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Steering Problem in Toyota Prius

I have a 2002 Toyota Prius with 86,000 miles. The steering wheel shakes uncontrollably when first started ( and at very low speeds). Then everything seems to be OK. Touching the brake or a sharp turn may trigger this. We have noticed the problem several times when backing out of the driveway in the morning. Local Toyota dealer says they must see the car when it happens to diagnose the problem. That will probably never happen.

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  • rob holmes Feb 18, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem! 2002 Prius with 88k. Did you replace the rack and did it fix the problem.

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This violent shaking where you can stop it by holding the steering wheel in my experience is due to a BAD rack and pinion. Replace rack and that will solve this problem. Good Luck and thanks for using FIX YA

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  • james9 Dec 31, 2010

    How much does it cost to replace the rack and pinion because I have the same problem with my 02 Prius (50,000 mi.) Do I need to take it to a Toyota Dealer or can it be done with a regular mechanic shop?

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