Toyota issued a recall on the lower ball joint due to the possibility of premature wear from improper finishing in production. The ball joints will be replaced under the recall. There are two separate recalls combined here, one applies to 2002-2004 and the second to 2004-2006 Models. Please contact you local Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is included.Google+
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Toyota Tundra Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue
Toyota Tundra Problem
Average Mileage: 127,500 mi (30,000 mi - 225,000 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Toyota Tundra, 30,000 mi
Had my ball joints replaced by recall letter. 1.5 years latter the nut came off the passenger side ball joint, the lower a-frame hit the ground. Had it towed to dealer. The dealer wouldn't pay the bill because it was past their one year warranty. Extended warranty wouldn't cover it because it was an attaching part. Cost me around $500.00. When i looked at the nut and ball joint i couldn't find the cotter key, it either fell out or wasn't there to start with. I don't take my cars to dealers for repair, i either do it my self or have someone i can trust do it.
Visitor, 2001 Toyota Tundra, 225,000 mi
Toyota Reliability, was considered the best.
My customer, who owns a 2001 Tundra, had the exact same symptoms (hard to steer, wandering while driving, and then the left front wheel fell off. Catastraphic loss of steering, causing him to lose complete control at 50mph, and going into incoming traffic lanes. No one was in those lanes, very fortunate! for him.
2001 Tundra does NOT fall into the above year models for recall so they completely blew him off when he (and me, later) called the Toyota Customer Service number (800-331-4331).
Normal cause of ball joint failure is for the ball to get LOOSE, and need replacement before it pops out. Plenty of warning.
THIS failure gives no common warning, and instead seizes up in the socket slowly until turning the wheel back and forth with driving, causes the ball to BREAK OFF completely! The ball STAYING IN THE SOCKET. No warning that this catastraphic failure is going to happen, other than symptoms that don't feel serious.
Solution? Don't buy a 2001 or perhaps ANY Toyota Tundra!
Or ANY toyota? since toyota, like most Corporations, are on an ego high, feeling invulnerable, as indeed they ARE. What do they care that people DIE? Only SLIGHTLY important if ENOUGH of their customers DIE.
They can not be held responsible, with all the laws changed to their benefit by LOBBY, so they rely on their "by the book rules, POLICIES, and the knowledge that no actual person can be held responsible in a corporation, for incompetence, Death, irresponsibility…