Steering Problems of Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 53 problems linked to steering (under the steering category).
#1 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. 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. This steering issue occurred Tuesday, October 1, 2013.. Read more...
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#2 - Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
The car is a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. 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 milesthe 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. Scarrie. . This issue happened on Mon., Oct. 7, 2013.
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#3 - Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
The car involved is a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While driving the steering became very difficult to turn to the left or the right direction. This is caused by a faulty design of the steering shaft universal joints. The frame is also rusting very badly and I am concerned about the integrity of the vehicle. It was Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012 when this steering issue happened.
#4 - Steering problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma
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?. This issue happened on Sep. 14, 2013.
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#5 - Steering problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma
Hello, my vehicle is a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. It has approx. 152,000 miles on it. The issue I am having with the vehicle is primarily frame rust, the frame is beginning to look like "swiss cheese. " the frame of the vehicle is in terrible shape, the spare tire even fell out due to rust. I called Toyota to inquire about the frame rust and was told that there is no warranty to cover this. I searched online and it says that 1995-2000 Toyota Tacoma's were under recall for frame rust because the rust would make the vehicles unsafe to drive because the structural integrity of the vehicle would be compromised. So I searched around and found that my vehicle is currently 15 years, 4 months old and that Toyota would not cover the vehicle. I believe that rust is an ongoing issue and takes several months/years to develop, it is not something which occurs overnight. The rust looks mainly to be surface rust on the outside, but in reality the rust has developed from the inside-out and rotted the frame out, therefore it was not caught earlier. I hope this recall is extended, there are many rusted Toyota Tacomas listed for sale from the 1995-2000 model year, which also have the same issue. The issue was caused by Toyota's 3rd party supplier not properly rust proofing the frames, therefore making them highly susceptible to rust. I hope that Toyota does something to resolve the issue. This problem occurred on 09/14/2013.
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#6 - Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma
Consumer owns a 2013 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 6 and the current mileage was 11,000. This steering issue occurred Mar. 13, 2013.
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#7 - Steering problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 1999 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle had a crash. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 4TANL42N4X_. The car in front of me stopped on the freeway and I was not able to stop in time. My front right hit his rear left, and my car spun 180 degrees into the lane next to the one I had been in and I was facing the oncoming traffic. My air bags did not deploy. This issue happened on Friday, May 24, 2013.
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#8 - Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma
The reporting person's vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle became extremely difficult to steer. The contact applied grease to the universal joint in the steering shaft but the remedy failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000. This issue happened on 03/04/13.
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#9 - Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma
The car is a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of this Tacoma is 5TEVL52NX1_. Upon making a turn into my driveway the lower left(drivers side) ball joint seperated from the knuckle causing loss of steering. This in turn made the front wheel fall into the vehicle. The failure date was May 20, 2013.
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#10 - Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma
The car involved was a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. VIN of the vehicle was 3TMMU52NX9_. I was coming into a right handed corner on dry pavement doing 45mph (less than the suggested speed for the corner). As I let off the throttle and turned into the corner the vehicles stability control kicked in causing the truck to go straight. I had to fight aginst the steering wheel and managed to overpower the stability control but by then I was in the on-comming lane. It was 04/22/2013 when this steering issue occurred.
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#11 - Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma
The VIN of this vehicle is 3TMMU4FN9A_. The vehicle was a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while ascending an incline and making turns at unknown speeds, the steering wheel and brake pedal suddenly became stiff. The contact also stated that the vehicle ran rough. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The manufacturer was contacted and advised the contact to return the vehicle to the dealer for further testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 3,000. This steering issue occurred Fri., Oct. 12, 2012.
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#12 - Steering problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The car had a crash. I had made a left turn onto freeway entrance ramp, started accelerating to get up to speed. At approximately 30mph there was a loud bang/pop noise and the vehicle front left dropped down. I hung on to try and keep vehicle under control as it took an sharp left hand turn towards a pole. Even though the brake pedal went to the floor I was able to some how get the vehicle stopped before the passenger side hit the pole where my 1 year old daughter was riding. I had the truck checked for recalls in late 2008 when I purchased it. The report said ball joint recall was VIN # specific and that this truck was not in the VIN range. After the incident happened, I called Toyota hotline for assistance and even though this is the same condition, and part that is failing on the vehicles in range they said, "that sense the recall is VIN specific, there's nothing we can do, and we can't just add a vehicle to the recall". So, now I'm stuck with a wrecked vehicle, but very thankful that I didn't hit the pole where my daughter was sitting. This needs to be addressed and all Tacoma's that contain this style ball joint be fixed before some one does get killed. It was 02/09/13 when this steering issue happened.
#13 - Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
The reporting person owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph and completing a turn, the steering wheel slowly returned to a straight position. The failure recurred whenever the contact was attempting a turn in either direction. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. This steering issue occurred Thu., Sep. 6, 2012.
