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Old 05-03-2013, 04:31 AM   #21
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I actually figured it out and apparently I fell short of spraying the snot out of it with PB Blaster. However for round two I'm going to get some white lithium grease on there too.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:27 AM   #22
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Having the same stiffness with mine. Just started last week. When you're driving straight and go to turn either way a bit it wants to sort of stick. Checked fluid. Its full and very clean looking.
Was thinking I'd try this fix here. Do I need to jack the truck up to get to the u-joint or is it accessible from through the hood
Forgot to mention mine is a 09 SR5 TRD

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Old 05-21-2013, 04:02 AM   #23
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Having the same stiffness with mine. Just started last week. When you're driving straight and go to turn either way a bit it wants to sort of stick. Checked fluid. Its full and very clean looking.
Was thinking I'd try this fix here. Do I need to jack the truck up to get to the u-joint or is it accessible from through the hood
Forgot to mention mine is a 09 SR5 TRD

Thanks
You can see it past front driver's side wheel, or crawl under driver's door and it is visible to get at to spray. I have new part on order from VillageToyotaParts for $167 plus tax. (Toyota Canada wants $382 for part before tax)
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:41 PM   #24
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Finally got my Intermediate Shaft #2 replaced to remedy the stiff steering.
Toyota Canada wanted $382 + $37.30 Tax for the part alone. I ordered it online from a dealer in Florida who sent it to a shipping address in Florida, they shipped it to us and then Canada Customs got their bite out of me and I stll saved $150 on the part. (It is a genuine Toyota part) And I had a local garage replace it at a cost of about $85
I supplied pictures of the one that was removed.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:31 AM   #25
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Since I have had this Intermediate Shaft #2 replaced I have noticed some play or looseness in steering when driving over rough roads. (Not side to side looseness but there is a rattle there now). I have seen this rattle disussed on here in another thread.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:02 AM   #26
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The rattle you're discussing covers the other portion of the intermediate steering shaft, not the portion you replaced. A revised version was produced by toyota (Costs about 180.00 USD if you do it yourself) or you can do the zip tie fix.
Where do I find instructions for the Zip Tie Fix?
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:55 AM   #27
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Thanks. It looks simple enough. And enough people seem to like it so worth a try.
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Thank you for this great thread (and the other similar threads)! I've been driving my truck with what felt like no power steering for a few weeks and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to diagnose the problem without having to swap a lot of parts or pay a dealer big dollars. Five minutes on tacomaworld using the search function, five minutes under the truck with a rust inhibitor, test drive, more rust inhibitor and my truck is steering like normal! I now know that the proper long term solution is to change the intermediate steering shaft #2. Thanks again!!
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:34 AM   #29
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Thank you for this great thread (and the other similar threads)! I've been driving my truck with what felt like no power steering for a few weeks and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to diagnose the problem without having to swap a lot of parts or pay a dealer big dollars. Five minutes on tacomaworld using the search function, five minutes under the truck with a rust inhibitor, test drive, more rust inhibitor and my truck is steering like normal! I now know that the proper long term solution is to change the intermediate steering shaft #2. Thanks again!!
Just remember when you do buy, if you can get it out of the USA, you will pay enough less that it will probably cover the installation too. I paid $150 less than Canadian price and I think it cost me about $80 to have it installed at a garage.
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Thank you for this great thread (and the other similar threads)! I've been driving my truck with what felt like no power steering for a few weeks and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to diagnose the problem without having to swap a lot of parts or pay a dealer big dollars. Five minutes on tacomaworld using the search function, five minutes under the truck with a rust inhibitor, test drive, more rust inhibitor and my truck is steering like normal! I now know that the proper long term solution is to change the intermediate steering shaft #2. Thanks again!!
I thought the symptoms would lead to heavy front end work involving the 4wd system. As Kevindust said so well, this forum saved me a bunch of troubleshooting. Unlike the photos above, my joint looks rust free. I gave it a good blast with a cleaner and she steers free again.

I have felt a tiny feel in the steering since I got it that I thought was just the 4wd drive train. Could have been this joint all along. I'll be following the advice here and change out the part ASAP.

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Old 11-09-2014, 06:06 AM   #31
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If you have had an issue with stiff steering on your Tacoma, please read the forum post at this link: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ing-shaft.html

If you follow-up with a report to the NHTSA (link in post, and easy to do), you may help initiate a TSB or possible recall for this issue.
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:16 AM   #32
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http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...olumn-fix.html
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I found this part Intermediate Steering Shaft #2 on www.VillageToyotaParts.com
It costs $167 compared to $382 before taxes in Canada. I realize I will have to pay shipping, customs etc to get it here but I should still save money. Has anyone purchased any parts from this online parts store? I called to make sure the part was in stock. I didn't want to order it to find out it would be back ordered and have to wait 6 months for it. So has anyone used this company for parts?
Hi Coveylane, I live in N.S.(Halifax) as well. I own a 2008 Toyota tacoma. My steering started to get stiff when the cold weather arrived. It is now worse then it's ever been. It's really bad at low speeds, and is intermittent when I accelerate. After running the vehicle for awhile, it seems to be fine ?? It's become a serious safety concern as just when I think the steering is operating good, I slow down to take a turn, and half way thru the turn I loose the power assist, and have to recover with two hands. It really catches you by surprise……not good. I'm wandering if you ever ordered the part you have listed above ? If it worked ? and, have you been to any Toyota dealers to see if they would do anything about this problem that so many seem to be having. I'm thinking about going in to Oregans tomorrow. It sure feels like a power steering pump to me ?? but what do I know, LOL. Anyways, thanks for your time and please let me know on the questions I've asked. Thanks !
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Sorry everyone ! I was reading the thread, and it came to an end, last one being coveylane. I wrote a reply, then submitted. After submitting, there were 4 or 5 more posts with all the answers posted months ago. Maybe my computer was just slow loading the rest of the posts ??? Macs eh!
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Sorry everyone ! I was reading the thread, and it came to an end, last one being coveylane. I wrote a reply, then submitted. After submitting, there were 4 or 5 more posts with all the answers posted months ago. Maybe my computer was just slow loading the rest of the posts ??? Macs eh!
Buy a can of PB Blaster (It's a penetrating oil) at Canadian Tire or Home Hardware. Get down there and spray that little universal joint really good and it should loosen up enough to get you through until you get the part. I paid a garage about $100 to have it installed.
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[QUOTE=coveylane;9708186]Buy a can of PB Blaster (It's a penetrating oil) at Canadian Tire or Home Hardware. Get down there and spray that little universal joint really good and it should loosen up enough to get you through until you get the part. I paid a garage about $100 to have it installed.[/QUOTE


Thanks coveylane, I priced a shaft at sparks toyota in Myrtle Beach S.C. for $175, I will be picking it up in March when I'm down there. Hopefully it works. I can't believe toyota has not done anything about this problem….. very dangerous !
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Smile Same issue on my Tacoma 2005

Thank you for all the info on this. I had the same issue, steering was stiff and really hard to turn. Happened out of no where, I think maybe the cold weather had something to do with it but it warmed up and was still happening. Sprayed the shit out of the U joint with PBblaster and then greased it with White lithium grease. Turns as smooth as butter now!
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