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Toyota
has dodged a bullet after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation of the power steering system in the 2009-2010 Corolla without finding a defect. To say another recall is the last thing Toyota needs right now would be putting it lightly.

In fact, Toyota should be enjoying a decent boost in consumer confidence after NHTSA also said that the company's electronic throttles were not to blame for the 2009-2010 recall fiasco. Despite increased consumer confidence, Toyota still has to deal with a setback in the form of parts shortages thanks to the Japanese earthquake disaster.


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      JackS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was always an absurd complaint since most of the complaints I read involved people who took their eyes off the road entirely to do something or another they shouldn't have been doing then blaming the car for their idiocy.
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good news for Toyota!! I have a 2010 Corolla and while I've heard a few mad-man ramblings about steering wander, I could never figure out what their problem was. Steering is fine - provided you're actually paying attention to driving and not texting, checking out the ladies in the car beside you, etc. Can NHSTA investigate the need for a "driver" recall?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hm, two ( potential ) recalls where Toyota was demonized by the media really.. Sudden retraction almost a year later. It almost seems conspiratorial. Let's not forger that the govt. still has a big hand in Chrysler and GM... and Toyota was the #1 automaker for a year or two before all this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an owner, I'd say it was more an issue of poor design than an actual defect. In other words, yes Corollas have terrible steering that causes the car to wander far more than most, but it's "by design."
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they list "chassis lubrication", then some of the steering linkage would have grease fittings ("zerk fittings"), lubed with some type of moly grease. It's usually the lower ball joints on MacPherson strut cars (and uppers, if it's double wishbone), outer tie rod ends (and inners, along with the idler arm and possibly the Pitman arm, if they're not rack and pinion steering). If the car has IRS, it could also have some lube-able parts in the rear suspension. Some cars have sealed, permanently lubricated steering linkage parts and ball joints, so no lubrication required. Chassis lube is usually performed along with a oil change at quick oil change places, so, it's cheap. My '95 F-150 has Twin-I-Beam front suspension, and it has upper and lower ball joints (permanently lubricated), and four lube points (two inner and two outer tie rod ends). The way it's designed it uses no idler arm (one tie rod is connected to the center of the other one), so no lube point there.
          dukeisduke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          No, some people prefer joints with zerks, since they can be greased, and can last the life of the car. The problem with "permanently lubricated" parts is that if the seal or boot fails, the part can go bad prematurely. If you go back to the '50s, some cars (like Cadillacs) had grease fittings on the upper and lower control arm bushings. And gee, I get down-dinged for answering a question? Sheesh.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the deal with AB eating posts now? My long reply to Sea Urchin about chassis lubrication is now gone.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        It happens to me as well. Commenting system is still broken, and actually now worse than ever. I wish AB would have just left it the way that it was.
        poopoohead100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        I think it just takes some time for the post to appear after you've submitted it.
          Klinkster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poopoohead100
          Blame your ISP (and Microsoft) for caching data that should be updated in realtime.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's too bad they don't offer a six-speed like was standard on the last-gen XRS. But then, the XRS has never found that many takers.
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