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Squealing when i turn my steering wheel

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rktacoma, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Oct 6, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    rktacoma

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    Hi I have a 2008 tacoma 4x4 with a 6" fabtech lift. One day i noticed when ever i turned my steering wheel it made a loud squeal whether i was parked or moving. I replaced my ripped tie rod ends and installed a new rack and pinion because it was leaking but still i get that same noise. If anyone could help this has been a long and frustrating problem.

    Thanks
     
  2. Oct 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    Power steering pump, or the serpentine belt.

    Aged belt will slip under load and squeal, or if the pump is on it's last legs, it might be getting "tight" and causing the belt to slip.

    Replace the belt first since it's cheaper than the pump ;)
     
  3. Oct 8, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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    ok thanks! I will try that...Hope it works cuz it sounds like something is binding too... It's hard to explain but its like if you had two moving parts and there was not enough lubrication...
     
  4. Oct 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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    My thoughts exactly. Rich is just the master of all knowledge and once again beat me to it.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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    ok i changed the belt the other day and still got the same noise. Sounds like something is not lubricated enough. What type of sound will a bad lower ball joint make? I just figured there aren't any more pivot points left.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2012 at 11:47 PM
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    Did you check the power steering pump?
     
  7. Oct 16, 2012 at 7:16 AM
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    fluid level is good? pumps go out..

    my wife's car is doing this. we are in a holding pattern waiting for it to go..just so you know, the demand on the pump is at it's greatest at the extreme end of your steering range.
     
  8. Oct 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    thanks for all the help everyone! gonna try and replace the steering pump soon...hope it works!!
     
  9. Oct 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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    Check your PS Fluid level first.
     
  10. Oct 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    the level was full
     
  11. Oct 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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    Then check belt. At full lock the pulley gets difficult to spin. So the belt slips then.
     
  12. Oct 20, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    Thanks for da help. I figured out the problem... The uni-ball on my total chaos UCA's just need some lubrication.. Now the sound is gone.. Thanks again everyone! Glad I didn't have to change the pump!
     
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