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Maintenance You cannot replace your rack and pinion bushings with the steering rack in the truck

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Apparently.

I thought you could because I’ve seen the videos of people doing this on older Tacomas and 4Runners. But on a 3rd gen, apparently you need to pull the whole steering rack first because you can’t remove either bolt:

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I’m also pretty sure Toyota claims you need to lift the engine to be able to get the rack out, although I know that’s not true. So I guess I’m pulling my steering rack tomorrow. :(

My truck does what I can only describe as “this annoying thing” where you can essentially feel and hear the rack move during stopping and accelerating. So I bought polyurethane bushings to replace the OEM ones with.

So far I’m 0 for 1. I’ll probably go 0 for 2 when I finally get the rack out and back in with the new bushings and the truck still does “the thing” because this wasn’t even the problem, lol.🙃
 

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That's good to know. Seems like a silly design as well that could have been avoided. Good luck today on pulling brge rack.

Do you have a link to the bushings you ordered?
 

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Another thing:

You can’t remove the rack without taking these bolts out and you can’t take them out without lifting the engine.

To avoid lifting the engine, I’m going to cut the heads off the bolts and let them drop through the holes to the ground. Then remove the rack without lifting the engine. Then replace the bushings. Then install it with new bolts from Toyota, but from the bottom up, instead of from the top down, to again circumvent the engine issue.
 

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How did the rest of this job go for you? I've had the bushings for over a year just waiting to be installed when I have a weekend I have nothing else going on.
 

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Dang...I was hoping to do this same swap this winter. Let us know how it goes!
 

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Dang...I was hoping to do this same swap this winter. Let us know how it goes!
I’m going to film mine. Just not sure when I’ll get to it.

Maintenance on things that are broken = low priority

Upgrades that I don’t need = high priority

Am I doing it right?

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Another thing:

You can’t remove the rack without taking these bolts out and you can’t take them out without lifting the engine.

To avoid lifting the engine, I’m going to cut the heads off the bolts and let them drop through the holes to the ground. Then remove the rack without lifting the engine. Then replace the bushings. Then install it with new bolts from Toyota, but from the bottom up, instead of from the top down, to again circumvent the engine issue.
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Did you do yours by chance?
I haven't. But I'm always willing to sacrifice bolts for convenience. Rear leaf spring bolts on many 4x4s are the same. Hit the gas tank before the springs come out? Cut em.
 

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I haven't. But I'm always willing to sacrifice bolts for convenience. Rear leaf spring bolts on many 4x4s are the same. Hit the gas tank before the springs come out? Cut em.
For sure. I was just wondering if you noticed a longer lifespan on the new bushings. Obviously they're going to be better. Just curious how long it will be until I need to do this again. Driving easy on the truck isn't an option. Bash it until something breaks, lol.
 

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I didn't even pay attention on the blue truck, but I will go take a look when I get a second.
 

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I didn't even pay attention on the blue truck, but I will go take a look when I get a second.
Mine is so bad you can feel the slight wiggle when stopping / accelerating from a stop.
 

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Is it leaking any fluid?
Negative.

It’s just mushy bushings that go around the bolts. Similar to the bushings that go around the leaf spring bolts.
 

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Are you seeing a lot of play in them when you steer? That's a lot of work. I did this swap in my 4Runner and it was a PITA due to one long bolt that interfered with the front diff. I did replace with Urethane which is much stiffer. But that kinda makes me nervous too. Like when I hit a rock all that energy is going into the steering ends and rack internals...
 

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Are you seeing a lot of play in them when you steer? That's a lot of work. I did this swap in my 4Runner and it was a PITA due to one long bolt that interfered with the front diff. I did replace with Urethane which is much stiffer. But that kinda makes me nervous too. Like when I hit a rock all that energy is going into the steering ends and rack internals...
There’s a fair amount of play, yeah. For bolts that don’t corporate, I’m pulling out the scissors.
 

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Ever get this done? I’m finally going to tackle this on Saturday. I had the front diff out twice when going 5.29 then back to Stock gears. Would have been a better time having that out of the way.