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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 148 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 1
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 02/27/2017

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

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 3
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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 2011 Toyota Tacoma 6
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 7
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 8
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 9
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 2008 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 11/16/2016

First let me say that this is my fifth Toyota truck, all manual transmission 4 cylinder engines, with the exception of this one, which is 6 cylinder (I don¿t have the other VIN¿s with me now, but could do some research to provide them if need be). A couple of weeks ago I noticed my truck¿s steering becoming stiffer, making steering more difficult. I read up a bit about it, inspected the belt (ok) and checked the transmission fluid (looked a bit low). I decided a flush and fill of the transmission fluid might do the job and did so Saturday, 11/19/16. Immediately after, I really didn¿t notice much of a change. Yesterday, Sunday, it seemed more noticeably stiff. I researched more and read that it might be due to a corroded shaft ¿ many recommended grease as a solution and other recommended a new shaft. Today it was very stiff and even a bit wobbly ¿ more difficult to control. I was reading up on how to repair this and came across many other who experienced this and suggested I file this so that others might be warned/protected. I love my truck, just don¿t like how the corrosion of Tacoma¿s ruins everything. Hope this can be of help to someone.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 11/12/2016

Experiencing stiff steering. Turned on a highway and had trouble getting the truck straightened back out, almost went into oncoming lane.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 10/27/2016

I have noticed the steering is stiff when driving. It will be fine then all of a sudden, during a turn it will seem to stick. This has caused concern when driving and when it happens unexpectedly could result in overcompensation and lead to an accident. This same issue has been noticed by several other owners of this type of vehicle and has been attributed to the intermediate steering shaft #2. This poses a safety issue and a recall should be issued to provide a replacement part that will not have this issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 10/12/2016

"1995 through 2000 model year Tacoma frame rust corrosion warranty extension" received a letter from Toyota attached. Requested frame inspection attached. Requested another frame inspection attached. My vehicle case was not handled consistent with the intent of Toyota's program nor was I contacted by their impartial services group (isg). As a result the safety of me and my passengers has been neglected be not allowing me the safety benefits of their warranty offerings.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 09/22/2016

Our 2015 Toyota Tacoma prerunner's steering locked up just as though the ignition was turned off, at 45 mph, causing the truck to veer left into on comming traffic, causing a head on collusion with a semi truck. Toyota inspected the truck after accident and said they could not find any problems, and that ignition key turned and steering worked normally, but there was no drivers wheel,rim, linkage, or fender. Toyota's legal department told me that they were not going to look into this anymore. This was a good 2 lane road in good weather at 1 pm in the afternoon. My 28 year old step son was driving and has head, neck and back injuries due to this problem and Toyota does not seem to care about this at this point 12/01/2016.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 08/21/2016

My wife recently had a wreck, she was going 45 mph, the truck went off the road, crossing over center line, after making impact with the dirt with the front end of the truck, the truck lost it's steering, from there the truck flipped 5 times on it's side, it finally came to rest on it's side, 5 feet away from a house. She had to be cut from the truck. Her l2 exploded in her back, she's now having to learn how to walk again among other things from extreme nerve damage. She just recently left the hospital/rehabilitation from an extended stay. Still upset about not knowing what caused the wreck, we decided to look up the truck to see if there had ever been a recall dealing with what exactly happened in her wreck, this is when we found out about the lower ball-joint failing causing the actions of loss of steering, accidents, and accidents with flipping. An investigation has yet to be done on the truck, we're hoping this complaint will inspire an investigation, but also educate anyone with this year and make of truck, that this is what could happen possibly to anyone.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

Steering becomes intermittently 'stiff'. Complaint has been documented many times by owners on forums and other on-line sites. Apparently this is a design issue that allows the lower steering joint to suffer accelerated corroded by normal use. Dealers and Toyota do not acknowledge it is a manufacturing issue that can cause/create safety issues with the vehicle. Problem occurs intermittently at any speed of can also occur when attempting to turn steering wheel when vehicle is stopped. Problem is intermittent and various degrees of severity.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 06/17/2016

Steering issue. When I turn the steering wheel I experience stiffness on/off on the turn. I noticed the u joint was rusted out. I sprayed it with silicone, worked fine for a while, now the stiffness is back. I believe Toyota needs to recall this u joint replacement. This is a huge safety issue.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

Power steering unresponsive at times. 71,000 miles.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 04/30/2016

