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Steering wheel not straight when driving

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 96Taco, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Jan 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    96Taco

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    As the title line states.... when I am driving in a straight line the steering wheel is not straight. The "12 o'clock" position of the steering wheel needs to be at about the "2 O'Clock" position to keep the car traveling straight.

    If I keep the steering wheel perfectly straight and lined up the car goes left.

    Any idea what kind of problem this is linked to?

    Wanted to have a bit of an idea before going to a shop.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    rcfreak201

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    its probably just your alignment, myn veers to the left alot if i let go of the wheel but its not so dramatic like being in the 2 oclock position, that seems like alot, maybe its more than alignment, not sure but someone will know just give it like 5 minutes haha :)
     
  3. Jan 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    Alignment is off. Simple fix.
     
  4. Jan 9, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    You probably need an alignment.

    Inspect your suspension to make sure nothing's bent, broken, or excessively worn. Inspect the control arms, ball joints, bushings, tie rods, and CV axles if you have a 4 wheel drive. Also get a look at the spindles and make sure they aren't bent.

    May also be a good idea to jack up the truck and check wheel play to make sure the bearings are ok.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    Gasp! The truck has Democrat leanings!

    Make sure both front tires are inflated to the same PSI and have equal tread depth. If that checks out, then alignment is off.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    If you have it checked out and it's ok then pull the steering wheel and set it even.


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  7. Jan 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    Don't pull the steering wheel.

    What happened to make it this excessively off? Big hit on one side or the other? Do like everybody else says and make sure your suspension, tires etc. are good. Pay special attention to your tie rod end nuts. Make sure they are tight. If all checks out, get out you 12mm socket (maybe 14) and loosen the two bolts that connect your lower steering shaft to your steering rack. Once loose, you can slide the shaft up off the rack. Then have a helper sit in the truck and put the wheel "straight" , making sure that the tires are also straight ahead. Then lower the shaft back down onto the splined male end shaft of the steering rack. Tighten down bolts, then go to alignment shop asap.

    However, if your not confident in diagnosing this or are unsure why it is that your steering became this way, just take it it to a shop.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    Thanks for all your help guys. It was a little off when i purchased the truck, however I hit ice and ditched it pretty hard. Since then its been way off. I Just hope I didnt bend or shift around some of the steering assembly and its a simple allignment.
     
  9. Jan 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    could also be your rack and pinion. look to see if there is any oil on the bottom.
    I have the same problem I went to a rally reputable alignment shop and they were not able to fix it, they found a leak and said my gears are probaby worn out. well its probably true.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    Take it to the alignment shop and they should beable to tell you if anything is bent. Most likely a simple alignment will be the fix.
     
  11. Feb 11, 2011 at 6:38 PM
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    what if truck goes perfectly straight but steering wheel is just slightly turned to left(not even holding it)?Can i straighten it by disconnecting shaft and put it straight?
     
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