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inspecting ball joints

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by VTDave, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Nov 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    VTDave [OP] Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    05 Access Cab 4x4 Base 5sp Man, 16 DCSB 4x4 Sport 6sp Man
    I couldn't find a procedure in the factory service manual for inspecting our ball joints for unacceptable wear. Does anyone know what the recommended procedure for our trucks is?

    I am leery of generic procedures such as "see if you can move the wheel up and down / back and forth" because they don't seem to specifically apply to any given suspension configuration.


    PS - I ask because I am troubleshooting a highway speed front end vibration. And, I noticed a thump-type sound when going through a dirt pothole last week, which made me think a ball joint might be a little looser than ideal, but not ready to start making the classic loud clunking noise yet.

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