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Loss of Power Steering

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by jcemitte, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Jan 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    jcemitte [OP] Livin' the taco life

    Jun 30, 2010
    First Name:
    Tulare CA
    04 Taco SR5 5 lugger
    Deck Plate mod, Knock Off Flowmaster,billet grill, alpine HU w/kicker amp and pheonix gold 12" sub stock componets
    Ok so im sure this is my fault for being stupid, but i was spinning donuts in my truck the other day and all of a sudden i lost power steering, since then it feels like it wants to come back sometimes but not so much, is it possible i over spun the pump and chewed up its internals? it looked like the fluid was leaking from under the cap but i checked it and seemed to make a good seal, i tried refilling it with lucus power steering stop leak but that did not do much if any at all. anyone else had this problem?
  2. Jan 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Jraugust Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    First Name:
    Eastern WA
    04 Tacoma SR5
    Fabtech 6" Suspension lift 17" XD wheels 35 in Toyo MT Black powder coated tool box.
    First - Is your power steering belt still there?

    Second - Is your power steering belt tight?, if not it might be slipping.

    Third - very well could be the pump its self, easyiest way to find out is replace it

    Keep us posted
  3. Dec 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    jdtoothnail Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    First Name:
    Wapato, WA
    05 TRD Sport DC 4x4 w/ 3" Toytec Lift
    3" Toytec/Eibach Coilovers, 5100s all-around, Light Racing UCAs, OME Dakar Rear Leaf Packs w/ rear axle degree shims, 265/75/R16 Trailcutter R/Ts (by Cooper Tires), Gear Alloy 712MB Injectors (Machined Black & Chrome wheels), Airaid Cool Air Intake System, TRD Exhaust Tip, Black Head Light Mod, GrillCraft Black Mesh Upper & Lower Grill w/ front license plate mod, Removed Mudflaps, Jensen VM9324 DVD player (secret e-brake override code on all Jensens) w/ Streaming Bluetooth Adapter, Steering Wheel Adapter & Rear Back-up Camera... ALL done by me, thanks to all the info here on TW. If I can do it, you can DEFINITELY do it!
    Did you ever figure this out? My 05 Tacoma suddenly has tight steering, more of an intermittent tightness through a full turn. Mine likely came about through similar means: I was going 65mph on the highway, had a split second to hit the brakes and swerve to the right to miss a wild horse just chillin' in the middle of the highway.

    Took it to Firestone and they said "Remove & Replace Power Steering Pressure Switch". Can't seem to find much on it. They quoted $119 + $95 labor. Stealership quoted $159 + $140 labor! Seems like something I could remove and replace myself given enough instruction. I found it online for only $32. This has to be something we can fix ourselves.
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