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Power Steering Problem

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Our Avalon has been great car since new.........250,000 KM later

Suddenly steering is hard and sluggish.........oil reservoir is full........ no apparent leaks

Any suggestions?

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Hi humanoid

I suspect your getting close..........something is binding or could it be the pump itself

Is steering rack R & R expensive job?

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Hi Everyone

Tomorrow I have consult appointment with Toyota dealer ......... will be intersting to hear what he has to say.

The hard steering problem seems to come and go on a day to day basis........... real puzzling

I will keep you informed.

Farmer

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Hi Everyone

Tomorrow I have consult appointment with Toyota dealer ......... will be intersting to hear what he has to say.

The hard steering problem seems to come and go on a day to day basis........... real puzzling

I will keep you informed.

Farmer

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Hello Everyone

As promised I would report back after taking car to dealer

I sent my wife to Toyota dealer .......... of course there was no problem with the steering at the time and everything checked just fine........ only suggestion dealer gave was "it may have something to do with moisture, next time it happens bring it in directly so we can do inspection"

Since then, I can tell it steering is not quite normal, although not near as bad as initial episode.

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Hello Everyone

As promised I would report back after taking car to dealer

I sent my wife to Toyota dealer .......... of course there was no problem with the steering at the time and everything checked just fine........ only suggestion dealer gave was "it may have something to do with moisture, next time it happens bring it in directly so we can do inspection"

Since then, I can tell it steering is not quite normal, although not near as bad as initial episode.

It never fails...your car can have a major problem, and when you pull into the dealership, it magically disappears.

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This morning steering was terrible....... I personally drove straight to the dealership...... they took car for short test drive.......reported my problem is the knuckle joint at bottom of steering column........... joint is dry and needs replacing. Dealer said it is common problem. So on Wednesday dealer is replacing joint for $300 CDN

This is exactly what happened back in 2006. At that time dealer said it is very unusual problem. Seems as these car age, this condition starts to show up.

I asked that I get the old part back. I want to see if there is method of lubricating the bearings.

Anyone have any experience with above situation?

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