Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 202 problems related to steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Tacoma based on all problems reported for the Tacoma.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 05/06/2018

Steering is very stiff. Turning left and right. Need 2 hands to turn and return to center. This is the 3rd time . 1st time it just went away and came back and went away. Now it's back. Afraid to drive it after reading some of the minor crashes associated with this issue.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 05/03/2018

Steering shaft binding up while turning. There are no grease fittings or boot on universal joints.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 04/28/2018

I was driving down the road goimg about 35 mph heard a loud noise. Lost all control of the steering wheel and my tire had broken off from the ball joint. The place fixing it said the other side is about to break as well. This is very dangerous and I could have been killed.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 04/20/2018

Steering seizes while driving making it nearly impossible to steer. This is extremely dangerous as I have been stuck in a turning position while entering traffic. I narrowly avoided being struck on my drivers side by oncoming traffic.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 04/10/2018

The steering on my Tacoma sometime stiffens and does not return back to center or sometimes you can barely turn the wheel left or right due to the lower intermediate shaft rusting in order to drive safely you have to temporarily put white lithium grease all over it because the design is wide open to road spray and salt I'm almost got into 5 head-on collisions. . And researching online this is a very common issue with these trucks and also very dangerous there should have been some kind of protection over the small u joint in the steering shaft spraying it with penetrating oil is only a temporary fix unfortunately this is a $500 repair and who knows how long it will last being unprotected once again.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 04/07/2018

It suddenly became hard to steer, it would turn easily (normal effort) part of the way, and feel stiff or tight part of the way. This problem started off intermittently but then became constant. Not only was it risky making a turn because at first you applied more force than normal and suddenly it became easier to turn causing oversteer. It did not want to seem to return to straight when you finished the turn. This problem was there whether you went fast or slow and on all surfaces. We had just paid nearly $500 last week to fix my other son�s Tacoma when I drove this Tacoma and it has exactly the same problem. This should probably should never go bad.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 04/03/2018

It suddenly became hard to steer, it would turn easily (normal effort) part of the way, and feel stiff or tight part of the way. This problem started off intermittently but then became constant. Not only was it risky making a turn because at first you applied more force than normal and suddenly it became easier to turn causing oversteer. It did not want to seem to return to straight when you finished the turn. This problem was there whether you went fast or slow and on all surfaces. The problem was diagnosed as the intermediate steering shaft. We paid nearly $500 to fix something that probably should never have gone bad.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 04/01/2018

Steering is stiff and jerky causing driving concerns at all speeds. Problem is intermittent making it an issue as can occur at any time. Not power steering related.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 03/29/2018

Intermediate steering shaft worn out. Very hard to turn and does not recover from turning a corner (acts like manual steering).

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 03/28/2018

Steering is locking up when I turn very dangerous!!! should be a recall before someone is killed!!!!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 03/23/2018

My steering wheel has become stiff on and off at regular intervals at any speed. No noise is heard and fluid level and quality is fine. Problem noted at lower steering shaft universal due to needle bearing failure. Water/ rust build up degrading universal joint. Truck has only 48 k on it and I live in philadelphia area. I looked into this on various internet sites and found it to be rather common but no recall or TSB issued to address this serious safety concern.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 03/21/2018

Lower intermediate steering shaft u joint seized. It is small and exposed to the elements, and there is no protective covering. It is a dangerous piece to have fail. Many other Tacoma owners of the same model years experience this problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 03/15/2018

Last week I noticed tightness in the steering of my 07 Toyota Tacoma intermittently. It progressively worsened and at times would be very "jerky". Yesterday it was tight nearly my entire way to work. I called and made an appointment to have it checked. On my way to the repair shop, as I was turning out of a parking lot, the truck started to turn fine but all of a sudden got very stiff and jerked. I wasn't expecting it and almost hit a mailbox . The quote for my repair, which includes a lower steering shaft, coupler, bolts and required alignment, is $820. 00. As I was looking online to make sure that this was a legitimate pricing quote, I noticed that this seems to be an issue with the Toyota Tacoma between the years of 005-2014. This is a definite safety issue and needs to have a recall issued.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 03/12/2018

When I steer the vehicle it feels as though the power steering gives out. This issue does not occur all of the time.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 03/09/2018

Lower steering shaft 4520304021 seized. Repair cost is significant $400 plus. I don't believe this item is a normal maintenance item like brakes or belts. Not to mention if it seizes while driving could cause a major accident or fatality. Mine has not seized but is causing much harder than normal steering effort. There is no warning prior to it seizing. Please advise.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 03/05/2018

Steering had intermittent problems. One day it was fine and the next felt like there was no power steering. After turning a corner, the steering wheel would not return to the center position without considerable force and only after hitting the curb. It turned out that the lower intermediate shaft of the steering assembly had a u-joint that seized and was close to breaking off before I could get it replaced.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 03/02/2018

Steering gets difficult at the star of turns then loosens up as you turn, making it very difficult to control while turning. As if power steering is turning on and off?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 03/01/2018

Truck has hard steering in any condition. Took to dealer deihl in butler PA. They told me it was the steering shaft. The dealer is great they replaced my frame rear springs all u joints and driveshafts. We were told this repair would cost $450 roughly. This is a known problem and should be covered too. .

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 02/28/2018

Steering getting very stiff. Hard to steer and hard to return steering to straight after completing turn.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 02/27/2018

When turning, noticed steering very difficult to control. Very unnerving in heavy traffic. Told by mechanic that I need to have the intermediate shaft replaced. This appears to be an ongoing problem with these vehicles, as the universal joint gets completely rusted out due to no protection from road and elements, and in time, the steering corrodes. Please fix this!! very very dangerous. I had a child in the car when I was struggling with this issue. I was horrified to think of what could happen . I was driving to school and making several turns, steering was unpredictable and unsafe.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 02/20/2018

Stearing got stiff due to stealing shaft linkage. Many internet stores about this . This truck even though 10 years old only has 140,000 miles on it. The u joint of the part has rusted badly. This is a poor design.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 02/06/2018

Steering has seized up. U joint constantly needs to be lubed.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 02/05/2018

Steering was very stiff and steering wheel would not return after cornering causing the truck to continue in the wrong direction. The steering is stiffer in some positions than in others.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

My steering wheel has become really stiff, because the #2 shaft steering was poorly desing, it's rusted and gets dirty because it doesn't have a boot or nothing covering it. Truck is stiff when turning, and almost gets stock when turning back to straight.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 01/29/2018

The vehicle�s steering became very stiff on tight turns and would not recenter itself after a turn. It was not consistent. At times the steering was normal, but another 1/4 turn of the steering wheel would be very difficult. It was diagnosed as a faulty steering intermediate shaft. A poorly designed part allowed the universal joint to fail.



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