Toyota Steering Recalibration

Toyota Steering Recalibration

Here are some recommendations to follow after experiencing abnormal steering sensations.

After Abnormal Steering Sensation or Battery Disconnect


2019-2020 RAV4

Reference Number(s):



Some customers may experience an abnormal steering sensation (“pulling” or “drifting”). Condition may be more pronounced with ADAS systems (LTA, LKA, DRCC) turned on or after a cold soak.

Steering Angle value displayed may be greater than +3° off when the steering wheel is held straight. Every time the vehicle’s battery is disconnected or discharged, the Steering Sensor Zero Point Calibration and Steering Angle Neutral Point memorization must be performed.


1. Check for DTCs. If found, proceed with the repair recommended in the repair information.

2. If no DTCs are found, proceed with the Steering Sensor Zero Point Calibration described in the service information. The procedure requires driving vehicle straight at speed greater than 10 mph for gas models or greater than 22 mph for HV model. The minimum time is more than one second for gas models, or more than five seconds for HV models.

3. After performing the Steering Sensor Zero Point Calibration, proceed with memorizing the Steering Angle Neutral Point described in the service information that typically involves fully turning the steering wheel lock-to-lock on level ground.

4. After performing both calibration sequences described above, confirm that the abnormal steering sensation has been corrected.

You May Also Like

Spark Plug Replacement

Here are some tips to follow when replacing a spark plug.

Every time a spark plug fires, the spark burns a few molecules of metal off the plug’s electrodes. Over time, this eats away the electrodes and rounds off their sharp edges. The erosion gradually increases the gap between the electrodes, which, in turn, increases the firing voltage required to generate a spark. Eventually, the point is reached where the ignition system fails to produce enough voltage and the plug misfires.

Transmission Fluid Hydraulics

You need to know how transmission fluid flows inside an automatic transmission.

How ADAS Systems Perform

When new technologies are applied to driver safety, a higher level of scrutiny and service is required.

Air Ride Suspension Diagnostics

The key to understanding the embedded logic of air ride systems is using service information.

Steering Angle Sensor 101

The steering angle is used by many ADAS functions.

Other Posts
Toyota Invests in EV Charging Network IONNA

IONNA plans to install at least 30,000 charging ports in North America by 2030, and stations will include both NACS and CCS connectors to support all BEV drivers.

Toyota Chooses Communities to Receive EVgo Fast Chargers

Guided by its ‘Empact’ vision to address equitable EV charging and mobility for all, Toyota has revealed the first communities that will receive DC fast chargers — Baldwin Park, CA, and Sacramento, CA.

BMW N54 Turbo Problems

Here are some common problems or failures that you should be on the lookout for.

Mercedes-Benz Engine Oil Leaks

Mercedes makes a fine product, but certain repairs will emerge as trends over time.