Toyota Avalon Problems and Common Complaints

Toyota’s flagship full-size sedan, the Avalon, is so comfortable, reliable, and affordable that it’s owned and driven by over 1.3 million Americans. Like everyone else, Avalon owners face a few obstacles associated with owning a car. Below is a list of the most common problems experienced by Avalon owners.

Note: The list of problems below is organized by vehicle generation. Scroll down to find your model range.

2016-2017 Avalon – Common Problems

17 avalon A 2017 Toyota Avalon

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2013-2015 Avalon – Common Problems

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Pre-Collision System Radar Not Programmed Correctly: Many 2013-2015 Avalon owners reported having had their pre-collision system activating unexpectedly and applying the brakes without warning. However, Toyota has issued a recall to fix this issue. The issue is that collision avoidance radar detects steel plates and roadway joints and can misinterpret them as objects that should be avoided...the Toyota recall fixes this issue.

2005-2012 Avalon – Common Problems

05 avalon A 2008-2010 Toyota Avalon

Worn Oil Hose: If not caught in time, a worn oil hose will spring a leak and drain oil out of the engine. This may lead to engine failure. Symptoms of insufficient oil include the engine making odd noises and the oil pressure light coming on. To address this issue, Toyota announced a Limited Service Campaign in 2010 offering to replace the oil hose (Part No. 15707-31030) for free.

Worn Pedal Mechanism: When the sliding surface of the friction level becomes smooth during operation, the accelerator starts sticking. The gas pedal becomes harder to depress, slower to return, or stuck when partially depressed, resulting in unintended acceleration. This substantially increases the risk of an accident. Upon learning of this common problem, Toyota issued a recall.

Headlight Malfunction: Many 3rd-generation Avalon owners reported having had their headlights fail at random times. Sometimes it’d be just the high beam headlights; other times it’d be both the high beams and low beams. Replacing the bulbs usually does the trick. When it doesn't, a light assembly replacement is required.

Loose Subwoofer Wires (2011-2012 models only): In 2015, Toyota recalled 52,000 2011-2012 Avalon models to fix the subwoofer wires inside the trunk. They're set up in such a way that if something in the trunk hits them, they can loosen or disconnect, increasing the risk of one of the wires touching the subwoofer’s metal frame. That could lead to a short circuit or trunk fire.

1999-2004 Avalon – Common Problems

99-avalon A 2001-2002 Toyota Avalon

Cracked or Broken Steering Lock Bar: The steering lock bar wasn’t cast properly on many 2000-2004 Avalons. As a result, it’d crack or break over time, eventually locking the steering wheel and causing the driver to lose control of the car. In 2010, Toyota recalled nearly 375,000 Avalon models to fix this issue.

Airbag Control Module Failure (2003-2004 models only): When an airbag control module failure occurs prematurely, the front airbags, side airbags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners deploy unexpectedly. In early 2015, Toyota responded to this issue by recalling almost 120,000 2003-2004 Avalons and installing the sub-harness to prevent the integrated circuits from short circuiting and randomly deploying the airbags.

If you’re experiencing another issue with your Avalon that isn’t listed here, feel free to email us or give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you find the replacement parts you need!

Toyota Avalon TSBs - 1997 to 2017

To find these TSBs, you can try Googling the TSB ID #, the name of the TSB, or some combination. You can also go to https://www.safercar.gov and search for the TSB by entering your VIN.

