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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 114 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

Steering is difficult, as if no power steering exists. I checked online and saw others had the same problem. I lubricated the lower part of intermediate steering shaft, and it seems to work ok for now. If the part is rusted, I'm afraid the steering will go out altogether and cause loss of control. This is a safety issue. The frame has been replaced due to rust. Is this more of the same problem?.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 12/20/2015

As we were driving last night, the steering wheel fell apart during a turn, rendering it instantly unmovable. We got stuck in the oncoming traffic lane. We could not exit the vehicle because too many cars were whizzing by us. When we dislodged the broken piece we pulled over to the side. We physically hold the steering wheel together so that we could drive home. Toyota hauled the car off this morning. You're very lucky to be alive, we can take this very seriously and would hope that you would do the same. As soon as we could move the vehicle to a safer location, I began videoing. I have that as well.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 09/08/2015

The truck has frame corrosion that makes the car illegal to drive. In 2010, it was recalled for this issue. I brought it in to a Toyota dealership in 2010 and 2013 for the warranty. Based on a letter I received from Toyota, Toyota was supposed to buy back the vehicle if corrosion was present or spray corrosive resistant compounds (crcs) at no cost to me. The dealership did neither. I was under the impression they sprayed crcs because that is what we discussed at the dealership. Turns out they did not spray and six months after the warranty ended the frame was deemed so corroded by an oil change mechanic at an independent business, I can no longer drive the vehicle. Toyota and the Toyota dealership will not address the letter they sent me and the fact they did not spray crcs as discussed. The vehicle is very unsafe, I did was I was told, and the dealership is negligent if following binary rules of the warranty--replace the vehicle or spray crcs. The dealership claims "they had no responsibility to do anything" but a letter I received from Toyota says differently. The vehicle was serviced regularly and ran well and has no issues but the frame makes the vehicle unsafe and inoperable. The frame of the vehicle is no collapsing as well. The frame is rotted through.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 06/26/2015

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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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2015

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 06/03/2015

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.


car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Steering randomly gets stiff and almost locks. Rusted ujoint in intermediate steering shaft.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 8
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

I can not control steering wheel,it gets to hard to steering.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 04/29/2015

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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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 04/17/2015

After frame was replaced I started having stiffness in my steering.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 04/04/2015

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 03/17/2015

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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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 14
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 15
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 16
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 17
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 18
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 19
Failure Date: 12/05/2014

Vehicle has 1-2 inches of play in steering and wanders all over road under all but perfect conditions. It is a dangerous, particularly in emergency situations. Purchased new. Dealer and manufacturer deceptively state "they all drive that way. " third party confirmed vehicle is defective. Internet search reveals ongoing problems with Toyota Tacoma steering assembly that is being ignored by manufacturer. Lemon law repurchase underway after over a year of trouble and expense caused by manufacturer and dealer refusal to honor warranty and legal obligations.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma 20
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 11/08/2014

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2014

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 09/10/2014

Steering shaft binds suddenly at lower universal joint, resulting in loss of steering input.

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 24
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 25
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.