Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 210,544 (11,000–1,800,293)
63 people reported this problem
When going over speed bumps/pot holes we hear a lot of rattling in left front suspension. I entered my VIN # on the toyota website and surprisingly it said "no recalls" for my model.. hmm.... I think I'll call a stealership tomorrow.
The left front tire completely fell off the axle and brake lines were damaged. The front tire was ruined this happened October 2014. Then today the same thing happened again.
This week I noticed a squeaking and grinding sound when i turned left even slightly.
Sudden failure of ball joint at 40 mph resulting in loss of control of vehicle, fortunately landed safely in ditch on roadside. Currently being repaired at Toyota dealership.
Clunks over bumps feels very loose. How big of a problem is this. Do they make an offroad heavy duty replacement. I don't see any recall as of now.
While driving approximately 30mph and while crossing a railroad track, the front right side of the vehicle suddenly collapsed. The front tire had collapsed inward. Tow driver said he never seen anything like this, advising tire support system failed. My mechanic advised both ball joints had pulled apart and snapped abs wire in the process.
My tire came off my truck TWICE now!!! Today 5-18-2016 and I believe the last time was about 3-4 years ago. Very scary both time, but today was especially scary as I was on the freeway in rush hour traffic headed to work. I crossed from the fast lane of traffic across 3 other lanes of travel and I had no choice as my steering was caught in a turn-type position. I luckily did not impact anyone else or anything else and came to a safe stop on the shoulder of the freeway!!
I HAD JUST EXITED A MAJOR HIGHWAY ONTO A SECONDARY ROAD, CAUSING A MAJOR REDUCTION IN SPEED. ALL OF A SUDDEN THE FRONT END OF MY VEHICLE DROPPED. THE DRIVERS SIDE BALL JOINT HAD BROKEN AND THE WHEEL BUCKLED INWARD. THIS MADE STEERING ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
I CALLED TOYOTA HEADQUARTERS IN CALIF ON THIS ISSUE. THEY ARE AWARE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM, BUT ARE TAKING NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DEFECTIVE PARTS. THEY WISHED ME LUCK ON GETTING THE REPAIR DONE.
Not fixed yet. Very loud squeaking when steering wheel is turned
Riding down street stopped at stop and wheel just collapsed had to tow it and get fixed my high and lower ball joints broke
For a day, there started to be a bit of knocking sound. Next morning the wheel assembly separated from the ball joint in the middle of an intersection. Luckily it seems that most other parts aren't bent or are still intact.
I have had noises from rattling to thumps in the front end for over a year. My Sequoia has been a very reliable vehicle other than this and I think it was from the ball joints. I checked the internet and Toyota had a recall but I was not aware of it. I bought this 2007 new and paid cash. I have called the dealership in Lufkin, TX, and the service manager said there was no recall, ever, on this model yet the internet says otherwise. The Sequoia and the Tundra had this issue with the front end and on all models yet I am told otherwise. If I do not get an answer soon I plan on going the legal route to get this resolved.
I have a high mileage Sequoia but all in all it has been a great vehicle. I purchased it new and have maintained it well. I have mostly highway miles since I travel extensively for my work. The lower front end started making noises at about 90k and now it has 212k and the problem has slightly worsened. I did not know there was a recall on this ball joint problem until I got onthis website. Is it still good for dealership repair under the recall?
on third set of tires, they just keep wearing out, 54,000 miles on them and need more right now.
turning left sounds like a bearing its going out not clicking, but loud about to break.
The lower ball joint failed, when coming apart it forced apart the upper ball joint and ripped apart the axle from the transmission. The tire almost getting sucked underneath the truck but got caught on the runner board.All was caused by the lower ball joint failing and braking apart. This just happened and I have not been able to look into getting it fixed. I had my daughter in the car and just thank God we were going slowly when it happened.