#14 - Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. While driving in town, the steering wheel slid forward,almost into dash. Checking telescopic lock,and tilt lever to see if secure. Pulled back on steering wheel to out position,the steering colimn completely pulled apart and fell into my lap. It was Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 when this steering issue happened.
#15 - Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma
Crash was involved with the Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he was driving 40 mph and lost control of the vehicle, causing him to crash into a guard rail. The steering wheel broke off before the air bag deployed. The contact suffered head injuries and was the only occupant in the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital by another person. The police were notified and a report was available if needed. The vehicle was then towed to an auto body shop. The insurance company was also notified. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 28,000. This steering problem happened on Apr. 15, 2012.
#16 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is STRLU42N67_. Spiral cable in steering defective, had to replace spiral cable assembly. Air bag not operating if dash light on. The failure date was January 11, 2012.
#17 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved was a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of this Tacoma is 5TEPX42N27_. Steering became very stiff. It was 04/19/2012 when this steering issue occurred.
#18 - Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma intermediate steering shaft is unprotected and exposed to the elements under the truck, this problem is common with all Tacomas from 2005 to present 1012 model. My steering began to lock while driving at highway speed giving the feel that I could not turn the truck. The problem appears suddenly and for a short time seems to come and go. According to numerous forum websites, this is becoming a wide spread problem. Due to its exposure to the elements, the universal joint fails and binds making the vehicle feel like the steering wheel is locking up. Spraying the joint with a penetrant will loosen it temporarily to confirm that this is the problem. If not corrected, the universal may bind completely or snap, this will undoubtedly cause loss of steering or control at highway speed. I recently had mine replaced by a Toyota dealership and I am aware of many others with the same issue. This can be a serious safety issue resulting in a crash or even death! other manufacturers that I am aware of cover their universal with a plastic cover device to protect it from the elements, Toyota does not. My vehicle had this failure at 164,000 miles, but I know of failures with as little as 60,000 miles. The failure date was March 1, 2012.
#19 - Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle was a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of the car is 5TEUX42N75_. Sudden onset of steering intermediate shaft u-joint seizing making steering difficult. Also lost return-to-center of steering. This could pose a serious risk of over-steering into oncoming traffic when making a left hand turn at a tee intersection. The unprotected u-joint is exposed to striking of road debris and salt spray. The u-joint does not have grease fittings or any obvious means of lubrication. Internet research suggests this is a very common defect for Toyota Tacomas with approximately 75k or more miles starting with model years 2005 and newer. It was Monday, April 2, 2012 when this steering issue occurred.
#20 - Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. On January 19, 2011 at approximately 7:15 am, I was driving approximately 15 mph on a dirt road, came around an approximate 90 degree right hand turn heading down hill, slid on mud or ice and hit a rut. After all wheels had passed through the rut the vehicle drove up and over a small rise (bump) in the road. After coming over the rise, the right front of the vehicle dove into the dirt and the truck came to an abrupt stop. I turned off the truck and got out of the vehicle to inspect the front end. The right front ball joint had completely separated from . . . ??? . . . What ever it is supposed to be attached to. The right front wheel was perpendicular to the wheel well with the inside leaning toward the front of the vehicle. I have several photographs of the vehicle taken moments after the equipment failure. I'm glad this happened where it did because only a few miles further into my trip to work, I would have been traveling 75 mph on the interstate. Amen! I had never received any notification from Toyota concerning recall no. 50j. I only accidentally came across the information while surfing the web within the past week. This problem occurred on Wednesday, January 19, 2011.
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#21 - Steering problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle is a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. There was crash involved with this problem. The VIN of this Tacoma is STENM92NG2_. 2002 toyotoa truck, lost control and hit my Ford s/w, truck was on recall for ball/joints , both me and wife was hurt by this un insured driver, driver was cited for wrong turn into my lane, I lost both my car and my health, what can I do to recover damages from a uninsured truck and driver?. It was Mar. 18, 2012 when this steering issue occurred.
#22 - Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Tacoma
The owner has a 2012 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle began to violently shake and pull towards the left while driving 57 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where it was repaired, but the failures continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 3 and the current mileage was 1,100. This problem occurred on Fri., Oct. 28, 2011.
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#23 - Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle having this issue was a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. On 10/1/2011 while driving 40 mph on dry pavement, slight curve, pu beep beep in dash as it went into oncoming lane to left quick, I hit brakes "clunk" took both hands to pull to right and off the road. Felt like power steering went or lost a wheel. Would of hit someone head on if was meeting a car or truck. No cell service, so decided to slowly turn around, and try to get home==1 mi. Or less. Parked. Called dealership, they said they would have towed, but if they find nothing I have to pay. I drove up tues. , they said nothing wrong. Probably leveling--because I put a 3" lift on it. I now am afraid to drive my new pu. 2,600 mi. They said they put on machine, but no print out as it showed nothing wrong?????. This issue happened on Oct. 1, 2011.
