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Old 08-05-2021, 11:06 PM #1
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2019 Steering Rattle

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I've had this issue since I bought it. When I hit uneven surfaces or potholes at slower speeds, my steering rattles and I get a feeling in the steering similar to the noise I hear. I recently discovered that I can shake the wheel back and forth and it does it, too. It is very annoying and if it were just a noise, I'd be cool, but it's mostly the feeling that is unsettling. I drove another 4Runner and it didn't do it. I've taken it in a few times and they state that it's "normal" and maybe that's true. All the other issues I've had resolved out, but this one is persistent. Literally the only thing wrong with my truck that I know of, I'm very happy with it, otherwise. Best vehicle I've ever owned, minus this steering.

I posted a video down below to show what I'm talking about. It literally feels right behind the steering wheel and when the vehicle rocks back and forth and the wheels are bumping around, it's knocking constantly in the steering.

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Old 08-06-2021, 01:08 PM #2
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Mine does that with the engine off. Does it do it while the engine's running?
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Hi, All
When I hit uneven surfaces or potholes at slower speeds, my steering rattles and I get a feeling in the steering similar to the noise I hear. I recently discovered that I can shake the wheel back and forth and it does it, too. It is very annoying and if it were just a noise, I'd be cool, but it's mostly the feeling that is unsettling.

That sound and steering feel is normal and my 19 has done it since new as well. It's most apparent when going down a trail covered with fist-sized rocks at speed around 10-15 mph. It gets really loud then, but it's not a concern. I was researching this exact question soon after I bought mine back then.

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Hi, All

I've had this issue since I bought it. When I hit uneven surfaces or potholes at slower speeds, my steering rattles and I get a feeling in the steering similar to the noise I hear. I recently discovered that I can shake the wheel back and forth and it does it, too. It is very annoying and if it were just a noise, I'd be cool, but it's mostly the feeling that is unsettling. I drove another 4Runner and it didn't do it. I've taken it in a few times and they state that it's "normal" and maybe that's true. All the other issues I've had resolved out, but this one is persistent. Literally the only thing wrong with my truck that I know of, I'm very happy with it, otherwise. Best vehicle I've ever owned, minus this steering.

I posted a video down below to show what I'm talking about. It literally feels right behind the steering wheel and when the vehicle rocks back and forth and the wheels are bumping around, it's knocking constantly in the steering.

Appreciate your help.

Steering Play 2019 4Runner - YouTube
A noise or just movement? A noise is not normal. See Steering column rattle

My 2019 has never had a rattle (noise) no matter how wicked the off road trail. There is some movement of the steering wheel when crawling over rocks, but that would be normal.
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I have that as well, basically since new. It was a step down from my 300k 4th gen for sure, on a new truck.

Toyota May say itís normal, as in most do it, but itís caused by movement of parts that should not move in that way.

Iíve replaced inner and outer tie rods, rebuilt the UCAs, checked LCA, and wheel bearings, and sway bar components.

Itís none of those, itís in the steering.

Next is to look at the interior steering column ujoint and the lower rag joint. I dont really thinks itís those, the sound and feel seem to come front the exterior side of the firewall. But Iíll try to rule those out.

This gets us to the rack or the lower intermediate shaft components.

So also of note, nearly every bolt Iíve turned was barely minimum torque from the factory/new, so perhaps there is just something loose in that system.

Iíll report back.

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Mine has been making the same noise for the past year. Only 11k miles. I've checked UCA/LCA, tie rods, sway bar connections, etc and can't find where its coming from. Something in the steering is all i can think of... I can hear it and feel it as well. It doesn't do it all of the time, but its really off-putting when a practically brand new vehicle has more rattles and clunks than my 30+ year old Volvo.
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