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2012 Power Steering tight at times

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Frez1812, Mar 10, 2021.

  1. Mar 10, 2021 at 1:48 PM
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    Frez1812

    Frez1812 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Power steering feels hard to turn at times. It will turn fine part way though turn and then feel a little hard through it and come back out of it. Sometimes the wheel won’t spin back smoothly after a turn. Seems to do it more turning to the left. It just feels like it has a catch in it part way through a turn. No power steering whining or leaks that I can see or hear.

    will changing the fluid or spraying that steering U joint give me a fix?

    thanks in advance
     
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  2. Mar 10, 2021 at 4:04 PM
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    TnShooter

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    Spraying that joint won’t hurt.
    Might as well give it a try.

    upload_2021-3-10_19-4-3.jpg
     
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    Spray it till you can replace it but it will fail completely eventually
     
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    Holy rust-bucket, Batman!!
     
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    Does Rock Auto carry that part? I ask because I don’t see it listed.

    thanks
     
  6. Mar 10, 2021 at 4:19 PM
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    rustyfromskowhegan

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    I had the same symptoms and changing that part out fixed it. I got mine from Boch Toyota parts online. Was actually cheaper for an OEM one that the ones at autozone, napa, advanced auto, etc.
     
  7. Mar 10, 2021 at 4:21 PM
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    I've seen 500 year old skeletal remains unearthed from deep sea shipwrecks that looked more intact than that
     
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    LOL, That’s not my picture.
    It’s just what I think of every time someone has these symptoms.
    I remember seeing it and I haven’t forgot about it.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/rusty-steering-column.653313/
     
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  10. Mar 11, 2021 at 1:25 AM
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