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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 155 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 1
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 2
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 2005 Toyota Tacoma 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 2001 Toyota Tacoma 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

Power steering unresponsive at times. 71,000 miles.

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