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Steering issues

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by dan476, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    dan476

    dan476 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Did a little bit of off-roading today, nothing crazy, but when I was hitting uneven surface, it felt as if my steering was loose at times. Steering wheel would hit "pockets" and lose any resistance for a short time. Hope someone knows what I mean and can tell me what could be wrong.
     
  2. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

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    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Maybe you're low on fluid, sounds like air in the system maybe? Is it whining at all?
     
  3. Jun 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM
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    No whine at all and fluid is fine. it only happends when I hit bumps, feels like too much play in the steering.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    Supra TT

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    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Climb under there and take a look, maybe you have a messed up tie rod? I've never been too familiar with the stock steering.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    dan476

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    Tie rods are fine, fluid is fine as well, any other reasons why I would feel looseness in the steering while hitting bumps?
     
  6. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:53 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I would take it to a reputable shop and have them look at it or you may be sorry. Check other thread for "lost wheel at 70 mph"
     
  7. Jul 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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    urby2112

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    Check the bushings on the rack itself if your BJ's and TR's are ok. At 150K I noticed the whole rack on mine actually moved like 1/4 ". Carquest had a kit from Raybestos for $25. Made a huge difference! There are actually 5 bushings in the kit (the big one on the passenger side, upper and lower for center, and front and rear for drivers side). Came with washers and new bolt sleeves.
     
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