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Power steering rack is going out - anyone else replaced one yet?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mxpatriot, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Aug 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    Mxpatriot

    Mxpatriot [OP] Well-Known Member

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    About a year and half and 50,000 miles ago my power steering rack began to leak from damaged seals; from submersion in water and mud.

    Lucas Oil's power steering leak stopper fluid worked its magic and I was doing alright for a while, albeit with some play in the steering wheel.

    That play is getting worse and worse and I know I'm going to need to replace the rack. Anyone done it themselves on a 2nd gen yet? Any places you'd recommend buying a new/rebuilt rack?
     
  2. Dec 16, 2011 at 4:48 PM
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    rzimm001

    rzimm001 Tearmytaco

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    I replaced mine by myself. Bought the steering rack from O'reilly Auto Parts. I believe it's called a Cardon rack (just a refurbished rack with new internals). It was a little bit of a pain in the ass but it is definitely doable by yourself. Some extra hands would have really speeded up the process for me. I think the parts cost was between three and four bills.
     
  3. Dec 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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    MonkeyProof

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    here's how mine is looking:eek:

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  4. Dec 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    theduck911

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    I think Mike (Defined) was looking into making replacement bushings for 2nd Gens similar to the TC Bushings for 1st Gens, not sure what came of it.

    And replacing the rack shouldn't be too difficult.
     
  5. Dec 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    Mxpatriot

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    Yep, mine looks just like that.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2011 at 4:34 AM
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    BUZZCUT

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    How in the hell can someone drive a vehicle with a damaged steering component? It is kinda important. :eek:
     
  7. Dec 17, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    Fortech

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    I have a new rack sitting in the garage in a box, hoping to get it replaced over the upcoming holidays. I'd be interested in hearing a little more regarding the process of swapping in a new rack. The Toyota Service Manual instructs you to remove the exhaust, both the front and rear drive shafts, as well as the cross member support before the rack can be removed.

    Just wondering if all this is absolutely necessary?
     
  8. Nov 25, 2012 at 5:34 AM
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