Toyota Sienna owners have reported 26 problems related to power steering fluid (under the steering category).
My steering has been getting stiff for the past few weeks. About a month I noticed that my steering was stiff and then smooth a few days later. Now it feels stiff at cold start and even after warm up from normal driving. I have new belts and no power steering fluid leak. I've read many blogs online and people claiming that the (u-joint) aka "steering knuckle" is the cause. Due to water/dirt/salt from the road - causing rust on the u-joint. Toyota manufacturer should have thought of installing a rubber boot to protect the u-joint from exposure of weather elements. If the u-joint is badly rusted, it can break off and cause an accident. This should be considered as a safety recall.
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Steering has become intermittently stiff. Steering wheel doesn't self center. It's difficult to turn the wheel either way. After turning the wheel very hard, it suddenly becomes easy. This phenomenon occurs when the vehicle is stationary, and at all speeds. The problem started approximately two months ago, and has gotten progressively worse. The power steering pump is working properly, the belt is in good condition, there are no power steering fluid leaks and the power steering fluid level is correct.
When my Sienna was 3 1/2 yrs old with mileage 51,500 it needed a new power rack & pinion due to steering fluid leak. It was replaced in December 2011 at the dealership and cost me $1,200. Now recent visit to have the oil changed on March 25, 2016, the tech discovered again leaking steering fluid and another new power rack & pinion replacement is required. This time it's 4 & 1/2 years later and the current mileage of the van is 109,600. Looks like there is some type of defect with the parts and only last approx. 50,000 miles. I do hear a persistent knocking sound which is one of the symptoms of rack & pinion going bad.
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The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the metal tube on the return line for the pressure line was rubbing on the engine and oil pan. As a result, the oil pan fractured and caused the power steering fluid to leak. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was awaiting a diagnosis. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.
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Driver's side power steering leak. Toyota dealership determined a need to replace the power steering rack, plus fluid and a 4 wheel alignment. Total cost of parts and labor was $1397. 87. Appears this is a common problem with this model, make and year vehicle.
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Noticed significant decrease in turning radius over time. Vehicle tends to drift to the right side of the road. Noticed fluid leaking from under passenger side of vehicle. Visual inspection identified that passenger side power steering rack seal is leaking. Vehicle mileage is 67k, routinely maintained, garage kept with no collisions.
While making a u-turn the steering did not recover to straight ahead position. The steering felt like it was binding. The vehicle kept turning, leaving the road surface, almost striking a stone wall. Nothing was hit. More effort than normal was needed to correct the steering. Air temp. Approx. 20f. Once home I inspected the tires, power steering fluid, power steering belt, alignment, leaks. All were normal. I googled the problem and found the TSB file on the steering shaft knuckle (u-joint) corrosion problems. I crawled under the vehicle and found the steering shaft and knuckle corroded. I liberally sprayed the knuckle and shaft with wd-40 which corrected the problem.
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Intermittent loss of power steering while driving. The problem with this 5 year old vehicle with 75,000 miles is similar to what happened with older model year Siennas: a power steering fluid leak develops that ultimately requires a complete replacement of the power steering rack. Toyota refuses to pay for repair or replacement of an obviously defective design/part.
