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Cold Weather Startup Steering Column Noise
I am hoping someone out there can help me with some advice on an issue I am having with my 2009 Rav4 V6 Limited. I live in a very cold climate and when the temperature gets below about -20 degrees celcius (0 degrees f), I am hearing a mechanical 'screeching' noise from inside of the steering coumn when I hit the push button starter. At more moderate temps or once I have warmed up the interior, I hear the mechanical sound and it simply sounds like an actuator moving (maybe disengaging/engaging a steering column lock or something?). Any ideas on what it is and is this a cause for concern? FYI, dealer has no ideas for me.