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. This recall applies to 2001-2004 models only. Please contact you local Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is included.
Car Problem Reports
Toyota Tacoma Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue
Toyota Tacoma Problem
Average Mileage: 150,576 mi (45,058 mi - 283,000 mi)
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 160,000 mi
Passenger side lower ball joint broke on hwy, tire under truck and suspension grinding in pavement @ 45mph. what the ****. This should not happen, could have been a major accident.1998 2wd Tacoma
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 202,400 mi
I have recently had my second failure of the lower ball joints. I was fortunate that it fail both times prior to getting on the express way. I was unaware of any recall on ball joints. I'm totally disapointed with Toyota.
Visitor, 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 90,000 mi
Vibration/humming sound while driving at all speeds , had tires and frontend checked with no issues found. This problem has not been rectified.
Visitor, 1998 Toyota Tacoma, 97,273 mi
Lower ball joint failed causing loss of control and brake line was broken. Severe left front body damage from wheel folding back and tearing off. Vehicle was totaled
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 283,000 mi
Lower ball-joint broke yesterday while wife was driving home from classes. God directed her to take the back roads and not the freeway (thank you!). A CHP named (M. Right) drove her home. No joke.
Replaced upper and lower ball-joints and the outer tie rod end. LBJ ball-stud left a 30foot gash in the street and welded itself to the nut. Both were ground to within 1/4" of the control arm cradle. Used angle grinder to cut the bolt plush with the cradle, stuck the cradle in a vice and used a pipe wrench to effortlessly twist the ball out. New tires were less than 2 weeks old. had warranty on tires so will have it switched out.
TOW = $75 (For 3 miles)
LBJ = $20
UBJ = $30
TRE = $30
$150 and done by 1pm today. I don't begrudge Toyota. They made a respectable little truck in 1996. Will probably squeeze another 220k out of it.
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tacoma
My passenger side lower ball joint failed in Seattle,wa. I went to a Toyota dealer there and ordered the part and replaced it myself. When I asked about a recall about the ball joint I was told one did not exist.
Now the driver's side lower ball joint failed.
Visitor, 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 73,000 mi
wore lower ball joint
The driver side lower ball joint of my 98 Toyota Tacoma SR5 snapped in two today at 151,200 miles. Luckily I had just exited the freeway and was driving slow through a residential neighborhood when this occurred. I had the truck towed to a near by Big O dealer for repair. Upon inspection, they found no grease in the ball joint area due to no factory port for a zirk fitting. The fix, $700 later not including the $100 tow, included new upgraded ball joints WITH zirk fittings for both driver and passenger side.
Evidently, mine is not the first 98 Tacoma to experiences this problem. Why isn't there a recall for this??
Visitor, 2006 Toyota Tacoma, 91,000 mi
Right ball joint leaking and cause a pull to the right when driving
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tacoma, 260,548 mi
Lower Ball Joints have failed twice. I am on my third set and I know they will fail within 12 Months.