Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mid Hudson Valley, NY (USA)
Re: Intermediate Steering Shaft issue on 3rd Gen
Part of Toyota's "magic" as a low overhead producer is their proliferation of common parts over a huge number of different vehicles. That we've seen intermediate steering shaft recalls and tech service bulletins show up over the years for the Sienna, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Rav4 and various Lexus models and now complaints with 2011+ models tells me there's still something fundamentally amiss here. How hard can it be to make a little U-joint?
This is the advertising copy from an aftermarket supplier of Toyota compatible shafts: Often on original steering columns, the shafts with the coupler wear out. At first it will usually just make a clicking, or ticking noise when moving the steering wheel. This can usually be felt. If not replaced, over time it can cause not only a loose steering feel, but a dangerous safety concern if the joint separates.
Current: '15 Sienna Limited Premium (FWD), '14 Subaru Outback, '13 Honda CRV AWD.
Past: '08 Sienna LE (FWD), '02 Subaru Outback, '02 Honda Odyssey EX