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Play in the steering?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by RagJoint, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. Apr 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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    RagJoint

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    Hi everyone. This is my first post. I bought an '01 tacoma this past Nov. The truck is awesome except for one vital thing, there is play in the steering. I noticed the intermittent shaft that connects the steering linkage to the rack (also called the "rag joint") was torn. When I replaced it only some of the play was fixed but not all of it. I drive my truck like it's a race machine and I need to know it's going to go where I want it to. Is there anything I can do to get the steering tight with no play? It has also been aligned. Thanks
     
  2. Apr 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM
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    Sittingbull2

    Sittingbull2 Old N.R.A. Hippy

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    Could be inner tierods on the rack could be outter tierods. Could be rack bushings, Is your front struts good? could be them,could be Low tires, Could be upper steering column it has a roll pin that can get bad. Drop it and see, might have to tack weld it or put another roll pin in it. How are your Ball joints? Good not good? There are alot of variables you see I may have even missed some. Do the simple free things first. Check it out yourself or have a competent frontend mechanic check it out if you don't know what your looking for.

    Thats all I can tell ya

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  3. Apr 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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    wolfgang123

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    Sitting bull is spot on:

    Struts n shocks
    Inner and outer tie rods
    Rack pushings
    Steering link roll pin
    Tires (pressure, and balance)
    Upper and lower ball joints
    Maybe:
    Cv axles it you have ADD
    Wheel bearings
     
  4. Apr 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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    Sirlight

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  5. Apr 24, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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    Racer X

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    I did this on my 2004. This, new steering rack bushings and a good front end alignment took care of the problem for me.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM
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    RagJoint

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    Awesome! Thank you for your replies. I did change out my ball joints as soon as I brought it home and all the tires are pumped up. There is a lot of good info here and I'm going to look into it. Sirlight, let me know how the repair goes.
     
  7. May 2, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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    toysr5man

    toysr5man Auto thrasher

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    i did the same repair to the steering shaft, it cured it for me.
     
  8. May 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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    ghs57

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    I had to do bushings and outer tie rod ends. Good as new after.
     
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