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First gen. steering wheel play

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rab89, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Mar 20, 2010 at 12:19 AM
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    rab89

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    We've talked about this before, there is some play in the steering assembly, does anyone know if the 4 runners have/had the same problem?
    I was thinking of pulling a 4 runner steering assy from the junk yard if they had better luck.
     
  2. Mar 20, 2010 at 12:40 AM
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    What do you mean by that? play in the steering assembly??
     
  3. Mar 20, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    there is about an inch and a half of play side to side in the steering wheel, it's in the upper portion of the steering column.
     
  4. Mar 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    I noticed that there are 2 universal joints in the steering column. Maybe one or both are worn or have play in them?
     
  7. Apr 30, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    i did this also and it was way better for a couple months. the "play" in the steering sucks most when it makes my truck wonder side to side
     
  8. Apr 30, 2010 at 8:36 PM
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    There is a little plastic cover inside the truck on the firewall where the steering column goes through. Remoce the little 10mm screws and pull the cover back and you will see the u-joints. Mine have some slop in them and I'm positive that is the knocking in the steering wheel.
     
  9. May 3, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    nice, I'll go check it out!
     
  10. May 3, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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    My steering wanders quite a bit too...Would worn steering rack bushings cause this?
     
  11. May 3, 2010 at 3:55 PM
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    Abso-tively! (yes)

    Get the Energy Suspension Uretahne steer rack bushing kit. Cheap and effective
     
  12. May 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM
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    My rack was moving around also. I replaced the bushings and feel absolutely no difference
     
  13. May 3, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    How many miles on your truck?
     
  14. May 3, 2010 at 4:38 PM
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    Subscribed.. I hate loose steering. :(
     
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    the steering on my 03 prerunner is very tight, much more so than my previous nissan frontier's.
     
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    Is this what Toyota quality means? Poorly designed/manufactured steering component leading to premature wear?

    So far in ownership of the Taco, I have not perceived a single benefit of the "toyota quality"

    Mine at 78K exhibits this looseness...
     
  18. May 4, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Weird, my 04 Pre Runner 2wd had over 150K when I totaled it. Never a problem with steering, etc. My 03 I did replace steer rack bushings, only because I removed a DB lift and had to reweld #2 crossmember back, and the stock bushings were burnt. My 03 has only 80K. Now (without 6" DB lift/315's) truck is tight, and drives straight. With the big lift/tires/old bushings it WAS all over the road. I suppose a combo of probs related to that POS lift and 'too big for Tacoma' tires.
     
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    those with steering play, be sure to check your tie rod ends.


    while replacing the rack bushings will prevent the rack itself from moving, if your TRE's are bad, you'll still get play ..and probably some clunking.
     
  20. May 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    It's the steering column.
     
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