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STEERING TROUBLE

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by toyotadan98, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Sep 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    toyotadan98

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    I , Was driving my 98 taco 4x4 on a dirt road elk hunting when all of a sudden my pasenger side front wheel toed in real bad and then it went back to normal after hitting some bumps. comeing down out of the mountains hitting washboard spots it kept jummpin in and out.when it goes out i have to counter steer . TY ROD ENDS I HOPE?? any help would be great.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

    NelsonTacoma This is my derpawayinator!!!!!

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    I would also maybe check the ball joints. I know the first gens had lots of problems with those too. Tie rods seems more logical. Either way :eek::eek::eek:

    Here's what could result. Picture borrowed from another thread, don't remember which one though.

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  3. Sep 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM
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    I had steering issues and a grinding noise when I had 3 of 4 bolts fall out of the lower ball joint. Thank god that last bolt held on long enough for me to make it out of the hills and into cell range!
    Whatever you do, check out the truck before driving it anywhere else!!!

    This is what the truck looked like when the tow truck picked me up...
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    And with the new bolts...
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  4. Sep 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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    I Know it sounds wierd but i was driving to camp when i hit a small bump in the road and my steering felt wierd pulling toward the left all of a sudden, I got out to look and they both looked toed in so i put the steering wheel on center and the pasenger wheel was toed in quite a bit so i limped it to camp (on dirt) and we checked every thing out real well and even jacked it up and couldn't figure out any thing in the woods so here i am now at home instead of hunting.But like i said when comeing out of the woods and hitting wash board roads it would pop in and out of what ever . When it would toe in real hard i would have to counter steer to the right untill it would self heal itself! thank GOD for triple A
     
  5. Sep 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    NelsonTacoma This is my derpawayinator!!!!!

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    Lets know what it ends up being. Post pics if you can!! Good luck!:)
     
  6. Sep 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    well of course if youre driving down washboard roads its gonna steer funny, does it experiance anything on regular flat rds?
     
  7. Sep 11, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    UndefinedTaco

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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Yeah..it's gonna feel like torque steer..it's gonna pull left and right.

    That suspension wasn't designed to soak up washboard roads smoothly.


    I think your high on methamphetamines
     
  8. Sep 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    twitch twitch twitch, i think op is okay, but his truck is a damn tweaker truck! you need to shoot it up with some black tar in the tail pipe :D

    naw but seriously it sounds normal, just check out your suspension and try it on smooth roads too
     
  9. Sep 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    do you realy think a washboard road would f,up a good front end you f,n moron,the whole road isn't bad.THIS FORUM IS A JOKE
     
  10. Sep 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Calm down broski..one too many one toothed tweaker hoes from the trailer park? :confused:


    Far from Pavement Pounding..especially fireturk's rig.


    Check your balljoints..sounds like there getting ready to shit on you. Tie rods could be screwed too.
    Happy asswipe? Go wipe your ass, replace your tampon.:)
     
  11. Sep 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    yup i totally said a washboard road would f up your truck :rolleyes: its been a while since i took my truck off road but if i hit something too hard or i go down a washed out dirt road it will want to take the steering wheel out of my hand and if my steering is even slightly turned it looks like i have a bad toe in, even if i truely dont





    like i said INSPECT YOUR SUSPENSION PARTS and try to see if you get the same or similar results on smooth flat roads
     
  12. Sep 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    Ok ,So after agonizing what could be wrong with my truck because the ball joints and tie rod ends all seemed good I found that the A Arm bolts were loose alowing the wheel under certain conditions to pop out of alinment.I just had this truck alined by les shwab a couple of months ago.So they fixed it for free GO figure.they claim that they didn't leave them loose.So weird things can happen.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    :eek:
     
  14. Sep 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    NelsonTacoma This is my derpawayinator!!!!!

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    Of course they won't say it was their fault. But either way glad to hear you got it fixed.:) Hopefully they won't leave any more bolts loose this time. This situation proves once again why I'm glad I do ALL of my own work.
     
  15. Sep 13, 2011 at 1:27 AM
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