YEAR                   MAKE MODEL TSB NAME TSB ID ISSUE DATE                  
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Windshield Washer Fluid Leaking Under The Front Of The Vehicle 139037 2007-08-15
2001-2017 Toyota Avalon Alarm Triggering While Driving 199326 2017-03-23
2007-2017 Toyota Avalon Hvac Evaporator Drain Hose Clogged Due To Insect Intrusion 198794 2017-03-08
2016-2017 Toyota Avalon Toyota Safety Sense Front Camera Optical Axis Learning Information 198237 2017-02-01
2013-2016 Toyota Avalon Door Trim Rattle During Audio Playback 197080 2016-11-11
2013-2016 Toyota Avalon Mil "On" P0a7a With Information Code 122 196633 2016-10-03
2012-2014 Toyota Avalon Abnormal Entune/Navigation Operation For Display Audio (Non-Hdd Type) 195716 2016-08-01
2015-2016 Toyota Avalon Blind Spot Monitor Dtc C1ab2 Or C1ab3 195321 2016-07-07
2005-2016 Toyota Avalon Front Strut Insulator Noise 194930 2016-06-01
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon Seat Heater Electrical Wiring 194871 2016-06-02
2008-2016 Toyota Avalon Ws Atf Level Adjustment For U660e/F & U760e/F Transmissions 194091 2016-04-13
2013-2014 Toyota Avalon Seat Cover Material Loose At Front Edge 193633 2016-03-01
2013-2016 Toyota Avalon High Voltage (Hv) Battery Rescue Charge (Hev Workstation / Grx-5100) 192347 2015-12-02
2013-2015 Toyota Avalon Moon Roof Assembly Structure Noise 192022 2015-11-18
2013-2015 Toyota Avalon Unexpected Braking Due To Pre-Collision System 192009 2015-11-03
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon Instrument Panel (Dashboard) Sticky/Melting/Cracked 190248 2015-06-24
2000-2015 Toyota Avalon A/C System Diagnosis After Component Failure 189798 2015-05-13
1997-2015 Toyota Avalon Interior Electrical Component Precautions 189514 2015-04-10
2011-2012 Toyota Avalon Sub Woofer Electrical Short 188957 2015-01-28
2003-2004 Toyota Avalon Due To Electrical Noise A Component In The Air Bag Control Module May Fail 188950 2015-02-01
2014-2015 Toyota Avalon Lh Rocker Panel Pop/Creak Noise 188685 2015-01-30
2014 Toyota Avalon Outer Rear View Mirror Appearance 188678 2015-02-12
2014-2015 Toyota Avalon Lh Rocker Panel Pop/Creak Noise 188275 2015-01-30
2013-2014 Toyota Avalon Rear Window Sunshade Rises With No Switch Input 187885 2014-12-12
2013-2014 Toyota Avalon Headliner Sagging/Loose Behind Moon Roof Opening 187884 2014-12-16
2014 Toyota Avalon Fuel May Leak From Fuel Delivery Pipe 187076 2014-09-19
2010 Toyota Avalon Srs Occupant Classification System Initialization 185909 2010-03-01
1999 Toyota Avalon Side Impact Protection Beams (Intrusion Beams) 185785 1999-02-01
2013-2014 Toyota Avalon Fuel Door Difficult To Open 185288 2014-07-21
2013-2014 Toyota Avalon Seat Heater Element Twisted/Bunched 185286 2014-07-24
2003-2004 Toyota Avalon Air Bag Control Module Shorting 184341 2014-03-27
2012-2013 Toyota Avalon Drain Hose For The Air Conditioning Condenser May Become Clogged 181692 2013-10-17
2005-2012 Toyota Avalon Telescopic Lever Detent Clip Replacement 181290 2013-09-27
1997-2014 Toyota Avalon Brake Pedal Force Gauge Sst For Parking Brake 181285 2013-09-09
2013 Toyota Avalon Unable To Turn Off Seat Heater 179730 2013-05-08
1997-2013 Toyota Avalon Ca/Fed/50 State Certified Emission Control Underhood Labels 179220 2013-04-23
2013 Toyota Avalon Blind Spot Monitor Dtc C1ab4/C1ab5 178995 2013-03-06
2013 Toyota Avalon Rear Sunshade Binding On Package Tray 178994 2013-03-01
2001-2013 Toyota Avalon Accelerator Pedal Sensor Assembly Service Precaution 175157 2012-06-13
