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Clicking noise from the steering when turning the steering wheel. No noise when going in a straight line.

Is this dangerous ?

 

any suggestions ?..??

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According to Toyota, it's not a security issue.

Plenty of people have it, including me,  it's caused by dried up grease between 2 splines, in the footwell. 

 

Can be fixed by unscrewing, cleaning up the grease, reapplying lithium grease, tighten back up.

Some people reported fixing it by re tightening the nut.

You can also try spraying some Oil (not grease) in the slot close to the nut, not a permanent fix.

 

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Confirming what Furtula says, its common on the Prius as well. There are two joints, one just where the steering wheel shaft disappears through the floor (shrouded) and the other about 6 inches up towards the steering wheel. Some have removed the 2 bolts and replaced them with high tensile bolts and tightened a bit tighter. 

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Mine has been doing this for 4 years+ and my local Toyota dealer suggested just ignoring it.

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Hi to all.

I have also the similar issue with my Auris 2011 1.6, on low mileage, 20,000 miles. And this is a little bit disappointing for me regarding quality of Toyota....

I tried to remove plastic covers and expose these two joints, I can feel the play (click) when I create mm move from left to right, but I cant see where it is. I tried to check two bolts on shaft, but seems like they are tighten. During faster ride, there is no click, click is present on slow speed.

Is there any news regarding this topic, any new solution, that I should try in DIY?

Best regards.

 

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34 minutes ago, bax76 said:

And this is a little bit disappointing for me regarding quality of Toyota....

If this is your only fault on a seven year old car, it isn't doing too badly.

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3 hours ago, bax76 said:

Hi to all.

I have also the similar issue with my Auris 2011 1.6, on low mileage, 20,000 miles. And this is a little bit disappointing for me regarding quality of Toyota....

I tried to remove plastic covers and expose these two joints, I can feel the play (click) when I create mm move from left to right, but I cant see where it is. I tried to check two bolts on shaft, but seems like they are tighten. During faster ride, there is no click, click is present on slow speed.

Is there any news regarding this topic, any new solution, that I should try in DIY?

Best regards.

 

Solution is to unscrew the bolt, and apply lithium grease on the shafts, screw back on, tighten

Clicking is usually due to dried up grease, and only occurs when driving slowly, for example parking lot driving where you turn left-right a lot.

Not a security issue according to Toyota.

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Thank You for reply :)

where to apply grease, because I think that joints haves some closed bearings system inside?

I am not sure if this grace will penetrate joints, its not clear to me what part is actually clicking.

There are two joints with pack bearings inside, and also expanding rod between, somewhere I red that You have to put grease in that telescopic part.

 

Riding feel is very bad on rough road, I constantly fell a play.

On motor  road everything is fine. 

Local Toyota service inspected car and they didn't  find anything bad related to clicking.

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Hello Baki, not sure at all where these closed bearings are nor what relevance to the clicking problem. Maybe you not looking in correct place.

This is what I posted earlier "Confirming what Furtula says, its common on the Prius as well. There are two joints, one just where the steering wheel shaft disappears through the floor (shrouded) and the other about 6 inches up towards the steering wheel. Some have removed the 2 bolts and replaced them with high tensile bolts and tightened a bit tighter."

The joint mentioned first (where the steering shaft disappears through the floor) can be see when you remove the shroud (cover) and the joint, about 6 inch further up towards the steering wheel, can just be seen when you are lying on your back in the driver foot well on your back. Difficult position to be in.

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Dear Catlover, thank You too :)

I studied this topic on internet(forums), and I completely understand Your points.

But look at picture below. On separate joint (Rav4), You can see something like cross and there are 4 closed bearings, that are on every side  of that  inner "cross"  (connecting to arms) and that  formed this joint. There are two of these in Auris, upper and lower. 

So if that bearing is faulty, than outer greacing wont help?

 

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Thank you for very clear photo Baki. From what I understand, it is the splines on the shaft sticking up through the floor that need greasing, and the bolt on part that fastens onto that shaft that needs fastening tight - so tight others have fitted a high tensile bolt to enable it fastening tighter.  There is a similar joint further up, about 150mm,  which is the same. I do not think it is the universal joint (your 4 closed bearings) that need attention. 

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You should grease the splines from the picture, and that should be it.

Just dab some grease on it, reattach and tighten.

 

Do mark it beforehand, and secure the wheel so it's not moving around. 

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Hi, again. I did it this evening.

In my case I discover that this click was sourced by upper bolt (11). I feel smaaaal play in that upper splines connection. I marked bolt position, unscreew it put some lithium greace on contact and bolt, and tighten bolt little bit more than initialy, and thats it, no more click. I also apply procedur on lower bolt, just to be on safe side. Thanks once again :)

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My Auris has been having this clicking sound for over 50 000km and i intend on fixing it at some point.
When i approached the dealer to have a loot, all they said is that the Steering rack needs to be replaced at a cost of R14 000 which i did not understand and failed to accept.

The clicking can be annoying especially when driving at slow speed over speed humps.

So once funds allow, i will take it to my local steering rack specialist to fix it and explain thoroughly what is going on and what i have found out with this info.

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Basically in my case there was just one bolt below wheel that need to be tighten just a little bit. 

 

I have to add one more INFO, there is also another joint with similar system, below the car the third one, so it can make a problem too....

You can see a bar sticking from carpet, on picture above I posted , at the bottom of that shaft, there is another bolt, the third one....

But that one is protected with some sealant, so its not accessible without removing that sealant...

In small red circle.

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