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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 88 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 05/02/2015

The intermediate steering shaft has corroded at the u-joint due to insufficient protection and poor design. This has resulted in stiff, jerky steering that poses a driving hazard, and is a significant expense to replace.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

The steering in my Toyota Tacoma began to bind suddenly when turning the steering wheel to the left or right. Upon inspection by the dealership, the intermediate steering shaft and steering yoke both needed to be replaced. The replacement part appears to be an updated part with a rubber boot to prevent corrosion of the shaft joints. I believe the failure of the original part was due to poor design, causing the part to begin to fail. If not replaced and the shaft or shaft joint had broken at speed, this certainly would have caused a crash.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 02/16/2015

Tight steering I thought due to extreme cold temps in February. Problem would resolve itself as the outside temps and/or engine temp increased. In April I was still having very tight steering intermittently especially on start up and in the morning (when my vehicle hadn't sat in the sun all day). Took it in to a private mechanic, was told the joints inside the steering shaft were seizing up and I needed a whole new steering shaft - total price $533. 00.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 02/15/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving, when the steering wheel was turned to the left or right the steering wheel become hard to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000. Mc.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 12/19/2014

When turning the steering wheel in either direction I have extremely stiff steering. It seems to stick and is not fluid when turning. I am concerned that this can cause an accident while driving. I have checked the steering power fluid level and it is at the correct level.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 12/15/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when the vehicle is started for the first time of the day, the steering would become difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the main steering shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,857. Mc.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 11/26/2014

Any time I engage the 4x4 once you making a tight eight er left or right the steering kinda locks on you and if you trying to give some gas to make truck move it stalls I mentioned to Toyota dealership and the guy said a few people complained about the problem but he can't do anything about it. . . . . . This creates a dangerous situation if I'm parked on a tight spot and need to engage my all wheel and I cant move the truck. . . . Or at any situation where I have to make a tight turn. . . . Had 4x4 before and none did this to me. . . . . . I have a Tacoma base 5 speed manual.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

When at cruising speed between 45-65 mph the steering wheel will begin to shake back and fourth/shimmy. Also at these speeds the engine begins to make noise compared to up and down revving sound it is mild sound maybe a 1000rpm change but the rpm gauge is not moving. Reminder this is in cruse mode.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

The contact owns 2013 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph making a right turn, the steering wheel became hard to maneuver and the tires made a dragging sound. The abs and traction control system warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to locate a problem. The manufacturer was notified of the failure informed the contact that the VIN was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 14v054000 (electronic stability control, service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 3,053.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Felt as if power steering quit. Going around corners the steering wheel did not return to straight position, but required me to manually pull the wheel back. We found it low on ps fluid. That was filled and it appeared that to pretty much solve the problem, though not completely. Two weeks later the problem is back and the ps fluid level is fine. It is very hard to turn into corners and almost impossible park in reasonable tight spots due to difficult turning the wheel.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

We were inspecting the underbody of our company owned Tacoma. There is major rust on the front frame, and the steering arm (a-arm?) where it attaches to the frame. The rust is substantial enough to allow possible separation of the arms from the frame. We did some internet research and see that corrosion was a problem with earlier models of the Tacoma. We will take this to the dealership to inspect but we thought it should be reported. It appears that if those connections fail stearing would be substantially impaired.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

Returning home with my grandson from visiting a state university I head a knocking sound in the front of of the vehicle. I thought a rubber bushing had failed because previous models of Toyotas (tercels) made the same sound when the torsion bar bushings needed to be replaced. Upon returning home I found the sway bar had come out of the left bracket which secures it to the frame and was striking the front left spring of the spring and shock absorber assembly. The sway bar bracket had bent under the weight of the sway bar because the frame had rusted out where the rear sway bay bracket mounting bolt connects to the frame. There is no frame material on the bottom of the frame to reattach the sway bar bracket. The bottom of the frame has rusted out. Looking at the bottom of the frame it has excessive rust. I have owned Toyotas since 1977 or 78. Owning tercels, corolla, camry, 1995 Toyota pickup and a 4runner. Toyota quality this Tacoma is not!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 07/15/2014

Similar to other complaints, the power steering becomes intermittent and it become very difficult to turn the truck when the power steering cuts out. This could potentially be very dangerous in certain driving situations. I am bringing the truck to Toyota for inspection and hoping Toyota will pay for the repair, as it seems to be a chronic issue for this year and model.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 07/12/2014

My Tacoma was approximately four years old with less then 50,000 miles when the steering began to lock up upon making a turn. I researched and found other Tacoma owners having similar problems. The quick solution was to spray lubricating oil or put grease on the intermediate no. 2 steering shaft at the universal joint - which I did repeatedly until now. The steering only degraded over time. The wheel became very slopping from failure of the universal joint that I had to replaced it last week at 95,000 miles. This appears to be a known problem with this shaft in the cold climates where road salt has been used along with the rotting frame issues.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 06/13/2014

The brake lines are all rusty on my truck. I had to have one brake line replaced and all are in danger of leaking at any time. There is so much rust on the underside of my truck that more of the brake lines are going to break and cause an accident. Also I just had to have the steering rack replaced at 63000 miles and the lines to the steering rack were rusty and had to be replaced.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

