to check the front end. He said could only find most minor alignment problems,not enough to cause the pulling. He checked out underside for any damage, found notthing. Back to dealership for replacement of rack & pinion & two new tires on the front. Job finished, left and made right onto highway. Got a right hand pull. Car never previously pulled right except for a couple of times when braking. Made left to go home and had only left pulling on all roads traveled. On open six lane highway I let go of the wheel, by the count of three entire car is in the lane to the left. I read on this site incidents with pulling that have resulted in unsafe situations.
This information is in addition to odi 10617939 submitted earlier today. The rack and pinion installed at 50946 miles failed. The mechanic replaced the part and I was charged another $450 for labor plus incidentals. Within 4 months of the replacement, clicking symptoms slowly returned in the steering. I've only put another 12k on the car since 2011 and will ride it out until the click turns back into a clunk.
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the steering system was leaking oil from the rack and pinion. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic advised that the rack and pinion be replaced. The contact replaced the rack and pinion and a year later, the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 34,000.
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I have a 2003 Toyota Camry le that I bought used in may 2007. I can not tell you how many times I took my car back and forth to the dealership because the steering would make some kind of noise whenever I turned right or left. I was advised by the dealership that there's a plastic part in the steering that gets dry and it has to be lubricated every now and then. Well, needless to say, April 2011 I took it to a mechanic who told me that my rack and pinion is sooo bad and he's only seen this problem one other time. There should be a recall for this problem because the car isn't old enough for this problem to affect the steering this badly. It cost me $553! I do have the steering part in my trunk in case there is a recall.
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The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that he noticed problems with the rack and pinion steering. When he drove approximately 20 mph, the vehicle would pull to the right and when he drove over a bump in the road, he had to hold the wheel tight in order to control the vehicle. He also stated that when turning the wheel to the left or the right, it would lock. The dealer told him not to let go of the steering wheel while driving over a bump in the road and that there was nothing wrong the vehicle. When the recall repair was performed, the dealer told him once again that there was no problem with the vehicle. After the recall 10v017000, vehicle speed control, accelerator pedal repair was made, the accelerator pedal stuck for the first time; however, he was able to stop the vehicle by applying the brakes. He called the manufacturer and was unable to get any assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was 18,562. The failure mileage was 17,538.
Steering is loose car wanders left and right. Rack and pinion is leaking. Seems to be to many complaints of the rack and pinion failures and the cost of repair. Toyota you know you have a problem with this and it needs to be fixed. What will it take to get your attention?.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota Camry.
I leased a Toyota Camry xle 2007 model from patt lobb Toyota, mckinney, TX sometime in the last quarter of 2007. I have experienced the problem of sudden acceleration so many times and complained to the dealer three times, first time with in the first week of leasing, and they told it is due to rack and pinion steering which gives me a different feel, second time they blamed on my tires as they don't have enough tread depth and last time they can not replicate the problem. This problem always happened when I accelerate around 60 mph.
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving 2 mph in reverse, the contact heard a loud grinding noise coming from the engine compartment. The mechanic stated that the rack and pinion steering was defective. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they agreed with the mechanic's diagnosis. They replaced the rack and pinion. As of October 11, 2007, there had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 11,000 and current mileage was 12,500. *updated 12/12/07 updated 12/12/07.
On going problem with 2004 Toyota Camry since 53k miles. Coupling between steering column and rack and pinion pops as if their is a bearing failure in union. Was advised they were aware of problem with a TSB, but not covered under recall or warranty since none had "failed" yet. Failure of part would directly affect control of steering of vehicle. After contact corporate Toyota they said in email I would have to work it out with the dealer who said the part was not covered and not a safety issue. Vehicle has not been repaired, but problem and popping in column is getting worse.
There was a problem with the rack and pinion. While driving the consumer heard a loud noise, viewed smoke coming from the engine area, and immediately the engine died. The dealer was contacted and stated that a rod had blown a hole through the engine block. Also, the turn signal malfunctioned. Scc dealer recommended engine block be replaced. Timing and drive belts replaced.
See all problems of the 1997 Toyota Camry.
While driving vehicle continuously pulled to the left. Dealership replaced the rack and pinion, and performed a front end alignment, but the problem recurred.
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Steering wheel hard to turn, defect in rack and pinion.
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Power steering rack & pinion gear and high pressure power steering hose begain to leak at about 70,000 miles. Dealer said these items need to be replaced. Now Toyota has issued a new part number for the power steering gear, which leads me to believe they realized there was a problem with the original part. 70,000 is way to early for such a failure. The repair is very costly. Parts alone for the repair are about $1400. The manufacturer should compensate.
See all problems of the 1996 Toyota Camry.
Car : 97 Toyota Camry le 4 cylinder three major problems 1) blue smoke at cold-starting (mileage: 87 miles -Aug. 2001) engine gave off blue smoke from the exhaust when cold-starting in the morning. After replacing valve stem seals (paid around $1000 to a Toyota dealer for the repair), the problem was solved. 2) power steering rack & pinion leaking (mileage: 87kmiles -Aug. 2001) power steering rack & pinion leaked and a mechanic replaced it with a new one. 3) egr vsv failure (mileage: 100 kmiles -oct. 2004) check engine light came on. Obd ii scanner says "insufficient egr flow. " a mechanic replaced egr vsv and the problem was solved. 4) front strut mounts failure ((mileage: 87 kmiles -Aug. 2001) both front strut mounts made noise. After a Toyota dealer replaced it, the problem was solved.
Rack & pinion steering should not have failed at 70,000 mile - no warranty compensation.
Dealer service reps says to replace entire rack & pinion steering gear.
Car has been maintained at dealerships per Toyota's schedule; never been in an accident. 73,000 is too early for the rack and pinion to have an internal leak. Car has been well-maintained an never in an accident. Cost to repair the r&p $1500, company agreed to adjust it by $241. Black tar like substance leaking out of back doors. Don't know if it can be repaired.
My solara pulls left even after alignment, rotation etc! not a very safe feature! I participate in edmunds solara forum, and many people have this problem. Never resolved by the dealer. The solara may share parts with Toyota sienna, that had a similar problem. I understand Toyota recently changed a part # for solaras steering assembly.
See all problems of the 2000 Toyota Camry.
Rack and pinion steering was leaking. Noticed problem when vehicle was parked. Took to mechanic, and was informed that needed the entire rack and pinion steering system replaced.
Rack and pinion failed causing leak.
I tried working with Toyota to resolve there issues, but becasue the warranty time is expired they won't assist in fixing there defects. I was told if I wanted to pay the $2,000. 00 bill they would be happy to order the parts. The head lamps are so dim I have nearly hit deers in the road on 5 seperate occasions I know these can't pass fmvss requirement. The drivers seat is loose in the track and rocks when accelerating and stopping. The front struts mounting brackets rattle, shake, vibrate and bang. The steering wheel vibrates while turning. The rear stuts are too weak for the vehicle so people can't ride in the rear or the car bottoms out. The car alarm somtimes works and somtimes doesn't. The burlwood dash is splitting,craking, fading and peeling. I was told by the asst. Service mgr. At the Toyota dealership that Toyota is aware of all these defects and it's a result of poor engineering and vehicle test validation. I then heard him tell a mechanic "what people think just because it's a Toyota it doesn't ever break" he then laughed and said these cars are the worst. I think we need some help in making Toyota fix there known defects because this is uncalled for.
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|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Steering Noise problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Power Steering Pump problems||
|Power Steering Fluid problems||
|Steering Anti-theft Device problems||
|Steering Linkages problems||