Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 24 problems related to steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
I had complete failure to my rack and pinion steering due to excessive corrosion to the component. I was pulling into a business doing about 10 mph and the steering locked up completely. I checked the power steering fluid in the reservoir and it was completely empty. I checked under the truck and on the ground was a puddle of steering fluid. The vehicle was taken to a local garage and when he examined the truck to see what had happened, he stated that the rack and pinion had completed rotted out and broke. I also had him check the frame on my truck, since I received a TSB bulletin about the excessive corrosion due to not enough frame undercoating being applied in cold states. He found a large hole behind the catalytic converter in the frame. The mechanic checked the rest of the frame and found some smaller perforations as well. My questions is if the frame is beginning to rot and they are selectively replacing the frames or vehicle if they are a danger, why are no other components that are attached to these failing parts covered as well and failing due to excessive rot or rusting. If any of these components failed during normal driving conditions on the highway at normal speed the results could have been devastating to all involved, possibly leading to severe injury or death. Something more needs to be done to bring attention to the Toyota motor company not standing behind their vehicles they produce and the safety of the people who own and operate them. Toyota needs to stop playing the "its not covered or applicable" game and take ownership and fix it before someone does get killed. I have owned 5 Toyota's previously and felt very safe up until now, now I am not to sure!.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma.
Tacoma corrosion issue - metal high pressure tube on rack and pinion unit developed a hole draining the power steering system of fluid resulting in difficulty controlling the vehicle.
See all problems of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma.
In August, 2014, Toyota issued a limited service campaign as it related to corrosion-resistant compound application for 2005 through 2008 model year Tacoma vehicles. Co-incidentally, within a few days of notice my 2008 Tacoma had two components that have failed due to corrosion. These components are located next to the frame that Toyota has stated as having corrosion issues. The two components that have failed due to being rotted out as described by my independent repair shop are as follows: 1)power steering rack and pinion and 2)the freon suction line to the air conditioner. I contacted Toyota motor sales about this, but they are refusing to cover for any of the repairs. I was informed when I purchased the vehicle that I was being sold a vehicle that would last for several hundred thousand miles with no major issues. Toyota motor sales has known for over a decade that they have been having corrosion issues, but to date they continue to produce Tacoma vehicles with severe corrosion issues related to their frames and the components that lie next to the frame. Toyota motor sales indicated to me that they are aware that it may have been a quality issue with one of their mexico plants.
See all problems of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma.
I recently took my 2002 Toyota Tacoma into the local dealer, dch in wappingers falls NY, because of leak in the rack and pinion steering. Upon looking at the vehicle,they observed a cracked and rusted frame. We took the car down and I went to my local repair shop for a second opinion. That repair shop had said there was a frame recall for that year. I called Toyota in California and they confirmed there was a recall for that year and that they sent out a notice, but it had to be brought by the end of 2012. I told them I never received the notice. There have been 2 other recalls for the vehicle which I did receive notices. They checked with their compliance office and said they did send it to me. I asked how many notices went out and they said one and they do not send them certified mail. When I stated that I never received the notice, they told there was a department that may still be able to assist me. After opening up a case with Toyota, they came to the conclusion, there was nothing they can do about it because I failed to bring the car in by their deadline. I told them again that I never received the notice and that I don't feel safe driving the vehicle with a rusted and cracked frame. This seems to be problem with a good deal of Toyotas. I was hoping for some kind of help, since they've admitted the problem and I never received the notice and we, at this point have only their word that they sent me a notice. Thank you. Toyota case# 1405131065. Updated 07/03/14.
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I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. This has had a very bad for a year. The other day the mount for the right rear broke and the front end of the rear spring was rusted away from the frame. This is the same problem my 1996 Toyota pickup had. That one one the bought back and I now have this one. The rest of the truck is pretty good. The rack and pinion steering also rusted away and started to leak flind. This laek was under the right mount of the rack. This was also fixed by me. This is my work truck and personal way of getting around. These are both very serious safety problems !!! I contacted the ceo of Toyota, Toyota sales in califorina and girard Toyota. They said I slipped through the cracks and I did not get any notices !!! they are putting tons of frames on for other peoples but I have been singled out some how and I cannot get one. Ths problem has been going on for 20ty years !!! this with out question should be a recall and all items concerned should be replaced free of charge. Please help with this serious problem. Thank you.
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Whiled I was driving I went over a bump in the road. The fan on my truck started making a loud noise. I took the vehicle to a repair shop to be checked. This I when I found out that the frame on my 2005 Toyota Tacoma was cracked and caving in where the motor mounts attach to the frame. This caused the motor to drop down and the fan started hitting on the shroud. Also it pierced a hole in my upper oil pan when the motor dropped down and hit the rack and pinion. Upon research there are many many cases of this happening to the 2005 -2006 Tacoma trucks. This is clearly a safety issue that Toyota refuses to fix.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma.
Severe shimmy when driving, and swaying to either side. I then took the truck to Toyota where they found out that the entire steering control system is corroded to the point that the vehicle can loose control at any time. I will be forced to change the yoke and eventually the rack and pinion.
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The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph and experienced a complete loss of power steering assist. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. The contact inspected under the hood and noticed that the power steering reservoir was empty. He then dispensed power steering fluid to the proper level. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who informed the contact that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired by an independent auto mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 215,000.
Steering gearbox seal failure requiring replacement of the rack and pinion.
