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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10 mins
outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4 Yota.
It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we must
have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of a
corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50 previous
corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we determined
that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the morning we
were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that time
were sober enough to drive.

So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The Drag
link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.

Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never know
when you might need it.

Alive and well,
-Andrew
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
"DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10 mins
> outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4 Yota.
> It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
> Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we
> must have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of
> a corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50 previous
> corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
> After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
> kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we determined
> that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the morning
> we were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
> happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that time
> were sober enough to drive.
>
> So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The Drag
> link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.
>
> Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never know
> when you might need it.
>
> Alive and well,
> -Andrew
>
>



Andrew, I've driven that road, I know what you mean about the cliffs, Its
beautiful, I definitely would not want to lose my steering there.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Found out that there is a Toyota recall put out a couple of months ago
regarding the drag link fracturing and causing crashes. My 90 22re 2wd
was affected and replaced at the dealer at no charge. All reading this
might want to call Toyota with your VIN and see if it applies to you.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Found out that there is a Toyota recall put out a couple of months ago
regarding the drag link fracturing and causing crashes. My 90 22re 2wd
was affected and replaced at the dealer at no charge. All reading this
might want to call Toyota with your VIN and see if it applies to you.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I know the feeling well. My truck is parked in the driveway now with an
extremely worn draglink. All this time I thought it was the steering box.
When a friend got below the truck and held the tire steady, I turned the
steering wheel. He showed me what to see and we swapped places. I was
shocked! I carefully drove home and there it sits awaiting new parts.

"DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10 mins
> outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4 Yota.
> It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
> Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we

must
> have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of a
> corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50 previous
> corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
> After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
> kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we determined
> that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the morning

we
> were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
> happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that time
> were sober enough to drive.
>
> So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The Drag
> link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.
>
> Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never know
> when you might need it.
>
> Alive and well,
> -Andrew
>
>
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Yeah it's a sketchy thing that worn drag link situation. I've heard
something recently about a recall on them so just for the heck of it I'd
email Toyota with your VIN to see if there are any applicable recalls.
I sent them my VIN not expecting much and now they're going to give me a new
head gasket and steering rod relay as well as do some work to the DRL's at
no cost to me.

Cheers,
-Andrew
"Brad Taylor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>I know the feeling well. My truck is parked in the driveway now with an
> extremely worn draglink. All this time I thought it was the steering box.
> When a friend got below the truck and held the tire steady, I turned the
> steering wheel. He showed me what to see and we swapped places. I was
> shocked! I carefully drove home and there it sits awaiting new parts.
>
> "DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10 mins
>> outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4 Yota.
>> It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
>> Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we

> must
>> have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of a
>> corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50 previous
>> corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
>> After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
>> kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we determined
>> that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the morning

> we
>> were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
>> happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that time
>> were sober enough to drive.
>>
>> So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The
>> Drag
>> link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.
>>
>> Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never
>> know
>> when you might need it.
>>
>> Alive and well,
>> -Andrew
>>
>>

>
>
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
No kidding? I'll check that out. Did they explain the head gasket?

"DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Yeah it's a sketchy thing that worn drag link situation. I've heard
> something recently about a recall on them so just for the heck of it I'd
> email Toyota with your VIN to see if there are any applicable recalls.
> I sent them my VIN not expecting much and now they're going to give me a

new
> head gasket and steering rod relay as well as do some work to the DRL's at
> no cost to me.
>
> Cheers,
> -Andrew
> "Brad Taylor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
> >I know the feeling well. My truck is parked in the driveway now with an
> > extremely worn draglink. All this time I thought it was the steering

box.
> > When a friend got below the truck and held the tire steady, I turned the
> > steering wheel. He showed me what to see and we swapped places. I was
> > shocked! I carefully drove home and there it sits awaiting new parts.
> >
> > "DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> > news:[email protected]
> >> We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10

mins
> >> outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4

Yota.
> >> It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
> >> Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we

> > must
> >> have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of a
> >> corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50

previous
> >> corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
> >> After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
> >> kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we

determined
> >> that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the

morning
> > we
> >> were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
> >> happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that

time
> >> were sober enough to drive.
> >>
> >> So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The
> >> Drag
> >> link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.
> >>
> >> Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never
> >> know
> >> when you might need it.
> >>
> >> Alive and well,
> >> -Andrew
> >>
> >>

> >
> >

>
>
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
"Brad Taylor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> No kidding? I'll check that out. Did they explain the head gasket?



Not really just that it's still an active recall campaign. All the stuff is
for my 91 ext cab v6.

-Andrew



>
> "DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Yeah it's a sketchy thing that worn drag link situation. I've heard
>> something recently about a recall on them so just for the heck of it I'd
>> email Toyota with your VIN to see if there are any applicable recalls.
>> I sent them my VIN not expecting much and now they're going to give me a

> new
>> head gasket and steering rod relay as well as do some work to the DRL's
>> at
>> no cost to me.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> -Andrew
>> "Brad Taylor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>> >I know the feeling well. My truck is parked in the driveway now with an
>> > extremely worn draglink. All this time I thought it was the steering

> box.
>> > When a friend got below the truck and held the tire steady, I turned
>> > the
>> > steering wheel. He showed me what to see and we swapped places. I was
>> > shocked! I carefully drove home and there it sits awaiting new parts.
>> >
>> > "DruG" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> > news:[email protected]
>> >> We were driving down the Sea to Sky highway in BC here and about 10

> mins
>> >> outside of Horseshoe Bay my friend loses all steering in his 85 4x4

> Yota.
>> >> It ended up being the drag link that lost it's connection.
>> >> Now I don't know if anyone here is familiar with the sea to sky but we
>> > must
>> >> have horseshoes up the yin yang cause it lost steering coming out of a
>> >> corner that lead straight into a rest stop as opposed to the 50

> previous
>> >> corners leading off cliffs or into jagged rocks or oncoming traffic
>> >> After a couple hours trying to jury rig it back together with some
>> >> kiteboarding string a passing Aircraft mechanic leant to us we

> determined
>> >> that no, it was not going to happen tonight and being 5:30 in the

> morning
>> > we
>> >> were content to give up and phone the house for a ride where it just
>> >> happened that our friends were getting home from a party and by that

> time
>> >> were sober enough to drive.
>> >>
>> >> So people do check your older trucks steering from time to time. The
>> >> Drag
>> >> link looks like a 10 minute fix, instead of a 6 month hospital stay.
>> >>
>> >> Oh and do your best to build up all the good Karma you can, you never
>> >> know
>> >> when you might need it.
>> >>
>> >> Alive and well,
>> >> -Andrew
>> >>
>> >>
>> >
>> >

>>
>>

>
>
 
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