Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue on Toyota Tacoma

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.

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Average mileage: 159,711 (37,000–298,000)
12 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
70 people reported this problem
51 people shared problem details
1996 Toyota Tacoma160,000
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
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1996 Toyota Tacoma202,400
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.
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2005 Toyota Tacoma90,000
Vibration/humming sound while driving at all speeds , had tires and frontend checked with no issues found. This problem has not been rectified.
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1998 Toyota Tacoma97,273
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
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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.
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2003 Toyota Tacoma146,000
Driver side lower ball joint snapped off. Replaced it with a new one, one week later it snapped off again. then 3 days ago the passenger side lower ball joint snapped off, replaced it with a new one. What's going on here that is causing these ball joints to just fail like this? I have never seen anything like this before, as most ball joints that go bad will exhibit some wear symptoms. These did not give any wear symptoms, they just snapped off, as if there is a design flaw in the suspension that is causing excessive stress on the conical shaft. The only thing I can imagine is causing this, is maybe the arm is not lateral, thus causing excessive the ball joint to suffer a great deal of lateral stress, in which it's designed to absorb vertical stress.
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1995 Toyota Tacoma270,000
Ball joint fell out and the frame went sliding across the road almost killing me …I bought new parts and was extra surprised when at nappa they sell a 12 month warranty ball joints . of coarse I bought the lifetime ones ????I will have the m put on along with the other parts that were damaged . I am a little surprised I thought it has always been solid and have had my baby and wife in the truck on the freeway many times . Actually I am in shock Please respond .
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1996 Toyota Tacoma283,000
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.
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2005 Toyota Tacoma73,000
wore lower ball joint
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1995 Toyota Tacoma239,000
Left front ball joint broke, coming a loose from the tire. Glad I was only driving 5 mph.
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2001 Toyota Tacoma156,000
Was having issues with the belts squealing, so I thought the belt was slipping on the power steering a couple days before the break (I do not drive it daily). Every time I would turn a corner, the wheel would stick just a little, but was easy to correct. Luckily, I was not going fast when the joint decided to give out. I bought this truck when it was new and this is the first major issue that has me concerned about its safety.
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1999 Toyota Tacoma77,000
lower ball joint control arm seperated,putting new tire into fender and lower control arm on ground
2003 Toyota Tacoma101,000
Suspension rattles when driving across even slightly bumpy road
2003 Toyota Tacoma110,000
I never got aliment right ,always eat the front tires on inside
1997 Toyota Tacoma101,000
The passenger side ball joint gave way causing vehicle to fall onto undercarraige assembly and skid to an immediate halt. Very scary.
2004 Toyota Tacoma220,000
3rd. time lower ball joint has separated causing the cv axle to fail as well. This is a major issue as this causes the front wheel to fall over.
2007 Toyota Tacoma37,000
Lower ball joint boot ripped and ball joint worn
Sluggish / Stiff steering Outside tire wear Shimmies at highway speeds Will contact Toyota for fix
2001 Toyota Tacoma280,000
Passenger side lower ball joint came out and wheel/tire twisted in wheel well.
2004 Toyota Tacoma159,000
Creaking and extreme instability feeling on drivers side front. Has not been fixed as of yet, but now that it has been diagnosed as such I will be seeking help.
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