Steering Problems of Toyota Highlander - part 1

Toyota Highlander owners have reported 105 problems related to steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Highlander based on all problems reported for the Highlander.

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 1
Failure Date: 04/01/2018

While travelling in high speed lane on i80 near sacramento CA. I attempted to adjust telescopic steering wheel and the steering wheel came off in my hands and by grace of god was able to slow and get off road on the hand high speed breakdown lane and somehow remount the steering wheel. Vehicle currently at dealership for repair and I was told that the steering and mount would need to be replaced and will cost in excess of $2000. 00. I have contacted Toyota, started a case file with them and waiting on their reply.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Highlander 2
Failure Date: 03/30/2018

The steering wheel came loose while driving on a 4 lane city street at approximately 30 mph. I was adjusting the telescoping steering wheel when the steering wheel came loose from the car and a loud rapid beeping noise was emitted from the vehicle. I crossed into the oncoming lane before I was able to get the steering wheel back onto the car enough to steer back into my lane. I drove the car 6 blocks home and it has not been started or driven since.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2018

This vehicle has a knocking or clunking sound when turning the steering wheel. This is a common complaint on Toyota Highlanders but Toyota is not offering to fix these vehicles when out of warranty. This is a defect in these vehicles and should be fixed by Toyota free of charge.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Toyota Highlander 4
Failure Date: 02/16/2018

It is hard to turn wheel on low speed. Both directions.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 5
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

There is a clunking noise when turning at low speeds. My mechanic says there is a defect in the design of the steering shaft. He said this commonly occurs with this model Highlander, something supported by numerous complaints about the same issue. Toyota denies responsibility and won't issue a recall, though it is a safety risk.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 6
Failure Date: 01/22/2018

I had a clunking noise whenever I turned the steering wheel left or right at slow speeds. I checked on line and found this site which noted fault to be the intermediate steering shaft, as the issue. I took my vehicle into a Toyota dealership for repair. They confirmed that this was the issue and because it is not considered a safety issue, no recall has been issued. Toyota would not cover any of the cost which was $684. It started when I had 80,000 miles on the vehicle and I took it in for repair at 94,000 miles when noice became louder. . Disappointed Toyota did not help with the repair cost.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 7
Failure Date: 01/02/2018

While turning the steering I feel a klunk this is happens always when turn the wheel. Frustrated really need your help. Regards. .

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Highlander 8
Failure Date: 11/01/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2012 Toyota Highlander. While operating the vehicle, a popping noise was present when turning the steering wheel in either direction. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (seeger Toyota, 12833 olive st, st. Louis, mo 63141). Where it was diagnosed that the steering intermediate shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but no solution was offered. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 55,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 9
Failure Date: 10/19/2017

When turning steering wheel a clicking noise is heard. There is a TSB out on this problem while vehicle is in motion a noise was heard, and a loud humming noise is coming from the rear. Vehicle was inspected to find problem and differential assembly need to be replaced. There is a TSB out on this problem.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 10
Failure Date: 10/12/2017

Every time I turn my wheel I have a thumping sound (worse when I am turning right).

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 11
Failure Date: 09/15/2017

When turning right the steering was making a clicking/knocking sound. I only have 30000 miles on the car, which I have had 100000 plus miles on cars and never had this issue. Apparently Toyota has diagnosed this with a bad u-joint in the steering intermediate shaft with a hefty price tag to fix. This seems like a complaint from multiple people and on multiple sites. I think this should be looked into by Toyota and considered a recall item. Very disappointed in my Toyota right now.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 12
Failure Date: 05/09/2017

Clunk in steering when turning at low speed from stop found to be intermediate steering shaft-replaced at dealer. Google search show very common in several different Toyota vehicles.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 13
Failure Date: 05/06/2017

Turning my car right or left there is a clicking noise and I can't get a good turn. It seems there is an issue with the electrical powering steering. I have researched to find out if there is a recall on this and the only thing I have found is other complaining about the same thing. I bought my car based on research and the durability of Toyota, also I have taken very good care of the car. I have gone in for all the recalls. But the issue with eps has me very concerned.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 14
Failure Date: 04/26/2017

Steering wheel would exhibit a loud clunking noise when turning wheel left or right. Did not feel safe to drive. Toyota mechanic diagnosed the problem as the intermediate steering shaft which he recommended replacing. Toyota knows of this problem since they issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) t-tt-0223-13 for this repair. There is also an NHTSA # 10062035 on this situation. Toyota should pay for this costly repair since I feel it is a safety defect and should be recalled.

