1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

ECT Button and Ball Joint Help.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by robbymartin, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Mar 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM
    #1
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
    I recently bought an '02 4x4 Double Cab TRD from a Marine deploying to Afghanistan for CHEAP and I'm trying to troubleshoot a few things.

    1. The ECT doesn't work when the button is pushed. Any ideas?

    2. There is a knocking noise when hitting bumps, ruts, pot holes, etc. coming from my left front tire area. It's very irritating hearing that all the time. Could it be ball joints? If so, are they easy to change?

    Thanks guys
     
  2. Mar 15, 2011 at 8:12 AM
    #2
    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is gooder 'en chicken Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Member:
    #11714
    Messages:
    49,729
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    Beech Creek
    Vehicle:
    05 Tundra SR5 (+250k AND COUNTING), 88 SR5 PU (SOLD), 98 TRD OR (CRUSHED)
    5100's all on fours
    :)
     
  3. Mar 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM
    #3
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
    In my wife's 4Runner you can feel the ECT and in my Tacoma you can't feel anything. The light doesn't even come on.

    I can do the ball joints myself? What special tool do I need?
     
  4. Mar 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM
    #4
    4WD

    4WD cRaZy oLdmAn

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19185
    Messages:
    23,950
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    Lakeside, Ca / Gardnerville, Nevada
    Vehicle:
    No Truck..well, maybe
    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now
    "I recently bought an '02 4x4 Double Cab TRD from a Marine deploying to Afghanistan for CHEAP"

    :eek::eek::eek: Does this have a familiar ring to anyone besides me ? :spy: :);)


    Pretty sure that theres a relay & a fuse in the fuse box in engine compartment to check for ECT & there is a tool (fork) just for ball joint removal if you don't feel like beating the shit out of it.....
     
  5. Mar 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM
    #5
    goomba

    goomba It is a Fluid Situation

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Member:
    #42666
    Messages:
    1,216
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Josh
    San Antonio Fl
    Vehicle:
    96 White Ex. Cab Tacoma TRD 4X4
    3" lift Up front(Donahoe Racing ext. travel coil overs, Camburg UCA's), 1.5-2" lift in the back(aal and some billy 10" stroke short bodies), Bushwhacker Cut-Out fender flairs, 16"x10" Procomp Street locks, and 305/70 Procomp X-Terrains.
    You do not need any special tools. I think the nut that holds the ball joint to the lower control arm is a 24mm. You need a torque wrench.
     
  6. Mar 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM
    #6
    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is gooder 'en chicken Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2008
    Member:
    #11714
    Messages:
    49,729
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ben
    Beech Creek
    Vehicle:
    05 Tundra SR5 (+250k AND COUNTING), 88 SR5 PU (SOLD), 98 TRD OR (CRUSHED)
    5100's all on fours
    There is a 15 AMP ECTS fuse for the ECT. Otherwise it's controlled by the ECU
     
  7. Mar 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    #7
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
     
  8. Mar 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    #8
    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Member:
    #25814
    Messages:
    31,287
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dick
    In close proximity to an undisclosed location
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCLB 4x4 SR5
    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    On some 2001s (and perhaps later, but not sure), there was a lower ball joint recall. You can run the VIN at toyotaownersonline.com (after you register) or call a dealership and give them a VIN, and they will tell you if it has been done. If it has not, the dealer will do it free and will align it for free, too.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM
    #9
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
    No recalls for my Tacoma.

    What was the issue with the 2001 ball joints?
     
  10. Mar 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM
    #10
    4WD

    4WD cRaZy oLdmAn

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19185
    Messages:
    23,950
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    Lakeside, Ca / Gardnerville, Nevada
    Vehicle:
    No Truck..well, maybe
    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now
     
  11. Mar 15, 2011 at 1:35 PM
    #11
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
     
  12. Mar 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM
    #12
    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Member:
    #25814
    Messages:
    31,287
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dick
    In close proximity to an undisclosed location
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCLB 4x4 SR5
    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    A manufacturing process defect caused scratches on some batches, and these were prone to failure. I believe it was specific to mfg. batches, and not to model years. I recall seeing some later model year trucks affected, too.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2011 at 1:44 PM
    #13
    4WD

    4WD cRaZy oLdmAn

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19185
    Messages:
    23,950
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    Lakeside, Ca / Gardnerville, Nevada
    Vehicle:
    No Truck..well, maybe
    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now


    X2,

    how ya doing SOCAR ??

    & the ball joints can be a do it yourself thing, but you'd want a press to install probably...:cool:
     
  14. Mar 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM
    #14
    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Member:
    #25814
    Messages:
    31,287
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dick
    In close proximity to an undisclosed location
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCLB 4x4 SR5
    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    re yuo makint fin fo mu typpung? ro do yoi suck at tyopung to?
     
  15. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM
    #15
    Ninja

    Ninja The Lone Wolf of TW!

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    Member:
    #43421
    Messages:
    108
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Charles
    Arizona
    Vehicle:
    '04 Prerunner SR5 Reg. Cab
  16. Mar 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM
    #16
    4WD

    4WD cRaZy oLdmAn

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19185
    Messages:
    23,950
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    Lakeside, Ca / Gardnerville, Nevada
    Vehicle:
    No Truck..well, maybe
    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now

    OOOOPPSS !! my bad buddy socar = SCOCAR

    Yeah your typing sucks & I'm grammatically challenged....:eek::eek::D
     
  17. Mar 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM
    #17
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
    There are no open TSB's for my VIN. I was hoping for some free service. I guess I'll tackle those suckers on my own.
     
  18. Mar 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM
    #18
    4WD

    4WD cRaZy oLdmAn

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19185
    Messages:
    23,950
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Doug
    Lakeside, Ca / Gardnerville, Nevada
    Vehicle:
    No Truck..well, maybe
    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now
    It's really not that hard Robby, just back the nut off until theres a couple of threads from the stud just below the top of the nut (if its a castle nut, just flip it over & use the flat side of that, same procedeure though) & a medium to heavy SINGLE JACK & if you hit it square, it'll pop out in a few swings, if you have a torch you can use it too to expand the metal around the ball joint. (probably even better ) If you was closer I'd say bring me a 12/24 pack & we'd blow them out
     
  19. Mar 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    #19
    robbymartin

    robbymartin [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Member:
    #49904
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    Yucaipa
    Vehicle:
    '02 Double Cab 4x4
    I had a tire shop check for sloppy ball joints and they said they are good. They put a floor jack under the lower control arms and lifted the tire slightly off the ground and put a long pry bar under the tire and lifted it up and down and there was no play. I didn't have time right then and there to have them keep the truck and let them try to diagnose it so I have to live the knocking until I have more time to leave it with them. Do any of you all have any other ideas or do you think there still could be a ball joint issue?
     
To Top