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Well, I got the truck inspected (MVI) last tuesday and they found that the Power Steering Rack Rubber Bushing/Grommet was worn out. With the truck on the lift you could move the passenger side wheel and see the rack move arround quite a bit where it is held in place by a rubber bushing/grommet on the passenger side. The driver's side is held in place by two bolts.

I looked up my Factory Service Manual, no biggie I thought, 4 bolts to remove the factory skid plate (rear portion) then two 19mm bolts to remove the bracket, change the bushing/grommet and I'm home free. Not that easy! :(

For some reason the top nut was tack welded to the bracket, unfortunately I only realized this after breaking the tack weld off. Now I am left with a loose upper bolt with no way to remove the darn thing. The accessible end of the bolt is shaped to accept a 10mm socket or wrench so that you can hold it while turning the 19 mm nut. Tried this but broke my 10 mm socket. Luckily it's life time warranty! Anyhow now I can't figure out a way to remove this nut because you can't get to the other end to hold it with anything since it is captive in the crossmember I can just touch the end throught a hole in the frame.

Has anybody changed this grommet/bushing? Any advice before I cut the bolt out? Can't believe Toyota would make somthing so darn hard to fix. :confused:
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Hmmm, rebushing the steering rack is a common job for these trucks. Poly bushings are just the ticket for this problem.

I am not sure exactly which bolts you are talking about. Very strange that one of these would be "tack welded" in place. It seems you talking about the wrap around bushing on the passenger side?

Little more info please.
 

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Hi platform389.
Someone from yotatech.com sent me this link: http://www.keystonekrawlers.com/Mods/Toyota/SteerBushing/TacomaSteeringBush.htm

Take a look at the picture for the passenger side mount. For some strange reason on my truck the upper stud is free to rotate in the cross member (no way to get at it) and the nut was tack welded to the bracket. ?!?
So now I have a seized nut on a stud that is free to rotate. I'll try what Baja Taco suggested wich was to soak the nut with some liquid penetrant and hope for the best. It might be enought to break it free using a 10 mm socket on the end of the stud.
 

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Hi platform389.
Someone from yotatech.com sent me this link: http://www.keystonekrawlers.com/Mods/Toyota/SteerBushing/TacomaSteeringBush.htm

Take a look at the picture for the passenger side mount. For some strange reason on my truck the upper stud is free to rotate in the cross member (no way to get at it) and the nut was tack welded to the bracket. ?!?
So now I have a seized nut on a stud that is free to rotate. I'll try what Baja Taco suggested wich was to soak the nut with some liquid penetrant and hope for the best. It might be enought to break it free using a 10 mm socket on the end of the stud.
You might also want to get an Impact socket on the stud end. Is the nut still tacked, or did you break it loose yet? If not, take a Dremel tool and cut the weld gently.

Might also want to get the bolt spot welded to keep it from rotating when you do the install.

Good luck and please let us know how it turns out!
 

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We won the battle!

It’s a bit long…
Well turns out the source of my frustration was a previously botched repair job. :xsmash:
By the looks of things, the passenger side bushing had been worn out for quite some time. We started by applying some penetrant oil and letting that work for a bit. No luck. We moved to using a torch to head up the nut in an attempt to break it free from the stud. We could hold the 19mm nut with a stubby wrench and twist the stud by using a 10mm socket on the end of the stud. No luck either, just broke the end of the stud off. Finally we removed the power steering line that was in the way. I held it plugged with my thumb while by friend used a grinder to cut the stud off. Being showered with sparks was not fun. To our surprise the saddle bracket would still not come off. Upon closer inspection we discovered that the bracket had been welded to the truck cross member. :banghead:
So at some point in time, someone really messed things up during a failed repair attempt. To make things worse they tried covering it up by welding it to the frame! After a bit of grinding and prying we were able to remove the bracket and removed the cut off stud. We replaced the stud with a ½” bolt to which we welded a small piece of steel stock on the head. This allowed us to properly tighten it up (i.e. the welded piece of stock would not allow the bolt to turn once in place).
We then reconnected the power steering line and installed the new rubber bushing and bracket then the skid plate. Sat around and drank a few cold ones. :xbeer2:

There is a noticeable difference in the truck steering, it is tighter.

Morale of the story, never under estimate a job and if you mess something up while attempting to repair it. Take the time to fix it right the first time!
 

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Well, guess I don't have much to add to this post other than I never had a problem removing those bolts when I R and R'ed my rack. They were a bit tight but came off quite readily. Good write up though for someone having similar problems
 
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