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I bought a 2013 crew cab V6 LB 4x4 Tacoma new and I have had it on a dirt road and it felt like the front wheels were going to fall off, People live on this dirt road and drive cars on it so it is not very rough at all, When I got back onto the paved road I used the tire wrench, and to me every lug nutt was loose I turned them all about 1/2 turn, Took it back to the dealership where I bought it and they did a cheesy test and said nothing we can find is wrong, awhile has past and I drove over the same road with the same crap and Toyota said same thing, I took it to a 4x4 specialist and they put on new Bielstien struts and coil springs new leaf springs in back and lifted it 2 1/2 inches and I took it back on same road and &#$#*(* if it aint the same thing, Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to fix this problem I have only put 7000 miles on the truck and it is very disappointing to spend 30 grand and have this problem
 

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(1) Welcome to CT! :waytogo:

(2) Have you verified that the front lug nuts are in fact loosening (e.g., by checking the torque on the lug nuts before and after)?

(3) Does it only happen when traveling on this one particular dirt road?

(4) Were you using 4WD on this dirt road?
 

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Have not checked on the re torque but will do today
The dirt road is the only one I have been on so far
and Yes I was in 4WD
 

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Can you be more specific about what's happening in 4WD on the dirt road? Are the front wheels pulling to one or another side? Do you have to fight the steering wheel? Is the truck bucking or sliding? (Etc.)

Is this dirt road hard-packed, or has it been 'loose' (sandy; muddy; etc.) when you've traveled it?

Are you using the OEM wheels / tires, or have you replaced them? If you've changed anything, specify what you're currently using.
 

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I guess to me it keeps good track no sliding, The dirt road is bone dry hard pack small 3 to 4 inch rocks embedded in dirt so no loose dirt, When I am on the pavement it is fine sometimes I feel alittle loosness in the steering wheel, I re torqued the lugs to 80 ft pounds are they supposed to be 90 ??,, could there be something that could be horizontally loose kinda feels like the wheels are loose horizontally ?? hard to explain I guess, Yes lavender bros 4x specialist put on Bilstiens 5100 front with new coils, Bilstiens in the back with new leaf springs Old Man Emus and lifted it 2 1/2 inches and new tires Toyo Open Country A/t,, I am wondering if I might be fighting the steering ??? Also no pulling to one side or the other
 

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And also when I ordered it I did not get any of the TRD stuff it is just a 4WD but as you see I changed the suspension, A friend was talking about a steering damper ?? I have not a clue
 

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The sort of shuddering and sideways jerking you describe is something I've commonly encountered on unpaved roads - especially if there are exposed or loose rocks in my path.

... So I've just gotta ask ...

Is driving on such dirt roads a relatively new experience for you? Don't get me wrong - I'm just asking in case 'normal' instability on such a road is faking you into thinking something's wrong with the truck.

I was asking about sliding in case you've got the traction control features and occasional slippage (plus maybe something amiss in the ABS or traction controller / sensors) is making the control system overreact.
 

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I have never driven 4WD at all on any road, This is all new to me, However I also have a 98 Tacoma 2 WD and it does not do this at all so this is what I am comparing it to, So I guess maybe there is nothing wrong ?? thanx for your help Enola
 

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I can't assure you nothing's wrong, but ...

Driving in 4WD feels different from driving in 2WD. In particular, you gotta bear in mind that the front wheels are engaged, and that powerline engagement affects how the steering (etc.) feels up front.

If 4WD driving is new to you, it may well be that you're just not accustomed to it and the truck is fine.

I just don't know ... :shrug:
 
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