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Posted by gurkesaft on November 18, 2008, 5:41 pm

I have a 2003 Prius, and when I first start it and back up, the
steering will occasionally shudder violently, powered by itself (I'm
at very low speeds).

This is a common problem I know, and the internet is not clear about
it. Is it linked to the recall? Can I demand a free repair? Does
anyone have a solution to or story about this problem?

Also, is this a dangerous problem or just embarrassing when I'm on a


Posted by Was Istoben on November 18, 2008, 6:32 pm

A little on it here:


Posted by Michael Pardee on November 18, 2008, 7:49 pm
It is something you really can't ignore. "Was's " link is a good place to
start. Many people have found that a friendly but persistent attitude at the
Toyota dealer often results in Toyota picking up a large part of the cost or
sometimes all the cost.

An alternative would be to acquire a steering rack on the used market. For
example, car-part.com lists four in my state for $25. Two are shown as
being under 60K miles or 15K miles per year of age. I haven't looked at the
procedure but I expect it is a medium level job, not quite as tough as a
clutch replacement.


Posted by gurkesaft on November 19, 2008, 4:57 pm
 Thanks Mike,

Do you know the long-term problems of leaving this be? This isn't the
same problem as the cracked steering column that causes loss of
steering; from what I can tell it's related to the computer feedback
system not tolerating certain conditions (cold, worn joints, etc...)

f'n toyota shop sold me this car in the spring with a 6 month
warranty. Just long enough for it to get cold.

It also seems like a problem that should be fixed in 2003 models, so
that's a little shady. Maybe it's got some 2002 parts in it.


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