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Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 82 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 1
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 2
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Toyota Tacoma 3
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.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 07/16/2014

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!.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 07/15/2014

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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 07/12/2014

My Tacoma was approximately four years old with less then 50,000 miles when the steering began to lock up upon making a turn. I researched and found other Tacoma owners having similar problems. The quick solution was to spray lubricating oil or put grease on the intermediate no. 2 steering shaft at the universal joint - which I did repeatedly until now. The steering only degraded over time. The wheel became very slopping from failure of the universal joint that I had to replaced it last week at 95,000 miles. This appears to be a known problem with this shaft in the cold climates where road salt has been used along with the rotting frame issues.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 06/13/2014

The brake lines are all rusty on my truck. I had to have one brake line replaced and all are in danger of leaking at any time. There is so much rust on the underside of my truck that more of the brake lines are going to break and cause an accident. Also I just had to have the steering rack replaced at 63000 miles and the lines to the steering rack were rusty and had to be replaced.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

The following is the dealer inspection report for my truck: "found extreme corrosion to frame. Tow hook and driver side sway bar mount unable to re-attach due to frame perforation front cross member missing (rusted off) found hole in left side of frame. Steering rack mounts extremely perforated, ready to detach. Do not recommend driving vehicle due to extreme damage to frame" truck purchased new, single owner, well maintained. . . . Updated 06/10/14.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2014

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 50 mph, the steering wheel shook and the vehicle swayed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

The power steering on my 2006 Toyota Tacoma stops working and makes it almost impossible to steer at times. I had it towed to the Toyota dealer and they said they could not find any thing wrong with the steering. It seems to just happen at times but it could very easily cause an accident when it does.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

After being driven on the highway approximately 60 miles, the 2001 Toyota Tacoma truck was being backed into the driveway when steering suddenly locked. Upon inspection, it was determined that the front passenger wheel was no longer attached to the car. The lower ball joint had failed. I determined that Toyota issued a recall for my vehicle model and year (NHTSA campaign number: 05v225000) for this issue, with the following consequence: the lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle causing loss of steering control and a crash could occur. It seems that our vehicle experienced this issue for which vehicles were recalled by Toyota. However, when I called Toyota, I was told that our VIN was not included in the recall and that Toyota was not willing to do anything. We had to spend the money and time to fix the failed ball joint and are considering replacing the driver side ball joint prophylactically as we no longer trust the wheels to remain on our truck. I have never seen a wheel come off a car. If the wheel had disengaged from our car 2 minutes prior, when the vehicle was moving at highway speeds, the consequences could have been severe. I am very disappointed that Toyota is not including our car in the recall - even though the exact same issue for which the recall was issued (for our vehicle model and year) occurred on our car. If the accident had happened at high speeds, someone would have died and a lawyer would be contacting Toyota and NHTSA. Perhaps the recall needs to be expanded!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

While turning into a mild corner,steering started binding up,had to really pull on the wheel, as if power steering went away. Steering wheel would not return,had to pull it back to straighten out. I know my wife would not have been able to pull it to get through corner.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

The steering is very stiff. Very uncomfortable to drive. Constantly feels like you're fighting it. For instance going down the interstate in a slight curve, feels like pulls back. Very stiff steering, especially when turning. Looked up similar complaints online. From what I read, it appears to be possible the intermediate steering shaft. From the descriptions I've read, it's a poor design. Maybe needs some protection from the elements. Like a rubber boot to protect it from the elements. Just very stiff steering and difficult to steer.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Truck steering at various speeds, particularly at lower speeds, became stiff at times and required more force to make either a right or left turn. It did seem to affect the steering when going straight, meaning it did not drift or pull to the right or left, even on tapered road surace. Wheel did not pull when braking. I understand there maybe bulletin concerning this issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 04/14/2014

Tacoma was being driven on a highway when steering shaft bound up, causing a sudden steering lockup that momentarily caused the truck to lose control. My Toyota dealer diagnosed (and replaced for about $550) the intermediate shaft and u joints. The shaft u joint in question is reportedly directly exposed to the elements with no rubber boot or proper lubrication, which makes this dangerous condition likely and caused the premature failure and unsafe condition. I think Toyota should reimburse me for the defective parts and resulting required service.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

Steering feels likes its binding intermittently. Have read on various Toyota online forums there is a u-joint in the intermediate shaft that is exposed underneath the vehicle and fails due to road debris, salt, sand etc. If this joint fails vehicle will not be able to be controlled. There are tsbs for this but only for 36,000 miles.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 02/11/2014

Pulled out of my driveway to find that the steering wheel was intermittently stiff during turning. Became progressively worse until I took it to a dealer to find that the intermediate steering shaft was apparently bad. Doing some research online found that this is a common issue with this vehicle. I can no longer have my wife or children use my Toyota Tacoma for fear that she does not have the physical strength to avoid an accident.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while making a left or right turn the steering wheel would suddenly become very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 145,000. The current mileage was 150,379. Updated 04/02/lj.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 10/07/2013

While driving I noticed the steering wheel would stick when rounding a curve. Then it would be ok . After further investigation and about 200 more miles the steering wheel had a lot of play in it moving from side to side without moving the tires. Further investigation showed the universal joint for the intermediate steering shaft had no bearings left in it. Scary. .

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

As you are driving the steering is stiff at various points while turning the wheel and requires some force to correct the steering. It is worse from a standing start. This problem has been traced to a bad steering intermediate shaft. Service bulletin number: t-sb-0057-12 or sb-0119-10 rev2. This problem also shows up as rattling noise, or steering being sloppy. I believe this a problem that will lead to injuries and loss of vehicle control. . Read more...

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 09/14/2013

After having my 2002 Toyota Tacoma off the road and garaged for the past 3 years, I was getting the truck ready to be driven on the road again. I am the original owner. I took the truck off the road because my job was eliminated in October 2010. After changing the oil last weekend in my garage I noticed an abnormal amount of rust on the frame. In fact, so much rust that the rubber body mount block on top of the rear leaf spring snapped off in my hand. The leaf springs, brake lines, and front suspension and frame are all in question regarding vehicle safety. I immediately did research online to check out what I thought was abnormal amounts of rust on the frame and to see if anyone else had experienced this too. I was shocked at what I found. A huge safety issue with Toyota Tacoma rusted frames. I come to find out online that Toyota has a history of rusted frames, breaking frames, unsafe frames, and a recall currently for a rear spare tire mount issue due to rust. I also found out Toyota was replacing frames on my model. I called my dealership to set up an appointment to have this truck inspected for pennsylvania state requirements and to have the rust checked. They told me my vehicle was not valid for the rust inspection and the frame replacement because the program expired, I was told to call Toyota. I was never notified by Toyota or my dealer there was an issue, not by mail, phone calls or certified mail. I had the truck parked in my garage for three years so it wasn't even on the road during this time. Several phone calls later to Toyota and they refuse to replace my frame under the customer care program citing I did not have the undercoating applied by December of 2012. Toyota customer service said I could weld reinforcement plates to my frame myself or find a junkyard frame. Really Toyota?.

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