hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,256 miles

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2011 Toyota Tacoma steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 092017


  • 10 miles


I first noticed that the steering on my 2011 Tacoma is very often extremely stiff turning in either direction last year. I brought it in to the dealer to check it out. Was told: "lower shaft starting to get stiff". was quoted a replacement/repair cost around $550. Could not afford that at the time. This problem had been intermittent but now happens nearly every time I use the vehicle. This is a safety issue that could lead to an accident. Looks like I will have to pay Toyota to fix this. My research indicates that the problem is with the "steering intermediate shaft number 2". it seems this part is either defective or poorly designed as there are numerous reports about this issue on many automotive websites which specifically cite this vehicle for a range of years from 2005 on. There is no protection again rust at all on this part. That makes no sense. My truck is 6years and a half old and the steering is jammed. I contacted Toyota and they said it' not under warranty. This is a major security failure and it should have a security recall on these vehicules.

- Quebec City, AL, USA

problem #4

May 042011


  • 154,069 miles
Spiral cable diagnosed as needing replacement by a Toyota dealer in may of 2011, replaced by an independant repair facility in December of 2011. A recall notice was sent out regarding this issue shortly after I had the repairs made. I sent Toyota copies of my receipts to get reimbursed in may of 2016. Toyota will not reimburse me for the repairs since the repair order of the independent repair facility did not do a diagnosis. I did not ask them to, since Toyota had already done so. The symptom of the issue was a check engine light on the dashboard that was always on. The cable would wear prematurely, causing a short, which caused the check engine light.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172015


  • 78,000 miles
My horn does not work when I press on the steering wheel unless I turn the wheels to the right or to the left then it will work. I took in my truck to the Toyota dealer and they told me this is not covered under the warranty and that they will have to charge me $130 to look at it. I told them that this is a safety issue. When I am driving and something happens and I have to beep someone I cannot do that no matter how much I press on the steering wheel. I bought this car new. I owned other cars before but this is the first time I drove a car with no horn. To me it seems to be a manufacturer issue I believe Toyota should repair this at no charge.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 152014


  • 56,600 miles
The steering is very stiff. Very uncomfortable to drive. Constantly feels like you're fighting it. For instance going down the interstate in a slight curve, feels like pulls back. Very stiff steering, especially when turning. Looked up similar complaints online. From what I read, it appears to be possible the intermediate steering shaft. From the descriptions I've read, it's a poor design. Maybe needs some protection from the elements. Like a rubber boot to protect it from the elements. Just very stiff steering and difficult to steer.

- Mt. Holly, NC, USA

problem #1

Oct 012011


  • 2,600 miles
On 10/1/2011 while driving 40 mph on dry pavement, slight curve, pu 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"???"

- Bandon, OR, USA

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