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Steering Rack Corrosion - Options? 2nd Gen

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kevin Wit, Apr 14, 2024.

  1. Apr 14, 2024 at 3:04 PM
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    Kevin Wit

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    While working under the truck I noticed the corrosion on the steering rack (pics below). My question - is there something I can do as a "band aid" now to get some more years out of this, or is it too far gone.

    So far my only idea is to spray it with rust reformer, put a couple of stainless hose clamps around it to cinch it up, then coat it with some underbody (rubberized) paint.

    2005 Tacoma Prerunner 170K miles.

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  2. Apr 14, 2024 at 3:06 PM
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    Nah, it’s cool, as long as you don’t like steering

    just replace it unless it’s a farm truck
     
  3. Apr 14, 2024 at 3:07 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

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    Nothing is going to 'patch' that. Well, IMHO.

    My concern would be what the rest of the frame looks like. That's pretty clearly a salt or brine victim.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2024 at 4:04 PM
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    Frame was replaced per recall about 8 years ago? Still looks fine - but yeah - salt is most likely the culprit
     
  5. Apr 14, 2024 at 4:13 PM
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    Looks like something I’d want replaced. Failure would almost certainly end badly.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2024 at 9:52 AM
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    I would replace that
    but if your situation demands on running it, you can stop it where it is, there is a product called "Evaporust" that will chemically stop the rust oxidizing process , if you could wrap it in evaporust soaked rags covered with plastic for a day or two (needs to stay soaking and not dry out so it can penetrate deep) , then after removing the loose material coat it with something thick like paint or epoxy to keep it from contact with air and water
     
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  8. Apr 15, 2024 at 10:32 AM
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    There is acid rust remover and rust converter paint.

    that being said you’re lucky it’s a cheap replaceable part. It is old with miles and near or at end of life.

    ideal is replace.
     
  9. Apr 15, 2024 at 2:54 PM
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    I'd also replace it. And one more vote for checking the rest of the frame. I've recently contacted the bullet liner customer service and I'm thinking about using their product to protect my truck from rust. Did anyone do anything like that to prevent possible rusting issues?
     
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  10. Apr 15, 2024 at 3:05 PM
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