Three problems related to steering rack and pinion have been reported for the 2001 Toyota Tacoma.
Severe shimmy when driving, and swaying to either side. I then took the truck to Toyota where they found out that the entire steering control system is corroded to the point that the vehicle can loose control at any time. I will be forced to change the yoke and eventually the rack and pinion.
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph and experienced a complete loss of power steering assist. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. The contact inspected under the hood and noticed that the power steering reservoir was empty. He then dispensed power steering fluid to the proper level. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed the contact that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by an independent auto mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 215,000.
Excessive free play in steering.