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steering problem

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by redrx8, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Feb 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    redrx8

    redrx8 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone, I'm having a steering problem, as I turn, certain areas have resistance in the steering. There are no leaks, I flushed the oil as someone suggested in another post but the problem is still there. Just wondering if someone has another solution or if there is a problem with the rack and pinion ( someone told me that there is a valve in there that might be sticking).
    Does anyone have any idea that I did not think of or had the same problem and got it figured out. I would hate buying a new rack it doesn't fix the problem.
    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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    Lube the universal joint in the steering shaft. I had this problem last month with a similar sensation to what you describe. I sprayed it up with some PB Blaster and it cured it.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    Most likely this.

    Check the joint for play as well. If the joint has been dry for some time, it can be worn and the shaft needing replacement.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2012 at 5:26 AM
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    Thanks, i'll check that out, it's -27 right now so i'll wait until it gets a bit warmer.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    Thank You, I sprayed the universal joint and it seems to have fixed the problem, will keep monitoring it for a bit since I just drove the truck for about 3 kms.
     
  6. Feb 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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    The problem is back but to a lesser extent for now, so back to square one.
     
  7. Mar 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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    I've been having the same problem with the sticking. I took it through the car wash and it helped for a week and then the binding came back.

    Can someone describe or provide some pix of where the u joint is that needs to be greased??? I looked around a little and it didn't jump out at me.

    Thanks
     
  8. Mar 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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    IMO, (respectfully) you guys are playing with fire to let this issue go....

    Toyota does not protect their steering joints from the weather like GM does, therefore salt, snow, water, all can hit the joint. These are sealed needle bearings, they are good or they are bad. If you are getting stiff spots, and believe me I understand this issue as it happened to my '06, you need to get the steering shaft replaced. IMO... ASAP! If you can get lube into the joint, you can get water and salt in there too.

    There are multiple NTSB reports on this very issue, I don't think it's anything to mess with. You don't want to be driving it when it decides to lock up or snap off.
     
  9. Apr 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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    any idea what that might cost to replace?????

    Just started with my 07 Tacoma.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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    I went to pick up some PB Blaster and grabbed some Fluid Film instead. Regardless, it seems to have done the trick - at least for now.

    Thank you again, TW!
     
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  11. Apr 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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    yep.. save your money for a proper repair, it won't last long. Hopefully it won't lock up on you and put you into an oncoming bus. IMO, this is nothing to mess with.
     
  12. Apr 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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    ^^ This. It is a safety item. Don't mess around with trying to keep it alive spraying with different lubes. Its the u-joint on lower intermediate shaft (No. 2 in the parts manual). The u-joint is not a separate piece so the whole shaft has to be replaced. It can be had for around $160 or so from one of the OEM discounters and can be replaced yourself.
     
  13. Apr 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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    I will have the dealer check it when it goes in for frame replacement.
     
  14. Apr 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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    Thank you everybody for the generous feedback......excellent forum!
     
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