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New engine, crooked steering wheel?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SubFrozen, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Nov 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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    SubFrozen

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    I had a new engine installed in my Taco and now the steering wheel is crooked to the left about 1/4th of a quarter steering wheel turn. That's to get it to drive straight. They said a front end alignment was done on it, so they assume it's tires.

    Prior to the new engine, it wasn't crooked, however, it had to be towed in.

    My Q is, is there a way the towing company could have tweaked it? Dealership said they didn't do anything with the steering wheel linkage during the engine install. Can you do an engine install and not touch the steering linkage?
     
  2. Nov 17, 2009 at 1:10 PM
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    brandob9

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    I'd ask the guys that installed it if they disconnected the steering column.
     
  3. Nov 17, 2009 at 1:13 PM
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    NAAC3TACO

    NAAC3TACO Just east of crazy

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  4. Nov 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM
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    I wander if this is something we can do it ourselves?
    take care
    vbibi:(
     
  5. Nov 17, 2009 at 1:48 PM
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    Dealership states column wasn't disconnected to remove and install the engines. Doesn't it kind of have to be? Anyone here know?
     
  6. Nov 17, 2009 at 1:51 PM
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    Don't they need to disconnect the pump/steering column to remove and install an engine?
     
  7. Nov 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    Mr_Torque

    Mr_Torque Buy the Ticket take the Ride.....

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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    I correct my toe all the time. Just use an adjustable wrench to loosen the bolt on the tire rods closest to your engine and either twist the tie rods towards or away from each other to correct your toe. Start off by measuring the distance from the front of both wheels to each other vs the difference of the back of both wheels to each other, then adjust your toe accordingly. Remember, a little toe-in is optimum to maintain load on your wheel bearings.
     
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