Steering Rack And Pinion Problems of Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 16 problems associated with steering rack and pinion (under the steering category).
#1 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma
Consumer has 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. It was Fri., Oct. 12, 2012 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
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#2 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Toyota Tacoma is 3TMJU62N59_. Steering gearbox seal failure requiring replacement of the rack and pinion. This problem occurred on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.
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#3 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of this vehicle is 5TEJU62N26_. 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. This steering rack and pinion issue occurred Aug. 4, 2006.
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#4 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of the car is 5TEGN92M74_. : 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. This steering rack and pinion issue occurred Saturday, October 15, 2005.
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#5 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved was a 2004 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. It was Wednesday, March 1, 2006 when this steering rack and pinion issue happened.
#6 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 5TEVL52N14_. 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. This problem occurred on Friday, December 12, 2008.
#7 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma
The car was a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. 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. It was 05/18/06 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
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#8 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma
The car is a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 5TEGN92N21_. Excessive free play in steering. This steering rack and pinion problem happened on Sunday, May. 16, 2004.
#9 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle was a 1999 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of the car is 4TAWN74N1X_. 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.
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#10 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma
The car was a 1999 Toyota Tacoma. 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. It was Apr. 1, 2006 when this steering rack and pinion issue occurred.
#11 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma
The car involved is a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Toyota Tacoma is 4TASN92N5W_. 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 ). This problem occurred on Saturday, July 8, 2000.
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#12 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma
The car was a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of this vehicle is 4TAWN72N5W_. 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. This steering rack and pinion issue occurred Aug. 10, 2001.
#13 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma
The car is a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 4TASN92N5W_. 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. This issue happened on September 1, 2000.
#14 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma
The car involved was a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of this Tacoma is 4TAWM72NOW_. 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??!". This steering rack and pinion problem happened on 09/01/00.
#15 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1997 Toyota Tacoma
The car involved is a 1997 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 4TAWN72N2V_. 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. The failure date was Wed., Oct. 16, 2002.
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#16 - Steering Rack And Pinion problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 1996 Toyota Tacoma. VIN of the vehicle was 4TAWM72N8T_. Erratic suspension system resulting premature tire wear and causing the truck to lift off the grounf when going arond small curves.
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Other Steering related problems of Toyota Tacoma:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||16|
|Steering Column problems||11|
|Hydraulic Power Assist Steering System problems||6|
|Steering Wheel problems||6|
|Power Steering Pump problems||6|
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||6|
|Power Steering Fluid problems||2|
|Steering Is Loose problems||2|
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||2|
|Steering Anti-theft Device problems||1|
|Steering Rack problems||1|
|Steering Failed problems||1|
|Electric Power Assist Steering System problems||1|
|Steering Linkages problems||1|
|Steering Pinion Shaft problems||1|