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Rack and Pinion issue ?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 03coma, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Jun 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    03coma [OP] Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    New Jersey
    2015 DCSB TRD, SR5
    Toyota TRD Pro Grille, Skid Plate, ARE Series II Lid,
    The Rack and Pinion just went in my 03 Tacoma, (36,500 miles) So I lifted it up onto jack stands and shook the tires. A lot of play on the driver’s side, passenger side tight. I had someone shake the tire so I could look under the truck. The bushing on the driver’s side shot, the whole rack was moving violently.

    Well the one smart thing I did back in 03 was to get the extended warranty for $800 bucks. Dealer looked at it, called me out of the waiting room and the mechanic asked me what do you want us to do? I was like replace it under warranty? They were like I don’t think this is covered, it’s to late in the day to contact Toyota we will call you in a few days with the answer, but lets work up the price just incase they say it’s not covered. Yea right $ 1299.99 later. (Toyota does not offer the bushing by itself)

    Well I lucked out and it was covered, dealer installed new rack and hoses. I went to check out the work done and I was like what’s this blue stuff in the power steering pump reservoir? Toyota says ATF, it’s printed on the cap of the power steering pump.

    The ATF for this truck is red not blue. So a trip back to the dealer and they were like oh we don’t put ATF in there, we use Pennzoil power steering fluid. I was like WTF?

    Why.. ?? It says ATF, They could not answer that question and then someone said we never put ATF in the power steering pumps.

    Sorry about the long story, but did you ever hear something like that before?
  2. Jun 9, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Enforcer

    May 1, 2007
    First Name:
    York,South Carolina
    '16 Tundra TRD Pro
    getting there....
    i think i'd be draining the power steering reservoir and running whats supposed to be in there. them stealerships are way too fubarred sometimes.
  3. Jun 9, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    STLharry Lube: It's the key to penetration.

    Oct 11, 2008
    First Name:
    Yeti Rescue Package with 270k miles
    '95-'97 camouflaged, ARB bull bar, RAT Products skid plate kit, sliders, Green Mountain Customs rear tube bumper and overland bed rack, King coilovers with Icon neoprene covers, defenestrated sway bar, OME Rear Suspension: CS046R leafs + AAL/5125 shocks/NWOR greasable hardware/U-bolt flip kit; S13WL Tundra calipers/pads/rotors, IPF H4 lenses and bulbs, IPF 968 DCG 100W lights, clapped out CB radio, Aussie-spec FJ60 inclinometer, ARB CKMA12 compressor, Superwinch S9000 with 12V Guy clock switch, 4' Hi-Lift, deckplate mod/grey wire mod/dif breather extensions, Duratrac tires, Sockmonkey bedside decals, boat cupholder, Dakine bike pad
    x2. Do that. Drain and refill.

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