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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,714 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #1

May 182006

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,714 miles


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 Tacoma 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.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

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