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Steering Angle Sensor Calibration 173783 2012-03-07
2011 Toyota Avalon Charging System Inoperative 173782 2012-03-13
2005-2011 Toyota Avalon Mil "On" Dtc P0456 173306 2012-02-16
2011 Toyota Avalon Rear Window Glass Interior Surface Fogging 172384 2011-11-17
2006-2011 Toyota Avalon Dust From Hvac Vents 171912 2011-10-20
2005-2011 Toyota Avalon Mil "On" Vvt-I Dtcs - Oil Control Valve (Ocv) 170768 2011-08-26
2005-2011 Toyota Avalon Water Leak At Headliner 169615 2011-05-18
2011 Toyota Avalon Usb/Ipod Not Recognized 168238 2011-02-15
2011 Toyota Avalon Compass Displays Incorrect Heading After Calibration 168206 2011-02-11
2009-2011 Toyota Avalon Spring Bumper Knocking Noise 168177 2011-02-07
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Water Leak At Front Floor 167752 2010-12-01
2008-2011 Toyota Avalon Rattle Noise From Fuel Tank Protector (Lower Center) 167732 2011-01-04
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Intermittent Horn Operation 167590 2010-11-12
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon Steering Intermediate Shaft Rattle Noise 161959 2010-05-03
2008-2009 Toyota Avalon Mil "On" Dtc P0351, P0352, P0353, P0354, P0355, P0356 154396 2010-01-28
2008-2010 Toyota Avalon High Beam/Drl Bulb Inoperative 154393 2010-01-27
1997-2010 Toyota Avalon Engine Bank 1 And Bank 2 A/F And O2 Identification 154122 2009-12-23
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Mil On Dtc P0500 151945 2009-09-21
2006-2009 Toyota Avalon Rear Door Sliding Switch Base Lifting 151941 2009-09-14
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Navigation Door Inoperative 151939 2009-09-08
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Hvac Odor 151935 2009-09-02
2006-2009 Toyota Avalon Xm Satellite Radio Inoperative Until Ignition Key Is Cycled 151211 2009-08-11
2005-2010 Toyota Avalon Brake Booster Rattle/Buzz Noise 151200 2009-07-27
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Limited Driver's Seat Cushion Cover Side Vinyl Cracking 150823 2009-06-26
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon 2gr-Fe Mil "On" Dtc P0505 150820 2009-06-24
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Lh Or Rh A-Pillar Garnish Loose Or Dropping Down 150815 2009-06-26
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Ig1 Relay Freezing 150805 2009-06-02
2007-2009 Toyota Avalon Tire Pressure Monitoring System (Tpms) Tire Registration "Lost Communication With Ecu" 149034 2009-03-12
2008-2009 Toyota Avalon Audio Bluetooth System Outgoing Call Volume Adjustment 148145 2009-03-24
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon 2gr-Fe Engine Ticking Noise And/Or Mil On P0014, P0015, P0024, P0025, P0017, Or P0018 148143 2009-03-19
2005-2008 Toyota Avalon 2gr-Fe No. 2 Idler Pulley Noise 147796 2009-02-03
2009 Toyota Avalon Tire Pressure Warning System Initialization 147501 2008-08-05
2008-2009 Toyota Avalon Tcm Calibration: Enhancement To Shifting Performance & Smoothness 147238 2009-01-22
2005-2008 Toyota Avalon Smart Key Intermittent No Crank / No Start 147232 2009-01-07
2007-2009 Toyota Avalon Tire Inflation Pressure Compensation And Adjustment 146132 2008-11-06
2008 Toyota Avalon Mil "On" Dtc P2237, P2238, P2240, Or P2241 145107 2008-09-05
2005-2009 Toyota Avalon Front Power Seat Grinding / Groaning Noise 144546 2008-08-14
2000-2002 Toyota Avalon Engine "Pinging" Or "Knocking" Noise 143850 2008-07-02
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Mil On Dtc P2195, P2197, P0138, P0158, P0171, P0174, P0031, Or P0051 143348 2008-06-20
