Clunky 60 series steering

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 04:09
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G'day Folks,

I have a 1986 model 12HT 60 series wagon with adjustable steering. The steering is very clunky. My mechanic says that the intermediate steering shaft needs replacement. This shaft runs from the firewall to the steering box and has two small universal joints at either end that have play in them. Toyota said that on late model 60 series the u-joints can't be replaced so you have to buy the entire shaft ($630-). Does anyone know if an earlier model shaft with replaceable u-joints will fit my adjustable steering. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers,

Ben
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 06:48

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 06:48
I would be trying the 4x4 wreckers for good used part , if your handy at installing it your self can save a lot of dollars
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Reply By: muzzimbidgie - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 16:59

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 16:59
MAAAAATE.

Make sure its not the front springs moving side to side.
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Follow Up By: Member - TPM (SA) - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 18:10

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 18:10
Yeah check the bushes in the spring eyes, if they are poly or worn they can produce loud clunks esp. if wet.
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Follow Up By: Rod E B - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 12:46

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 12:46
My 1985 model has the same problem

found it to be the springs moveing

if you steer full lock you can see the springs move

been told there is no safety problem

However , I would like to fix the problem

been told to replace springs
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Follow Up By: muzzimbidgie - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 12:59

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 12:59
Nah mate, you don't need to replace the springs. Just get the keepers re-done (which gets done anyway if you get the springs re-set) and this will stop the problem.

Better still, if it is just the springs moving, leave it as it is, and be happy that your driving one of the best forby's ever made.
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Follow Up By: Rod E B - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 14:24

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 14:24
Only got 240K on the clock , no rust , been under cover except on trips

a little slow with the caravan and thirsty

can only get $3k for it , can buy a lot of petrol and parts for the change over price

also I love it
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Reply By: 100TD - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:23

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 22:23
my mates 84 hj60 has exactly the same problem and we tracked it to the int shaft also dont know what im goin to do about it though!
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 00:10

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 00:10
Ben,

Have you asked the crowd at http://forum.ih8mud.com/ ? There is a forum devoted to 60 series trucks and they're a pretty active mob.

It's not the wheel bearings is it? Mine seem to forever needs adjusting - well, at each service anyways. I'm gonna start doing it myself but need a big tool for the nuts - ummmm, perhaps there's a better way of saying that??

Tim
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