Originally Posted by garys05tacoma4x4
I also have/had a slight wobble in steering wheel (05 Tacoma 4x4 TRD Sport LB). I had all four tires balanced twice at two different Town Fair Tire dealers. Still had a slight wobble. This time I had them rotate the tires and noticed they balanced them all again. Very nice ofthem! 3rd time in four months. Just happened to be 3 different tire dealers, only for my convenience in location. It has been less than 24 hours, but I don't feel the wobble yet. It is very slight at times.
Suggestion: If you continue to get the wobble as I did after multiple balancing of all four wheels, try moving your rear wheels & tires to the front so youcan identify where your true problem is. I wanted to know if there was a problem in the front end or if it was just a tire or rim issue.
I had more tread on the rear tires & I was waiting for the winter to end before rotating the tires. Now was a good time for me (so I could get even where on all tires). If this doesn't resolve the wobble I'll know there is something wrong other than the rims or tires. I have an extended platinum warranty, so the problem will be left to the dealer if problem arises again.You may want to move front tires to rear rims and vice versa depending on your rotating schedule. Hope this helps.
Note: The four wheel alignment did not help anything either. I think it was a waste of money. Toyota's don't usually go out of alignment in my experience.
I was a mechanic in another life and I did wheel alignments and I can tell you that aligning the tires will not fix a wheel balance problem nor will it fix any wobble you may be experiencing. All an alignment can do is adjust toe-in, caster and camber, and these days most cars allow only a toe-in adjustment. Caster and camber are fixed at the factory and are not adjustable.
Tacoma's however, do allow the full range of alignment adjustments, should it be necessary.
How do you know you need an alignment? If you are rapidly wearing off the inside or outside of the tires, you need to have the toe-in checked. If the truck is steadily pulling strongly to one side or the other, the caster and camber need checking.
If you are experiencing cupped wear on the tires, you need new shocks. If you are experiencing wobble in the steering wheel, either the front tires need balancing or a rim is bent. Any competent tire store can tell you whether the rim is bent or not, they'll notice it immediately when they spin it up. We used to be able to gronk rims with a big sledge to fix minor wobble in passenger car rims, but truck rims are too stout to manage that. There may be tire shops with the ability to straighten rims but I don't know of any. Besides, if it's bent so badly that it's causing the wheel to shake, and putting it on the back makes the chassis shake, it's time for a new rim.