Lack of alignment during Toyota safety recall e02 / NHTSA recall id 14v 604 I am concerned with the lack of vehicle alignment as an included part of e02 post replacement of the rear spring packs. When the rear springs are removed from the vehicle, the rear axle often shifts such that is it no longer in the same position as it was previously installed. Thus the vehicle is no longer properly aligned, as front toe is set based on the thrust angle of the rear axle. The thrust angle is derivative of the alignment of the axle relative to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and creates a moment about the yaw axis of the vehicle. Re-alignment of the front of the vehicle provides corrective measure by setting front wheel toe to account for the position of the rear axle, thus ensuring the vehicle tracks correctly and is stable during dynamic maneuvers. When the Tacoma first entered the servicing dealer it was confirmed to be correctly aligned. However, the pre-alignment numbers on the hunter expressalign sheet show that the rear axle position after performing e02 has shifted -0. 15° [iso] about its vertical axis relative to the position prior to rear spring replacement. Failure to have the Tacoma realigned would have resulted in the need to counter-steer the vehicle to maintain a straight trajectory during normal operation. It is unacceptable that the customer should be expected to bear the burden of cost for the alignment, when it is necessitated by the corrective actions prescribed by Toyota during e02. Failure to re-align vehicles becomes a safety concern, namely due to uneven tire wear and the potential for instability of the vehicle due to misaligned axles causing the vehicle to increase tendencies to over-steer. I am disappointed in Toyota's apparent disregard for owner safety and feel this is an issue that should be addressed with urgency.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 04/17/2016

Vehicle has 91k mileage 4x4 all highway miles. Backed out of my driveway and could not turn wheel. Checked fluid but it was fine. Attempted again and got on local road only to find truck uncontrolable at any speed. Saw another complaint on this after I got vehicle towed back to my house and decided to file complaint. My truck never had an issue like this before now. It is definitely unsafe to drive and Toyota appears to have other Tacoma owners with the same issue that could be fatal if it happens when driving at 65 mph let alone at slower speeds on curves. I will not let my family drive the truck because the steering is so unreliable. Please let me know if Toyota will repair this under a recall or other camps in. VIN is 3tmmu52n19m012213.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

I experienced rough (stiff, binding) steering in both directions and within two weeks it was progressively getting worse. I thought I had a steering fluid issue, but the dealership immediately knew of this problem and confirmed it by turning the steering wheel. They knew right away that it was caused by a rusted u-joint on the bottom of the intermediate steering shaft (p/n 4520304020). In addition to the stiff steering going into a turn, the steering would not return to straight and I unexpectedly nearly went into the curb. I believe that this is a very unsafe condition and must be brought to the attention of all 2005 Tacoma owners. I have never been advised of any need to perform any special servicing of this part at any mileage interval. It appears to be a bad design that allows salty water from winter roads to get into the u-joint which then rusts.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 03/23/2016

Steering , I bought a new 2009 Tacoma with the platnum warranty and the steering is now not working, I feel that this is unsafe and is difficult to drive. I called the number to tell them that I brought it to a dealer (vanderstyne Toyota rochester NY) to see what the problem was and that I was told I needed to pay 130. 00 for diagnostic fees to see what the problem was with it and that they would not even look at it to see what the problem is. This vehicle does not seem safe to drive. I see there are many recalls on Toyota steering problems and I am forced to contact an attorney to see if this is legal action.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 03/19/2016

Rust seems to be coming off by the handfuls and pieces thick enough that I am concerned. I looked under my truck and among other things, metal lines (brake, steering, not sure), the gas tank, and steering linkage became my biggest concern. By the thickness of rust I have gotten from my vehicle I am certain it is not surface rust. How much will something rust before it becomes a failure, especially with a line under pressure such as brake lines? the last time I filled up I noticed gas leaking on the concrete. I am not sure if it is coming from the tank itself or not.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 03/04/2016

Steering has become very difficult. Parking, changing lanes, and turning have all become quite a dangerous chore--. To the point I do not feel safe even operating the truck.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

The frame is rusting out on my Tacoma that I purchased and Toyota says since they inspected it 9 month ago it no longer qualifies for frame replacement program. It had not been driven under any negative road corrosive conditions in this time, and this frame was I believe rusted when inspected and not discovered because it has rusted from the inside out. Now the power steering has gone out and I have been experiencing acceleration problems with it since purchasing it. I contacted Toyota about the frame rust and was told basically too bad so sad. They have told me they filed my complaint under file #1603091915 at their national headquarters. The frame metal is defective. The power steering has quit working at approximately 75000 miles, and the truck accelerates under its own power when shifting into 5th gear.