2007-2008 Toyota Avalon Steering Wheel Flutter / Body Vibration 143347 2008-06-11
2006-2008 Toyota Avalon Excessive Dust From Hvac Vents 142863 2008-05-27
2008 Toyota Avalon Torque Converter Shudder 142854 2008-05-13
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Rear Hvac Vents Blow Hot Air With A/C "On" 140745 2008-01-08
2005-2008 Toyota Avalon Knocking Noise From Front Of Moon Roof 140354 2007-12-21
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Daytime Running Lights Stay On After Ignition Is Off 140078 2007-11-06
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon 2gr-Fe Engine Oil Leak From Front Timing Cover 137248 2007-04-12
2006-2007 Toyota Avalon Mil On, Dtc P0456 137241 2007-04-06
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Creaking Or Ticking Noise From Base Of Rear Window 135826 2006-12-21
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Vehicle Start After Battery Depletion 135823 2006-12-22
2005-2007 Toyota Avalon Luggage Lid Will Not Properly Open 135803 2006-12-21
2006-2007 Toyota Avalon Rear Door Window Switch Base Lifting 135798 2006-12-01
2003-2007 Toyota Avalon Upper / Lower Windshield Tick Noise 134944 2006-09-18
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Horn Ground Circuit Performance 134942 2006-09-06
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Rear Suspension Thump Noise 133827 2006-06-30
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon 2gr-Fe Engine Oil Leak 133814 2006-06-19
2006 Toyota Avalon Fuel In Evap System - Stall/Rough Idle - Dtc P0441, P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, Or P2419 133812 2006-06-09
2006 Toyota Avalon Sirius Satellite Radio Interior Antenna 133373 2006-05-01
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Mil On, Dtc P043e, P043f, P2401, P2402, & P2419 132804 2006-04-06
2006 Toyota Avalon Evap System Pressure Tester Upgrade 132377 2005-09-14
2006 Toyota Avalon Automatic Door Lock / Unlock Functions 132375 2005-08-04
2006 Toyota Avalon Excessive Sulfur Odor 132297 2006-03-01
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Steering Column Noise 132099 2006-03-14
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Fog Lamps Loose 132087 2006-03-08
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Water Leak At Front Floor 131770 2006-02-24
2005 Toyota Avalon Engine Oil Drip: Bank 1 Vvti Oil Line 131375 2005-12-23
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Mil On Dtc P0171, P0174, P2195, Or P2197 130955 2005-11-16
2005 Toyota Avalon Excessive Sulfur Odor 130097 2005-09-06
2005-2006 Toyota Avalon Rear Spoiler Isolator Gasket 130090 2005-09-27
2005 Toyota Avalon Smart Key System Check 127847 2005-05-12
2005 Toyota Avalon Vehicle Start After Battery Depletion 127842 2005-05-23
2005 Toyota Avalon Failure To Initialize Can Interface Module 127338 2005-03-11
2005 Toyota Avalon Automatic Door Lock/Unlock Functions 127337 2005-03-17
2004 Toyota Avalon Front Suspension Noise 126602 2004-12-02
2004 Toyota Avalon Automatic Door Lock (Adl) Function 126035 2004-10-11
1998-1999 Toyota Avalon Mil On Engine Misfire Dtc P0300/P0301/P0302/P0303/P0304/P0305/P0306 122639 2004-04-28
2000-2003 Toyota Avalon Mil On - Dtc P0440/P0441/P0446 120884 2003-09-29
2003 Toyota Avalon Blank Map Screen In Navigation System 119009 2003-06-04
1997-2003 Toyota Avalon Sulfur Odor From Exhaust 117534 2003-02-24
1997-2002 Toyota Avalon Readiness Monitor Drive Patterns 115071 2002-02-08
1997-2000 Toyota Avalon Steering Rack End Noise 114721 2001-12-21
2002 Toyota Avalon Vehicle Pulling To One Side - S/M Supplement 114717 2001-12-21
