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Squirrely feelin steerin

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by taco terror, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. Apr 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM
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    taco terror

    taco terror [OP] got 5VZFE?

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    Ok so for quite some time now, my truck has had an issue with the steering wheel shaking and feeling loose at random times.

    Up at 50-55 it will shake a little and feel loose sometimes. Driving it today around 65-75 on the highway, it has shaking pretty bad, but had a really weird feeling to it. The wheel just feels like there is so much play at that speed, it scares me a little. And then on the way back going 65-70, it was no where near as noticeable.
    Dafuq is up with it?
     
  2. Apr 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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    TACO TX

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    Rack bushings, and or tie rod ends. Just went through all that. Energy suspension rack bushings fixed mine.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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    Sittingbull2

    Sittingbull2 Old N.R.A. Hippy

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    Just like Taco Tx said above me. I had the same thing that your describing it was the tierods, Now I had one outside tierod bad but 2 inner tierods bad also which are inside the steering rack and I also had one bad upper balljoint also that was bad. I had a bad leak in my steeringrack so I bought a new one for about $265 and replaced it myself because the rack comes with inner tierods. I also replaced the 2 outter tierod ends about $21.00 a piece. And replaced the upper balljoints also.Then I replaced the front struts with 5100 Bilsteins adjustable. Now it rides like new nice and tight and no wandering all over the road.

    Sittingbull2
     
  4. Apr 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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    Thanks, Ill have to look at my bushings and the other stuff. I didn't think they would be the problem at 88,000.
     
  5. Apr 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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    I would highly suggest that you check your lower ball joints as well , my dr. side lower pulled out of the cup allowing my LCA to drop about a foot coming to rest on the ground... 30 mins earlier I was going 70mph on freeway, think if it would've happened then.....:eek::eek:
     
  6. Apr 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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    I checked my drive side one by jacking up the lca and placing a crow bar under the tire, it didn't appear to me that there was any movement.

    Could this be an issue of wheels not balanced correctly? I have some American Racing Baja wheels, I am pretty sure they have a 108mm bore. Could this cause the vibrations?
     
  7. Apr 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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    rzgkane

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    Replaced my original struts (2000 PreRunner with 160K on it) and rack bushings and my truck went from exactly as you describe to tight as a drum. I think one strut was entirely shot and I know the rack bushings were allowing a good 1/2" of play in the steering. For $250, the truck is like new.
     
  8. May 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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    crazybrother

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    Hey guy's I have a different problem, I have some play in the steering wheel but it's not anything down below. Mine is up top. I can hold the steering colum with vise grips and there is some play in the wheel, so my question is: Are there any parts that can fail or come loose up inside the cab? I.E. the tilt or some bushings??
    My truck is an 2003 xtra cab 4x4 with A/T everything is stock, no lift, big tires... I had two mechanics check the front end completely and they both said it's inside the cab.
    Any Ideas? Also does anyone have any schematics of the steering colum? So I can look at the parts before tearing this thing apart.
    Thanks.
     
  9. May 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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  10. May 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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