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2nd Gen Steering Shaft Clunk Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xxaarraa, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Dec 6, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    xxaarraa

    xxaarraa [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Folks,
    I am having the dreaded 2nd gen intermediate steering shaft clunk issue. I have an 09 Access Cab 4x4 with 25k miles. I have read nearly every thread on this issue and have had the TSB done, TWICE. Problem still exists and is pretty bad.

    I am hoping to create this thread and catalog all the fixes people have tried, I have lost faith in the Toyota knuckle heads completely.

    1. TSB - Got it done twice. They replaced the intermediate shaft, no help. Actually made the problem worse
    2. Zip tie fix - Since I got the TSB done, there isn't enough clearance to get a zip tie in there.
    3. Grease kit?? - I see that people with Avalons and Camrys who have this problem recommend buying a grease needle kit from Toyota. If it applies to Tacos, where the heck do you apply the grease?
    4. Steering column tilt balljoint - I have heard it could also be related to the ball joint/ujoint that lets the steering column tilt. Where is this located?
    5. Oring fix - Have not tried this yet. Planning to cut up the orings and wedge them in there this weekend, but not hopeful.

    I can't live with this free play / clunk. I didn't buy a brand new truck to live with steering free play. Totally unacceptable. I appreciate all contributions/thoughts,
     
  2. Dec 6, 2011 at 5:57 AM
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    JKD

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    The intermediate shaft totally fixed my truck's clunk, so I would look at other components of the steering system for the problem. Has anyone actually been under the truck while the steering wheel was turned back and forth to check for the source of the clunk?
     
  3. Dec 6, 2011 at 7:37 AM
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    xxaarraa

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    I welcome all ideas. Its now no longer just a clunk. It's a non-stop creaking/rattling that turns into a clunk when I go over pot holes.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM
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    I had the intermediate steering problem on my 2007 H3 and now on my 2009 Tacoma. I have already had the TSB done once and it came right back. I have argued with the dealership about it, but they think that one TSB does it...idots! It was a huge issue on the H3's and they were replacing shafts like crazy on all year models. The dealership was notorious for overtightening the crush sleeves on the shafts. My mom even has the problem on her 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and had it replaced once, but it is doing it again.

    I was working on my HID headlights the other day and got under the car to get to the headlight bolts and decided to look up and tug on my steering shaft, and low and behold the shaft clunked and moved enough to generate a metal clunk sound. I believe that it moves close to where the steering shaft meets the rack and pinion shaft at the crush sleeve. I tried to see if I could tighten it down a bit more and it was toast...they really overtightened it.

    Get down under your truck and look up under the driver side directly behind the skid plate where the steering shaft meets the rack and pinion and tug on it. If the steering shaft moves any and gives you the clunk sound then the shaft needs to be replaced. The intermediate steering shaft should not move at all.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    supralight

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    I had to put 2 zip ties and a small o-ring and so far it has fixed it for the last 6 months. I hope it lasts!
     
  6. Dec 13, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    My zip tie fix has worked fine for 6 months... Guess I won't be getting the tsb.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2012 at 8:02 PM
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    I just got the TSB intermediate shaft replacement done on my 2012 DC OR. So far steering feels "tighter" on the freeway with less play, this could be due to front toe set, I didn't get alignment print out.

    I'll update again after I get back from the Sierra's next week (dirt roads). It better not knock still.
     
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