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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 164 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 06/02/2017

Intermed shaft rusted could not steering truck.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 05/15/2017

While driving at normal speeds (55 mph) and you try to move to the left or right the steering appears to be stuck, but with some additional effort I am able to turn the wheel.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 05/10/2017

Problem with turning left and right, very stiff, like there was a problem with the power steering. Brought it to my mechanic, he had to install the lower steering shaft. He called are local dealer for the part, they said it is a common problem, they just sold 3 that day. My question is if this is a common problem, why isn't Toyota talking care of this! this is a safety issue! this ended up costing me $400. Very unfair, there needs to be a recall before someone gets hurt.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 04/15/2017

The lower steering linkage u joint (intermediate steering shaft) failed due to simple rust. It is unprotected and open to the elements and the failure nearly caused an accident. The symptoms were extreme hard steering and almost caused me to drive off the road going around a corner. This was a sudden issue, not a gradual problem and occurred at all driving speeds. My vehicle only had 100,000 miles on it.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 04/15/2017

In the last week, I've had a hard time steering, especially tight turns. Went to dealership today and was told the u joint on the main steering shaft is seizing up. They said they have had several of these issues lately. The service agent showed me a damaged one sitting behind his desk. Cost to replace is $621. Went on Tacoma world and a lot of owners complaining the same thing.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 04/11/2017

Steering shaft bound up this am and I almost killed myself and another persn in the other car called dealer he said it is common problem and they change them daily. He said Toyota is aware but feels its not a problem vehicle was in motion when it happened as I was turning it locked up . This is a dangerous situation and idealer knew exactly what was wrong. I went online and typed in Tacoma steering binds and there are a lot of complaints. The service manager told me the ujoint og the steering shaft is exposed to all the elements and it is as common as the Toyota rusty frame recall. . Someone is going to get killed with this problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 04/05/2017

Steering is getting stiff, especially at lower speeds, tighter turns. Caused by corrosion getting into the u joint of the lower intermediate steering shaft. Poor design, does not protect from weather / road conditions.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 04/04/2017

4wd light remains flashing, 4wd seems jammed and has occurred many times. Leaf springs replaced recall switched to deavers, both rear brake cables broken? not able to get into 4wd, and now the steering box or power steering has gone weird seems like it's harder to steer left than right?. ????? seeems like a flat spot then turns???.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 03/29/2017

I have an issue with my steering binding in my 2011 Tacoma. I notice that when driving in straight line I have to use more than normal force to adjust the wheel to stay in lane. I also notice it when turning corners, it will be moving and all of a sudden bind up and it takes excessive force to continue through the turn. This seems like a big safety issue and I took it to a shop and had them check the steering fluid. They ended up performing a steering flush. I still had the issue and I found that the lower u-joint in the intermediate shaft was rusty and binding up. I sprayed it with penetrating lube and it has freed up (for now). I will be ordering a new one ASAP. I do feel that this safety issue should be covered by Toyota but at this time they say that it is not.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 03/23/2017

The contact owns a 2013 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 40 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the steering wheel began to pull in the opposite direction. The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise emitting from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The local dealer was contacted by telephone and the contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 14v054000 (service brakes, hydraulic, electronic stability control); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact stated that the failure recurred four times. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 03/17/2017

Intermediate steering shaft problem seems like the power steering stops working. The problem seems to be less when there is weight in back of truck.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 03/08/2017

Power steering is sometimes difficult. I checked a Toyota forum and this seems to be common. The problem is the lower intermediate shaft universal joint is exposed to road salt and spray and seizes up. So at times the steering is tough then it eases up and does not return to center after a turn. Like I said this problem seems to be well known to the forum. This is a serious problem! 77,000 miles on the truck.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

Stiff steering. Steering shaft knuckle is exposed and corrodes resulting in the stiff steering. Starts outs as intermittent. Occurs at any speed, turning right or left, all environmental conditions. Very unsafe. Widely known issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 02/27/2017

Intermediate steering shaft u-joint is siezing leading to difficult to operate steering.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 02/24/2017

Letter from congressman tonko on behalf of constituent re 2004 Toyota Tacoma recall. The consumer stated the vehicle could not be inspected due to frame rust. The consumer was not notified of all recalls. The last recall expired; therefore, the consumer was ineligible for assistance.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 02/06/2017

I was going into a turn all of a sudden the steering got very stiff I had a hard time steering the truck. I almost hit a guardrail. Had a mechanic check the truck. He found out the universal joint on the steering was very stiff. He was surprised Toyota has no boot covering this like gm does. He clean the universal and covered with a grease. Now when the stiffens comes back I spray with a penetrating oil then re-grease the steering universal. I have done a google search and this has been an ongoing problem with Toyota. I am surprised their is no recall or any major accidents yet.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 02/04/2017

Since I purchased the 2014 Toyota Tacoma in febuary 2017 ive had constant difulculty steering/turning the vehical wich is noticeably to hard/stiff for power steering in this truck. 3days after I purchased it,a man I know looked at it briefly & right off he notice that all 4 tires were excessively cracked between the treds all around each tire & cracking onto tred but cracks between the tred had places he showed me that were much to wide & deep leaving me,my child,& other drivers on the road in a highly unsafe matter. All four grandtrek dunlop brand/model tires are all cracked the same & rotting away. I called the dealership whom I got the truck from & they refused to replace the tires nor give me the Toyota warrenty information they said the truck was still covered over. Regardless,these tires are still defective & a huge safety threat.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 01/31/2017

