intermediate shaft

Sudbury, Canada

#82 Oct 28, 2009
if you are having troubles with the intermediate shaft on the rav4 2006, please report it also to toyota themselves, and not just the service department. the number for the US is 1-800-331-4331 or 1-888-869-6828 for Canada ... they need to realize this is a larger problem and requires some attention.
Lar

Winnipeg, Canada

#83 Dec 5, 2009
I have a 2007 RAV4 V6 sport. Having same steering clunk problems like the rest of you along with a buzzing sound which I think is coming from the fuel pump (under rear driver side seat noise). The brakes also seem to make a weird drone noise as it is stopping now. Just had brakes checked a few times. All is normal according to Toytoa dealer. I would like to thank the person that posted the Technical Service Bulletin on the steering problem. I took my RAV to a private mechanic who spotted a loose inner tie rod end. Guess what - you can not buy an inner tie rod end. You have to buy a whole steering rack complete at $1440CDN from the dealer. No after market makers yet. Mine just went off warranty as well. So far the noises discussed seem to be:
1. steering clunk and tie rod end - possible intermediate steering shaft problem see TSB
2. Buzzing - possible fuel pump or fuel resistor
3. Radio problems
4. 4x4 module creating noise at high speed
5. Some wind noise at high speed - possible roof rack problem (I tightened mine and got rid of one noise)
6. Brake noise/drone when stopping and clunky intial back up noise from brakes - feel loose - possible caliper problems?
7. Serpentine belt problem creating noises

I hope everybody keeps posting problems and solutions found. I agree with a previous poster - this is a terrible situation for such a new vehicle and from a company that says they are quality minded. I plan on phoning Toyota now that I know a little more. Thanks to everybody.
Marco- San Bernardino CA

San Bernardino, CA

#84 Dec 29, 2009
Got my RAV4 '06 "brand new" and now I have over 40,000 on it. When I turn the steering wheel when going slowly I feel a clunking noise on the steering wheel. I is also audible. It seems that it might be the same Steering Shaft problem other people here mention. Also, someone mentioned that Toyota has issued a "bulletin" about the problem and that a "bulletin" is a prelude to a recall.
Does anybody know any new about this? or
How could I could find out the status of a soon to be recall?
liner

Hicksville, NY

#85 Dec 29, 2009
Marco- San Bernardino CA wrote:
Got my RAV4 '06 "brand new" and now I have over 40,000 on it. When I turn the steering wheel when going slowly I feel a clunking noise on the steering wheel. I is also audible. It seems that it might be the same Steering Shaft problem other people here mention. Also, someone mentioned that Toyota has issued a "bulletin" about the problem and that a "bulletin" is a prelude to a recall.
Does anybody know any new about this? or
How could I could find out the status of a soon to be recall?
Google is your friend.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#86 Dec 29, 2009
Lar wrote:
I have a 2007 RAV4 V6 sport. Having same steering clunk problems like the rest of you along with a buzzing sound which I think is coming from the fuel pump (under rear driver side seat noise). The brakes also seem to make a weird drone noise as it is stopping now. Just had brakes checked a few times. All is normal according to Toytoa dealer. I would like to thank the person that posted the Technical Service Bulletin on the steering problem. I took my RAV to a private mechanic who spotted a loose inner tie rod end. Guess what - you can not buy an inner tie rod end. You have to buy a whole steering rack complete at $1440CDN from the dealer. No after market makers yet. Mine just went off warranty as well. So far the noises discussed seem to be:
1. steering clunk and tie rod end - possible intermediate steering shaft problem see TSB
2. Buzzing - possible fuel pump or fuel resistor
3. Radio problems
4. 4x4 module creating noise at high speed
5. Some wind noise at high speed - possible roof rack problem (I tightened mine and got rid of one noise)
6. Brake noise/drone when stopping and clunky intial back up noise from brakes - feel loose - possible caliper problems?
7. Serpentine belt problem creating noises
I hope everybody keeps posting problems and solutions found. I agree with a previous poster - this is a terrible situation for such a new vehicle and from a company that says they are quality minded. I plan on phoning Toyota now that I know a little more. Thanks to everybody.
1. TSB will take care of that.
2. Electric fuel pumps do make noise. Try not to let gas tank go below 1/4.
3. Radio problems?
4. How do you know it's the tranfer case? How about tires?
5. If you have removable cross bars, remove them.
6. I had same problem. New pads and rotors fixed it. Make sure you buy good quality parts. There's alot of cheap junk out there.
7. Change belt and make sure any idler pulleys are OK.
RAV4 owner in NY

