Just had a chance to tear apart my front suspension (1. ugh, hate that long UCA bolt, 2. need a BJ separator)
For the last 6 months I've been suffering an increasingly bad squeaking noise over bumps from my front driver's side. After extensive "armchair tacomaworld diagnosis", I'd figured it was my rubber LR UCA bushings.
One thing I couldn't reconcile was the squeaking as I turned the wheel... Now that I've got it apart, the rubber bushings are in fine shape, but my balljoint is toast! The driver's side BJ is packed full of mud/dust, no grease left. The boot appears intact.
I'm bummed out by this. After only two years and 30-40k miles, with rare, light offroading (logging roads, etc), what is supposed to be a non-serviceable part has failed? How long should I reasonably expect these to last?
With the amount of money I'm spending to rebuild these arms:
$25 - New SpecRide poly bushings
$82x2 - New Ball Joints (will replace both and keep the one remaining 'good' one as a spare
- $35 on shipping and ?? on duty+brokerage
- $50 for new powdercoat on arms
- $100 for a fresh alignment
I'm kind of wishing I went with TC uniball arms...
Anybody have a similar experience?