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Old 06-11-2010, 06:19 AM   #1
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Lower Ball Joint recall

I seen where there was a re call on the lower ball joints 2000-2004 anyone have there's replaced under the recall?
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:35 AM   #2
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They did mine at the beginning of the year since the previous owner never had them done. They didn't have them in stock and it took a week to get them in. It was something they looked up and offered when I took the truck in for something else.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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This is the first I am hearing about a recall on lower ball joints. I have owned my 04' tacoma since new and never received any information from Toyota in the mail. The front steering seems fine, but is this something I should contact Toyota and see if I can have them replaced?

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I went in feb. When I first gt my truck and they said it had no recalls even aftr I had read about this one.
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i got the ones on my 04 done year before last....no prob at all. it had 46k miles on it then.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #6
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When I 1st received the BJ notice,dealer did a "what the?"....I patiently waited for them to "Fail" for state inspection BUT then came my "Frame recall"...Everything was done then....
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from the NHTSA.gov site...

Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: MAY 06, 2005
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V225000
NHTSA Action Number: EA04024
Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 768379
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ISSUE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SURFACE OF THE BALL OF THE JOINT MAY HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED. THE BALL JOINT MAY EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE WEAR AND LOOSENESS, RESULTING IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT.
Consequence:
THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE CAUSING LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 5, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Notes:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. 50J. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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One way I've found to look up pending recalls for Toyota's is to register on their site and put in your VIN. http://www.toyotaownersonline.com/index.html. It'll also show you stuff the dealer has done in the past (if they've been putting stuff in like they're supposed to) No clue how far back it goes, but I do have a record on there from 2005 (long before I owned it).
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:25 PM   #9
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hey thanks for the link. i signed up and now i know where my truck was originally purchased. scary to see that there are no service records from toyota though. hhhmmmmm.....
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I just registered as well and it shows that it was done in 05. Thanks for the link.
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This just happened to someone in the family. Looks like it will be covered under the recall. Gonna have to check mine too...

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This just happened to someone in the family. Looks like it will be covered under the recall. Gonna have to check mine too...

recall and free alignment worthy definitely.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:55 PM   #13
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Had my 03 done once the recall came out. There was some kind of production problem with the ball being gouged during manufacturing process.
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Holy crap, now I am motivated to check mine tonight!

My gut feeling is that it is OK, because the previous owner had major service records at the dealer all the way up to 90k, and i just got it at 101k last year.

But holy crap. That could suck hard on the highway.
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I looked up my truck too. But it didnt say anything about it being done. How can find out If mine was done?
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Never mind! I had to Register myself. My truck was done about a year before I got it. Wippy!
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I am registered on that site, but it doesn't show the recall was performed. The only recall that was performed was WARRANTY APPLIED RUST CORROSION PREVENTION COMPOUND TO SUBFRAME in Feb of this year. When I click on the Recall/Campaign Information tab this comes up: There are no open Special Service Campaigns or Recalls on your vehicle. Does this means the ball joint recall doesn't pertain to my vehicle, or do I need to call the Toyota number?
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I am registered on that site, but it doesn't show the recall was performed. The only recall that was performed was WARRANTY APPLIED RUST CORROSION PREVENTION COMPOUND TO SUBFRAME in Feb of this year. When I click on the Recall/Campaign Information tab this comes up: There are no open Special Service Campaigns or Recalls on your vehicle. Does this means the ball joint recall doesn't pertain to my vehicle, or do I need to call the Toyota number?
go under service records, at top middle I think. Then check one that says 5j or something click detail and It will say parts and info about. Found that mine was done back in Aug 05'. Had bunch of other records too, I checked em all that's how I found the balljoint.
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