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Old 04-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Play in the steering?

Hi everyone. This is my first post. I bought an '01 tacoma this past Nov. The truck is awesome except for one vital thing, there is play in the steering. I noticed the intermittent shaft that connects the steering linkage to the rack (also called the "rag joint") was torn. When I replaced it only some of the play was fixed but not all of it. I drive my truck like it's a race machine and I need to know it's going to go where I want it to. Is there anything I can do to get the steering tight with no play? It has also been aligned. Thanks
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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Could be inner tierods on the rack could be outter tierods. Could be rack bushings, Is your front struts good? could be them,could be Low tires, Could be upper steering column it has a roll pin that can get bad. Drop it and see, might have to tack weld it or put another roll pin in it. How are your Ball joints? Good not good? There are alot of variables you see I may have even missed some. Do the simple free things first. Check it out yourself or have a competent frontend mechanic check it out if you don't know what your looking for.

Thats all I can tell ya

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Sitting bull is spot on:

Struts n shocks
Inner and outer tie rods
Rack pushings
Steering link roll pin
Tires (pressure, and balance)
Upper and lower ball joints
Maybe:
Cv axles it you have ADD
Wheel bearings
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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DIY section has this to offer:
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2008715

Im doing this fix this weekend. My truck has lots of free play and all the symptoms less the "clunk". Also need to grind my wheel well pinch welds a bit.
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DIY section has this to offer:
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2008715

Im doing this fix this weekend. My truck has lots of free play and all the symptoms less the "clunk". Also need to grind my wheel well pinch welds a bit.
I did this on my 2004. This, new steering rack bushings and a good front end alignment took care of the problem for me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:59 PM   #6
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Awesome! Thank you for your replies. I did change out my ball joints as soon as I brought it home and all the tires are pumped up. There is a lot of good info here and I'm going to look into it. Sirlight, let me know how the repair goes.
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I did this on my 2004. This, new steering rack bushings and a good front end alignment took care of the problem for me.
i did the same repair to the steering shaft, it cured it for me.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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I had to do bushings and outer tie rod ends. Good as new after.
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