2000 Toyota Tundra SR5 V8 from North America
The rack in the steering went bad at 63,000 miles. Had it replaced and the 2nd rack went bad after 1 month. Just had the 3rd rack installed and my mechanic informed me that rack is also moving side to side, there should be no movement! This is a safety issue that allows the truck to "wander" while moving. Because of this I ruined 1 set of tires and had to replace front brakes and rotors twice!
The Toyota Tundra was suppose to be my dream truck. Now, it is my nightmare!
All Tundra owners should have the rack inspected. There should be no movement in the rack, that is, it should not move side to side when all four tires are on the ground.
A bad rack could be the reason you are feeling a shaking in the front end. It could also be the reason your brakes and tires are wearing abnormally.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd July, 2004
I seriously question the validity of this review. As an ASE Certified Master Auto Tech with 20 years of experience, I can promise that a steering rack has absolutely no bearing on the brake system. Any vehicle made by any manufacturer can have PS rack or brake rotor failures at any time over 50k miles. I am not defending Toyota, do not work for them and I happen to drive a Chevy. Good grief people, any vehicle has thousands of moving parts, many which operate at very high temperatures every single day. Guess what? Things wear out! If they didn't, I wouldn't have a job. Give Toyota a break; they build a great product.
I find this review VERY BELIEVABLE. Our friends with older Tundras are having similar problems, and considering that Toyota just redesigned the Tundra because of the HUGE number of problems in the first generation, I'd say this review is just a good example of what many Tundra drivers have had to deal with.
16:38 none of my steering racks (3 as a matter of fact for this review) ever needed replacements in just one month. Had a GM Camaro Berlinetta long ago that ate up a complete set of tires in one month and I had to send it to a very specialized alignment shop. I guess being a GM it's totally different and normal to the Toyota drivers. I had a low tire sensor dash display on my current GM kicked on yesterday so I immediately checked the air pressure and corrected. Maybe the reviewer lives on pothole street.