2004 Toyota Tacoma x-tra cab, 4cyl. With a/t developed power steering leak at 51k. The dealer diagnosed the problem as bad seals in the rack and pinion. When I replaced the rack and pinion, I discovered that a pinch bolt in the steering column had rubbed a hole in the metal power steering feed line going to the rack and pinion. This issue was brought to the dealers attention but the dealer refused to acknowledge the problem and I have been without the use of my '04 Toyota truck for 5 months.
Power rack and pinion system failure, bad seals in unit, unit replaced under warranty, failed again, at 10k miles on January 14, 2014.
Front suspension instability, I have replaced the tires two times, and have replaced the oem shocks for the bilstein "oem trd" but the vehicle behaves like the front sway bar or the rack & pininion are loose. I have taken this vehicle to the dealer countless times but they are unable to notice the noise that comes from the front suspension or anything wrong. It is my perception that a design flaw or a defective part of the front suspension or rack & pinion have to be causing all of the instability. I really consider this vehicle very unsafe and hope to find the problem withim the next couple months or I will replace it for a tundra.
Noticed abnormal tire wear on front tire. Took vehicle in for wheel alignment and was informed the bushing, integral to rack and pinion has failed. As a consequence the whole rack and pinion steering system needs replacing. Mechanic informed me this is a common problem for Toyota Tacoma. He also informed me he has had Tacomas with as little as 9000 miles having this problem. My Tacoma has 19000 miles on it, I guess we are lucky. He also stated he did not understand why there has not been a recall. Apparently it is a common defect. This Tacoma has never been off road or otherwise abused since we bought it new. This problem could lead to steering failure.
Truck shakes at about 45 mph and continues to shake through highway speeds. When looked at for inspection I have been told by both Toyota dealer service centers and independent garages that the play in the rack and pinion is causing the shake and the play is to significant to pass inspection. As I write, my truck is at a Toyota dealer having the 4th rack and pinion installed. The shake causes seals in the rack to wear and break. When these seals break it will quickly empty the power steering pump of fluid causing loss of power assist steering. I have been fortunate to have been aware of this problem and not to have caused an accident.
See all problems of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma.
2004 Tacoma rack and pinion system was replaced twice per the suggestion of the mechanic. Mechanic informed consumer that the steering rod was also broken. Although this part was broken the dealer returned the vehicle back to the consumer because they didn't have the part available to repair it. The dealer said there was no danger in driving the vehicle with a steering broken rod.
: the contact stated the rack and pinion steering has been replaced twice due to cracks. The vehicle has been taken to a service dealer who determined that there was a faulty bushing. After the second repair, there was a lot of play in the steering, causing reduced control. The steering rod also failed. Updated 04/11/06.
Excessive free play in steering.
Rack and pinion steering was replaced twice. The steering wheel lost control. Then, once the safety inspection failed because o f the rack and pinion.
See all problems of the 1997 Toyota Tacoma.
Dealer went for a test ride, and said the noise was coming from tire wear. I refused new tires there, and went home to tell my husband, who spent his lunch hour pointing out the faulty rack and pinion. They then put it on the lift a second time to agree with us that the tie rods and rack and pinion needed replacement. We opted to see another repairman locally who was amazed to see the rack and pinion so rusted, it has been described as looking worse than the bilge on a lobster boat. The boot has been retaining water and the whole assembly was said to be highly corrosive. People need to be alerted. This truck drives in snow and dirt roads not across the ocean. We will be contacting the dealer again tomorrow to see what they think of the situation.
See all problems of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma.
Was experiencing vibration in the front end of the truck. Took truck to dealer and they looked at it. They said that the reason for the vibration was the tires were out of round and that the "left outer wheel bushin" that is associated with the rack was excessively worn. They estimated that it would be $1300 to replace the entire rack since Toyota does not sell the individual bushing, nor does it have a procedure to replace the bushing if an after market one is available. The truck was under warranty at the time but Toyota quality care denied the claim because the bushing wear was deemed "noraml wear and tear". Because I would ahve to pay for the cost the dealer said that I should be able to drive with the rack the way it is "for awhile??!".
Had to have rack an dpinion steering ends replaced b/c boot was holding water. Toyota advised truck had been in high water, truck has never been in high water. Truck is now making the same noise it made when rack ends faild before. Rack ends were rusted out.
Dealer advised that truck had sat in water for a large amount of time for grease to escape rack end boots. Truck has never been in deep water, only dirt roads. Rack ends are rusted and need replacement. Truck has been through two sets of tires both being the type supplied by Toyota with the vehicle. We get about 12000 miles on 50000 mile tires, truck wears tires as if faulty front end parts. Tie rod end on drivers side bad, probably cause of tire wear, been to dealer several times to complain about tire wear. Never inspected tie rod ends or shocks, dealer said they get many complaints on tire wear on these trucks. ( dot number: tire size: 265/75r/15 ).
Erratic suspension system resulting premature tire wear and causing the truck to lift off the grounf when going arond small curves.
See all problems of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma.
Vehicle experiences shaking in the steering and tires continually wearing on the inside of each front wheel, these problems are due to the rack and pinion unit, there is too much lateral play within the unit, this causes difficulty with the alignment, consumer states that the rubber on the rack and pinion is either too soft or it needs to be shimmed behind the shackle so there is less play in the unit.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||
|Steering Column problems||
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||
|Power Steering Pump problems||
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||
|Steering Wheel problems||
|Steering Pinion Shaft problems||
|Steering Is Tight problems||