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Hard to Steer!!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by giantscalercguy, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Jan 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM
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    giantscalercguy

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    My nephew's 99 Tacoma is hard to steer and wonders all over the road. It has a 6" body lift and 35" tires, which I understand doesn't help, however, it takes the same amount of effort to turn the wheel regardless of if the engine is running or not. Sounds like a bad pump, but, with the engine running the pump is quiet until you reach the turnning stops. Then you hear the pump pumping normally, just like on any car when it is turned to the stops. There is also a good bit of play on both sides of the rack arms. Is it possible the rack is bad, or the pump is bad??? Opinions please......................
     
  2. Jan 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    i love tacos

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    Lastly bad steering rack, since the pump isn't making noise and steering is hard to steer probably the rack.
     
  3. Jan 12, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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    What other symptoms would a bad rack produce???
     
  4. Jan 12, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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  5. Jan 12, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    Having just acquired an 03 Tacoma, and with my last car being a Honda Element, the Element's steering feels like a race car compared to the Taco.

    Question: To what degree is this steering performance normal? I don't know if I have a back rack but if I'm driving down the highway, I can for the most part let the car steer itself with just minor corrections.. A bad steering rack will show much different symptoms right?
     
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