Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 109 problems related to steering (under the steering category).
Steering actually locked up requiring extra effort to make a right curve. After stopping and looking for aa problem working the wheel back and forth freed up the steering enough to drive home. An internet search found hundreds of complaints about this issue with Tacomas. Lower steering u joint rusts and seizes. . Lubed the shaft and plan to replace the steering knuckle.
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Steering wheel intermittently tightens up while driving making it rather difficult to turn. Seems to be related to a worn intermediate steering shaft. Performance tends to improve upon adding lubricant to the associated u-joint, however over time this part begins to tighten up again. This part will have to be replaced.
Try to make small adjustment with steering wheel and the steering appeared to fight me. When first starting the truck and go to back up, the wheel is difficult to move. After rocking the wheel back and forth a number of times the steering seems a little more normal. This same wheel fight can come on even when you are on the road and traveling the speed limit. Since this happens while driving, I am worried that it could seize up and cause an accident. If it was just my vehicle I would just pay and get it fixed, as I am currently doing, but the internet says there are a lot of people with the very same complaint and they have contacted you folks. The range of model year appears to be 2005 and up. Please look into this as it is a very dangerous problem and people could die.
Steering randomly gets stiff and almost locks. Rusted ujoint in intermediate steering shaft.
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.
I can not control steering wheel,it gets to hard to steering.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma.
Merging onto highway and steering bound up without warning. Took all my strength to avoid hitting guardrail and narrowly avoided causing a major accident. After looking online it seems to be a common issue of an exposed joint in the steering shaft rusting and binding up. Just a matter of time before someone gets killed because of this issue. Extremely poor design of this part. I no longer will take my family in this truck and will be looking to trade in for a different vehicle. Toyota needs to issue a recall to repair this problem and protect its customers.
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After frame was replaced I started having stiffness in my steering.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
With out warning, my steering got very stiff and the wheels would not return to center automatically. After researching I found that it could be the u-joint on the lower steering shaft. I sprayed lubricant on the u-joint and this temporarily resolved the issue. The binding returns every week or so. The u-joint is not protected from the elements allowing road grime, salt and other contaminants to get into the u-joint. This is a very big safety concern and should be recalled. When I spoke to the dealer they stated to keep lubing it until it stops working. This seems to be dangerous and I will be working to replace it. I am seeing that the cost is ~ $350 to have a dealership perform the repair. Please investigate as this is a very big safety issue and many Tacoma owners of the 2005 to at least the 2012 model are indicating having this issue at different mileage.
My horn does not work when I press on the steering wheel unless I turn the wheels to the right or to the left then it will work. I took in my truck to the Toyota dealer and they told me this is not covered under the warrantee and that they will have to charge me $130 to look at it. I told them that this is a safety issue. When I am driving and something happens and I have to beep someone I cannot do that no matter how much I press on the steering wheel. I bought this car new. I owned other cars before but this is the first time I drove a car with no horn. To me it seems to be a manufacturer issue I believe Toyota should repair this at no charge.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel seized. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The contact was concerned that the failure could result in a crash. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. The VIN was not available.
My 2004 Tacoma has ~127,500 miles and has been subject to frame corrosion and spare tire retainer corrosion recalls. My dealer recently advised that the left rear leaf spring is broken which is resulting in an unpredictable response when driving, especially in 4wd in snowy weather. This lack of steering control is a safety issue. I believe this fracture is directly linked to the corrosion issues in the Tacoma frame and suspension design on the Tacoma. Toyota USA has reviewed the case and is unwilling to cover the cost of the leaf spring repairs. This is despite an extensive recall on 2005+up Tacoma's for distressed leaf springs.
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma.
Steering shaft binds suddenly at lower universal joint, resulting in loss of steering input.
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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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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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