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Steering wheel messed up

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by piercedtiger, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Mar 18, 2009 at 4:22 AM
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    As the title says, my steering wheel is messed up. To drive straight I have to turn the wheel maybe a 1/4 turn clockwise. Now, this has happened once or twice before, and within a couple days it usually returned to normal so I didn't worry about it too much. This most recent time it's been like that for a few weeks and is starting to annoy me. Is there a easy way to reset it?
     
  2. Mar 18, 2009 at 5:54 AM
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    Check all your steering linkages under the hood. Like for instance....follow the steering column where it comes out of the firewall and down towards the rack, etc. Check to make sure everything is tight and hasnt' moved (so to speak). If everything else is good, perhaps something in the column is loose. If it were me.... I'd be rooting in the service manuals myself.

    Are you still under warrantee? If yes, just take it to the dealer.
     
  3. Mar 18, 2009 at 6:06 AM
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    I might be just within my 60k powertrain warranty, but I have a feeling that just ran out.

    The weird part is this happened once or twice before and the next morning when I started the truck it was back to normal.

    Oh, and it happened one time when I took the truck into the dealer for the front diff replacement a while back. I noticed it after they inspected the truck and determined I needed the new diff. Took them maybe 5 minutes to correct it when I mentioned that, but I have no idea what they did...

    Guess I'll be crawling under to look. As for service manuals, all I have is the PDF of the FSM which reads like chinese to me most of the time. What I wouldn't give for a Haynes manual for these trucks! :(
     
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    Oh, and I don't notice the truck pulling or anything like that which i thought was a sign you need an alignment. The steering wheel is just off a bit.
     
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    Thanks. I'll check that too since my TPMS is broken.
     
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    An allignment also deals with steering wheel position. The wheels need to be 'centered' along with the steering wheel.

    Tire pressure won't cause your steering wheel to be 'off- center'
     
  7. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:38 AM
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    I just find it odd that it's come and gone in the past with no explanation I can think of. So I thought maybe there was something simple to try or to adjust if anyone else has had the problem. :confused:
     
  8. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    Well....it "could", depending on how low the tire was. BUT, it would be pulling a little bit. As he said that the truck is not pulling, and driveing fine, Im stumped. I would think the steering wheel was just knocked out from being striaght, but also, he said it returns to normal randomly. Could something be loose on the steering shaft? :confused:
     
  9. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    Oh, and Chris, I see you're viewing this thread so lets hear what you're thinking! :D
     
  10. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:40 AM
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    I actually had this problem in my old Celica....but I never bothered to find out what it was......:(
     
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    I thought maybe something got knocked too since I drive over a curb to a loading area at work, and sometimes hit the curb pulling into my driveway. But it's always returned to normal within a day or two in the past. Before I could really think about doing anything. lol This time, it's staying that way.

    Almost like my lawn mower when the steering column skips gears on the rack. Just take off a bolt, pull wheel off, rotate it over a couple teeth, put it back on.

    But these trucks have power steering and I was wondering if that could be off? Like maybe it's more fly-by-wire than straight shaft from wheel to steering arm, and it needs to be re-calibrated.... Is that possible?
     
  12. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:44 AM
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    Well, that's helpful.... :rolleyes:
     
  13. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:51 AM
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    FWIW, it helps me to throw things out in text to try and get my brain working....:D Sorry....

    That being said, you mentioned you drove over a curb, That gets me to thinking that maybe the steering sliding yoke may have been knocked loose, or possibly stripped.........Either that, or the intermediate shaft, were it goes into the rack, has a bolt than may have worked out....

    Can you check those 2 things?
     
  14. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:52 AM
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    Can you explain what/where those things are? lol I'm not that familiar with them.
     
  15. Mar 18, 2009 at 7:58 AM
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    Yes....Give me a min. and I will go take a pic.
     
  16. Mar 18, 2009 at 8:08 AM
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    Sorry it took so long....I couldnt find my keys...

    Anyway, this is the steering sliding yoke:

    [​IMG]

    This will be about 4" down the shaft from where it comes out of the fire wall.
     
  17. Mar 18, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    And this is the lower part of the intermediate shaft you should check :
    [​IMG]

    Its were the shaft goes into the powersteering
     
  18. Mar 18, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    Let me know if the pics help...
     
  19. Mar 18, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    sweet! Thanks chris! Yeah, I can check those. Good pics!

    Say, is it possible to loosen the yokes and rotate the steering wheel back to where it belongs? I haven't read the TTORA thread yet... just skimming here while I'm at work. lol
     
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