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Wheel Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 35 problems related to wheel (under the wheel category).

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 08/26/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 38 mph, the rear back wheels locked up and the vehicle swerved from right and then to the left hand side. The contact also stated that downward hill assist warning light illuminated when the wheels locked up. The vehicle was towed independent mechanic. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13v383000 (suspension). However, the part to do the repair was not available. The manufacturer had been notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000. Ne.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 07/26/2014

Right rear lower suspension arm snapped causing the right rear tire to turn to the side, causing us to lose control of the vehicle. I was able to gain control and stop the car due to the low rate of speed. We had a recall for this problem. Toyota installed a temporary fix, however when we received an updated recall, we continually called to have the permanent fix only to be told that the part was not available we asked them to call us when the part arrived and they would not agree to this. We have called them continuously but they never had the part. Called Toyota today and they cannot help me today. They will not approve towing, rental car, or repair as of this date. I cannot get to work, I am handicapped and I do not have access to public transportation. The police did come to the scene of this incident we have photos and the broken part in our possession. Toyota opened a case #1407280028. They said they are not sure they can help us. We need immediate help with this. Please help us.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

On may 14, 2014 in the afternoon I picked up my vehicle and drove to home depot here on st. Thomas, us virgin islands. Upon getting ready to leave home depot, I observed the tire light on. I said maybe the tire has a leak. I then drove to barbel plaza and observed that the tire was airing down. I then took my vehicle to the tire shop next to silver dollar. The gentleman checked the tire after throwing soap liquid on it and observed no nails or screws stuck in the tire. He then took off the right front tire and poured water inside the rim and showed me that there is is crack on the inside rim. He said that someone could've dropped tbe tire on the ground or something fell on it. I called the NHTSA website and was advised to call the Toyota manufacturer. I called Toyota and was advised to notify my local Toyota so they can assist me. I brought it to the managers attention for Toyota and I received no assistance. He is giving me a six for a nine. I bought my car in November of 2009. The car hasn't make five years old and the rim for the tire is cracked. I need some assistance with my rim to my vehicle. It seems to me like the rim was not fixed properly. Also the lug nut are no good either. Poor material. Thank you hope I get some sort of assistance.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2014 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 05/08/2014

New car dunlop tires have severe road hazard. Every small road condition magnifies into great steering problem.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 04/09/2014

I read on your website recalls related to weght carrying capacity wheels & tires applicable to my vehicle. I have not received any notice. Please inform whether dealer fixed it while I was there for other revcalls. Please inform me if I need to take any action.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2009 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 01/30/2014

I was driving my vehicle a Toyota rav 4 and was approaching the access ramp on to the wv turnpike, I was strating to accelerate and heard a banging sound on the right rear tire area I pulled off the road to check, the tire was laying at a 95 degree angle sidways, look like only held in place by the top by the rear brake. Found out later it was the right lower suspension arm broken. Basically I lost my rear wheel while driving most who saw it said I was luck to be alive and unharmed and that piece was on recall just for that reason.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 01/02/2014

I had abs, vsc all the traction light came on my car around 6 months ago. I took it into the dealer and got the car fixed the culprit was the bad abs sensor. Now on new years night while driving home all the lights came on and I lost my traction abs suddenly. After parking the car for few hrs or so seems to cure it, but it kicked in while driving again and lost abs, traction etc. It is very unsafe and I am taking my car to the dealer for second time, first thing in the morning. Now do I have to do that for all 4 sensors? wait till they die out one by one and go all year around ? what happens if my abs and traction stops working while I am on highway while its heavy snowing? I after quick research online there seems like the abs sensor problem is quite common among all the Rav4 in similar body style. If Toyota knows about it why are they not doing something ? if I loose abs and my traction while driving I am jeopardizing my life. I am certain that Toyota have said OH its bad abs sensor and made the customer fix it but how about the rest of the sensors which is about to go bad? I would kindly seek if someone could get back to me. I would also volunteer my time and allow the car to be tested at your facility if needed to do so.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2012 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 12/13/2013

I had just gotten on a 6 lane expressway with a 45 mph speed limit. Hands at ten and two - just watching the road going about 40 mph in the far left lane so people could turn on the road. I had been having a clunking sound when I would pull out of my driveway for awhile but didn't want to go back to the dealer because I had just gotten a 10,000 mile oil change and after removing a tire with a nail in it found they had to order the tire, which took 3 weeks to get (apparently run flat tires are still in japan,,) so, I back to my near death experience- I was driving slower than the speed limit down the road when I lost all steering in my vehicle and I was headed into oncoming traffic. I hit the tall cement median and I pulled as hard as I could back to the right. After I hit I had a little control again. With both drivers side tires striped flat I had enough steering to put my hazards on and get back on the correct side of the road and pull the thing into a side parking lot to be towed. I feel like the thing is trying the kill me! warranty has to cover this but I think I'm gonna have to trade it in. Too scared to drive the damn thing. Atlleast I have two witnesses that can verify my event incase Toyota tries to screw me over. Rav4s r dangerous vehicles and something has to be recalled or people r going to die.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 06/22/2013

