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Crooked Steering Wheel after 'light' 4 wheeling

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Skan Skeeny, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Nov 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    Skan Skeeny

    Skan Skeeny [OP] Skan Skeeny

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    I went snow'wheeling this weekend and had to throw Paco in 4Lo and engage the rear locker to get up the trail. As there was 2-3 feet of snow, I had to keep my momentum up- which means that I hit some rocks and a few ruts under 10 mph. Nothing that grabbed my attention though.

    Went I got back down the trail, I dis-engaged the locker and put her back in 2wd. Hopped on the highway and realized that the steering wheel is crooked (by about 1/4 turn to the right). The alignment and drive feels unchanged- it's just the steering wheel that is off.

    It's an 05 with 77k miles. The truck has had very slight vibes when turning to the right at highway speeds (rythmic verr-verrr-verrr until straightned- like a rumblestrip) since the day I bought it. I had it aligned at Firestone so I can go back anytime (for free!!) and get it straightened out- but I would like to know they why's and how's of this issue.

    As crooked stuff drives me absolutely bat-shit :goingcrazy:, is there anything that can be done to stop this in the future or a mod that will toughen that sumbich up??

    Photos to come- 4 wheeling in 2 feet of snow at 10,000+ feet in Colorado... Druatracs are the bomb!!
     
  2. Nov 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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    NicNac22

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    any time you hit a bump it gradually misaligns the steering, i dont think theres anything you can do to stop it, just have it realigned
     
  3. Nov 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM
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    Skan Skeeny

    Skan Skeeny [OP] Skan Skeeny

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    Pics of my trip up Webster Pass, as promised:

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  4. Nov 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    all.on.black

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    You're pictures aren't showing... I'm excited to go snow wheeling this weekend.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Skan Skeeny

    Skan Skeeny [OP] Skan Skeeny

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    Thats what I'm talking about PSU Taco85!!! Things do not change for no reason, with autos, this makes total sense as to why a small bump would knock the steering wheel so far off.

    Is it a PITA to swap said cam out if it is frozen to the LCA??
     
  6. Nov 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    Skan Skeeny

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    I'll have to wait untill I get home to upload the photos... el Mac-o es muy estupido
     
  7. Nov 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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    Mxpatriot

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    Toe is probably knocked out of alignment.
     
  8. Nov 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    wrxRome

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    Alignment.
     
  9. Nov 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    Incorrect. You can. Mine are seized and my shit drives just fine. You just can't adjust the caster, if I remember correctly. I've had two alignments since I learned my are seized and no issues.
     
  10. Nov 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    tacobo670

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    ive had that happen to me. hit a bump at wrong angle, threw off steering wheel but truck drove straight. so i just repositioned the steering wheel. fixed.
     
  11. Nov 10, 2011 at 6:13 AM
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    Skan Skeeny

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