2003 Toyota Rav4 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 62500 miles
I have a 2003 RAV4 that was recently in an accident. Since the accident the steering always pulls to the left. While accelerating and at speeds up to 30 mph and speeds beyond 40 mph it will pull to the left. Also, it is easier to steer left than right. At speeds greater than 40 mph the left pulling problem is again apparent.
The shop is telling me I need the front bearings replaced on both wheels. They tell me that everything with struts, rods, arms, bushings and springs checks out. The mechanic is also telling me that he hears a hum coming from the left front wheel, a sound that I do not hear. The hum I hear comes from the engine and is sometimes present when idling. Also, wouldn't there be something else such as vibration or squeal from the bearings than just the pull of the steering?
If the rear wheels are somehow an issue, they are not wearing evenly and the camber is slightly out. However, I believe this has been the case since I first purchased the vehicle in 2003.
I know they say that all these things check out. But maybe we need a second opinion or even third. And not from a dealer please, I dont trust them personally). Anyway, I'm thinking, bent control arm or tie rod.