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#24 - Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle was a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The VIN of the problem Tacoma is 3TMLU42N29_. My Tacoma has a constant shimmy in the steering wheel. My mechanic and Toyota service have tried balancing, alignments and road-force testing, but nothing works to eliminate the shake. It is at it's worst when I first accelerate to cruising speed after the truck has sat for eight hours. At these times it is an approximately a 1/4 inch shimmy in the wheel, and is quite a violent shake. It seems to dissipate after a while, but the shimmy never goes away completely. It exists with both my all-season tires, and my snow tires. This steering issue occurred Friday, January 1, 2010.
#25 - Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. Severe steering drift and shimmy. New tires didn't fix the problem. Had tires rebalanced, did not fix the problem. Freeway driving is more severe, I'm fighting the steering trying to keep the vehicle tracking straight. If I hit a bump the vehicle wants to jump to the side. Towing a lightweight single axel trailer is very difficult, the trailer is whipped because of the trucks steering situation. It feels like premature ball joint failure, or in the case of an old style straight axel (king pin wear) this vehicle is dangerous to drive at high speeds. This is a trd model with bilsteen front strut and rear shock suspension. Feels like the anti-lock brake system is initiating one side of the front brakes, thus causing the vehicle to roll toward that side, then I have to correct the steering. I do not have the automatic roll-over system on this Toyota. I've seen other postings on the internet with similar problems on the same vehicle. This steering problem happened on Mar. 15, 2011.
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#26 - Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma
VIN of the vehicle was 5TEUU42N15_. I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma prerunner 4x4 with only 83,000 miles. There is recurring issue with the front wheel bearings going out. Front left has been replaced 3 years ago, then front left stub axle was replaced less than a year later under warrantee by Toyota. The right front wheel bearing also when out 2 years ago and were replaced and now the left side is going out again. It was Fri., Aug. 12, 2011 when this steering issue happened.
#27 - Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at 2 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle would pull to the left. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the tires were replaced, rotated and the steering aligned. The contact stated that the failure continued. The current and failure mileages were 6. This steering issue occurred Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
#28 - Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 5TEMU52N79_. Front end wobbles. Dealer has tried to fix this at least 3 times. This steering problem happened on Friday, January 9, 2009.
#29 - Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. Crash happened when the problem occurred. The VIN of this Tacoma is 3TMJU62N28_. While entering an on ramp the truck accelerated on its own going out of control, crashing sideways into a guard rail. . . Once it took off on its own it kept increasing speed on its own, applying the brake had no affect on getting it under control. . . Damage $8,000. 00. . . . Took to dealer next day to which they found no problem. . . We have found many instances as this one with this same truck and model on the internet. It was September 11, 2008 when this steering issue happened.
#30 - Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma
My 08 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 that I purchase on 3/5/08 has had a throttle and steering problem from the day I purchase it. My truck has been checked by freeman Toyota of hurst, TX several times and Toyota of irving. Toyota of irving called in a factory representative, who also checked and drove it. All telling me the truck was programmed to act the way it was performing. On 12/05/08 I filled a complaint with ncds, case# 6008198. The arbitration results between Toyota motor sales, u. S. A. , inc. , gulf states Toyota distributors, inc. Houston, TX and myself, was, "the vehicle is performing as designed. " my Toyota Tacoma still does not respond to the driver, but I have not seen any recalls on my 2008 Tacoma 4x4. This steering issue occurred 03/05/08.
#31 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The car had a crash. Consumer has a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 15 mph in the rain and making a turn the vehicle fish tailed, spun around and crasded. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained a spinal abrasion and was taken to the hospital. A police report is available. The Toyota manufacturer was notified; however, no one answered the telephone. The failure mileage was 50,000. This issue happened on Jun. 19, 2009.
#32 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The VIN of this vehicle is 3TMJU62N67_. Toyota Tacoma trd sport 2007 there is a problem with the steering/suspension system, when the road has a slight inclination to the side, the truck dangerously tends to go out of the road if the steering wheel is left untouched for one second the truck goes out of the road. The dealer checked other new trucks 2008 or 2009 and it was the same they did not offer any repair, just said it was a "normal" condition in Tacomas. It was Sep. 10, 2008 when this steering issue occurred.
#33 - Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma
The vehicle involved is a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the clutch was emitting an unusual odor and began slipping. In addition, the contact stated that the steering was unstable and would often cause the vehicle to drift abnormally, especially when driving over uneven road surfaces. In addition, when the vehicle was parked at an angle, the ignition would fail to start. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance with repairs. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 43,000. This steering issue occurred Friday, Apr. 6, 2007.