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Steering wheel shake

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RyanPont, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM
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    RyanPont

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    Everytime I travel down a gravel road with some minor bumps and dips, I get this shake in my steering wheel like somthing is loose, or the suspension is weak. Its not a side to side shake is like an up and down.

    Any ideas? Suspension, Ball Joints? The suspension is stock, and the ball joints were replaced when I had bought the vehicle.
     
  2. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:06 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Normal. Its the rag joint.
     
  3. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    Rag Joint?
     
  4. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    [​IMG]
     
  5. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    RyanPont

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    so no cause for concern?
     
  6. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM
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    There is a tsb for that where they will replace the intermediate & rag joint with a better version. I had mine done and it made a huge difference
     
  7. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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    CanisLupus

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    You are driving on a gravel road. So pretty sure there will be some bumps in the ride and steering wheel.
     
  8. Aug 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    chris4x4

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    No. Thats just a stock photo I pulled on the internet.
     
  9. Aug 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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    Even for an 09 with almost 40k?
     
  10. Aug 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    Probably wont replace it for free but you can call your dealership and ask about it, if not get the pt # from the tsb and order it up & put it in yourself. Easy job. Made that shake go away instantly.
     
  11. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM
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    jsnm23

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    I stuck a piece of plastic in the joint and all rattles went away. took me about 10 minutes and now i have no complaints when hittin the rough roads. I have heard somewhere on here of people stuffing i zip tie in it.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    Bumps yes, but what he's talking about is a slop in the wheel where it feels like it is knocking around with some slack between the steering wheel and the front wheels.
    Mine has done it since new. I drive on gravel, slightly washboarded roads every day and have become VERY familiar with this feeling.
     
  13. Aug 23, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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