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DIY: Steering Shaft Seal

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by bajaphile, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Dec 9, 2020 at 4:16 PM
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    Baller

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    I had a look at mine and I'm right where you are. Our Tundras even look similar. Not surprising being in the NW PNW, mornings in the cab have been extra damp lately. I need to get on this fix sooner, rather than later.
     
  2. Dec 9, 2020 at 6:52 PM
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  3. Dec 12, 2020 at 1:35 PM
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    Here is a pic from today of the Caulk Job used to repair the seal. I used Acrylic Latex Caulk in a squeeze tube and reached up there and squeezed it in after a good cleaning prior. In retrospect, I should have used Silicone Caulk as its more flexible but the Acrylic is holding nicely after 1.5 years.

    My flaps were not as bad as the others with chunks missing so the caulking was able to bridge the gap with the cracked portions. I’ve provided a pic from the top (inside cab) from today, as well.

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  4. Dec 21, 2020 at 10:07 PM
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    artsr2002 2005 Tundra DC SR5

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    Gotta get off my ass and get this done. Either replace it or add some insulation or caulk it. Driving it to work tonight, it sounded like all 4 of my windows were wide open. :eek2:
     
  5. Dec 21, 2020 at 10:14 PM
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    I have to inspect mine.

    My truck always sounds the same. Even since I was a wee boy the inside of the truck just sounds the same. Even now, it sounds the same as I remember. Almsot as if timeless.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2020 at 10:23 PM
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    artsr2002 2005 Tundra DC SR5

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    First gen is timeless.
     
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    Load up the backside of the boot with SilGlyde for Smooovv Mooovvss and a quieter cab.
     
  8. Jan 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM
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    Dealing with a binding wheel and stumbled upon this post, my seal is gone too....I have heard the tick tick tick for a while,...I can kill 2 birds hopefully.
    If I turn my wheel all the way to one side and let go, I could drive in a circle...very little return and the little bit is jerky.,..does not return to center.

    I was hoping my issue would be resolved with an alignment...after reading Tundras can be finiky and need extra caster to return to center...
    My intermediate steering shaft looks to be in great condition compared to others I have seen,...actually the alignment guy was commenting on what great shape the underside was in....no rust here.

    I was thinking about tackling the intermediate shaft to hopefully cure my problem, I am no mechanic, I learn as I go.
    Recently replaced the outer tie rods, lower ball joints, and steering rack bushings.

    I feel some play in the wheel when hitting bumps, the wheel will pull away form me with large bumps...
    Which part of the steering shaft would be the likely cause? there is a lower joint where the shaft meets the rack,...then an upper...
    Does anyone know of a part number of the likely part causing this?

    I found an OEM lower joint for $100,...but what if its the upper?
    Anyone else have this issue that was resolved?
    thanks,.
     
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  9. Jan 19, 2021 at 7:23 PM
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    Thank you for this definitive thread---I replaced my seal by following these instructions to a T, and the old one was shot. My cabin's gonna be so quiet now!


    (Excuse the small angry hammer dent on the old one from when I couldn't get the seal out)

    I assure you, the new one went in much more neatly than the old came out.


    My coupler came right off by hand (no hammering necessary) because I soaked it for a few days in PB Blaster... that stuff works miracles.
     
  10. Jan 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM
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    Yes! thanks to this post I replaced one.

    Warning - if you're in a rust zone, use your favorite penetrating oil and don't wait to bust out the air hammer. Just make sure you're on the reinforcement and the shaft will slide up.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2021 at 5:42 AM
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    Crawled under her yesterday and yup, this needs to be addressed.

    Where is everyone getting the seal? McGeorge?
     
  12. Feb 24, 2021 at 5:51 AM
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  13. Feb 24, 2021 at 6:28 AM
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    Too many
    That's been my go-to since Cool Springs died. But the link below would probably be fine. Low chance of the Chinese counterfeiting that one.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2021 at 10:19 AM
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    If you go through the toyota parts website they will show dealers in your area that participate in the online program. You can get parts at very comparable prices to McGeorge and Cool Springs but just pick them up in your local dealer parts department so you don't pay any shipping.
     
  15. Feb 25, 2021 at 4:56 AM
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    The dealer in my area ONLY ships - no local pickup at the prices listed. This is fine with me as it's near Boston and I wouldn't drive in that area. Being close, I get the parts next or 2 days anyway.

    I did have to go to my local dealer to get a replacement bolt for the lower ball joint - it's a $3 part so I'm not paying $10 in shipping to save $1.30. They still had to order it from the Boston distribution center.
     

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