Toyota Tundra Problem Report
Toyota Tundra Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue
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.
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
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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… - Visitor
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 - shawnby05
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 - scotish grandpa
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. - Visitor
It happen to me 4 times.Going up hill tire completely falls off without waring. 2 other time same thing. Most recent time doing 55mph with my 1year old grandson in the car, left ball joint & tire falls off i slide 150 feet. Damaged a $150 tire and bent the fender. Thank God no other car was near. - Visitor
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. - STIX1
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 - Visitor
I was backing into the driveway when the left front ball joint failed. My son and I had just come off of the highway. My tire was nearly off the truck and it jammed into the left front quarter panel, I could not exit the driver side door. The nut came off and was on the ground, the cotter pin was no where to be found. I took my vehicle to the dealership and of course they would not may for this repair. I cannot understand what this defect has not been part of a mass recall by Toyota Motors. - BKRAY
I had this issue and replaced all out of pocket - Visitor
driving straight when front passsanger lower ball popped and i sraped to hault on knuckle - Visitor
Right front Ball Joint failed while traveling 50 mph. - Visitor
left lower ball joint - Visitor
put new ball joint (both sides) - Visitor
I just pulled into my drive way and then my truck o.k. the right side seemed just fall like I had a flat tire I got under out and the lower ball joint just popped out, no warning at all so now what. - Visitor
I was on fwy when without any warning MY RIGHT FRONT TIRE FLYS OFF AT 65MPH.....truck falls straight on the road sparks everywhere brake line stamp off no brakes trying to stop couldn't coasted to stop my tire flew into on coming traffic...2000.00 cost a week later same thing happen to the other side thank god no one was hurt are killed....other 2000.00 cost.... - Visitor
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