Steering in my 2004 Toyota Sienna is very tight, making it difficult to turn, especially when cold. The problem appeared last spring, while it was still cold outside. Steering improved during the warm summer months. Now that the weather is cool again, the steering problem has returned, but worse. The power steering fluid was changed, without help. Different auto shops, including my Toyota dealership, have offered vastly different opinions of what is wrong. The dealership first wanted to replace a 'leaking' power steering fluid hose, despite a normal fluid level. Then the dealership claimed it's the steering intermediate joint (u joint). An experienced independent mechanic says the intermediate joint is fine, but it's the rack and pinion that needs to be replaced. Online forums have offered various advice, including the aforementioned fixes, among others, including just lubing the u joint. In other words, no one seems to be able to diagnose the problem with certainty. I've read on various forums that other Toyota Sienna owners with the same model year have had identical complaints about tight steering when cold, but Toyota considers the problem 'closed'. Now I'm faced with spending over $1000 to fix a steering problem that Toyota should have addressed long ago. Even then, I can't even be confident that the problem will be fixed, given current lack of concensus among experienced mechanics. I have a young child who rides with me daily, so this steering problem needs to be fixed as soon as possible! clearly there is a manufacturer defect in the power steering for my model year. Poor steering in my 2004 Toyota Sienna is a serious safety issue. This is an accident waiting to happen. There needs to be a prompt NHTSA investigation into this issue (which has affected many Sienna owners), and a recall based on the potential for a serious accident!!.
Steering oil leak on passenger side found during routine oil change, the steering rack inner seals had disintegrated causing fluid leakage that was not evident until the boot had been affected and broken.
The steering rack inner seals had disintegrated causing fluid leakage that was not evident until the boot had been affected and broken. Concerned by part failure with such low mileage. Complaints seen on Toyota forums - Toyota issued technical service bulletins in July 2012 but no information sent to consumers TSB-0097-12 . Consider this to be a manufacturers defect.
2006 Toyota Sienna's steering rack and pinion had suddenly developed a leak in a side seal which caused a total loss in power steering assist when the fluid drained out. Dealer has noted the problem but says the failures they've seen are not to be concerned over? Toyota does seem to have a TSB addressing the early failures by issuing a repair or replacement of the rack and pinions for cars under their 3/36k factory warranty, but nothing addressing any kind of compensation to customers who experience the failure who are outside of warranty.
During the 65k service at I was told that the power steering fluid is leaking this require replacement of steering gear and replacing the tie rod end each side. The cost will be around $1225. 00. The mechanic told me that this is a common problem. I believe the quality of Toyota vehicle is getting decreased compare to some earlier models.
In may of 2013, I was told by rosner Toyota of stafford va, that my vehicle, with less than 60,000 miles on it, would not pass a safety inspection because the rack and pinion steering system was leaking fluid. Not wanting to drive an unsafe vehicle, I had no choice but to fix it. I petitioned Toyota headquarters about this, and they agreed to cover $900. 00 of the $1,300. 00 bill. I think they should have covered the entire amount, but I ended up shelling out $300. 00 for a new boot to temp fix the problem, and then the remaining $400. 00 to replace the rack and pinion. Now, less than 1 year from the replacement of the rack and pinion, rosner of Toyota tells me that the same side of the rack and pinion is again leaking fluid and that it needs to be replaced. Rosner replaced the parts, but I am concerned that this is just a temporary fix to a much bigger problem. This is the third rack and pinion for this vehicle in less than 6 years. I am concerned that this vehicle is not safe for operation. Please advise and thanks.
Steering has handled fine since I bought new March 2006 from Toyota capital dealer; 1st reported on 2/16/13 at 43,123 miles Sienna power steering rack & pinion leaking--cost to repair $1,542. 38 (with alignment). Have not repaired yet as fluid level has not changed. Power steering fluid was reported dirty on 3/1/09 at 22,321 miles. Online research shows leaking problem is common & has occurred with other 2006 Sienna's--please recall all the 2006 Sienna's. Attached is current mechanic with picture of problem at end of report.
During a safety inspection the mechanics have said the steering fluid is leaking. They will have to replace the entire rack and pinion steering assembly. The cost averages $1100. This is reported as a common problem for this vehicle and a safety problem for driving.
