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Steering wheel won’t center

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Gutterguy, Jan 22, 2023.

  1. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:28 PM
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    splitbolt

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    What do you mean by not centering after you turn the wheel?
     
  2. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:51 PM
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    When I make it right or left turn while still driving. The steering wheel does not wanna center back. I have to forcefully turn it back. It’s supposed to center back straight on it’s own, without me forcing it back straight
     
  3. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:53 PM
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    Sorry to digress on your issue, but how did you know your tranny fluid was low? Just bought a 2023 as well, should I worry about my transmission fluid level?
     
  4. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:55 PM
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    My gears would go out of wack. It would downshift like if I was driving a stick shift .Mac truck. I would just get the level checked on it.
     
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  5. Jan 24, 2023 at 9:57 PM
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    And it wasn’t changing gears after the 3rd gear
     
  6. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:18 PM
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    Something's binding or bad alignment
     
  7. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:21 PM
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    Yes sir, i dont know what’s binding. But I did an alignment on it today. And still is doing the same thing.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:29 PM
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    It sounds like you don't have enough positive caster in the front end. That's what give the centering effect. When you have positive caster, or, I should say, enough positive caster and turn the wheels, you are effectively raising the front of the vehicle as the wheel turn. The natural state of equilibrium is to not be lifting and the steering returns to center. That's where I'd look first, but I would not trust the dealer to get the alignment right other than to get it within spec, which may not be enough, although you can sure tell a lot by the numbers their rack gives back to you when they check the alignment.
     
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  9. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:34 PM
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    Appreciate the reply. I guess I’ll take it to a someone that deals with that kind of work. Thank you
     
  10. Jan 24, 2023 at 10:40 PM
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    i do know for a fact that the Tacomas for whatever reason have more heavy steering than half ton trucks Lol.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2023 at 11:20 PM
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    Do you have a print out of the alignment specs? Something sounds off.
     
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  12. Jan 25, 2023 at 1:39 AM
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    There is a center jack point in the front if you want to lift the truck up and run the steering rack back and forth to make sure nothing is binding within the rack.

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  13. Jan 25, 2023 at 4:53 AM
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    You can still have a bad alignment...
    Got the print out?

    Unfortunately, if you have to force it, sounds like binding. Could be anything from: steering column linkages, steering rack, tie rods, ball joints...
     
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  14. Jan 25, 2023 at 7:18 AM
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    YOU did the alignment or you took it to a shop for an alignment?

    Either way, I would find a good alignment shop, they're aren't as many, as most places use alignment prices to lure customers in for other work, and often you simply aren't going to get a real tech to spend 30-60 minutes properly aligning your vehicle for the teaser prices some advertise.
     
  15. Jan 25, 2023 at 10:10 AM
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    Not sure if your issue is that same but I had issues with my steering wheel coming back to centre on my 4R. After a short while I could feel a grinding. Turned out it was my Intermediate steering shaft that was seizing.
     

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