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Cracking steering wheel.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kyouto42, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Nov 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Has anyone else had a problem with this? I've only had my truck a few months and just over 7k miles (yes I drive a lot). My steering wheel is already getting 'micro cracks' on the edge top/bottom/sides. My G35 was doing the same thing, and I've never had any other car do this. It's like my hands are toxic to leather or something... granted I do have to park it outside and it's arizona but... so have all my other cars. Plus, it's only been since july...
     
  2. Nov 6, 2008 at 4:49 AM
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    You have a leather steering wheel?
     
  3. Nov 6, 2008 at 5:12 AM
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    Kyouto42

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    Yes, so is the gear shift knob. TRD Package.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    lsocoee

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    yeah Roland, the SR5 and up package comes with leather wheel and shifter.

    I don't have any problems with cracks, but I would imagine that have dry hands and extreme heat would hurt my wheel as well. Try getting some leather moisturizer, and apply often.
     
  5. Nov 6, 2008 at 7:22 AM
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    There really is something to this. I've known people that eat through steering wheels. Years ago I bought a used F150 with a torn-up steering wheel at 33k miles. In my hands there was zero additional damage up to when I sold it with 190k miles.

    A quick search dug up this thread on another forum:
    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1599106

    Not to get too personal, but do your palms sweat a lot?
     
  6. Nov 6, 2008 at 8:05 AM
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    My father had an 05 SR5 and didn't have a leather wheel cover. It might be a newer feature or a regional thing.

    If it's not too late a good leather conditioner and using a reflective windshield sunscreen might help keep it from getting worse. Baking that poor leather in the Arizona sun can't be good for it.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2008 at 8:13 AM
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    Yes/No. Typically no, however I work in a clean room and wear gloves all day... which of course makes them sweaty. I wash my hands a LOT though so I'd be suprised if that's really affecting it.

    I refuse to use armorall or anything similarly shiny as it will damage the interior if you skip it more than a few weeks. I was using Megu's leather conditioner in the G, but I haven't used it on the taco as I feared maybe somehow that was causing it. The only thing I've used regularly is Eagle One... I find it strange though only the wheel would do it and not the gear shift if that was causing it.

    I tried to get a pic of it... my camera can't focus on it at all :/

    Hopefully if it gets worse I can get it exchanged before the warrenty's up... was able to do it with the G but that was Infiniti...
     
  8. Nov 6, 2008 at 9:21 AM
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    Just thinking out loud here, but if you're washing your hands alot (especially in the dry Arizona air), it is possible that your hands are lacking the oils that most peoples hands would naturally have. I assume these oils would normally get rubbed into the leather of a steering wheel, helping to keep it conditioned. But if your hands are lacking oil, they could actually be taking oils from the leather instead.
     
  9. Nov 6, 2008 at 9:23 AM
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    maybe it is detergent residue from the all of the hand washing?
     
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    that's actually what I was thinking.
     
  11. Nov 6, 2008 at 5:48 PM
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    Toxic Hands? You may want to grab the salad tongs when it's time to pee.


    Go to the local Rub-N-Tug and see what they are using, I know my PePe' isn't cracked!
     
  12. Nov 6, 2008 at 6:05 PM
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    Hmmmm.....My steering wheel seems to be fine, and Its always parked out side. :confused:
     
  13. Nov 7, 2008 at 12:22 AM
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    I have the same problem, little cracks every where. I armourall the wheel and it does stay outside 24/7. We'll see what the winter does to it, maybe in the spring I order a new one, with that said I have 46,000 on my 06. :(
     
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    Instead of using Armorall - get a leather specific moisturizer or treatment.

    Armorall + water/moisture = S L I P P E R Y !!!!

    If you get wet hands and grap that steering wheel - could be a safety hazard.
     
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  16. Nov 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM
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    My Taco has done 2 summers in the Phx sun (with no shade) and there's no cracks on the wheel.
     
  17. Nov 7, 2008 at 9:39 PM
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    Wow, intersting to see this. My G35 I used ONLY leather specific treatment for it and the seats (seats never even phased by the sun, looked just as good as when I bought her). Noticed today doing some wheel'n that my hands do really sweat a lot... and found some really bad spots. I'll have to try my other camera and see if I can pic it. Drives me nuts because I can't stand stearing wheel covers, and gloves are a PITA.
     
  18. Nov 8, 2008 at 6:08 PM
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    Ok, got a pic of the more severe cracking now. Keep in mind, I've had the truck since end of July this year, and for 7,600 miles.
    [​IMG]

    Don't mind it being dirty, haven't had a chance to clean it up since the Tonto FR route :p

    Also right there at the seem, it's peeling up completely. Looks like the so called leather steering wheel is only wrapped in a paper-thin layer of it.
     
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