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Toyota Recall For Lower Ball Joint Issue on Toyota Tacoma

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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: 181,403 (37,000–361,692)
13 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
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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
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.
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 .
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.
Same issue as others with constant humming originating from front left driver side. This is the THIRD time I am replacing the bearings because they have worn in an extremely short span (same side / same part every single time). First time it occurred and I was still under warranty and had it fixed. Second time I was not and Toyota wanted to charge $1000+ at the dealership for replacing the part. I ended up spending about $300 dollars for the part and having a friend replace it (and guess what???... if fixed the issue). Now it's happening again and I'll be spending more $$$ out of pocket expenses because Toyota doesn't want to acknowledge this is affecting more models than they have here... I have a 2005 model and this issue needs to be fixed.

I always thought so highly of Toyota ever since my dad's old truck until I actually saw how horrible they try and rip us off at the dealerships.


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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
Vibration/humming sound while driving at all speeds , had tires and frontend checked with no issues found. This problem has not been rectified.
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.
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.
Driver side LBJ broke as I was pulling out of driveway, $175 to repair one side and I have to do the other side asap too. Is there going to be a recall extended for older vehicles since there are so many issues?
Left front ball joint broke, coming a loose from the tire. Glad I was only driving 5 mph.
Went for alignment and they showed me the amount of play where there should be none. Not fixed.
Was doing about 15mph on a dirt road looking at fishing holes when both the upper and lower ball joint totally let go ripping the break line and tie rod and sending my wheel and tire rolling down the road and me grinding to a halt. Thank God it happened the way it did and not on the freeway or I'd be dead. The tow driver informed me how common this is for Toyotas and I was blown away.
I highly suggest you jack up the front of your trucks and have one person grab lift and shake the tire while another watches the ball joint from the front with a flashlight. If you see any kind of play in either top or bottom take it in right away. That's the only way to avoid this shitty situation. Good luck
Pulled into drive way at work, lower right "passenger" ball joint came apart. Tow truck operator said it happens all the time and was lucky I wasn't doing 70 mph. Could have died!
LF lower ball joint broke as I came down my driveway. Fortunately I wasn't in traffic. I'm calling Toyota tomorrow to see why I was never notified of a known problem.
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.
Front Driverside wheel came off lower ball joint (or broke off) just yesterday in my driveway while I was driving at 15-20 MPH. I was hawling a heavy load and loaded trailer, but I was going straight, and only over small bumps in the dirt drive. I'll look at the situation more closely today.

It looks like Toyota should have included more years of manufacture under their recall!