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Wanders on freeway

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by thall5522, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. Oct 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM
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    thall5522

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    First time on any forum. Can anyone tell me how to, or if there is any way to adjust my rack and pinion (crap i cant spell it)? My problem is that all the ball joints and such are good but the truck tracks really bad at freeway speeds (follows all the little grooves and like that) and has a little play at the steering wheel. It did it really bad with stock wheels and tires and still does it with my 17" set up. Any comments would be appreciated
     
  2. Oct 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    It sounds as though you need to replace you rack and pinion bushings.
     
  3. Oct 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Sounds like an alignment is in order. Do you have a lift?
     
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  5. Nov 1, 2009 at 9:31 AM
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    thall5522

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    Done all that you have mentioned. Dont know about the bushings though. i do a lot of freeway driving in between two track and desert driving. i dont punish but do spend quite a bit on rough dirt and sand. the steering wheel has a little play and that got me wondering about adjustments to the rack. How hard is it to replace the bushings...never heard of doing that?
     
  6. Nov 1, 2009 at 9:51 AM
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    there is no adjustments on the rack itself. replace the rack bushings, and if you get them from wheelers offroad, they come with swaybar bushings. Makes a shitton of difference. There about $30
     
  7. Nov 1, 2009 at 9:56 AM
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    I actually just had this same problem. I always had to make corrections on the freeway, and the slightest gust of wind would nearly blow me off the road. Took it in for an alignment, and they adjusted front toe, and caster on the left front. Completely fixed the problem.

    From looking at the FSM, the steering rack bushings look pretty straightforward.
     
  8. Nov 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    I found out today that mine has a slight cupping to my outside tire edges on my what used to be front tires, which I rotated to the rears 2 weeks ago. I had an alignment done at a 4x4 "specialty shop" and I think they didn't do shit.
     
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