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Bad Grip on Steering Wheel.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Krock, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Aug 25, 2009 at 6:52 AM
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    Krock

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    The outside grip/molding has separated from the inner part of the steering wheel and is completely loose. It's tough to turn the wheel. Any ideas for fixes or a place where I could get a cheap used brown steering wheel w/airbag??

    Is is difficult to replace a steering wheel w/ an airbag?

    I have a 2000 Taco 4x4 V6


    Thanks,

    Kris
     
  2. Aug 25, 2009 at 7:16 AM
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    bb609

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    I buy the cheapy wheel covers from Auto Zone, Wally World, etc., mostly because I like the thicker wheel with it on. They fit tight so maybe one fixes your problem?
     
  3. Aug 25, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    drew02a

    drew02a Rocking your mom's world Since 1997

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    You could use some hose clamps, LOL! :D
     
  4. Aug 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM
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    I like the cover idea. Cheap fix too. If all else fails, hose clamps to the rescue.

    Thanks guys..
     
  5. Aug 25, 2009 at 2:07 PM
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    since you live in pa theres a toyota parts yard that ive bought a few things from for my truck. I think hes located in York or around there. number is 717-417-2726.
     
  6. Aug 25, 2009 at 5:45 PM
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    Cover ain't gunna fix it guys, I don't think you understand the problem. I have the same problem with mine. I was thinking about injecting super glue with a syringe needle every inch or so. I'd prefer to replace it, but don't want to fool with the airbag.
     
  7. Aug 25, 2009 at 8:21 PM
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    The airbag isn't that big of a deal. I had to remove mine to install cruise control the other day.
     
  8. Aug 25, 2009 at 8:34 PM
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    This is actually a great feature to have.

    Let's say you had a few too many at a bar on your way home.
    When you overcorrect and saw at the wheel - no problem, the truck will keep going straight because the plastic cover slips, and there is no steering input. The cop behind you won't see you weaving back and forth!
     
  9. Aug 25, 2009 at 9:22 PM
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    As far as a new wheel goes, any first-gen Tacoma, or third-gen 4Runner wheel will fit. The 4Runner wheels were even leather. There should be some little dime-sized screw covers on the side that will need to come off, to get the horn pad off. Then four bolts hold the air bag unit on. Unbolt, and pull the wheel from the shaft. Make sure you lock the wheels dead straight before doing this, and obviously make sure the new wheel goes on facing 12:00

    As far as disarming the airbag goes, Toyota says: disconnect the battery ground, and the capacitors should discharge within 30 seconds.

    The only bad news is, at least as far as I've seen, there's nary a Tacoma to be found in any junkyards in Sacramento.
     
  10. Aug 25, 2009 at 9:33 PM
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    :mad: You have got to be f'n kidding!!:mad:
     
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    Yes he is. Don't get your panties in a knot.

    http://www.wheelskins.com/

    Put one of those on your wheel when you get it done. Had one on my 91 corolla. Best thing I ever did short of new wheels and a short ram.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2009 at 9:38 PM
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    I got a leather cover at Walmart that matches the grey interior perfectly. It fits really tight. Love it!:)
     
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