I have a 2004 4wd reg cab that has 32K miles on it. It has had very easy and typical road usage - only truly off road a few times.
Sometime after I got it in 2004 I got recall notices for ball joints which I had done at about 20K miles. The steering was tighter for a while - but now at 32K the steering is getting noticably looser and is most noticeable when on uneven pavement - like a double crown - the truck will want to launch into the other lane as it crosses over the crowns and I have to fight the steering wheel constantly.
Is this a typical breakdown of the steering components on the Tacoma? and is the issue ball joints or tie rod ends or rack bushings, etc? What's the remedy here?
Since it's out of warranty I will have the task of rebuilding the steering system and I want to know what components to use for the long haul - not components that are going to wear out at another 30K or so.
What's your diagnosis and recommendations?