Toyota Sienna owners have reported 19 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
Toyota dealer said the rack and pinion steering unit was leaking had to be repaired, at a very high cost. Looking online, I find that a lot of other people have had this issue, but there has been no recall. Apparently most people do not know how to report such issues. There is no reason why a vehicle only five years old should be having this problem. I would suspect that newer and older models may also be affected.
See all problems of the 2009 Toyota Sienna.
Steering rack boot on the passenger side has a leak. I was told that I need to replace the whole steering rack and pinion costing almost $1400. This is a very common problem in Toyota Sienna 2006 and Toyota issued psb 0097-12 for this but not a recall. Toyota even changed the design in the newer models after 2006. Even though it is a defective design but Toyota does not seem to care and own responsibility for this. Customers are paying for this.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Sienna.
First, I noticed some oil stains on my drive way, then I drove my minivan to a local Toyota car dealer for check up and routine oil change. Next day, I noticed a bigger oil stain. Anyway, I had an appoinment and have to drive my minivan to my dentist office, on the highway, I saw smoke came out of my front hood. Then, I drove it to the same Toyota dealer afterwards. It was quite scary driving and seeing smoke came out of my front hood especially with my young daughter on board today. At one moment, I thought my car will be on fire. On the paper, I was told that my leaking is from rack and pinion steering system. I called Toyota customer service, and the person who assisted me state his surprise of this rack and pinion leaking for such a low mileage car. I would like to file a mechanical damage report toward Toyota defective parts.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Sienna.
1) August 2013 during an oil change the dealer technician notified me the steering rack needed replacing due to oil leaks from the rack and pinion ($1000 repairs). 2) September 2014 asked dealer to check air conditioning ac right center console blower. After recharging the system with dye, found the ac lines to the rear cabin corroded under the wheel wells -- recommended $1500 to replace entire lines (I declined pending further inspection summer 2015). 3) February 2015 noticed right side power sliding door stopped working electronically, with key fob, interior switches, etc. , and would only work when pulling open/closing manually by hand. Actuators still worked to "lock" the door during the last inch closing/opening. Noticed black cable sheathing frayed and bare in spots, showing steel cable inside, but cable still intact. Found online forums stating many having similar issues. Located my extension to warranty enhancement notice from Toyota mailing stating "certain 2004-2007 model year Sienna rear sliding door latch assemblies and power sliding door cable assemblies" may be covered (up to 120k or 9 years from original date of purchase, whichever came first), via the Toyota customer support program. However, this "enhancement" does not cover door motor assembly failures, which my dealer technician identified as the probable main cause of the door not working properly (after having removed part of the door for inspection). I declined the $1000 labor + $1200 parts ($2200 total) motor, but accepted the free cable assembly warranty coverage. Am now using the door in manual mode only. My concerns: these parts are wearing out prematurely under normal use/wear and tear.
Rack and pinion had to be replaced because of leakage.
Rack and pinion bellows on the passenger side torn due to coming into contact with the adjacent fuel/vapor line; (observed while changing the tire. ). Bellows rubs against the fuel/vapor line when vehicle turns left. Vehicle serviced regularly by the delivering dealer; defect not reported to me.
See all problems of the 2007 Toyota Sienna.
First of all, this vehicle has had all routine maintenance performed on a timely basis, and is in very good condition. Car was taken in for routine oil change, and to have a review of a noise coming from the right, driver's side. Was told rack and pinion steering was leaking, and needs to be replaced for a cost of $1200.
Rack and pinion steering needed to be replaced. Mechanic at firestone indicated that he used to work at a Toyota dealership where he witnessed dozens and dozens of Sienna's whose rack and pinion sterring was leaking and required replaced. We had the work done at Toyota but it cost over $1,400. The rack and pinion steering should not have been leaking. Our car was garage kept for 100% of its life, and was well cared for. I believe this item should be a formal recall handed down to Toyota. Thank you.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the steering was defective. The tires were protruding in different angles inward and outward. The abs system would engage independently, the air conditioner was leaking inside the vehicle and the driver's side seat belt would not work because the seat was actually designed for the passenger side, but was installed to the driver's seat . The contact also stated that the rack and pinion was leaking grease. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 2,000.
See all problems of the 2008 Toyota Sienna.
Toyota Sienna 2005 was taken into dealership for regular maintenance service which included a check of the brakes. Was told rear brakes needed to be replaced and that was performed. Was told by dealer that front brakes were fine. 1 month later having problems with brakes still. Took it to private mechanic and was told that master brake cylinder needed to be replaced. I would think this problems would have been detected when it was at the dealership. I am lucky that my brakes did not fail and cause an accident. Other issues with this 2005 Toyota Sienna include having to replace the a/c compressor twice, rack and pinion replaced, and now the rear struts on the tailgate have failed. This vehicle is a serious safety risk.
Power steering appears to be failing, steering is getting stiffer. Has been going on for almost 2 weeks and appears to be getting worse. Had it checked out at Toyota dealership yesterday and they can't pinpoint it at this point but believe that it is either the power steering pump or the entire rack and pinion mechanism. Minimum of $1,000. 00 to fix.
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the steering rack alternated between manual and power. The failure occurred twice and seemed to occur only in winter months. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic and the steering rack from the firewall to the tie rod ends were replaced at the owners expense. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that the problem was not covered under warranty. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The current mileage was approximately 81,500.
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota Sienna.
While making a sharp left turn, I can hear clunk, clunk from the steering column. Dealer says the steering column (rack-pinion) joint is bad, need replacement, not under warranty, will cost 500 to 600 $, not an immediate safety threat , can wait until the noise gets too bad. I am not happy that such things break down at 45,000 miles.
Rack and pinion failure caused excessive tire wear and vehicle pulling.
See all problems of the 1999 Toyota Sienna.
When turning the steering wheel to the left, the steering wheel does not return smoothly. The dealer is replacing the rack and pinion because of the problem. Dealer required one month to fix properly.
When making a left turn vehicle continues to turn left unless manually turning steering back to right, and clicking is heard.
The van has a problem with sticky return-to-center after 90 degree left turn. Tends to happen if speed is above 20 miles per hour during turn. Require jerking or swerving to return to center after a left turn. My wife thought I was swerving since the car was swaying but I was just trying to prevent us from making a full circle to the left. The sticking problem happens irrespective of road condition. I have reported it to the dealer, who checked the fluid but did not pursue the problem.
Vehicle when turning left such as at an intersection will continue to turn unless the steering wheel is manually returned to the straight ahead position. In other words if you are not paying attention the vehicle will continue to turn and would turn in a circle. This occurs sporadically. When taken to the dealer their repsonse is that Toyota is aware of the problem and that it usually occurs when turning to the right. They are working in the problem. Our feeling is that this is a safety issue and it seems to be getting worse in catching in the left turn mode. Toyota says there is no safety issue. They have been working on this problem for several months or so they say.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota Sienna.
The consumer stated that the power steering rack was defective.
See all problems of the 2002 Toyota Sienna.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Power Steering Fluid problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Failed problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||
|Power Steering Failed problems||
|Steering Is Tight problems||