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2008 RAV4 Limited V6
And I drove over 3600 miles from Louisiana to Quebec and back with no steering issues at all. I prefer the smaller steering wheel.
We've never experienced this in our 2010 that was purchased new, and the steering has pretty much felt the same since day 1. It might be worth a trip to the dealer to see if there's something up. If they say everything is okay, ask for a test drive of another new Rav on the lot and see if it does the same thing.I don't know about the rest of you, but I find mine particularly tiresome on long trips. Perhaps it is because it is new, but all of my other vehicles can be steered easily, in small increments, with one hand. The wheel moves freely. On the Rav, there is a certain amount of friction to be overcome before the wheel will move 2mm. Its not much, but its there. Just enough to require a firm grip to steer it, and it is tiresome after a few hours of interstate. Usually I can correct for road drift with very light pressure, but the small diameter wheel and the friction make this more of an effort. Perhaps it will get better when it breaks in, I've owned a new car before, just used ones with lots of miles on them.
We've never experienced this in our 2010 that was purchased new, and the steering has pretty much felt the same since day 1. It might be worth a trip to the dealer to see if there's something up. If they say everything is okay, ask for a test drive of another new Rav on the lot and see if it does the same thing.
There's an outside possibility you have an alignment issue, but it still shouldn't cause sticktion.
Agreed, I just drove my 2011 RAV4 Sport 700 miles on the interstate this weekend. It tracks straighter than any other car I have ever driven. I was in slightly windy conditions and the RAV still tracked nicely.I'm with Rav4Two. I find the highway steering of my 2011 V6 Sport to be phenomenal....
I've noticed that mine isn't tracking straight. It is almost as if the steering wheel is off centre. I have to keep on adjusting the wheel or else I will quickly end up in the other lane. My alignment was checked twice, and both times this passed.I have the same problem.the steering will move a 1\4 from center and not hold center. And it feel weird. i have a 2007 sport v6. this problem started about 3 months ago at about 103000 miles. the steering was fine until that. all i have to do is stop the car and turn off the ignition for a few seconds and start the car backup. the steering returns to normal. and i know normal because i have owned the truck whole time. this has to be a flaky motor or actuator. the restart must reset it some how. can any one that understands this steering help.
Hello,For those of you with the steering problem, do you have your alignment specifications? If so, what is the thrust angle and front setback that is measured on your cars?
The rear alignment looks good except that's a LOT of camber. I guess it's not adjustable on the Rav so we may all be stuck with whatever it is.Hello,
I had the alignment checked, as per the dealership, only the rear needed to be adjusted:
Total toe: 0.14%
Steer ahead: -0.04%
Left front camber: -0.4% Right front camber:-0.8%
Left front toe: -0.03% Right front toe: 0.11%
Total toe: 0.09%
Thrust angle: -0.20%
Left rear camber: -1.8% Right rear camber:-1.3%
Left rear toe: -0.16% Right rear toe: 0.25%
Rear after alignment:
Total toe: 0.07%
Thrust angle: -0.00%
Left rear camber: -1.7% Right rear camber:-1.4%
Left rear toe: -0.03% Right rear toe: 0.04%
- After the alignment was done I didn't feel a big improvement, however I'm not sure where to go from here.
- I have extended warranty so I was hoping they would diagnose/fix the problem without charging me, unfortunately I had to pay for the alignment.
- I'm thinking I should have taken it back to the dealer where I purchased it from a few months back, they may have done the alignment without charge.
All comments welcomed
For comparison, here's the spec sheet they faxed me when the dealership performed a wheel alignment on my RAV in March of 2011. Looks like it's in degrees rather than percentages:
Only if I floor it! The combination of V6 and 2WD causes some torque steer. Mine tracks straight and true at highway speeds. If I take my hands off the wheel, it will very slowly veer to the right, which I attribute to the crown of the roadway.Thanks for posting your alignment, I stand corrected, my posted specifications were supposed to be degrees.
I'm not sure what differences between our alignment readings I should be looking at. Does your RAV4 need constant correcting of the steering on the highway?
Hello Michael503,Thanks for all the replies.
Let me add a few more observations to the issue...
I can "feel" the problem when the car is parked too (and engine running). Moving the steering whell 1/4 in. to the right or left, i feel the steering wheel sticking to something. If I move it 1/2 in, the it breaks free from that and feels smooth as it should. I say "as it should" because I'm comparing with my Jetta side by side (I actually parked them side by side close together with engines running - I'm outside both cars moving both steering wheels at the same time.)
This reflects exactly what I'm getting on the road. As I'm driving, any small correction has to break free from the sticking initial move and it becomes an overcorrection.
That test with both cars kind of rule out all of possible alignment/tires/driving-habits issues that could explain this.
One last note, my Jetta doesn't have that problem, I can drive it all day long. Now the Rav4 will get my hands tired in less than a hour of freeway...
Any more suggestions are greatly appreciated...
Due to my same symptoms of "a certain amount of friction to be overcome before the wheel will move 2mm. Its not much, but its there. Just enough to require a firm grip to steer it", and then I end up oversteering to correct it. Usually which come and go, yesterday it was stiff, today it's gone. My Dealer says it is the Intermediate Steering Shaft, so oI am having it replaced next week.Constant need to adjust the steering is due to play in the steering components.
Since this is an electric assisted steering, it will not provide a good feed-back for that play, only the need for corrections. The wheel might still feel "OK", but the wheels will wander (move).
A good alignment shop will refuse to do alignment when that happens. But most will happily get your money.