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2nd Gen Ball Joint Replacement Doable?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BrettinVA, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Jan 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM
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    BrettinVA

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    My 2008 Tacoma is about to hit 90K and is due for a state inspection. Now that deer season is over, I need something to do on Sat. Already planned on replacing brake pads, but I figured while I had the tire off, I would replace the tie rods and ball joints as well. Seems like a simple enough procedure...until I get to the ball joints. Are these possible to do at home with a separator. Or, will I need a machine press or a whole new control arm? Or, maybe I should just leave those puppies alone until someone tells me they need to be replaced.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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    haha I just was looking for this answer. Inspected today and have to replace both lowers on my 05. I am also wondering if it is a doable at home procedure? Looks like I will need to rent a ball joint press maybe?
     
  3. Jan 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM
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    Ha ha if you have 20 ton press at home than its doable at home :D
     
  4. Jan 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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    so i have a 20 ton press now. got it at harbor freight for 160 after a 20% coupon. cheaper than having someone fix my truck and also cheaper than getting new control arms. HOWEVER........................

    I need help bad. I can not get the lower control arm off. I got the front bolt out by turning the bolt out of what i thought was the nut (which now I am assuming is attached to the bracket) but the rear bolt I can not get out. I got the nut off the end without a problem and the plate that was under the nut. This bolt is clearly different than the front nut. I cannot get the bolt and I cant drive it back. Is this bolt frozen or is there something I am missing. ANY help at all would be great. Thanks guys!
     
  5. Jan 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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    Don't need no 20 ton press. Did mine in my backyards years ago. I created a thread. Most likely called it "diy lca bj" or some shit. Search for it. Id link it but can't on my phone.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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    man i wanted to go that route but no one around here has the bj tool to use. So I am kinda stuck where I am at.
     
  7. Jan 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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    Frozen LCA alignment cams, a common problem with these trucks. Looks like in addition to the ball joints you'll need a new cam adjuster and new LCA bushings as well
     

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