Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue on Toyota Tundra

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 163,954 (15,300–318,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006
65 people reported this problem
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I have a 2000 tundra i was driving to the post office when my righht front ball joints broke and i slid about 100 yards the front tire ended up under the front end both ball joints broke off i have 318000 miles on the truck
The problem occurs when the when is either turned all the way to the left (drivers side) makes a clunking sound. Also when I went down a curb it clinked again. I was hoping that someone would know if my truck was covered under a recall.
CHECK ENGIN LIGHT CAME ON SAID BANK 2 SENSOR 2 BUT DID NOT SAY ANYTHING ELSE SO I CHANGED THE SENSOR WITH A NEW ONE AND RESET THE ENGIN LIGHT, AFTER ABOUT 15 MILES THE LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN AND AGAIN I CHECKED IT AND IT SAID BANK 2 SENSOR 2 SO I TOOK IT TO TOYOTA DEALER AND TOLD THEM I CHANGED THE SENSOR ON BANK 2 SENSOR 2 WITH A NEW ONE. THE TECH CALLED ME ABOUT 2 HOURS LATER AND SAID ITS PROBABLY BANK 1 SENSOR 2 THAT IS BAD AND THAT HE COULD CHANGE IT BUT IT WOULD SAVE ME SOME MONEY IF I WOULD CHANGE IT SINCE I HAD ALREADY CHANGED BANK 2 SENSOR. HE SAID FOR SOME REASON HE HAS SEEN THE COMPUTER SHOW THE WRONG INFORMATION SO INSTEAD OF BUYING A NEW SENSOR I TOOK OUT BANK 1 SENSOR 2 AND PUT THE OLD SENSOR FROM BANK 2 SENSOR 2 IN IT BUT THE LIGHT STILL CAME ON AGAIN AFTER ABOUT 30 MILES. JUST SAYS BANK 2 SENSOR 2. ANYBODY GOT ANY SUGGESTIONS.
the lower ball joint just broke and left my 16 year old son stranded. thank god he was backing up out of a parking spot and not going 60 mph
Toyota Reliability, was considered the best.
Until now.
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…
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.
extreame squeaking. knocking going over speed bumps. Took it to shop and got the ball joints replaced
The lower ball joints keep falling out or breaking off.. It has happened three different times on both sides. Toyota will do nothing about it. This is a very poor and dangerous design by a major company. And they don't seem to care. I wish someone would start a class action suit, I would sign up..
left side lower ball joint broke leaving me stranded just real glad i wasnt going 60 mph down hwy steering got stiff a few days before this happin
I was notified by Toyota of the recall and took the truck to the dealership for replacement of the ball joints. The shop bent over backwards during the procedure and even gave me a loaner car for the day totally free of charge. I offered to pay for fuel, but they refused to accept. They replaced the ball joints and found no defect in them. In my case the recall was not necessary.
I was driving down the road, the front passenger side wheel busted loose. When I looked at it, the upper ball joint was pulled loose, as well as the lower. I'm stuck in Bozeman right now, with the Toyota dealer telling me that they won't fix it under the recall.
I've replaced my ball joints 5 times upper and lower and on the 5th replacement on 4//12/2015 I nearly lost my life in Douglasville Ga on Hwy 20 the ball jont fell out and wheel I hit a 18 wheeler and total my truck I will be seeking restitution for my truck
Both upper and lower ball joints and control arm bad
Ball joints are poping all the time
Driving truck 8 mph in parking lot when right front wheel broke off. Lower ball joint broken. CV joint broken. A bars bent. Fender and door damaged. No warning. Checked VIN for recall. Toyota website shows none.
The wheel completly snapped off whil drivibh!
Well my tire came off because of a disconnected ball joint. Not exactly sure but the joint that connects to my truck seems to be the issue. Thank god I wasn't going fast or in traffic. This happened to me before in the same truck 6 months ago but on the other passenger side tire. I got that side replaced and was planning on getting the left side replaced too later on. I have a 2000 toyota tundra.
Front left ball joint failed. Whole left front tire fell off. You could see the connection rod completely out. Luckily this happened while driving through a parking lot. Heck of a feeling. I have now used up one more of my nine lives so to speak.
Right front Ball Joint failed while traveling 50 mph.
I lost my right lower ball joint going around 25mph slid 30 to 40 feet dragging the tire in the wheelwell side ways w/ the broken ball joint on the lower control arm skidding along the blacktop. I just had a new steering rack put on due to rusted out seal and seriously leaking at attachment to steering column.