We were driving 55mph on highway 168 in north carolina north towards virginia coming home from vacation in the outer banks, nc. We were driving in left lane passing a Jeep, pulling a small trailer, in the right lane when we heard a pop and the car started to swerve to the right. Our car struck the Jeep on the driver's side turning the Jeep so it ended up in front of us. Both vehicles finally came to a stop after I applied the brakes. After checking on the passengers (my wife, two children and our dog) in our car and Jeep passengers, I went to move the car at the request of the police and the driver's side rear tire collapsed in at the top at about a 45 degree angle. Thankfully nobody was hurt. After having the car put onto the flat bed tow truck by aaa, the aaa employee and I could see under the car and noticed the rear tie rod was completely separate in two pieces. Received a preliminary recall from Toyota back in October/November about the tie rod. Took the car to our dealership, in November. They inspected it and said nothing was wrong so it didn't need to be replaced. The car is currently waiting to be fixed by my insurance company and I have filed a incident report with Toyota, who will be looking at the car.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 05/23/2013

Rear suspension arm broken while traveling approx. 70 mph. There was a high probability of a rollover with this incident. Three separate times the vehicle made a very sharp jerks toward the ditch/median. The only reason we did not rollover was the driver at the time was very experienced and had to fight to gain control of the vehicle.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 01/30/2013

On Wednesday, January 30th, around 6 p. M. Est, I was driving home from work, going approximately 40-45 mph, when suddenly I lost control of my vehicle (2006 Rav4, standard not sport). Fortunately, I was able to get the car off to the shoulder after about 30 seconds of swerving and inability to control the car. There was no physical damage to my person, car or anyone else, but as you can probably imagine, I was – and continue to be- very shaken up over what happened, and how much worse it could have been had I been on a more congested highway, going at a faster speed. A woman, who was driving behind me, stopped and helped me out and witnessed how out of control my car was. She thought I had hit a deer (it was very dark, foggy and rainy, as well). Ironically, I had just received a recall notice from Toyota not even a few days earlier. I was away the previous week and it arrived while I was out of town. I had the recall in my physical possession for a total of 4 days, one of which was not a business day. I had had my tires changed and aligned over a year ago (I’d have to get back to you on the exact date, but I’m fairly certain it was Dec. 2011 or January 2012). At this time, according to the Toyota recall notice, an additional step needed to be taken in order to prevent backlash at the threaded portion of the arm, followed by rust. If this occurred, thread would wear, causing the arm to separate, which could result in the loss of the vehicle. The same night of the incident, I had my car towed to the dealership where I purchased it and the next morning, January 31st, they confirmed that what had happened to my car was indeed because of the recall. This means that I had been driving my car around to my own detriment for over a year, without any idea that there was a potential safety hazard to myself or my six year old daughter.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 01/13/2013

Steel wheels are badly corroded to the extent that I am concerned about their integrity. Rusted steel is flaking off in strips.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 11/10/2012

One wheel stud on the front passenger side was broken. Apparently it was made of poor steel material. I checked internet and found this problem was also reported by many others. To our disappointment, so the manufacture and dealers are still not accepting the causation. I am thinking boycott Toyota since they are using cheap poor parts made in china.

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car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 10/09/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to an independent mechanic to repair his transmission when the mechanic notified him that the wheels needed to be replaced because they were rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified but provided no assistance. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. Pmb.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 15
Failure Date: 07/24/2012

Rear wheel support failed. Wheel bent to the side causing loss of control and near accident. The mechanic reported that right rear end link bent. Right rear wheel tie rod have come off center nut and no thread remaining and right rear shock leaking. They replaced right rear-end link tie rod and shock. Performed wheel alignment. The same Toyota dealer performed prior alignment November 20, 2009. When I had the new alignment checked (buying new tires) just few days later I was told that the alignment was still off. The Toyota dealer refuse (by rescheduling appointments) to recheck the alignment and repair it. I was billed $729 and Toyota refused to consider that this was secondary to defect but claimed it was my fault that I must have hit the suspension even though that never happened.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 04/23/2012

I have a 2006 Toyota Rav4 w/40,000mi. And all 4 alloy wheels are corroded. They have been corroding for 1 1/2 to 2 years. The corrosion now has gone to the tpms and all 4 valves need to be replaced. I replaced the tires at 36,000 mi. And brought the car back 9 months later because the tires kept losing air. They told me all the valves were rotting at the stem and because of the design of the tpms had to be replaced. These are very costly repairs on a car that has never been abused and it just seems inferior products were used and I feel like my safety is in jeopardy if I take this car on the highway. Could you please investigate other Toyota owners for corrosive alloy wheels and tpms problems.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 04/15/2012

