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#1 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 09:07 AM
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Help with Hard Steering

Hi All.

I had to get the steering rack on my 2010 FJ replaced as one of the oil seals was shot and the oil was leaking.

The entire rack had to be replaced with an original Toyota part and ever since my steering has become really hard on slow speeds and when stopped. It becomes like normal when the car is driving at over 20KMPH.

I had the mechanic bleed the oil twice but still there is no difference. At slow speeds you actually have to fight to turn the car.

Any help in identifying and solving this issue will be much appreciated.

Its a 2010 FJ 5AT with ICON stage one and 285/75/16 BFG tires.

The tires are big but the old steering never felt this hard ever.
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I too had a rack replaced due to a seal failure. How did yours go? Was it a gradual leak or did the whole thing just go? Mine just went, the end cap had come un screwed, and that's what caused the seal failure. The whole system instantly evacuated itself. This also caused the pump to go. Was your pump replaced as well?

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Mine was a slow leak from the boot on the drivers side.

The dealer said something punctured the boot and went on to damage the seal.

I asked how this was possibel since there is the factory skid plate under it, they said you must have backed over a plant or someting in the desert and it went in from behind the skid and punctured the boot....so now warrenty repair.

Fortunately the pump was OK.

Now did your steering feel hard also or was it normal after your replacment.

What do you think is causing my steering to be stiff, do you think the pump might have been effected somehow and is not pumping well, how can this be checked.
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My steering is like new. You've got to have air in the system somewhere.

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