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Old 06-23-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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Ball joint recall

I was hearing a clunk sound near my rt front wheel mosty when turning, I found the upper ball joint has some play and the boot has a hole. After some reading on the site I discovered a few things regarding the ball joints, one is the lowers have a recall and two is to get moogs. So my question is....do I get the uppers done by mech(trusted) knowing I'll get moogs and then take to the dealer and get the recall lowers and the alignment for free or do I let the dealership do the uppers as well and pay top dollar?

2001 v6 dc with 107,000 miles (2 weeks ago replaced:timing belt, water pump, thermostat, plugs, valve covers and gasket, pcv valve and all external belts)

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IMO I would just get MOOG's and do it yourself. Then get an alignment if needed.
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I was hearing a clunk sound near my rt front wheel mosty when turning, I found the upper ball joint has some play and the boot has a hole. After some reading on the site I discovered a few things regarding the ball joints, one is the lowers have a recall and two is to get moogs. So my question is....do I get the uppers done by mech(trusted) knowing I'll get moogs and then take to the dealer and get the recall lowers and the alignment for free or do I let the dealership do the uppers as well and pay top dollar?

2001 v6 dc with 107,000 miles (2 weeks ago replaced:timing belt, water pump, thermostat, plugs, valve covers and gasket, pcv valve and all external belts)

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Quick question, do you know that the "ball joint" campaign has NOT been done to your truck already ???

My reason for asking, some dealers ignored this "small recall" and it becomes a bear to try to get it now.........

Hopefully you have a good relationship with their service department,then "hit" them up with your plans;;; Have them price the other work and "Match" the outside vendors price or you will use them for JUST the "Recall work".... Good CSR marks help Toyota dealers and eating a few $$$$ to keep everything in house is smart $$$..

Good luck.....
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^^^^This


Since they are already working on the truck the do the recall work, it really shouldn't require much more work to install the uppers as well. If your friendly with the service department, work a deal to pay for the parts for "your" work and add a small service to cover the labor, the rest is on Toyota's dime not the dealer.
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F16TACOIMO I would just get MOOG's and do it yourself. Then get an alignment if needed.
I do not have the skills or the tools!

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Quick question, do you know that the "ball joint" campaign has NOT been done to your truck already ???
No it has not, I'm the original owner and was never notified like some of the other recalls.

I will contact the service dept and see what we can workout especially if I willing to provide or pay for all 4 moogs joints????
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Update: service dept is doing the bottoms(recall) but with their bj's and $335.00 for the labor(2.5hrs) of the uppers. They said they couldn't honor recall with outside parts. Went to buy the 2 uppers and one was 555 without the zerk and one was US with zerk, had to find another store with the zerk so bothe the uppers are the same.
So for under $450 4 new ball joints....going on a 2000 mile road trip in two weeks with the wife and kids so I just want things safe and right!

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