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that all four wheels corroded and the corrosion spread to the valves. The failure was causing the tires to lose air rapidly. The dealer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance to the contact. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 58,680 and the current mileage was 59,000. Updated 06/06/12 the consumer stated that when he pointed out the rust to a service representative air was not leaking from the tire. He was only concerned about the condition of the valve leading to a blowout of the tire. Updated 06/07/12.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 03/10/2012

Driver side steel wheel partially separated from hub due to shearing of 4 of 5 wheel lugs. Tested an additional wheel lug/nut on passenger rear wheel with torque wrench set at 85 lb-ft and it sheared off. Just prior to wheel separation, loud "pops" were heard which caused vehicle driver to reduce speed and shoulder the vehicle. No body damage, just shaken driver. All wheel nuts were properly torqued to factory specification of 85 lb-ft less than 3 months ago.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 02/22/2012

My 2007 Toyota Rav4 had a rear right wheel tie rod break while I was driving with my wife and our one year old child in the vehicle. We were on our way to see my wife's doctor for her medical condition at the time. Thankfully we had just made a turn on to the on-ramp of the garden state parkway and were moving at a relatively slow speed. I can't imagine what would have happened if we were traveling at highway speed when the tie rod broke, I might have lost control of the vehicle and had a terrible crash with serious injury (or worse) to our family and possibly other drivers on the road. After searching on the internet about Toyota Rav4 tie rod incidents, it seems that it has happened to other Rav4 drivers many times on all different model years of the vehicle. Just like us they all say they did not hit any pot holes or other objects to have caused the tie rod to break. This failing of tie rods on Rav4s seems like a manufacturing or design defect. Some action needs to be taken to address this issue before someone is killed or seriously injured from this tie rod failures on Toyota Rav4 vehicles.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 20
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

There is an issue with the wheel studs that appears to be quite common on Rav4's of several years. The wheel studs break quite often and the Toyota and the Toyota dealers blame it on the torque of the lug nuts. This is definitely not the case since I've had two break off since I purchased the card new in September, 2009. The frist broke off at approximately 8,000 mile and second broke of at 24,000 miles while I was drive on an interstate. The 24,000 mile one broke and the it was 41/2 months after the tires were rotated. In searching the internet, there are mulitiple problems and I believe this is definitely something in the manufacture of these stud where they are using inferior product to manufacture them. This is a very dangerous situation especially if the car owner is not frequently checking their wheels to see if this is happening.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 01/02/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the tire pressure warning light illuminated. The contact noticed that the front passenger side tire was flat. The contact also stated that the rims would separate from the tire and detach. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be duplicated however, the rim was replaced but the failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000. The VIN was unavailable. Djr.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 05/27/2011

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact was traveling 60 mph when the brakes were depressed after a gun shot like noise emitted from the rear of the vehicle. Another vehicle crashed into the contact's vehicle and something from the passenger's side of the vehicle detached along with part of the passenger side rear wheel. The vehicle was not destroyed. The crash caused no injuries, but the police were contacted and a report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 49,600 and the current mileage was unknown.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 04/09/2011

Driver owns a 2007 Toyota rav 4. While driving approximately 35 mph, car began to skid and intermittent warning beep came on. Driver pulled over, and upon exiting and inspecting the vehicle, driver saw that the rear drivers side tire was slanted inward approximately 45 degrees. Car was towed to dealership and driver was informed that the tie rod had rusted through and broken. All other tie rods appeared normal. Tie rod was replaced by dealership. Failure occurred at 43,500 mileage.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 01/29/2011

I got a flat and I went to remove my tire and the bult broke. This was the first time. I had it fixed. I went to the dealer to have my brakes done and was told that a bult was going to brake if they continued to remove the tire. I was given the option to have it fixed for $178. Then I was having my tires rotated at the shop and another bult broke. That made 3 bults broken on the passenger rear tire. I've owned 5 brand new cars in my life and never had this happen before. I've checked the Toyota website to see if any 2006 Rav4 have been recalled for this problem but no recalls reported.

car image   Wheel problem of the 2010 Toyota RAV4 25
Failure Date: 10/12/2010

Shortly after dealer maintenance, three lug bolts broke off while torquing the lug nuts to 80 foot pounds. The lug bolts appear to made from a low grade of steel. The dealer was good enough to replace broken bolts, but refused to replace all the lug bolts. I maintain that all my lug bolts could be damaged to the point of near failure and that Toyota should be using a higher grade steel in these bolts.

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