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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,779 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra steering problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 192016


  • 176,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that there was an electrical failure in the vehicle. The horn, door locks, power windows, and all other electrical components except the alarm malfunctioned. The horn sounded while the vehicle was in motion and parked. The contact also stated that the steering wheel made a loud noise while driving. The seat belt warning light was the only light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not under warranty and the contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The failure mileage was 176,000. Updated 08/16/16

- Pamona, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 042015


  • 160,000 miles
Toyota has a recall for excessive rust and they did undercoat my truck. Yesterday when I pulled into my driveway I heard a squealing sound from under the hood. I checked and found my power steering fluid was low. I looked under the truck and saw a puddle. Further investigation showed that the steering rack has rusted through and power steering fluid streams out when you turn the steering wheel.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #11

Sep 072015

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
High pitch sound when I go to turn the steering wheel. Power steering fluid reservoir empty. Took to dealership and they said the rack and pinion is no good and has to be replaced at a cost of $1900. The issue I have is, I have a co-worker who bought the same truck I did, in the same month I did. His has 145,000 miles and his rack and pinion went out two weeks ago. Less than 10,000 miles between these incidents is quite a coincidence.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #10

Jun 062013


  • 65,526 miles


6/13/13 vehicle did not pass inspection major frame perforation Toyota performed limited frame replacement at their cost after much discussion. Not all severely rusted parts were replaced only the major assembly mounting piece items that were disassembled and couldn't be reused were replaced. No sub pieces of the major assembly were replaced. If the were rusted they were reinstalled. 8/4/14 vehicle did not pass inspection major rust failure deformation and leaking of steering rack housing that was severely rusted and not replaced when frame was replaced. Rack was replaced by owner at owners expense. 4/15/15 rear differential housing rust thru and housing failure. Housing was severely corroded when frame was replaced. Owner was informed it was not part of the frame replacement. Toyota does not have any recall bulletin issued despite the numerous complaints found on the internet. Replacement will be at owners expense. Brake backing plates and axle mounting hardware that were severely corroded when frame was replaced are not salvageable and will require replacement as well in order to replace the rear axle housing.

- York, ME, USA

problem #9

Dec 012008


  • miles
Electric stability control engages when we hit a bump or pothole. No one can explain why this is happening. Power steering fluid line had to be replaced because of excessive rust causing it to leak. This part alone cost over $600. Premature tire replacement because of the inability to align properly due to extremely rusted components that could not be adjusted properly. Horrible steering wheel shimmy when on freeway that also cannot be explained or fixed (even after replacing the rear differential and axle) truck is extremely "squirrelly" and feels like it can go out of control, especially after hitting a hole or bump.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 152014


  • 45,000 miles
I have recently received a frame recall notice due to excessive corrosion which I addressed at the local dealership. I was informed that the rust had not perforated the frame and that it would be treated to prevent further rusting. When I picked up the truck at the dealership the associate advised me that the recall was done and that a full safety inspection was completed which revealed no other problems. When I returned home I looked under the truck to inspect the frame and noticed that both sway bar links had corroded and broken off. I also subsequently took the vehicle to an alignment shop because I noticed the steering wheel was not straight and was told by the shop that the truck could not be aligned. I was told that the vehicle was very dangerous to drive and to bring it to the dealership immediately which I did. The dealership service department discovered that the steering shaft coupling was so corroded that they needed to replace it and do a wheel alignment. I am concerned that this may become a common safety issue with the Tundra which seems susceptible to excessive rusting and am requesting that this issue is investigated an a recall issued if necessary.

- Denville, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 102014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. While hauling a camper, the power steering failed when the contact attempted to park the vehicle. The contact discovered that the power steering steel line was corroded and fractured, which caused the power steering fluid to leak. The power steering steel line was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 62,500. Updated 09/30/14 updated 02/25/2015

- Enfield , NH, USA

problem #6

Sep 242013


  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that power steering fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the rack and pinion was defective. In addition, he stated that while he was inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the frame was corroded and the cross members were fractured. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 178,000.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 072013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Noticed extreme rust on frame and other metal parts flaking and falling off. Condition appears unsafe to drive.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #4

Oct 182012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 107,400 miles
My vehicle needs an alignment. I was told by the Toyota dealership that the frame on my vehicle is rusted and needs to be replaced. Toyota Tundra do have a recall for the rusted frame but my vehicle isn't part of this recall since its 3 months newer. I was told by the Toyota service rep at the dealership that my vehicle is unsafe to drive. I contacted Toyota and they claim that they cannot do anything about this.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 112012

Tundra 6-cyl Diesel

  • 57,000 miles


The front stabilizer bars broke at the top were the nuts thread on.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152009


  • miles
My 2004 Toyota Tundra double cab has an excessive amount of rust on the undercarriage. Because of this rust, the camber bolts cannot be removed to properly align the vehicle. I have been told that they will have to use heat to remove them, along with a lot of force, and in turn may do frame damage in the process. I have been quoted by my dealer $5,200 to fix the problem which initially started with a small shimmy in the steering wheel which grew into a big shimmy especially while towing. That quote does not include any possible charged from the body shop if damage to the frame should occur. I do not have $5,200 so I ended up with a new set of tires and half of an alignment because the camber bolts were not able to be removed. Here I am months later and my new tires are so bald on the front that I am actually seeing the tread showing through. I have always loved my Tundra, but all of this rust on the frame and undercarriage is very concerning regarding the longevity of my vehicle. I was told that Toyota last forever. At this point I feel that my truck is dangerous to even drive but it is my only vehicle. I have owned and maintained many vehicles and never had rust issues like this, nor have I ever been faced with such a costly repair on a not so old vehicle. I am stuck in a bad place and just don't know where to go or what to do. I desperately need my truck. Without it I lose my source of transportation as well as my ability to earn a living. I just simply cannot afford... meaning I just do not have this kind of money to bring my truck back to health. All of this stress and frustration is a result of this excessive rust. Included in the estimate is remove and replace camber bolts $1,957 --- steering rack boots $400 alignment 90.00---- driveshaft assembly $2,003---- rear U-joint $433---- differential fluid $330 it does not include any possible damage to the frame/body in their attempt to remove the camber bolts or another brand new set of tires.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 242008


  • 34,700 miles
Event was the gear lever became looser and looser. It resulted in the gear not being able to go into park. Truck would not start. It appeared to be in park and I thought it was a dead battery. Aaa replaced battery. It was not the problem. Creative gear manipulation allowed truck to start. Repair discovered a cracked steering column!

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

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