Flushing, NY

#87 Dec 29, 2009
Marco- San Bernardino CA wrote:
Got my RAV4 '06 "brand new" and now I have over 40,000 on it. When I turn the steering wheel when going slowly I feel a clunking noise on the steering wheel. I is also audible. It seems that it might be the same Steering Shaft problem other people here mention. Also, someone mentioned that Toyota has issued a "bulletin" about the problem and that a "bulletin" is a prelude to a recall.
Does anybody know any new about this? or
How could I could find out the status of a soon to be recall?
LOOK AT POST NUMBER 71 & THIS LINK
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NI owner

Belfast, UK

#88 Feb 1, 2010
Have recently bought a Rav-4 D4D 2005 model. I have noticed a noise coming from engine area, it sounds like a hydraulic 'whine'(my best way to describe it). It is not a continous noise, just comes and goes but hear it very regularly. It happens at all times like when ticking over, when driving, if engine hot or cold... in other words I can not diagnose and specific time when it happens. Any suggestions?
Steering Problem

Feltham, UK

#89 Feb 9, 2010
All those people who say their 2006 -2007 Rav4 steering is making a knocking, poping sound during parking or going over bumps should mention to their local Toyota dealer to check service technical report ST-08-001 which describes the fault on those early Toyotas.
Gar

Apache Junction, AZ

#90 Feb 10, 2010
Dale wrote:
2006 Rav4 Sport makes popping sound in front end when turning either to right or left when moving. Does not make this sound when parked and steering is turned all the way right or left.
if your sport is a front wheel or 4 wheel drive it sounds like the CV joints. it won't make any noise when your parked but only when the car is rolling. Look under the front end at the CV boots at the wheel and at the trans. both sides and see if any are torn allowing dirt and abrasives into the joints. Just replaced both drive axles on my kids 97 Rav4 and no more poppinp noise.
Gar

Apache Junction, AZ

#91 Feb 10, 2010
got a 97 Rav4 with 120,000 + miles, getting a load valve train noise below 2000 RPM after that it goes away. Sounds like it's coming from the cam shaft drive but it's hard to tell. any ideas?
Timing Belt?
Bruce

Cedar Hill, TX

#92 Feb 22, 2010
The steering problem (clunk noise at low speed) on the Toyota RAV 4 is described in their internial Technical Service Bulletin 0318-08 dated 20 OCT 08, and it replaces TSB # ST001-08. Essentially, the original Intermediae Steeling Wheel Shaft on these vehicles is deffective and had to be remanufactured. This part is 'only' covered under the 36 K basic warranty, but should be covered for free due to safety, under a recall. I fought tooth and nail with my local San Antonio dealer and they eventually performed the work for free after initially telling me that not only was the steering whell shaft deffective, but so was the rack and pinion this is all at just 44k miles on my RAV 4. The original estimate:$2,600.00! In the end, the rack and pinion problem did not 'exist' and the dealer covered the cost of the defective steering wheel shaft- after I contacted Toyota and wrangled with 'everybody' for about a week. As everyone knows Toyota is under scrutiny due to recent safety issues and subsequent recalls with many of their makes/models the RAV 4 included. The defect associated with TSB # 031-08 ( WWW.ALLDATA.COM ) should be included!
liner

Hicksville, NY

#93 Feb 22, 2010
Bruce wrote:
The steering problem (clunk noise at low speed) on the Toyota RAV 4 is described in their internial Technical Service Bulletin 0318-08 dated 20 OCT 08, and it replaces TSB # ST001-08. Essentially, the original Intermediae Steeling Wheel Shaft on these vehicles is deffective and had to be remanufactured. This part is 'only' covered under the 36 K basic warranty, but should be covered for free due to safety, under a recall. I fought tooth and nail with my local San Antonio dealer and they eventually performed the work for free after initially telling me that not only was the steering whell shaft deffective, but so was the rack and pinion this is all at just 44k miles on my RAV 4. The original estimate:$2,600.00! In the end, the rack and pinion problem did not 'exist' and the dealer covered the cost of the defective steering wheel shaft- after I contacted Toyota and wrangled with 'everybody' for about a week. As everyone knows Toyota is under scrutiny due to recent safety issues and subsequent recalls with many of their makes/models the RAV 4 included. The defect associated with TSB # 031-08 ( WWW.ALLDATA.COM ) should be included!
Good point Bruce. Now's the time to hit them, with the spotlight shining brightly on them.
virginia

