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'02 taco 4x4 steering issue

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Shabutie, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Sep 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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    Shabutie

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    Hey guys, before I bring it in I was wondering if anyone has advise. My steering is loose and making a worn out clunking sound when I go over bumps. Tie rods, ball joints and RIGHT steering rack busing all new/good. Any advice?
     
  2. Sep 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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    Note: my left bushing is unknown but I know you have to replace steering rack for that and I dont know how to tell if its messed up
     
  3. Sep 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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    Actually you just order a set of polyurethane energy suspension bushings which replace all 3. Replacing one doesnt fix anything.


    Note: Im in the same boat and and im pretty sure the rack has had it period. They are not all that expensive to replace, you can get a refurb with lifetime warranty off ebay for like $250
     
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  4. Sep 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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    Shows how much I know, I thought there was only two haha. Im crawling under it in a second. Thanks
     
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  6. Sep 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    do you still have your sway bar on? mine was clunking like crazy before I permanently removed it.

    I replaced my rack bushing w/ ES ones a couple months back and it tightened up the steering quite nicely.
     
  7. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    Well im gonna get ES sway bar bushings soon, they look pretty bad. But my rack has a lot of play in it. Think i may weld the slip joint in the column up first and see what that does before i replace it.
     
  8. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    Ill look at it. After some looking and research my other two bushings are shot, I work for Toyota and my mechanic said they can't replace driver side bushing without the entire steering rack, so I assumed I couldn't replace it but what he meant was Toyota doesn't make them without buying the whole rack but I can buy aftermarket ones for $30, so I'm buying them and doing it my self. If that's not the problem they needed to be replaced anyway.
     
  9. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM
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    Yeah, it's still on. I'm not intense wheeler, just camping/hunting trips so I'm keeping it lol.
     
  10. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM
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    Get the energy suspension bushings from wheelers for like $18. Its not a tough job, just a few standard tools and i think i used a C clamp and a socket.
     
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    This. Check the sway bar bushings for looseness. Check the end links play or rough movement.
     
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