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.
Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue on Toyota Tundra
Average mileage: 159,740 (15,300–318,000)
34 people reported this problem
28 people shared problem details
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
2006 Toyota Tundra30,000Visitor
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.
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
2006 Toyota Tundra80,000Visitor
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.
2001 Toyota Tundra225,000Visitor
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…
2003 Toyota Tundra139,000Visitor
extreame squeaking. knocking going over speed bumps. Took it to shop and got the ball joints replaced
2005 Toyota Tundra205,000Visitor
Right front Ball Joint failed while traveling 50 mph.
2005 Toyota Tundra60,000Visitor
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..
2005 Toyota Tundra242,000Visitor
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
2006 Toyota Tundra139,000Visitor
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.
2005 Toyota Tundra109,000Visitor
Clunking noises driver front
2001 Toyota Tundra180,000Visitor
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.
2005 Toyota Tundra183,000Visitor
The drivers side front tire literally buckled under. Ball joint broke, sensor harness ripped apart. I was doing less than 10 miles an hour as I had just been waiting for a red light to turn green. Thank God not on the freeway or my children and I would be dead. Repair estimate is $1600. Is Toyata supposed to pay because it seems to be a recall issue?
2001 Toyota Tundra197,000Visitor
I could start to feel the hardness in the steering wheel and the wandering of the front end. The left lower ball joint completely broke and separated. Luckily i was backing out of the driveway so no damage other than a brief scare. Replaced it without issue. 3000 miles later i could start to feel that feeling again.....quickly replaced the lower ball joint and outer tie rod. Back to feeling good again. Hopefully no catastrophic failures here - Thank you Yeshua!
2001 Toyota Tundra220,000Visitor
my upper and lower ball joints broke close to the same time they were all in about a 1 month period of each other not fun at all. i went too autozone and bought new ones but i'm scared they might not hold up i hope these don't come apart running 75 mph on the interstate. if i can get them replaced by the dealer for free that would be awesome and i would feel a lot safer driving
2006 Toyota Tundra150,000Visitor
Loud popping coming from the front end
2002 Toyota Tundra140,000Visitor
severe creaking and squeaking in front end, Was told ball joints may be bad, Also, screws in frame holding engine protection plate are rusting and some broke off
2001 Toyota TundraVisitor
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.
2001 Toyota Tundra150,000Visitor
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
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