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#541 of 547 front end problems from lack of grease?
Dec 22, 2009 (12:21 pm)
I have a 2004 4WD 3.4 Tacoma with TRD package and automatic that I bought new and have had serviced by a local Firestone service center from the beginning. I've had chronic steering, alignment and handling problems with this truck since around 30K miles. The truck is not within the VIN numbers for the lower ball joint recall, and I had the initial alignment readjustment done by the Toyota dealer after the initial 3K break-in miles to reset everything to spec in vehicle's steering components. The service center has reset my alignment at least 10 times under the lifetime alignment plan I purchased for about $130 from them years ago. I'm at about 67K on the truck now, and am on my second set of standard tires for this truck (no altered tire size or suspension). This truck is still handling poorly, and my inside front tires are again wearing unevenly at only about 20K miles, as happened on the first set of tires that came on the truck. The service center keeps checking the alignment, which is always within their specs, but the problem persists.
Now the service center mechanics are telling me I have a worn tie-rod end and are even saying the rack and pinion steering gear has to be replaced. I took the truck to an independent mechanic who's Toyota certified and he told me immediately upon looking at the truck on the rack that the service center has never greased anything on this truck! I was really ticked off, since this service center told me years ago that this truck had sealed grease fittings and didn't need any grease. Reading past postings on this forum, I can see that this truck does indeed have grease fittings, and that many service centers and even dealers neglect greasing these fittings during service.
My question: does anyone know if this oversight of not greasing the fittings would result in tie rod end wear and/or steering box failure? I have a written memo from the independent mechanic (who will be getting my business from now on) stating that he observed these fittings and parts of the rear drive shaft and noted that the service center never has done grease servicing on this truck. With that, would I have a case to make this service center replace the tie rod end and/or steering gear?
Thanks to all who respond.
#542 of 547 Ungreased fitting damage
Dec 24, 2009 (11:27 am)
Clearly they should fix this for free.
The other question is who should do the job, if they refuse to take care of it. I would take the work elsewhere and never come back if they don't take responsibility for this.
#543 of 547 removing pulleys from 1998 tacoma 2.7 litre
Jan 16, 2010 (11:56 am)
I have 3 pulleys on the front of my engine that appear to operate the a c comp., power steering and alternator, and water pump. The rear pully, closer to the motor, failed and I am having a hard time breaking the bolt loose that appears to hold the pulleys to the crank. I have removed the skid plate, fan, and fan schroud and I am working from under the truck. Do I have to remove the radiator to use air tools or is there a better way?
#544 of 547 Re: front end problems from lack of grease? [mark_b_1954]
Mar 02, 2010 (2:49 pm)
YOU MAY HAVE A CASE IF YOU DOCUMENTED ALL THE SERVICING AT THE DEALERSHIP.
I RECOMMEND YOU GO TO CLARKHOWARD.COM . HE'S A CONSUMER ACTIVIST, HAS A RADIO PROGRAM, AND HE LOVES HELPING PEOPLE WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS.
GO GET 'EM !
#545 of 547 catalytic converter must be a California type
Mar 22, 2010 (8:36 pm)
2002 Tacoma 80K miles ,OK went for a state inspection and the shop said needs both catalytic converters replaced ,cost $800.00 I paid in full,3 days later the light come on Eng check, they the first shop said take it to some other shop they deal with that has more up to date equipment to to find out where the real problem is now this 2nd shop said I hope the first shop put the California converters in it because it says so on tag marked under hood.made in california. "well the second shop changed a oxygen sensor and the Eng light is out for 2 weeks now its fixed right [no charge], OK back to the first shop and they want another $400.00 because they had to pay the 2ND shop that to change the oxygen sensor? should I pay him when he got $800.00 out of me cash and he knew he screwed up and couldn't fix it in the beginning and charged me for 2 new catalytic converters that maybe I didn't even need and he admitted he doesn't have the right updated equipment to check all things out , and I still don't know if I got the right California type converters in it so total He got $800.00 cash and wants $400.00 more =$1,200.00 would you pay him the $400 or walk away ?
#546 of 547 Re: front end problems from lack of grease? [vlok]
Apr 09, 2010 (8:32 am)
vlok-Thanks for that info and your reply. Sorry for the delay in responding; I've not visited this site in awhile, as I was relocating from CO to NM recently. I'll check this website out and see what goes. My Bilstein shocks are now shot at 73K miles, and I'll have to replace them first to see if that helps any of my steering and handling issues. If things persist, I'll have the local Firestone dealer here take a look and see if they think the tie-rod end or other greased components are still at fault. If so, I'll go to this website and see what can be done.
#547 of 547 front drive shaft
Oct 31, 2010 (12:00 pm)
I have a 2003 tacoma pre-runner that i had converted to 4 wheel drive about 10 months ago. I recently noticed that my front drive shaft constantly turn even when i am not in 4 wheel drive. Is this normal?