The following is the dealer inspection report for my truck: "found extreme corrosion to frame. Tow hook and driver side sway bar mount unable to re-attach due to frame perforation front cross member missing (rusted off) found hole in left side of frame. Steering rack mounts extremely perforated, ready to detach. Do not recommend driving vehicle due to extreme damage to frame" truck purchased new, single owner, well maintained. . . . Updated 06/10/14.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 06/01/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 50 mph, the steering wheel shook and the vehicle swayed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 05/03/2014

I took my 4 wheel drive truck on a dirt road, it has small embedded rocks on it, people also drive cars on this road it is no big nasty dirt road, it felt like the front wheels were going to fall off and I was wondering if I was going to actually make it out of the 9 mile dirt road, I got back to the highway and took my tire wrench and checked all my lug nuts and to me they were all 1/2 turn loose, I took it to victory Toyota and they took it on a dirt parking lot and I told them it needed to be more rough and they seemed like they did not care, so they put on invoice could not duplicate problem and sent me on my way, now I took it into Toyota before the date I put on I just cant find invoices for it, I took it to lavender brothers and put on a 2 1/2 inch lift kit on it and I was hoping that was going to fix the problem but it did not, I have taken it back to victory Toyota 6 times for same problem and they take it out to the same dirt parking lot and put down cannot duplicate customers concern, I told them I was willing to even pay for it to get fixed but they just dont seemed to care I even asked some of them if you drive 30 miles to this road I will give you 300 dollars and no one took it, I tell them every time the dirt road is not rough enough and if they could go with me to this particular dirt road they would know without a doubt what I am talking about but they dont want to go the extra mile for a customer that just spent 35,000 and did not go on a vacation in 5 years to save for this truck, so now the steering at times feels loose in the steering wheel and just sometimes when I turn the wheels all the way to one side or the other and start to roll it makes a real nasty noise, its sad to have a new truck with 8700 miles on it and I dont really feel safe and I am going on vacation at the end of July and I am taking my truck and I just hope everything is ok.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

The power steering on my 2006 Toyota Tacoma stops working and makes it almost impossible to steer at times. I had it towed to the Toyota dealer and they said they could not find any thing wrong with the steering. It seems to just happen at times but it could very easily cause an accident when it does.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

After being driven on the highway approximately 60 miles, the 2001 Toyota Tacoma truck was being backed into the driveway when steering suddenly locked. Upon inspection, it was determined that the front passenger wheel was no longer attached to the car. The lower ball joint had failed. I determined that Toyota issued a recall for my vehicle model and year (NHTSA campaign number: 05v225000) for this issue, with the following consequence: the lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle causing loss of steering control and a crash could occur. It seems that our vehicle experienced this issue for which vehicles were recalled by Toyota. However, when I called Toyota, I was told that our VIN was not included in the recall and that Toyota was not willing to do anything. We had to spend the money and time to fix the failed ball joint and are considering replacing the driver side ball joint prophylactically as we no longer trust the wheels to remain on our truck. I have never seen a wheel come off a car. If the wheel had disengaged from our car 2 minutes prior, when the vehicle was moving at highway speeds, the consequences could have been severe. I am very disappointed that Toyota is not including our car in the recall - even though the exact same issue for which the recall was issued (for our vehicle model and year) occurred on our car. If the accident had happened at high speeds, someone would have died and a lawyer would be contacting Toyota and NHTSA. Perhaps the recall needs to be expanded!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

While turning into a mild corner,steering started binding up,had to really pull on the wheel, as if power steering went away. Steering wheel would not return,had to pull it back to straighten out. I know my wife would not have been able to pull it to get through corner.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

The steering is very stiff. Very uncomfortable to drive. Constantly feels like you're fighting it. For instance going down the interstate in a slight curve, feels like pulls back. Very stiff steering, especially when turning. Looked up similar complaints online. From what I read, it appears to be possible the intermediate steering shaft. From the descriptions I've read, it's a poor design. Maybe needs some protection from the elements. Like a rubber boot to protect it from the elements. Just very stiff steering and difficult to steer.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Truck steering at various speeds, particularly at lower speeds, became stiff at times and required more force to make either a right or left turn. It did seem to affect the steering when going straight, meaning it did not drift or pull to the right or left, even on tapered road surace. Wheel did not pull when braking. I understand there maybe bulletin concerning this issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 04/14/2014

Tacoma was being driven on a highway when steering shaft bound up, causing a sudden steering lockup that momentarily caused the truck to lose control. My Toyota dealer diagnosed (and replaced for about $550) the intermediate shaft and u joints. The shaft u joint in question is reportedly directly exposed to the elements with no rubber boot or proper lubrication, which makes this dangerous condition likely and caused the premature failure and unsafe condition. I think Toyota should reimburse me for the defective parts and resulting required service.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

Steering feels likes its binding intermittently. Have read on various Toyota online forums there is a u-joint in the intermediate shaft that is exposed underneath the vehicle and fails due to road debris, salt, sand etc. If this joint fails vehicle will not be able to be controlled. There are tsbs for this but only for 36,000 miles.

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