definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,476 miles

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2010 Toyota Tacoma steering problems

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2010 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #7

May 012016


  • 5 miles


Steering is very loose on off road driving / or "washboard" type road- there is currently a Toyota tsb (technical service bulletin) #0119-10 out right now with a solution to the problem. Solution= replace intermediate shaft. After reading all the posts online, this needs to be a safety recall. My truck only has 85,000 miles on it with loose steering. And has been like this for some time!

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #6

May 242014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I was turning into a parking lot thank goodness when the whole steering column fell in my lap. I have pictures of what it looked like when I got out and had it towed. Toyota said they were not at fault it was from a fender bender in November.... and when my insurance company went to look at it they said it was a manufacturer defect. How many steering columns come out driving with no accident.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 142014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 53,176 miles
Tacoma was being driven on a highway when steering shaft bound up, causing a sudden steering lockup that momentarily caused the truck to lose control. My Toyota dealer diagnosed (and replaced for about $550) the intermediate shaft and U joints. The shaft U joint in question is reportedly directly exposed to the elements with no rubber boot or proper lubrication, which makes this dangerous condition likely and caused the premature failure and unsafe condition. I think Toyota should reimburse me for the defective parts and resulting required service.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 122012


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns 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.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 092012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
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 column completely pulled apart and fell into my lap. Updated 10/16/12

- Cynthiana, KY, USA

problem #2

Aug 072012


  • 41,144 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving 35 mph and making a slight left turn when all of the tension in the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact experienced difficulty in controlling the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who inspected the failure and advised the contact that they needed to replace the steering assembly, column, and spiral cable. In addition, the vehicle would also need to have a wheel alignment performed. The manufacturer was notified and a claim was filed. They offered no other assistance. The failure mileage was 41,144. Phone log (15-Oct-2012): Mr. Hong said that the steering wheel turned freely but there was no vehicle steering control. He was not sure what actually failed in the steering column. He said that he is the original owner, that there was no prior accident with the vehicle, and that there were no prior repairs that required disassembly of the steering wheel or the steering column.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #1

May 192010


  • 6 miles
The contact owns 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.

- Bayport, NY, USA

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