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Not sure if you know, but you do have a recall on Steering Wheel Set Nut Loose. So please get with the dealer and have them check to see if this has been performed as soon as possible since this is a safety item. Recalls are free to check/fix. Verify with the dealer.
Recall 99V307000: Steering Wheel Set Nut Loose
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles. The steering wheel set nut may not have been sufficiently tightened causing steering vibration and looseness.
This can result in a loss of vehicle control.
Dealers will tighten the steering wheel set nut.
Owner notification began November 30, 1999. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Your mechanic may be right on. In what you explained to us though nothing was mentioned about the electrical side though I am sure he may have mentioned it. The steering is also electrical. To me, if it was constant then it would be mechanical. Example, it the hinge on your front door is not lined up, every time it is opened or closed it will bind. That's mechanical. However, you said you can turn the car off and then back on and it is okay. Even if for a while. I suggest have your mechanic do this check on the solenoid valve first and see what he finds out from that first before going on. Also, have the codes on the car checked. Auto Zone or O'Reilly's can do this for free.
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1. Disconnect solenoid wiring connector.
2. Measure resistance between SOL+ and SOL-, Fig. 33.
3. If resistance is not 4-9 ohms, replace solenoid.
4. Check solenoid operation as follows:
a. Connect battery positive terminal to solenoid terminal SOL+.
b. Connect battery ground terminal to solenoid terminal SOL-.
c. Ensure solenoid clicks. Do not apply voltage for more than 30 seconds to avoid burning out solenoid. If procedure must be repeated, wait until solenoid cools down enough to be able to be touched by hand.
d. If solenoid does not click, replace solenoid valve.
e. Connect solenoid valve.
Friday, October 17th, 2008 AT 3:52 PM