I have had problems with my 2006 Toyota Sienna with most recently the power passenger sliding door that is broken and does not open or close. The dealer ft. Myers Toyota said the parts were on national back order and may take months to get the parts to fix. They did say they would cover under warranty. Secondly, my steering assembly needed replacement at 80,000 miles because of leaking fluid and I had to pay the labor to fix. Lastly, all 4 of the tire rims on the car have peeling, bubbling and chipping paint that is exposing the metal rim. It may cause further corrosion to the rims and cause a safety problem to the wheels. Germain Toyota in naples, fla where I bought the car would not help with the rims. Ft. Myers Toyota where I get the car serviced told me about the national back order problem and also charged me for the defective steering assembly which I thought should have been covered under their lifetime power train warranty. They said it did not.
Steering fluid leak on passenger side eating through rubber boot - requires replacement of rack & pinion & some kind of right & left front bars. This is an unsafe defect in this model year. Apparently, other 2004 siena's have had the same issue. This is a very expensive repair.
1) airbags: blinking airbag light. Toyota service bulletin - $1200 repair. Unsure of safety implications. 2) suspension, steering rack. Leaking power steering fluid. Needs replacement of entire rack. $1200 repair. 3) electrical: power sliding rear door will only function in manual mode. Toyota customer service informs me of a customer support program for problem. Dealer failed to tell me about it. $1400 for repair. Dealer estimated trade in value for van: $6000.
During inspection and repair of other vehicle recalls, it was determined that power steering assembly was severely leaking fluids, that radiator was leaking in 3 places, and air conditioning coils hoses\brackets were corroded and cracked due to manufacturer using two dissimilar metals (such as steel bolts in aluminum assembly) and thereby requiring immediate replacement for safety. Toyota dealership upon inspection declared steering assembly a "critical" repair and issued written documentation. I took vehicle to another shop and they confirmed Toyota's dealers conclusion and also found radiator and conditioning coils problems missed by dealer. All problems have been fixed at owners expense - a recall should be made by manufacturer.
During state vehicle inspection tech found power steering rack leaking (passenger side seal). All fluid was inside boot - no external leak. We have been Toyota customers for 25 plus years and have never had a major failure even with 100,000 plus miles. Guess I expected more from Toyota. Seems to me 60,000 miles is a little soon for a major failure of this type. Dealership does a fine job and I am grateful they found and fixed defect. Just wanted to get this information on database in case there is a high frequency of this type of repair in 2006 Toyota Siennas.
Steering on our vehicle slips then becomes very hard to turn, and is becoming increasingly difficult to turn. When completing a turn, sometimes there is overcorrection due to this difficult turning then steering slippage fluid levels are fine, no leaks. Some Sienna's have recalls on crank-shaft pulley that can cause steering problems, but currently our VIN is not included in the recall. Vehicle has 71,000 miles on it ant I am told it needs a $1400 steering rack.
1. Second row seat belt locked tight to passenger (unable to loosen) during steady speed as well when in standby. Need to unlatch and fullly retract in order to extend it out again. 2. Rack and pinion starts leaking power steering fluid and starts generating noise when making a turn. 3. Passenger side slide door fails to open from inside and by remote. Further research confirmed failure of lock release actuator.
Loss of power steering due to internal leak of fluid into rack. Made high pitched squeaking noise and fluid would slowly leak (internal, could not find external leak) first occurred around 11/08 and repaired first under warranty on 3/09 at 34,749 miles. Now has occurred again at 80,000 miles .
07-08-01 34 miles steering failure towed to dealership. 01-29-03 7552 miles steering failure towed to dealership. After slowing down at tolls,fails to accelerate,loud noise follow. Wet/rainy surface,front tires spin at take-off. Wind noise very prominent on highways. Right front passenger lock does not latch/unlatch at times. Rear heater is defective.
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Problems with vehicle losing power steering fluid. Consumer filled the vehicle with power steering fluid when returning home. Once home he returned the incident to the dealership. They order he to bring in the vehicle for a check up. While at the dealership, the vehicle caught fire in the parking lot. Consumer noted there were no warning lights prior to the failure. Only the steering wheel was hard to turn due to low power steering fluid.
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|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Power Steering Fluid problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Noise problems||
|Power Steering Failed problems||
|Steering Failed problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||