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 15
Failure Date: 03/12/2017

Knocking sound and vibration felt on steering wheel when turning right. It only occurs in motion.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Highlander 16
Failure Date: 03/06/2017

Wife was in parking lot after school activity. Went to turn car out of parking spot, was not able to and hit a pole. Steering wheel turned but wheels did not. Towed vehicle to andy mohr Toyota avon. Advised that rack was sheered. Never seen anything like it the two years service writer had been working there. There was no accident prior that would of caused problem. Also dealer indicates steering wire is also damaged. Lucky wife was not on interstate or other highway, accident could of been catastrophic.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Highlander 17
Failure Date: 01/01/2017

When you drive back and turn, the tires make a strange movement, it seems like it will be detached from the axle.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 18
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

As I was making a slow right turn onto a side street, the steering wheel gave out and I hit a parked car. Then my dashboard light indicator for the steering wheel lit up.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Toyota Highlander 19
Failure Date: 10/08/2016

Two or three times now, while paused in traffic, I look at the radio instrument panel and it has completely shut off and reboots, it then causes all previously programmed information in the system to be changed. In addition at the same time, the steering feels like it "pauses". I checked my VIN it is not in the recall but I will be taking it to the dealer as soon as possible. Once the electrical radio/entertainment system rebooted while traveling on the highway, I only noticed it because the radio shut off. I did not notice anything at that time with the steering and I thought it was a fluke, but now after three times, I am bringing to the dealer.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 20
Failure Date: 09/20/2016

Driving at a slower speed and during a turn - my power steering shut off- the power steering indicator appeared on my dash but then disappeared. As a result I lost access to power steering. This happened several times and has happened at approximately 20 mph. I checked the recall notifications and identified I had 3 separate recalls related to this vehicle how the power steering concern was not one of them. . Read more...

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Highlander 21
Failure Date: 08/05/2016

When I was trying to park my Toyota Highlander 2005 in front of the building where I work, backing up, the engine iddle went extremely high and I tried to stop, but I could not do it because the steering wheel and the brakes locked. I tried to put the gear in neutral, but instead, it went straigh to drive, so it causes major damages to 2 vehicles behind mine, and other 3 in front of mine too. Also my vehicle destroyed a mail box and a tree, but I could not stop until my Highlander stopped by itself totally destroyed. I ended up in the hospital with some trauma.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 22
Failure Date: 07/24/2016

The steering wheel had been adjusted to a setting for a shorter driver, and while in the process of re-setting it for a taller driver, the steering wheel and its housing came completely off of the shaft that reaches into the engine. To safely get off the road, an attempt was made to stick it back on, and it was unable to stay in the correct position. Once the vehicle was pulled over, to try to reattach it, the driver again attempted to seat the housing on the shaft. This maneuver was completed successfully, but upon attempting to drive again, the "slippery when wet" warning light came on and whatever engine mechanism that alerts began to engage, affecting the brakes, accelerator, and steering. This all happened as we were backing out of the driveway, and then attempting to maneuver into the roadway.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Highlander 23
Failure Date: 07/06/2016

Intermediate steering shaft 45220-48171 had to be replaced. At high rate of speed I had to brake hard, then the abs intermittently pushed the pads against the discs creating vibration that was felt at the steering wheel very noisy and shake like looked like my Highlander front wheels came apart . Then I knew the vehicle must be repaired immediately due safety problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Highlander 24
Failure Date: 05/05/2016

Clunking in steering at slow speed when making sharp left or right turns. Diagnosed as intermediate steering shaft needing replacement. Repaired at Toyota dealership.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Highlander 25
Failure Date: 05/01/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander. While driving various speeds, the vehicle required greater effort to steer. While steering the vehicle, there was an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic were it was diagnosed that the steering intermediate staff assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 123,000.

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