2001 Toyota Avalon Mil On - Dtc P0773 114710 2001-12-07
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Front Fender Liner Noise 114491 2001-11-09
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Trunk Release Sensitivity 114487 2001-11-23
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Steering Column Noise 114336 2001-10-19
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Front Wheel Bearing Dust Deflector Noise 113866 2001-07-13
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Door Check Noise 113745 2001-06-01
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Instrument Panel Luminosity 113469 2001-04-13
2000 Toyota Avalon Sliding Roof Noise During Operation 112900 2001-01-26
2000 Toyota Avalon Power Front Seat Movement/Noise 112892 2001-02-16
2000-2001 Toyota Avalon Ashtray Door Inoperative 112890 2001-02-16
2000 Toyota Avalon Wind Noise At Door Mirrors 112787 2000-12-01
2000 Toyota Avalon Rear Door Garnish Loose 112783 2000-12-01
2000 Toyota Avalon Water Leak At Roof 112699 2000-11-03
2001 Toyota Avalon Leaks Into Trunk 112697 2000-11-03
2000 Toyota Avalon Evap System Pressure Tester Improvement 112594 2000-10-06
1997-2000 Toyota Avalon Brake Pad Clicking Noise 112588 2000-10-20
1997 Toyota Avalon Oil Pan - Dip Stick - C1 Clutch - Changes - A541e 54835 1997-10-24
1997 Toyota Avalon Rattle/Pop Noise - Front Suspension 53855 1996-12-27
1997 Toyota Avalon Groan Noise - Front Suspension - Rev 53848 1998-08-07
1997-1999 Toyota Avalon Front Suspension Support Noise 53828 2000-01-21
1997-2000 Toyota Avalon Steering Rack End Noise 53407 2000-06-16
1997-1998 Toyota Avalon Steering Gear R&R - W/ Srs Airbag - S/M Supp 53388 1998-05-22
2000 Toyota Avalon Pds - Initial Calibration Of Compass 51733 1999-09-03
1999 Toyota Avalon Evap System - S/M Rev 51683 1999-04-02
1998 Toyota Avalon Publication Correction Info Available 51653 1998-06-19
1998 Toyota Avalon Wireless Door Lock Control System - S/M Rev 51644 1999-02-19
2000 Toyota Avalon Rattle Noise - Door Lock Linkage Loose 51213 2000-05-12
1998 Toyota Avalon Trip Meter Reset Field Fix 47626 1998-12-11
2000 Toyota Avalon Enabling/Disabling Auto Door Lock 47622 2000-08-04
2000 Toyota Avalon Speedo/Tach Needle Movement 47583 2000-02-11
1999 Toyota Avalon Single Cylinder Misfires 47542 1999-12-17
1999 Toyota Avalon False DTC P0446 47509 1999-06-11
1999 Toyota Avalon Single Cylinder Misfires 47476 2000-01-14
1998-1999 Toyota Avalon Front Brake Noise - Rev 46757 1999-04-23
1997 Toyota Avalon Rear Disc Brake Moan 46652 1997-05-23
1997-1999 Toyota Avalon Front Brake Noise 46616 1999-03-26
1997 Toyota Avalon ABS & Trac Actuator Resistance Value - S/M Rev 46614 1998-01-02
1998 Toyota Avalon Seat Cover Replace For Side Air Bag Vhcls - Caution 46442 1997-08-22
1997-1998 Toyota Avalon Exterior Rear View Mirror Improvement 46439 1998-08-14
1997-1998 Toyota Avalon Power Bucket Seat Movement - Side To Side 46421 1999-11-26
1997-1998 Toyota Avalon Vanity Mirror Improvement 46416 1998-06-19
1999 Toyota Avalon Port Installed Rs3000 Tvip Trunk/Door Connections 45790 2000-04-14
1997 Toyota Avalon CD Player Does Not Accept/Eject Cd - Pio/Dio 34224 45727 1997-05-23
1997 Toyota Avalon AM Static Noise On Vhcls W/ Power Antennas 45723 1996-10-25
1998 Toyota Avalon Audio Diagnosis - Avc-Lan 45720 1998-07-24
1997 Toyota Avalon Cleaning Cassette Tape Heads & Capstans 45718 1997-05-16
1998 Toyota Avalon A/C Temp Display Goes Blank Or Indicator Lite Inop 45024 1999-12-03
1998 Toyota Avalon Auto A/C System Improvement 45023 1999-11-05
Written by Jason Lancaster