Chicago, IL

#94 Mar 11, 2010
I have a 2007 V6 2WD Rav4 and my brakes are making a loud rubbing noise when applied. It is worse when I first start driving but doesn't happen every time I brake. It isn't like the noise you would expect from metal to metal. The vehicle also makes a weird sound like a French Horn when stopped with the engine running. Does anyone have any ideas on this?
Casey

Friendswood, TX

#95 Mar 11, 2010
MTR wrote:
I heard a loud humming sound in my Rav4 two days after I bought it. Took it into the dealer for repair. They said the sound was coming from the fuel pump (under carriage below the 2nd row seat, behind driver's seat). They replaced the fuel pump twice, and fuel tank once, & it still has the sound. It's often louder than my radio, and seems to be louder at higher speeds.
I have a 07 Rav4, and it has made a loud humming sound also...I've taken it in several times, once they replaced the fuel pump, second time they replaced the fuel tank and the third, forth and fifth time they said that they could not repeat the sound that I heard and they clearly heard the first two times. It also makes this sound when idling in drive....They are suppose to contact me as soon as they hear from Toyota, but I think their moto is "out of sight, out of mind"!
jessica

Hilo, HI

#96 Mar 21, 2010
Gregg W wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks, that's good info Daniel. I have a 2006 Rav4 V6 and it makes a humming noise too( I hear it when I am stopped). It makes the noise in drive and neutral, but not in park. May be the electric steering pump shuts off in park? I have 3200 miles
and my radio still works. No complaints about wind noise or road noise. I find the car actually quiet.
I have a 2008 Rav 4 V6 and it makes a humming noise right after i start the engine, drive for about 4-5 mins and at a stop.. i've had this problem since i bought the car and the dealer said nothing is wrong with my car, they denied hearing any noise..
any suggestion ?
Roger Davis

Whittier, CA

#97 Jun 12, 2010
1999 Rav4, 4cyl, manual, front wheel drive only (4wd not installed)

Brakes are fairly new, about a year old, should? still be good based on past experience.

There is occasionally a slight to medium (changes) noise at wheel rotation speed (one per revolution), sounds like a brake noise. It's hard to reproduce, but it can most easily be heard when lightly braking in a left turn at slower speeds (10~15 mph), but it can sometimes be heard lightly braking at the same speeds, or (not sure about this) driving about 20 straight ahead after braking.

It sounds like left front side, but can't be completely sure on this.

There is no chattering, jerking, pulling, or other driving problem. All feels normal, only the odd sound.

Another odd thing, maybe or maybe not connected - after you stop and let off the brake pedal, there is a squeaking noise loud enough to hear, but not real loud (like a really loud rat or a bird chirp) just as you let off the brake. This always happens.

Thanks!!!
john

San Diego, CA

#99 Jun 12, 2010
"We have a 2006 RAV4 Limited V6 (with 25K miles) and are experiencing the steering wheel popping/clunking noise like most people here. We have taken the car in 3 times for the same problem. So far, they've lubed the steering shaft, replaced the electronic steering pump unit and intermediate steering shaft. None them seem to cure the problem. And this time, the Toyota dealer is trying to convince us that it's normal and something we have to live with. Arghh... This is getting frustrated!!!
"
This is exactly what happened to us. Toyota dealers suck...
Tarie C

Whitehorse, Canada

#100 Jun 21, 2010
I have a 2006 RAV4. When I initially start it up (cold or warm), it makes an awful sound-almost like a knife stuck in a fan, then goes away immediately. Toyota said it was the engine lifters(?). They cannot seem to fix the noise. Even though I have extended warranty, it does not cover the cost so far.
Anyone else with this noise?
Barry

United States

#101 Jun 23, 2010
2007 Rav 4 with 150k Just had the tie rod replaced. Dealer said it was not common to need replaced. My rotors are also warped even though I change my brakes and have the rotors turned on scheduled maintenance. Now the vehicle makes a growl or vibrating noise only between 40 and 45 mph and it is brief but noticable. What is going on with Toyota? I have had Toyotas and Hondas that go 300 k without a problem.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#102 Jun 24, 2010
Tarie C wrote:
I have a 2006 RAV4. When I initially start it up (cold or warm), it makes an awful sound-almost like a knife stuck in a fan, then goes away immediately. Toyota said it was the engine lifters(?). They cannot seem to fix the noise. Even though I have extended warranty, it does not cover the cost so far.
Anyone else with this noise?
How can your extended warranty not cover the cost? One would assume it would cover the drive train, which would include all internal engine parts....like the valve lifters. You need to read the fine print in the warranty and if it's covered, make ALOT OF NOISE at the dealership. Preferably when they're very busy.

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