Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 186 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.
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.
See all problems of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma.
When I steer the vehicle it feels as though the power steering gives out. This issue does not occur all of the time.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma.
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.
Steering getting very stiff. Hard to steer and hard to return steering to straight after completing turn.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
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.
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.
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Steering has seized up. U joint constantly needs to be lubed.
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.
See all problems of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma.
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.
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.
See all problems of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma.
Stiff steering caused minor collision into snow bank while driving at slow speed on city street. Many complaints/accounts on forums relating to this issue.
Lower intermediate steering shaft universal joint bearings rust resulting in the steering wheel being difficult the turn. Some of have reported the steering locking. The part number 45203-04020.
I bought a new 2015 Tacoma 4x4 and it has 77,000 miles on it now. There is knocking noise coming from behing the steering wheel. I took it to the dealer to have it inspected and they told me the steering intermediate shaft needs replaced. Evidently there is "play" around where the ruber bushing is. I've researched this problem and it goes all the way back to 2005 models. Why is there not a recall for this? this is definitely not a maintenance issue but could possibly become a life threatening one! I'm very disappointed in Toyota for not owning up to this problem to repair it instead of passing the cost on to the consumer!.
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Lower steering intermediate shaft rusted.
See all problems of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma.
Steering wheel became very difficult to turn I left or right while driving. Took vehicle to Toyota service dept. They found that the joint on the lower part of the steering shaft was worn. They recognized this same premature part failure on many other 2nd generation Tacomas such as mine. The intermediate steering shaft had to be replaced. The this issue could have caused me to have a serious accident.
The welds lower control arm mount on the driver side failed when I applied the brakes at high speed and almost caused an accident and almost completely removed my wheel and the lower control arm from the car.
Horn quit working, only works when the wheel is turned to the left, fuses are good and so are the relays.
See all problems of the 2012 Toyota Tacoma.
Steering became noticeably tough during normal driving with the steering wheel binding and holding during a turn and then not easily returning to a centered position. Normal, smooth operation of the steering wheel never returned and the vehicle's intermediary steering shaft needed to be replaced.
Steering seized, later determined to be a severely corroded intermediate steering shaft u joint. Was turning a corner at the time and was able to gain control of the vehicle. Later learned through online research this is a common occurrence with this vehicle. Dealer tried to lubricate. But later replaced the shaft as the joint continued to bind.
Problem with hard steering.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the steering wheel had become extremely tight while turning either left or right. The dealer was notified of the failure (rockingham Toyota, 412 s broadway, salem, nh 03079, (603) 893-3525). The manufacturer indicated that the vehicle was excluded from a manufacturer recall campaign for the steering. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was not available.
I've had complete failure of both sides- front ball joints. I chalked up the the drivers side failure to happenstance, but after passenger side recently had the same failure I did some investigating and realized this is a vehicle assembly issue. The same issue had recalls for the later models 2001-05 Tacomas, I believe. Not sure why the earlier models were excluded, but this is scary and dangerous to have a complete breakdown while in traffic. The tows and repairs cost over $500 in total for both instances. I'm not looking for reimbursement as much as reassurance that my truck is safe to drive. Both instances occurred on city streets. Passenger side was under 10 mph turning right towards my driveway. The recent incident was turning left at approximately 25 mph through an intersection with a traffic light. The truck tire crumbled on the passenger side and slide about 30 feet to a stop along the curb.
See all problems of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma.
Intermed shaft rusted could not steering truck.
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.
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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