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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 173 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 09/19/2017

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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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 08/02/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 07/28/2017

Horn quit working, only works when the wheel is turned to the left, fuses are good and so are the relays.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 07/14/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2017

Problem with hard steering.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 06/23/2017

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 06/20/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 06/02/2017

Intermed shaft rusted could not steering truck.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 05/15/2017

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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 05/10/2017

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 04/15/2017

The lower steering linkage u joint (intermediate steering shaft) failed due to simple rust. It is unprotected and open to the elements and the failure nearly caused an accident. The symptoms were extreme hard steering and almost caused me to drive off the road going around a corner. This was a sudden issue, not a gradual problem and occurred at all driving speeds. My vehicle only had 100,000 miles on it.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 14
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 04/11/2017

Steering shaft bound up this am and I almost killed myself and another persn in the other car called dealer he said it is common problem and they change them daily. He said Toyota is aware but feels its not a problem vehicle was in motion when it happened as I was turning it locked up . This is a dangerous situation and idealer knew exactly what was wrong. I went online and typed in Tacoma steering binds and there are a lot of complaints. The service manager told me the ujoint og the steering shaft is exposed to all the elements and it is as common as the Toyota rusty frame recall. . Someone is going to get killed with this problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 16
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 2009 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

Stiff steering. Steering shaft knuckle is exposed and corrodes resulting in the stiff steering. Starts outs as intermittent. Occurs at any speed, turning right or left, all environmental conditions. Very unsafe. Widely known issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 02/27/2017

Intermediate steering shaft u-joint is siezing leading to difficult to operate steering.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 02/24/2017

Letter from congressman tonko on behalf of constituent re 2004 Toyota Tacoma recall. The consumer stated the vehicle could not be inspected due to frame rust. The consumer was not notified of all recalls. The last recall expired; therefore, the consumer was ineligible for assistance.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 25
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.