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Steering wheel feels too "free" at highway speed

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by isu2014, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Oct 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM
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    KenLyns

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    Get the inner tie rod replaced then, it's only $35 at Rock Auto (http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=504266&cc=1429084). Even if the toe is set correctly, the fact the ball-and-socket joint in the tie rod can't move smoothly can give a stick-slip behavior and cause shimmy.

    Toe out will cause some wondering issues. 0.8 deg toe out contributes to the problem, but simply correcting toe likely won't cure your issue.
     
  2. Oct 17, 2013 at 1:45 AM
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  3. Oct 17, 2013 at 3:52 AM
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    ah ok, I had a similar feeling but it ended up being the slip joint in the column. After tack welding it all is good.

    I believe you can replace just the seal in the rack if tack welding that joint fixes yours.
     
  4. Oct 17, 2013 at 6:35 AM
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    I actually got pulled over once on the interstate because someone called me in thinking I was drunk. I attribute it to needing to tack the slip joint eventually (well mostly messing with my ipod or something, but that's beside the point). I've been putting it off, but now one of my orange lights behind the gauge cluster is out too so I need to tear the dash apart to get to both.

    Ryan, if you decide to do the slip joint thing lemme know. We can do them both at once (plus I don't have a welder :p ) I'll even be the guinea pig to go first so we can fuck mine up and get it right with yours haha
     
  5. Oct 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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    Get LR UCA's. You get additional Caster/Camber adjustments which allows you to keep your weels center (or push fwd/back) when adjusting caster.
     
  6. Oct 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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    I will bring my little 120v welder from home and we can knock it out sometime. I hope the reward vs time is worth it.
     
  7. Oct 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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  8. Oct 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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    Take a look at the TTORA thread. You can remove the whole assemly in like 6 bolts. Don't need to remove all of the trim, ducting etc.. Makes it an even easier job.
     
  9. Oct 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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    definitely tack weld the slip joint in the steering column. that made more of a difference on my two tacomas then the poly rack bushings. takes about 2 hours the first time you do it, but it's a very straightforward job.
     
  10. Oct 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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    I was just reading that thread. Post #42 in the ttroa thread does simplify the column removal. Thanks.
     
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  11. Oct 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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  12. Oct 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM
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    Yep, 3 bolts, 2 springs, a few plugs and the clam shell trim just in front of the wheel. No need to even remove the lower trim panel at all.
    Needle nose vise grip pliers come in handy for letting the tilt springs know who is boss. Shimming up the pivot ball is also worthwhile.

    For non tilt wheels it is a little more involved but not by much. I have the dope on that if anyone wants it.
     
  13. Oct 19, 2013 at 3:20 AM
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    Yea I made the video before someone confirmed that there was an easier way.
     
  14. Oct 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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    I've tried the "I just got bigger tires and my speedo is probably off and I forgot about it until now" as an excuse for speeding like 3 times, still don't get let off.
     
  15. Oct 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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    I put my sway bar back on and now the shake is a lot better. Live-able for sure.
     
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    Does anyone have a link to the TTORA thread, I did a search but got 10 pages... I need to weld my steering column too but would like the easier way to remove it.
    Thanks.
     
  17. Mar 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM
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