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Sloppy steering 2000 Tacoma Rack and pinion

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by mark530, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Apr 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    mark530

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    I have a 2000 Tacoma 2wd and the steering seems sloppy it has 112.000
    on the truck and I have cked rack and pinion all is tight cked wheel bearings all is well it just steers sloppy compared to my 1986 Toyota pickup with 337000 miles on it is there something out there to help this steering
    Thanks Mark
     
  2. Apr 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM
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    Sloppy steering can be caused by a number of things including tires (e.g., uneven wear), lift (e.g., inability to obtain proper alignment), and steering rack bushings (e.g., worn out and "loose" feeling).
     
  3. Apr 29, 2012 at 3:02 AM
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    I have a 2000 Tacoma with 112000 miles on it and the steering is sloppy
    I have cked wheel bearings and the rack and pinion is tight. Tire Pressure
    is at 30 psi . I have a 1986 Toyota pickup with 337000 miles on it and it has
    better steering control than my Tacoma. Any Ideas Thanks Mark
     
  4. Apr 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM
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    there is a mod where you tack weld the steering column, I think there is more info on it on ttora. some searching there will find it im sure
     
  5. Apr 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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    Inspect the inner/outer tie rods, ball joints and rack bushings. Go under the truck and have someone work the steering back and forth and look for sloppy things.

    The column slip joint on the inside near the firewall probably has lots of play. Its a safety feature to keep the column from sliding up in a crash. mine has lots of play, and I haven't tried to fix it.
     
  7. May 27, 2012 at 6:45 AM
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    Thanks for the info I will ck it out Mark
     
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