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Rack and Pinion Problems

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Jim Mann, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. Mar 8, 2007 at 9:30 PM
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    Jim Mann

    Jim Mann [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The service facility where I take my 96 Tacoma 4WD EXT Cab says that my rack and pinion has worn out bushings, and that the whole thing has to be replaced. I do trust these guys, they are some of my customers, and have known them for a few dollars. They have done excellent work on several other vehicles, as well as this truck. Have any of you had to replace this before? 160,000 miles is not a lot, however, the truck is worth fixing and keeping. I have too much in it to bail out now. Jim
     
  2. Mar 9, 2007 at 4:31 AM
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    2003greenbean

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    get someone else to look at it also
     
  3. Mar 9, 2007 at 8:31 AM
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    Ldytaco05

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    a second opinion won't hurt, just don't let them know.
     
  4. Mar 9, 2007 at 4:55 PM
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    yotaman

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    Does the steering have loose play in it. After 160K miles, they probably are worn.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2007 at 7:39 PM
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    Jim Mann

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    Second opinion confirms, worn out bushings. The truck wanders on the road, constant correction required. Nothing major yet, but this has been going on for a month now and is getting worse. They will operate on Monday
     
  6. May 11, 2007 at 6:32 AM
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    abu-guru

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    You can just replace the bushings. Senergy/energy? Makes a bushing kit for $20.00 My 03 Taco has a loose bushing already:mad:
     
  7. May 12, 2007 at 4:00 AM
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    BrianPK

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    i have this same problem... the dealership i bought the truck from said i had worn out bushings and something about a reman-link...

    519 dollar part

    anyone know where i can get the entire kit for cheaper?
     
  8. May 12, 2007 at 5:20 AM
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    abu-guru

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    Energy suspension makes them as well as new bushings for the link arm. The dealers are a joke and just want to replace the entire rack.

    Mine are wore with only 44000 mi and this is a common problem. It's time to start complaining to toyota and the BBB and demand a recall.
     
  9. Jun 27, 2007 at 8:14 PM
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    I have a 2000 Tacoma w/ 4WD and my bushings are definitely worn out. I suspended one wheel in the air and was able to move the wheel from left to right with to much play. You can actually see the entire rack pinion move. The main rubber Grommet and the rubber bushings are very loose and cracking. The problem I have is ONLY when I apply brakes while driving at speeds over 30 MPH then the front and starts shacking violently.

    I hope the energy suspension parts fix the problem.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2007 at 3:52 PM
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    twoarezee

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    the energy bushing are way better than oem. rubber = poop, polyurethane = awesome.
     
  11. Jun 28, 2007 at 4:03 PM
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  13. Jun 28, 2007 at 5:00 PM
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    Glad I could help!
     
  14. Jun 28, 2007 at 5:04 PM
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    Forgot to add that since you're down there, you should replace the sway bar bushings as well, you too can purchase those from Wheeler's (and no I don't work for them or get any compensation from them).

    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoswaykit.htm
     
  15. Jul 24, 2007 at 4:52 PM
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    I have an 2004 and I had the same problem. I had a 1995 and there was a recall back in the day. I think it covered all tacomas 1995 to 2004 but you know how it goes they ran my vin and said mine wasent covered so I had to have the bushings replaced at 36,000 miles I think the rack and pinion just is weak I know for a fact the whole system is like 1,400 to replace so fix the bushings before it gets bad and you have to replace it all..
     
  16. Apr 19, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    I'm pretty late in posting a reply to this, so sorry. I am a new member and have purchased a used 95 Reg Cab Tacoma about 7 months ago. I also experienced the violent shaking when applying my brakes and noticed the rack moving when moving my tire from left to right while it was suspended. This thread was very helpful so thank you all for contributing. I do have some questions though if someone doesn't mind answering?
    First, I am have bad inner tire wear. Could this be from the worn out bushing? Secondly, can some explain what the link arm is?

    Thanks
     
  17. Apr 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM
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    i had that problem ...outer tie rod ends....
     
  18. Apr 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM
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    cmack

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    I had to replace my whole steering rack recently....freaking sucks and is expensive as hell.
     
  19. Oct 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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    Alderleet

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    I ordered the parts and had a local 4x4 specialty shop install the R&P. I did inner and outer tie rods (moog) with energy sus bushings.

    Feels great and no more wobble. Plus, no inner tire wear (cause by bad tie rod)
     
  20. Oct 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    Yup, do the bushings first, then outer/inner tie rods...

    I've done all and i still wander/have play, i only have 125k miles on it. FWIW, my tie rods were shot and needed to be replaced anyway.

    Not looking forward to buying a new rack, they're a PITA to install. We tried on a friends 98 ext. Couldn't get the effer out.
     
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