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.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Toyota Tacoma Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue
Toyota Tacoma Problem
Average Mileage: 158,694 mi (45,058 mi - 298,000 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
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
Visitor, 1995 Toyota Tacoma, 239,000 mi
Left front ball joint broke, coming a loose from the tire. Glad I was only driving 5 mph.
Visitor, 2003 Toyota Tacoma, 146,000 mi
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.
Visitor, 1995 Toyota Tacoma, 270,000 mi
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 .
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.