Steering suddenly becomes difficult while driving, all of a sudden hard to turn. Investigation appears to be failed bearings in lower intermediate shaft.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

I noticed the truck was not handling right (steering). It got to the point the steering was locking up and I had to manually return the wheel in order to steer the truck. This is dangerous. I went online and discovered this is common . Toyota issued a s. B. For a steering rattle under a 3 yr program. This is not a rattle its much worse and as stated its dangerous. I inspected the steering knuckle and it was seizing up. The cost to repair is approximately $750 dollars. This is unacceptable allowing unsafe vehicles to knowingly operate with this design flaw. Please investigate.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 01/09/2017

I first noticed that the steering on my 2011 Tacoma is very often extremely stiff turning in either direction last year. I brought it in to the dealer to check it out. Was told: "lower shaft starting to get stiff". Was quoted a replacement/repair cost around $550. Could not afford that at the time. This problem had been intermittent but now happens nearly every time I use the vehicle. This is a safety issue that could lead to an accident. Looks like I will have to pay Toyota to fix this. My research indicates that the problem is with the "steering intermediate shaft number 2". It seems this part is either defective or poorly designed as there are numerous reports about this issue on many automotive websites which specifically cite this vehicle for a range of years from 2005 on. There is no protection again rust at all on this part. That makes no sense. My truck is 6years and a half old and the steering is jammed. I contacted Toyota and they said it' not under warranty. This is a major security failure and it should have a security recall on these vehicules.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 01/02/2017

The universal joint on the intermediate shaft became corroded, causing the joint to bind and cause steering to become extremely stiff.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 01/01/2017

I have noticed the steering becoming more and more stiff. It will not return to the straight position unless you forcefully turn the steering wheel. This occurs while in motion on highways or city streets.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 12/15/2016

After recall/ replacement of rear leaf springs, with new 5 leaf units, the truck sags under load, rides as rough w/o cargo compared to prior 3 leaf (thicker) set. The truck was not 4 wheel aligned to spec and Toyota is not verifying this done, the driveline has torsion wrap or jerky-shudder upon full stop now, as if damaged in the process. The truck with side winds and groves in the road immediately after this work and with two different new sets of michelins (changed the same day the suspension work was done), shifted off lane violently. Costco locally says I am the only one who complained about the tires so switched me to higher speed rated ones (but I do not drive at high speeds, I drive conservatively). A locally well regarded tire-alignment shop rechecked the alignment and found it was incorrect though merced Toyota insists it passed their "green" zone on what looked to be off-calibrated hunter machine. From the results of this machine, the service manager and mechanic both stated my truck's frame was damaged (so why bother with alignment?). This was subsequently checked by a body repair shop with proper equipment to be found to be within one dime's thickness different from rail to rail, I. E. No damage whatsoever. Toyota wants me to return to this faulty dealership even though there are two others w/ in 60 miles from merced CA. Toyota refuses to acknowledge the issue, refuses to pay for verifying the dealership's issues. I suspect the spring set used in this recall does not match my version of truck, a trd sport access cab which is 300 lbs more capable in springing if the charts are correct. All combined, the problems are not solved and the ride has become dangerous, one I have to constantly correct, one that follows the ruts in the road and is much much more dangerously sensitive to side wind gusts on the freeways + less load capacity.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 12/13/2016

The frame on my 2003 Tacoma is rusting badly! the truck only has about 98k and im the second owner. I purchased the truck on 9/3/2011. The truck in getting to the point of being unsafe to drive. The mounting points for the leaf springs are almost completely rusted away. I have never received any type of notification from Toyota regarding the frame recall. Ive had it looked at by my local Toyota dealer and they are telling me I don't qualify for assistance because no corrosion treatment has applied. The problem with that is, I was never notified! if I had been, then they would replace the frame free of charge. Ive recieved at least three letters from Toyota for the spare tire holder rust issue, so they do know I own the truck and how to contact me. Ive lived at the same location for 14 years! from what ive read, the corrosion treatment they allegedly offered didn't help anyway. I don't understand why some people were notified and other were not. There are plenty of people just like me driving these unsafe trucks. I have to wonder how many of those people are clueless about the danger they are putting them selves into, not to mention their families. At any moment you could loose total control. . . After the truck collapes in half after you hit a bump while driving on the highway. Im sure if someone looked hard enough they could find examples of these unsafe Tacomas causing serious and possibly fatal accidents. They already know its a problem. How else could they have won a lawsuit against the vender that supplied them with these frames. They sued, and won because these frames are defective. That settlement should have been contingent upon the ongoing inspections and repairs for everyone affected.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 12/11/2016

The driver side front ball joint failed while driving at 50 mph on a smooth surfaces state road. The wheel fell off of the control arm and sent my vehicle sliding down the road. Pictures are attached. This issue has been recognized in a similar recall of 4x4 vehicles of the same make and model. The action number of that recall is NHTSA#: ea 04024. I am hoping to get my VIN added as an amendment to they recall to fix the vehicle and make it safe to drive. Thank you for the help.