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Steering wheel shake

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by mgrande, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Apr 22, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    charles08tacoma

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    Got them balanced at my local Michelin dealer. They have all the proper 6 lug Toyota adapter for the balancer The Toyota dealer has checked the steering wheel shake many times, says they all do that & also road force balanced the tires. Dealer blamed out of round nearly worn out stock Dunlop tires, saying it was tire hop. They completely missed the rim being out of round. The Michelin dealer showed while balancing the new tires. It was quite obvious if you watch the tire while balancing.
     
  2. Apr 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    mgrande

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    Most recently once down in miami at a custom wheel shop that originally mounted them, and last weekend at discount tire here in orlando.

    Is it possible that after going so long with out rotating they just need to be worn in a little?
     
  3. Apr 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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    Try seeing if the dealership can balance them a little better...I had to keep going to sears cause they couldn't balance my x-runner wheels correctly, so I went to the dealership, and problem was solved.

    Idk about your wheels though, since they aren't factory wheels. It could be that they are worn a little, but your shake looked pretty bad.
     
  4. Apr 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    Thats a pretty bad shake... If youre able to you could try switching the front tires front to back... If the shake goes away then you know its something relating to one or both of the tires/wheels that were on the front. Also, if thats the case you should still feel a shake in the truck coming from the rear (through your seat/whole truck as opposed to the steering wheel). If its still there then it could be all the tires are out of balance, or... something to do with your front end..

    I had a similar problem in my first gen. Turned out one of the belts inside the tire had broke. At first visual inspection showed nothing, but after a bit a bulge appeared... and by by tires.

    Good luck with solving the problem.
     
  5. May 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    update- I'm good 2 go now. I took my truck to my alignment specialist and he found that the people that balanced them before were idiots and although he doesn't like to balance tires, he still took care of me.
     
  6. Aug 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    The shake on my truck steering wheel is exactly the same, as in the video.. I just got my tires balanced and rotated (also rotated tires, ect on schedule) So go to an alignment specialist? Please help!
     
  7. Aug 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM
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    That video looks exactly like the shake on my truck also. The rub is, my truck was brand new with 2 miles on it. (16" steel, 4X4 Access Cab, 4cyl, Dunlops) No one even test drove it before I bought it.
    Like a dope, I didn't test drive it in on the interstate, only local roads below 50mph.:eek: Three wheel balances later (2 at dealer, one a Road Force and one done at a tire shop), problem still there and actually worse after the road force balance. (All before 200 miles). Srv.Mgr rides with me on the interstate and agrees is not normal for a brand new truck. He swaps wheels/tires from another new one on the lot and now it's smooth as butter. I think it was an out of round rim??:confused::confused::confused:

    Just hope it is not something that is going to come back at 15K or 20K or on the first rotate???

    (Use to have a 1st gen., TRD, 6cyl, 4X4 -- 04 and I have kicked my ass numerous times over getting rid of that truck).

    That video could have been taken of the wheel of my truck.....same exact shake at the same exact speeds.
     
  8. Aug 30, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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    That video could also be my truck. Currently at dealer (again....) to see if it can be cured or at least lessened. Maybe I could morph it into an F150.
     
  9. Aug 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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    Mine was doing the shake at 60 - 65 MPH. Rebalncing the tires did not help, got an aligment and no more shake.
     
  10. Feb 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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    After hours of researching this issue seems a lot of you are experiencing this and there dosent seem to be a real fix. Well here it is.
    Tacoma's are called hub centric. That means they balance at the hub and not the lug. Now the easy fix to some of your issues are to have your tires balanced. If that dosent work or the problem comes back then the issue is at the hub.
    If you have spacers as I do then they need to be hub centric meaning they need to have a small lip on the spacer that the rim will balance on. If you have after market rims then the bore size of the rim might be larger then the factory hub, which is 106. So if the aftermarket rim is larger it will wobble and your steering wheel will shake. You need to get centric rings to make the rim fit tightly to the hub.
     
  11. Mar 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    I just bought a 2005 Taco 4x4 w/ 111,000 miles that does the same steering wheel shake. The dealer put on new General Grabbers 265/70/16's. I think I will take it to my tire shop for a balance job and hope for the best. Any other ideas?
     
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