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05 pre-runner Grease buildup on my pinion..normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bruce1271, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Feb 16, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    bruce1271

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    Hey all, I was under the truck checking out my motor mounts and they look fine. But the pinion going in to the steering rack has thick dried grease on it from the rack all the way up to the u-joint. Any idea what this may be from? Are there grease fittings on the steering assembly? Will post a few pics tomorrow.
     
  2. Feb 17, 2010 at 6:49 AM
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    Ok, here is a pic of the pinion going into the steering rack. looks like something is/was leaking. You can see where I wiped some of the grease off(clean spot). Any ideas of the cause/fix? Is there a seal there? is that just plain grease? Feels like it. Doesnt seem like power steering fluid, unless its old and degraded.

    the 2nd pic is my steering pinion going up through my dash. Looks like that rubber seal fell down. Any tricks to making it stay put?

    Thanks!

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  3. Feb 17, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    Anyone got any ideas? Looks like it starts right at that ujoint and gets lighter as it goes towards the rack. Dont want to have any major issues if a simple re-lube can prevent it.

    Thanks
     
  4. Feb 17, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    could be grease from the u joint on the steering shaft,i think its normal.
     
  5. Feb 17, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    Ok, thanks. I see all of the "motor mount failing" pics and everyones steering shafts look spotless. Mine is covered with grease. Thats my only concern.
     
  6. Feb 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Subscribed... Will keep and eye on this on my '09.
     
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